Häxan

Häxan

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.

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Häxan
  • Häxan

    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-o...

Extras

  • HÄXAN Commentary

    Recorded in 2001, this commentary features Danish film scholar Casper Tybjerg, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

  • Benjamin Christensen on HÄXAN

    In 1941, HÄXAN director Benjamin Christensen filmed this short introduction for the rerelease of his film.

  • HÄXAN Outtakes

  • Witchcraft Through the Ages

    WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, a version of HÄXAN released in 1968, represents one of several cinematic collaborations between avant-gardists Antony Balch, Brion Gysin, and William S. Burroughs. Daniel Humair wrote the jazz score, which features, among others, Jean-Luc Ponty on violin.