Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Review: “The Sisterhood of Night”

Pagan film critic Peg Aloi has interesting things to say about a new movie, The Sisterhood of Night. Not only does it have the traditional element of teenage girls, secrets, and occultism (see, not coincidentally, Salem, Mass., 1692) but there is a social-media element too: The film cleverly allows us to speculate for a bit […]

This is Not a Film for Your Wicca 101 Class

On 4 December 1969 a press party was held for a documentary film on Witchcraft, Legend of the Witches, directed by Malcolm Leigh. Among the media types attending was a magazine writer on assignment, a fifty-something man named Stewart Farrar, but that is another story. Legend of the Witches offers a very Margaret Murray-style reading […]

The Greatest “Occult” Movies

From Ultraculture, a list of nine great movies about the occult and magick — and nine more. But since there are “honorable mentions” as well, you get more! Obvious choices (Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist), as well as films that present the subject in an exploitative manner (such as those of Dario Argento) have been left out… as […]

OMG, Cultural Appropriation of Hallowe’en by Capitalists

Actress Dorothy Lamour, a Hollywood star of the 1940s and early 1950s (who made a comeback in the 1970s.) She appeared in several movies set in the South Pacific and is often remembered for the publicity photos of herself wearing a sarong, making her the “number 1 pinup girl of the U.S. Army” in World […]

Judy Does Hallowe’en

Actress Judy Garland in what I assume is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer publicity shot from the late 1930s, together with a publicity cat.

The “Job” and the “Work”

One of “New York City’s finest” has a second career as an exorcist. Now there will be a movie, Deliver Us from Evil, from Sony Pictures. The movie, in turn, is based on his book. If he is right, it could threaten the foundations of the corrections industry.

1971: Witches in Bellbottoms, Talking Heads

Here is a 1971 documentary from the BBC that is supposed to be about witches. But at the time it was made, no one was making much effort to sort out the new Pagan Witches, anthropological and folkloric witches, and Satanic witches of the Church of Satan variety. So what you get is all of […]

Esotericism and the ‘Walking Wounded’

Last night I watched The Master, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix, respectively playing an L. Ron Hubbard-type esoteric group’s leader (making stuff up as he goes), his wife and collaborator,  and an erratic alcoholic sailor who becomes, for a time, his follower. I rented it mainly because I have long been […]

Sky Full of Saucers

I watched Iron Sky last night — and then this: Must be a meme here somewhere. You can crowd-fund the sequel to Iron Sky.  This is all part of my appreciation of homegrown Finnish films — they are rare exports.

Talking like the Old Ones

Back in 2000, I was writing an article about a prescribed fire on the national forest near my home, so I hiked in with the ignition crew. Some point during the day, I heard a radio crackle with the message, “Come up that little ridge and bring fire with you.” Bring fire with you. I […]