Film: Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

By October 19, 2017

Häxan is a 1922 Swedish-Danish mocumentary, written as a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness (let’s not forget patriarchy) could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts.

The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatised sequences that are comparable to horror films. Equal parts terrifying, hilarious, and insightful, the film claims that most people accused of witchcraft were possibly mentally ill while implying that the modern 1920s treatments for “hysterical women” (Sigmund Freud’s interpretation of women’s suffering) was the next tragic misstep.

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