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Directed by Benjamin Christensen • 1922 • Denmark
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious, instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous.