Grave Robbery. Magic Love Potions. Witch Trials. Torture. Demon Possession of Nuns.
Welcome to our next eerie silent film of the week, Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922). Directed and written by Benjamin Christensen, this one hour and 45 minute Danish -Swedish documentary style flick explores the history of witchcraft, demonology, and satanism during the middle ages through an array of ancient artwork and brief, but powerful fictional storytelling depictions.
Visually dark and frightening, the audience is transported into the secret underworld of ritual sacrifices and unorthodox religious practices. All created with the skillful weaving of animation, lighting, tone, and exceptional makeup and costuming. The films content of graphic torture, nudity, and sexual wickedness lead to the banning of this movie in the United States. It was finally released here in May of 1929.
So, if you are ready for flying witches in the dark night sky, sinful, weaving spells, and a visit from the Prince of darkness himself, then grab a dark, stormy brew and switch on the television. This picture promises to bring much scary delight.
Haxan: Witchcraft Though The Ages can be seen on YouTube for free.