Denmark, 1922, 105 min, Digital, Dir. Benjamin Christensen, Not Rated, Silent with Swedish intertitles subtitled in English, Janus
"Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan is really a creepy wonder, a hybrid, an anomaly we don’t often get to experience. Stylish, informative, and ultimately, unforgettable." —Kristy Strouse, Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying
"The picture is fantastically conceived and directed, holding the onlooker in a sort of medieval spell." —Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary Häxan 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-twentieth-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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