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----Haxan----tonight on the Underground.


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Don't miss this fascinating silent cult film from 1922 playing tonight (dec 21st) on TCM Underground.

 

This film is out on DVD but very expensive. I know my DVD burner will be working the late shift.

 

TCM Underground has been playing some great films. Thanks for digging this one up. I have always wanted to see it.

 

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about this pic,,,,,,, oh about 15 years ago this movie was rediscovered. Nobody had seen a good print of it for 50 years at least. Anyway it was thought to be laughable. I attended one of the first screenings after it was discovered. There was titles only in danish language so an interpreter was hired to read out loud thru a microphone. Seeing a film in a theater is much more personal and so I was watching the audience as well as the movie. It started out ok but about an hour into it, the audience became jittery. at about 90 min the theater was in a panic. fright. the movie did its magic. It was not laughable. I turned around & looked at the audience & I swear it looked as if they were floating in the air!

BTW I timed it & it ran 121 min. this particular theater stopped showing silent pics because they are too powerful.

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What an experience! Trippily "edifying" -- and is this the Granddaddy of all future supernatural/fantasy/horror films to come?? Seems so to me! I love the dry, scholarly (complete with pointer and woodcuts) text, combined with the most luridly macabre visuals ever. There seems to be a lot of exploitation underneath all this so-called academic exploration. Haunting, nightmarish, surrealist images abound to blow your mind, and the live action vignettes are almost pulpily addictive.

 

A cult film supreme!

 

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I saw it a few years ago, and just don't get what others see in it. I guess it's my horror film version of "Citizen Kane"! I thought it was a little ridiculous, and can only remember the Devil making faces and sticking his tongue out constantly. Then again, the only thing that scares me is reality.

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the differences between what I saw years ago & this tcm version - ... it was projected too fast. the people who own the film - Janus - they can do anything they want. not show it if they want. When I saw it , it had never been seen. nobody knew the power this film has. Janus knows & the music was bad & inappropriate. it is possible to understand the pic as shown on tcm but not to feel the impact. for that you need to see it live.

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the music in Haxan was awful.... possibly the worst piece was the religious song (Kaddish) I recognized from THE JAZZ SINGER. By worst I mean inappropriate since it's a song connected to a holy celebration.

 

Still there were many stunning images. My favorite was the blue tinted scenes of the witches flying on their broomsticks and pitch forks.... stunning and chilling.

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Well, watching Haxan solves one long time mystery in MY life.

 

Here's the story. A long time ago, while visiting grandpa and grandma at their combination gas station and farm...located out in the country, but sort of city...I noticed one of those old fashion butter churn things. A butter churn very similar to the object featured in Haxan. I asked gramps if he had ever turned cream into butter with one of those churn things. Hearing my question, Grandpa looked wistful, smiled, looked in my direction and winked. He did not say anything. I guess he expected me to know what the heck he was thinking about. I guess I now know what the heck Grandpa was thinking about.

 

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