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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

  • Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

“Poor little hysterical witch! In the middle ages, you were in conflict with the church. Now, it is with the law.”

This classic horror documentary from the silent era explores how superstition and medical ignorance can lead to public hysteria. Once banned by the United States, Häxan presents a four-part thesis of societal witch hunts through darkly humorous visuals and commentary, and including grave robbery, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath.