THE WICKER TREE: Not a sequel, nor a remake, but a grab bag of vibes and moments

Perhaps few films in recent years have been the subjects of more anticipation than Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER TREE. The director (who helmed the cult horror classic THE WICKER MAN, now nearly four decades old) struggled for several years to obtain sufficient funding, and rejected several previous working titles (COWBOYS FOR CHRIST, THE MAY QUEEN [Read More…]

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“Satanic” Mutilations of Horses

Well, these stories have been making the rounds for years. But to have a respectable media outlet like the BBC report on it and quote a Lincolnshire horse owner babbling about Satan is starting to get ridiculous. “Nobody knows why someone would do something like this, but you can look on the internet and there [Read More…]

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Cult Occult Films…Occult Films About Cults? Occult Films with Cult Followings? (Head Explodes)

From the excellent website and blog AV Club, I found a thoughtful review of a little-known and seldom seen 1972 film by George Romero called Season of the Witch (also known as Hungry Wives). AV Club’s Keith Phipps says, “It’s loaded with references to the occult, but owes as much to Betty Friedan as Anton LaVey.” [Read More…]

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THE WICKER TREE: Interview with Robin Hardy

Oh, you thought *I* conducted this interview myself? Hah, I wish! (Though I did email Mr. Hardy a few months ago and his reply was most gracious) I found two great interviews, actually! The first interview is on Dread Central, and the second is on Crave Online. So, in honor of The Wicker Tree‘s release [Read More…]

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Satanism is the New Pink

Recent news stories have me convinced that we’re entering yet another satanic panic…while at the same time entering yet another occult revival. It may not seem odd for these similarly-themed events to occur simultaneously, but unfortunately for those of who are actual practitioners, scholars, or open-minded cultural observers familiar with new religious movements (including neo-paganism, [Read More…]

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Hello Patheos!

Well, it’s official. My blog has become part of the Patheos family. I am very excited to be here and am looking to jump-start this blog with new life in its new home. Life has been very busy and stressful of late but there has been no shortage of interesting pagan media news, so watch [Read More…]

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Secularism: A New Religion?

Like many people, I have been following the ongoing GOP presidential campaigns with increasing levels of amusement, horror and amazement. Mostly I’m amused by how gullible people seem to be (accepting statements as truth regardless of whether they are factual or even logical), horrified by the rampant sexism, homophobia and jingoism that abounds in the [Read More…]

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The Spirit of Albion: world premiere!

After much hard work the team behind The Spirit of Albion, a film based on the music of pagan musician Dave Smith (also known as Damh the Bard) is ready for its premiere in Sussex on Beltane Eve. Yes, the UK will be seeing this film well before any of us in the US, as [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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