Film Review Short Shorts: Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages


HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922) by Benjamin Christensen: 7.5/10

24 Words or Less: I’m giving this more than 24 words because it’s my blog and my first review didn’t make sense.

The novelty of the silence, score, title cards, pictures attended to by a wooden pointer and early special effects make this so enjoyable. More like an essay divided into chapters than a documentary. The subject matter is grim, and the fate of those accused of witchcraft is cruel and inevitable, but balanced for modern viewers by the strange, laughable live-action sequences. Christensen himself plays the devil. Make of that what you will.

Best Bit: ‘Take this potion of cat faeces and dove hearts boiled in the moonlight.’

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