MALEFICENT: Full of pagan imagery

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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 damn wicked/evil. Although the "w" word is never used, Maleficent is adept at magic and curses. And her name, which seems to be a play on "malevolent" and "magnificent" (or "malefica" which means evil deeds") is fitting on both counts. The character is a complex portrayal … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Twenty-First Century Satanic Panic

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Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hey, didn't we figure out more than a few years ago what a crock it was? Didn't the West Memphis Three case and the Lanning Report and those ridiculous episodes of Oprah! and Geraldo! make it clear that it was a crazy decade-long episode of hysteria?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. Welcome to the … [Read more...]

Some interesting stuff coming in 2014…

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I don't generally announce forthcoming horror films unless they have some connection to witchcraft, paganism or the occult, and of course I also prefer arthouse and foreign films to mainstream Hollywood stuff, so my initial forecast for 2014 is that there isn't that much coming down the pipeline just yet. But here are a few titles that look interesting and I'll keep you all posted as their debut dates get closer.The film JUNE stars one of the little badass girls in THE WALKING DEAD (Kennedy … [Read more...]

New trailer for WGN’s “Salem”

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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 witches!Earlier publicity stills from the show¬†showed "dunking stool" scenes, which is kind of annoying since, as any history buff knows, the dunking stool did not exist in Colonial North … [Read more...]

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

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Or something like that.The excellent horror media news website Bloody Disgusting has been providing some good updates on this show that is set to premiere soon on WGN America. In their latest article they offer a video teaser portraying some dunking chair style torture...in an apparently sparkling swamp (the scene was filmed on location, oddly, in Shreveport, Louisiana). The series is slated for a thirteen episode season to premiere sometime in spring of 2014.The production design is … [Read more...]

2013: The Year of the Witch?

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It's been a helluva year for witchy-themed media, mostly on TV. I'm working on a round-up of all things witchy from the year just past, and looking at things coming up in the coming year, to be posted in the next day or so.I'd love to hear from any and all of you, in the comments section, any thoughts you have on any witchy media you enjoyed (or hated, ha ha) this past year, particularly if you caught something that fell beneath my radar.I do already have a prediction for 2014: the … [Read more...]

Yuletide Movies? Maybe not, but…

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...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!" I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, too but they are not on this list because you should be watching those, anyway, just BECAUSE.1. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999). Stanley Kubrick's last and possibly most controversial film. … [Read more...]

2013′s Top Ten Movies for Pagans

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Well, everyone loves a year's end list of favorite stuff. This columnist does try her level best to make sure lists of favorites are crafted with en eye towards pagan sensibilities. With that in mind, in no particular order, I present the year's ten best movies for you witchy, tree-hugging, candle-burning, goddess-worshipping, animal-loving, mead-drinking, bonfire-dancing types!1. MORE THAN HONEY. This fascinating and moving documentary, in German and English, begins with an elderly man who … [Read more...]

Witch Cinema: My Top Ten Movies with Witches in ‘Em

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You know me, I am not one to shy away from witches in movies, no matter how sensational or stereotyped they may be! (Note: I am not discussing pagan witches here, I will post another list of films with pagan themes next.) The portrayal of witches in films as evil, seductive, greedy for power, bloodthirsty, cruel, well, I think it's all built upon some combination of fairy tales, the horror story that was the Salem Witch Trials, and the paranoid portrayals from the years of the European witch … [Read more...]


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