Haxan (1922)

Mike Matei / October 2nd, 2014

A creepy horror film from the silent era about devil worship and evil rituals, also known as “Witchcraft Through the Ages”.


  • October 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Great view,very classic.This is why I love October.Also first,yes Im one of those idiots

    • punkbikerdude

      October 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

      FIRST!! …IDIOT?!

    • assjack

      October 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm


  • Don Skiver

    October 2, 2014 at 6:08 am

    What a weird ass little horror film! I gotta check this out now!

    • October 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Actually, “boring ass long documentary” is more like it.

      • Don Skiver

        October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am

        I like documentaries though. So I guess it’s still kind of a win for me. 😛

  • DarthNicky

    October 2, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Had a feeling you would highlight this movie. With all the creepy imagery and hilarious moments, it truly is a great movie to show on a projection screen during a Halloween party, or something.

  • Sean Smith

    October 2, 2014 at 6:40 am


  • October 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I will certainly check this one out. But is it just me or the run times on this years Monster Madness running incredibly short?

    I would of expected more tidbits and discussions from James other then a short overview.

    • October 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      agreed, maybe they’re getting burnt out but these reviews are pretty short. Still the first 2 but I cant see the next 29 being much longer

      • Carlo

        October 4, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Your profile picture looks like a dick

    • jasonjrf

      October 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      yea seems so. Unfortunate because if they are all this short his Monster Madness may be a letdown unfortunately maybe they had to cram it in and ran short on time or are burnt

    • October 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      He was pretty busy with the movie this whole year, and he usually starts Monster Madness in May. He probably ran short on time, but that’s why he’s not really doing a theme.


      October 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I still enjoy em’. Whether they were 1 minute long or 30. It’s cool 2 find out about new horror movies and listen 2 james review em’ bradley. It’s lika teaser that makes u wanna watch it.

    • October 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Look at the lengths of the other years. Really only the “sequel-a-thon” Monster madness ran long. You forget pretty much all the others were only about 2-4 mins.

    • October 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      While sometimes we’ve gone overboard with longer reviews, Monster Madness videos were never meant to be lengthy. Look at the first year, History of Horror.

      • October 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

        Also i guess it’s hard for James who has just completed a major work with the avgn movie to be as active and thoughtfull as the last seasons, so STFU!

  • October 2, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Neat, never heard of this one. Kind of looks like Rob Zombie music video.

  • Kelprunk

    October 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Is that William S Burroughs doing the narration?

    • October 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      It has to be…and it is according to Wikipedia. Makes me want to see this even more.

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 2, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Awesome! This is an oldie! Let’s keep it going for October.

  • October 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    That is a good one. As much as a I love Lon Chaney, I must admit that the Europeans, particularly the Germans, dominated the silent-era horror film.

  • marc ward

    October 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I saw some of the devil imagery in the 1934 movie Maniac. I think it was intended to scare people, but I cackled like a chicken. It’s worth taking a look.

  • Robin Wise

    October 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Interesting movie. I downloaded Nosferatu and watched it and I liked it, so maybe someday I’ll give this a try.

    Also, I hope he reviews Christine ^^

  • batratspidercrab

    October 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Awesome! Ive seen clips from this, but could never find the whole movie. Thanks!

  • October 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I have to get a copy of this movie! Thanks James! 😀

  • Niche

    October 2, 2014 at 8:46 am

    a pretty good metal band called Apey & the Pea used this old horror film as a video to their song “Judas” Check it out.

  • frostare

    October 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I just really love the new intro and outro.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Who plays Jazz in a movie involving all this?

  • Spaceodysseus

    October 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Did you get rid of your video store set that you had last year? That thing was the shit. I miss it.

  • lfgubrs

    October 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    So this is a swedish movie? Thats cool since im from Sweden too. Häxan means The Witch. Nice review but id like them to be a little longer.

    • lfgubrs

      October 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

      oh yeah i saw now he said that it was a swedish/danish production

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      October 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Well, I agree, but it’s one out of 31 reviews to be released this month. Can’t really expect them to be that in-depth, though it’d be nice.

  • BladeRunner

    October 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    so excited Monster Madness is back. good review, never heard of this one.

  • VideoBoom

    October 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    We watched Blair Witch Project last night and read fun facts about it afterwards. Those folks were really into this movie and even named their production company Haxan. It’s an awesome coincidence that Cinemassacre would post this today. -R

  • y2j420

    October 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’m hoping the Friday the 13th films finally get their loooooonnnggggg overdue Monster Madness love…the fact that they have been ignored all these years is mind boggling…

    Keep up the good work!

  • Randy

    October 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    James, you have to do “The cabinet of Dr. Caligari” 1920….

    • October 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      He already did

      • greedo

        October 4, 2014 at 1:55 am

        @Randy What JAC6995 said! (He beat me to it, the lucky devil)! 🙂 It was the first Monster Madness, I believe. One of the first vids that he ever did in the series. You should be able to find it if you searched for it.

  • October 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    damn, i love Monster Madness. New content every single day & definitely gets you in the “Halloween” mood. Thanks James (& Mike) for all the work you put into these. How many movies have you guys watched in your lifetime, ya think?

  • October 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

    HÄXAN — copy and paste it in the title, if you want.

  • October 2, 2014 at 11:43 am


    Full movie here. Spanish and swedish subs only.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Fuck yeah, this is why I love Monster Madness. I had no clue this movie even existed and this series educates me on horror films that would otherwise be lost in time. Thanks a bunch Cinemassacre!

  • Spencer Goodwin

    October 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love the 1920 and before horror movies, so creative in how they convey horror back then.

  • Gobby

    October 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    nice a swedish horror movie:) Hej alla svenskar 🙂

  • Jacob Lake

    October 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    something to watch before work!

