Haxan : Witchcraft Through the Ages
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Main Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan
Storyline: A seven part historical review of witchcraft
Review (Spoils): The film starts with classic drawings that detail witchcraft in the ages of time. Lots of detail of the pagan culture of the Middle Ages. We get some detailed dramatization of witch hunts and the aftermath of that on film.
Sure this is a silent film and some people might have an issue with that but this is a work of horror art. The film is a beautiful dramatization of the unknown, the occult and superstition. We have practicing witches, covens, torture devices on the ones that are blamed for heresy and of course the demons themselves. Even the special effects are pretty good for its time even if some of demons are in big puff costumes.
Rating: Benjamin Christensen created a masterpiece with this film. If you’re a fan of the strange and the occult this is a must see. The film is creepy and has a very dark sense to it and it really is a classic for the horror lover.