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Witchcraft Through The Ages

A reimagined score for Benjamin Christensen’s silent masterpiece ‘Häxan’ (aka ‘Witchcraft Through The Ages’); presented alongside an all new and abridged edit of the film.

‘Häxan’ tells the tale of Satan worship, demonic possession and the persecution of witches in medieval Europe. Originally released in 1922 it is one of the great masterworks of early horror cinema and a pioneering film for its rich use of lighting, composition and special effects. EORÐESLAJYR’s eclectic soundtrack emphasises the extreme hysteria of the witch hunts and the dark religious fervour it inspired through a constantly shifting, varied blend of styles; which ranges from heavy industrial doom and frenzied tribal cacophonies; to brooding textural ambiences and lush choral arrangements.

EORÐESLAJYR are an Irish avant-garde group featuring Sam Burton on vocals (Spudgun), Simon Bird on synthesizer and Tom Morris on guitar (Turning Down Sex). The group was originally conceived with the intention of creating and performing original soundtracks for cult films. However their debut effort ‘HÄXAN’ quickly mutated into a complex arrangement involving collaboration with cellist Anna Clock, saxophonist Sam Comerford and percussionist Ross Chaney. It soon became clear that performing it live would be impossible without a large ensemble. Therefore it has been recorded as an album – slated for release on October 31st. This screening event serves as a pre-release for the album and a rare opportunity to hear it as it was originally intended: alongside Benjamin Christensen’s haunting document of witchcraft and paranoia.

Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar.
October 27th, Doors 7:30pm.
Free Admission.