Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches)
Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches) (1929)

Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen's obsession with bizarre lighting effects reached its apotheosis with his 1922 masterpiece Häxan. Beginning in a deceptively sedate fashion with a series of woodcuts and engravings (a technique… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 27, 1929
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Swedish and Danish pictures easily hold the palm for morbid realism and in many cases for brilliant acting and production.

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Anton Bitel

In fact Haxan is a deeply rationalistic piece of humanism, exposing the horrors of superstition and hysteria rather than of witchcraft itself.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

The sophistication of these 1920 special effects are hard to believe

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A silent curiosity made in Denmark in 1922, with an episodic, rhetorical structure that would have appealed to Jean-Luc Godard.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Begins as a documentary about witches but turns into a real, honest-to-goodness horror film with scary images of witches, devils, evil spells, etc.

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Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

One of the earliest films that takes misogyny and sexual repression as its subject.

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David Thompson
Time Out

A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation based on 15th and 16th century witchcraft trials, Christensen's film has a remarkable visual flair that takes in Bosch, Breughel and Goya.

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Mark Bourne

Ostensibly an exposé of religious persecution born from ignorance of science ... or, when filtered through the bong water of the psychedelic '60s to become Witchcraft Through the Ages, a trippy exercise in surreal pop filmmaking extravagance.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fascinating pioneering horror

Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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(1968 version)
Aj V
There were some things I liked about this movie, but there were also things I didn't like. First I didn't like the documentary style history lessons.… More
Devon Bott
Writer and director Benjamin Christensen paints a meticulous picture of witchcraft through the ages in his film (titled fittingly enough), "Haxan:… More
Greg S
Curious early "documentary" mixing fact with recreations of medieval witch hunts and diabolical fantasy sequences. There are five to ten minute… More
Graham Jones
One of the first horror films, this silent masterpiece still has the ability to shock and entertain today's audience.
Cassandra Maples
I thought that Häxan was a very good film by Benjamin Christensen. The film is a documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of different… More