Episode 107 - Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
Documenteers: The Documentary Podcast · 70 minutes ·

Episode 107 - Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

It’s been a long and unsettling Creeptober October and as we roll into the week of Halloween we go into the witchy side of things. To do that we will go back, Marty. Back to 1922 Sweden with a film that contests the claim that “Nanook of the North” is the first documentary. Angela and Bob spook out with the entertaining silent historical film by Benjamin Christensen “Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages”. A glorious historical telling of the history of Scandinavian perceptions of witchcraft and the persecution of those condemned as witches. Funny, scary, and actually quite impressive. Best of all YOU GET TO READ WHILE WATCHING IT! FUCK YEAH!!!! This film is free (as it should be) and all over YouTube. A variety of links below. The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra from the Swedish Film Institute version of Häxan is the bed music for much of this episode. We hope you enjoyed Creeptober. May every house in your neighborhood have full size Peanut Butter Twix and bags of Haribo gummy candy. May every Halloween party be flooded with sexy Werner Herzog costumes. Try not to shit your pants if you can help it. Keep on Doccin’


The version we discussed: https://youtu.be/CkXlXc0lA9c

The Burroughs/Jazz version: https://youtu.be/kLCpxD4VZQI

Original version: https://youtu.be/qURQklnVW98

The medieval book that inspired the film and many years of mass murder by the church. You can download the PDF for free: http://www.malleusmaleficarum.org

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