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. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying "documentary," for the first time ever on DVD.
Includes both Haxan and Witchcraft Through the Ages
Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in Dolby Digital 5.0
Commentary by Danish silent film scholar Casper Tybjerg
Benjamin Christensen's introduction to the 1941 re-release
A short selection of outtakes
Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen's historical sources