Olefin metathesis has made a significant impact on modern organic chemistry, but important shortcomings remain: for example, the lack of efficient processes that can be used to generate acyclic alkenyl halides. Halo-substituted ruthenium carbene complexes decompose rapidly or deliver low activity and/or minimal stereoselectivity, and our understanding of the corresponding high-oxidation-state systems is very limited. In this manuscript, we show that previously unknown halo-substituted molybdenum alkylidene species are exceptionally reactive and are able to participate in high-yielding olefin metathesis reactions that afford acyclic 1,2-disubstituted Z-alkenyl halides. Transformations are promoted by small amounts of an in situ-generated catalyst with unpurified, commercially available and easy-to-handle liquid 1,2-dihaloethene reagents and proceed to high conversion at ambient temperature within four hours. Many alkenyl chlorides, bromides and fluorides can be obtained in up to 91 percent yield and complete Z selectivity. This method can be used to easily synthesize biologically active compounds and to perform the site- and stereoselective fluorination of other organic compounds.