THE WITCH: The Media Witch’s Review

It’s always really interesting for me to review witchy and pagan films, because I’m coming at this work as both a film critic and a practicing witch, not to mention a scholar of contemporary paganism. THE WITCH is just about the hottest horror film to come along in many months (even the Satanists love it, which [Read More…]

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A Cinema of Evil: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Witchcraft & the Occult

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square. This month we’re asking: Has Hollywood Become Our National Conscience? Read other perspectives here. There can be no denying that contemporary culture is fascinated by horror. This popular genre of literature, film and TV has many sub-categories: supernatural, paranormal, monsters, ghosts, the undead, serial killers, [Read More…]

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MALEFICENT: Full of pagan imagery

You gotta love when a fairy tale actually has lots of fairies in it. That’s the conceit behind MALEFICENT, Disney’s new retelling of SLEEPING BEAUTY. It’s a kind of alternative theory on how the Wicked Queen/Evil Fairy got so wicked/evil. [Read more…]

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Welcome to the Twenty-First Century Satanic Panic

Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hey, didn’t we figure out more than a few years ago what a crock it was? Well, unfortunately there’s a whole new generation of gullible people who haven’t been exposed to the debunking, and a whole bunch of trouble-makers who want to spread these insane rumors all over again. [Read more…]

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Some interesting stuff coming in 2014…

Films coming in 2014: JUNE, MALEFICENT, ALTAR, and more! [Read more…]

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New trailer for WGN’s “Salem”

A new trailer debuted today for the new series about Salem witches to be broadcast on WGN. The series is not debuting for a while yet, but the network is definitely trying to get some advance buzz happening, and the social media campaign to promote the show has been going strong for weeks now. Because [Read More…]

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New show on WGN “Salem” is a love story, with witch hunters…

Is AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN to blame for this latest media craze, just as the film THE CRAFT set off a flurry of witchy media in the late 1990s? Every day, lately, it seems that witches continue to acquire more attention, more media engagement, more religious scrutiny, more social intrigue. [Read more…]

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2013: The Year of the Witch?

What fictional witches did you like this past year? Do you prefer the sappy Hallmark Channel ones or the edgy, naughty FX ones? What about any new witch-themed fictional works? Tell me what you think! [Read more…]

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Yuletide Movies? Maybe not, but…

Here are some holiday films I’d recommend that you may not have seen before, or may not have considered as having a “winter holiday” theme. Also known as “A list of Peg’s Favorite Christmas/Yuletide/Winter Solstice Movies!” [Read more…]

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