Filmmaker Benjamin Christensen’s Haxan: Witchcraft Throughout the Ages is a stunning blend of fiction and documentary, perhaps the first “docu-drama” in the history of cinema.
With superb cinematography, great sets and special effects, this 1922 silent film is “a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.”
On the Häxan Criterion blu-ray we are also treated to the William Burroughs (Naked Lunch) narrated Witchcraft Throughout the Ages (1968), the seventy six minute version of the film with a soundtrack featuring violinist Jean Luc Ponty.
Since the dawn of cinema with films like Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922), sex has been consistently infused with horror themes in movies, and before that, sex, whether implicit or explicit, has been a staple of many a great genre novel and short story. In comic books, long legged scantily clad women and men in tight space suits adorned the covers of golden age titles like Planet Comics, Jumbo Comics, Exciting Comics, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. When superhero comics waned in the late 1940s, crime, horror, and sci-fi comic books rushed in to take their place, offering gruesome and often lurid depictions of sex and violence sold on the newsstands to both young and old alike.
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