Halloween At AS220 Black Box

Haxan Poster At 95 Empire Black Box Theater, a 16mm film screening of “Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Benjamin Christensen, 1922 Sweden/Denmark) plus a live performance of heavy metal tuneage from Boston’s Magic Circle. Think Pagan Altar/Witchfinder General-style NWOBHM (that’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal for the uninitiated) doom, plus, you know . . . Black Sabbath. New vinyl coming out on Providence’s Armageddon label . . . sometime! With openers Noose, Sandworm, Fucking Invincible.

About the film:

“Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous.” (Criterion Collection) Our print of the film is the 1968 cut featuring narration by William S. Burroughs and a weird jazz score featuring Jean-Luc Ponty, which makes it even more bizarre!

$5, 9pm, Wednesday, October 31, AS220, 95 Empire Street

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