2 November 2013
When asked by Time Out for his top ten favourite horror films, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) included Häxan on his list. More than 90 years since it was made, this picture still retains an eerie power. Also known as Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen's exploration of superstition in medieval times caused outrage from both the general public and religious groups after its premiere in 1922. Mixing fiction, documentary and animation to striking effect, the film explores how the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness led to the hysteria of witch-hunts. More commonly seen in its re-edited sound version from 1967 (with a voiceover from William Burroughs), this special screening of Häxan features the original 1922 edition with a live musical accompaniment by Verity Susman (of the band Electrelane).
Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions).
Part of the BFI Gothic season: for more information visit bfi.org.uk/gothic. Dundee Contemporary Arts is a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.