  • October 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Great work, great movie choice – no complaints from this fan. 😉

  • Boo Daclown

    October 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Nice classic

  • October 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    the writer William S. Burroughs did the narration for the shorter version.

  • sage lloyd

    October 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    If he does the Descent I’m going to be forever happy.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Hhmm, Recommended by both Cinemassacre and Oancitizen,
    Maybe this is worth a watch.

  • October 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    This year I watch every Monster Madness Movie in order!

  • Labyrinth2_0

    October 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    You should do the Sleepaway Camp trilogy!

    • low_tone1

      October 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Sleepaway Camp would be awesome! Did you see the two that followed the original trilogy? One is an independent sequel to the original. Neither of them are particularly great, but they’re interesting enough for at least one viewing.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    This movie looks really interesting! I hope to find and buy it one day!

  • Dontae Epps

    October 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Hey James can you review Les Diabolique from 1955 it’s credited as influencing Alfred Hitchcock to make Psycho, thanx.

  • Jared Boyer

    October 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    voiceover by William S. Burroughs! (probably where the crazy jazz came from).

  • culwin

    October 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    This would be a weird-ass movie even today.
    Can’t imagine what people thought of it in the 20’s.

  • low_tone1

    October 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve never heard of this one. From the few scenes shown in this review, this looks raw and freakishly documentary-like (hence the first portion, no doubt). I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks James!

  • Hannibalcannibal

    October 3, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Holy Cow,Mayhem’s album Chimara cover is form a scene form this moive

  • October 3, 2014 at 2:35 am

    FYI: “Häxan” is a swedish word meaning “the witch”.

  • October 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    It’s worth noting that the voice-over in Haxan was done by none other than William S Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch which was later made into a disturbing movie by David Cronenberg.

  • TagaZok

    October 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I saw some short very short images of that movie when I was a kid .. it was a long time ago…. never thought it was a full length movie gonna see that !!! Thanks monster madness!

  • October 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    It’s so weird every time you bring up Danish horror movies, because Danish cinema almost been nothing but comedies and kids films with the occasional drama for almost the entirety of the color era. It’s only very recently (the mid 90’s) that they have started doing other genres again and that’s still extremely rare.

  • Mr Silver

    October 4, 2014 at 4:06 am

    You guys realize that was William Burroughs who did the narration right? the author who wrote naked lunch and other novels. He’s such large figure of the beat generation and experimental music and writing so I’m guessing that’s where the influence for the wacky music was initiated. And made the narrated version even more of a treat!

  • Rob

    October 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    The narrator on the English version is William S. Burroughs, famed father of Beat literature, which also answers the question about the avant garde jazz, since he was surrounded by those musicians from the beginning on.
    Supercool stuff your doing, man. Thanks.

    • Rob

      October 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Ah shit, I just scrolled down a bit, and saw that everyone already mentioned William S. Burroughs. Never mind. A lesson to look before I leap. To save face I’ll say the narrator is now…Burt Lancaster. Burt did a great job on this. He sounds exactly like William S. Burroughs, the typewriter heir.

  • October 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    This movie looks shockingly similar to Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem” which I truely enjoyed, I am gonna try and track this movie down. As always James your work is always A+ and Monster Madness is the greatest time of the year for me. It’s bitter sweet watching all these reviews though, because when I was young Friday Night Nightmares (I believe it was called) on the USA network was the highlight of my weekend. I wish they would bring back a hosted horror movie show like in years past and you would be the perfect host.

  • Mr. Cap

    October 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Next to “Nanook of the North” this is one of the first documentaries in cinematic history. A horror masterpiece.

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    oh! my god. I didn’t see everything possible in movie. Thank’s to let know this beautiful artistic movie

  • Peter Ashouri

    October 8, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Swe: Visste inte att den var en Dansk svensk film.
    “Haxan” Filmen riktiga titel ska vara “Häxan” The Witch.

    Eng: Did not know it was a Danish Swedish movie.
    “axan” The Movie real title should be “Häxan” The Witch.

  • October 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I love these videos. I’ve been watching them since 2009. But I can’t find a decent playlist of any of them… Is there a reason for that?

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for the education about this movie, without the title cards!

  • psyonikx

    October 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The jazz is there, because during that era (the ’60’s), it was still considered the devil’s music. When underground nightclubs had musicians using reefer, and partaking in debauchery. Also, the majority of the people that attended these, were African American, and again during the era, black people (especially in the south) were still considered to be devilish, with their voodoo and what not.

  • Kent Gissing

    October 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Ahhh, I always get so positively surprised when obscure movies from my home nation shows up here. 😀 Haxan (Häxan) is swedish for “The Witch” and I must say, this was a neat little discovery. 🙂

  • October 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Wow, i’d have to say that is pretty shocking to see and surreal as well as bizarre. That was creepy as shit.

  • Oliver Axelsson

    October 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    You mean Häxan, right?

  • DarklyDreamingJimbo

    October 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

    This looks really creepy. I’ve gotta check this one out. I think just the fact that everyone involved in it is dead by now makes it even creepier.

  • November 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Häxan = the witch

  • nasar nazir

    August 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

    the text you see in the image @ 0:58 is Urdu laugnage which is native to Pakistan and India

  • nasar nazir

    August 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    srry i meant the text @ 0:28 is Urdu language which is native to Pakistan and India..please add a edit button so we can change our comments in case we mess up like i just did,thank you

  • M. Ryan

    August 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    It’s like a film Mr. Burns would have invested in.

  • Jacob Boeve

    October 2, 2017 at 9:05 am

    It’s kinda interesting to see a Swedish/Danish horror film from back then

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