THE WICKER MAN: a legacy in celluloid and stone…

Shock Till You Drop announces the pub used in Robin Hardy's 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man is up for sale. Also known as the Ellengowan Hotel, this grand old building was the site known as the "Green Man Inn" where Sergeant Howie heard Willow MacGregor singing and dancing (naked) on the other side of his bedroom wall...The pub is listed for sale for two hundred thousand pounds, or about $316,000, which seems a bargain these days, and considering the potential for marketing the place as a … [Read more...]

This week’s hot pagan media news!

Earlier this week,m it was announced that PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. This is not unexpected news, as the film was short-listed and has been generating a great deal of buzz. There were a lot of great documentaries this year (some of which did not get nominated, to my surprise; what happened, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK?), so to receive a nomination is a distinct honor. Well done, Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger, and the entire production … [Read more...]

TONIGHT! HBO Premiere of PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY

If you have HBO, I hope you're planning on watching the premiere of the third installment in the PARADISE LOST series tonight! PURGATORY concludes the eighteen year saga of the West Memphis Three, who spent nearly two decades in prison after being convicted of the brutal murders of three eight year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.I had the pleasure of seeing the film in New York last fall when it had its US premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival (an earlier version, finished prior to the … [Read more...]

Pagan Media: Highlights of 2011

This was a terrific year for movies and TV, and of course that has in some measure impacted media that portrays or references paganism and the occult. There were also some media stories that came from within or directly impacted the pagan community. Here, in no particular order of importance, are some highlights...Zombies just won't die. It's finally becoming clear that the proliferation of "zombie" (or, if you're a purist like me, you call them "ghouls") stories in film, TV, comics and other … [Read more...]

Kathy Dempsey: Justice at Solstice, 20 Years Later

On August 23rd, 1992, Kathleen Dempsey (known to friends and loved ones as Kathy or KD) was brutally murdered in her apartment in Lexington, Massachusetts. Neighbors in this well-to-do suburb of Boston were shocked, and her many friends in the Boston pagan community were heartbroken. Perhaps most shocking and heartbreaking of all: Kathy, who had been stabbed fourteen times, managed to call 9-11 and ask for help. But the dispatcher on duty did not send anyone to help her. Questioned by … [Read more...]

Pixar, does she HAVE to be a princess?

Exciting news about Pixar, the excellent purveyor of animated films...their newest project will feature a FEMALE hero!Not only that, she is SCOTTISH!And an ARCHER!AND A REDHEAD!Oh...and a princess.Sigh. Really? It's not enough for her to be a badass with a bow and arrow? She has to be a PRINCESS, too?Brave looks to be a fun historical romp, obviously inspired to some degree by Braveheart (it was previously titled The Bear and the Bow), and will be a nice way to have some kind of Celtic culture … [Read more...]

BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Reunion

I received a short press release on this event:The 2011 Monstermash Expo is hosting the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT REUNION at their horror convention at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel on December 16th-18th! (***UPDATE November 12: The organizer has informed me that, due to medical emergency, the convention has been postponed until further notice.***)Special guests will include original cast members Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams, along with the producers and director Eduardo … [Read more...]

A Witchy Walk Through the Neighborhood

Hallowe’en was a sensory holiday for me as a kid, and still is. The colorful costume parades, the chill air, leaves crunching underfoot, juicy apples and home-made doughnuts, the smell of burning leaves: these sensual memories mean autumn to me. I loved carrying that plastic pumpkin for trick or treating, feeling it grow heavy with treats. The sight of a tree without its leaves against a violet sky filled me with spooky dread, but also a sense of awe. When November arrived, I looked forward to … [Read more...]

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory at the New York Film Festival

Although it won't be shown on HBO until sometime in early 2012, and has not yet had any theatrical release, the third film in the Paradise Lost series has had two major premieres at film festivals so far. The first was in Toronto, in its original version, and more recently in New York, with the premiere of the recut version, including footage shot after the West Memphis Three were released on August 19th.I was fortunate enough to attend the New York premiere on Columbus Day, with a crowd of … [Read more...]


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