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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The only thing worse than a witch hunt…

I’m pretty sure the upcoming SALEM series was in the works before AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premiered, but I am inclined to agree with the i09 folks: this new show seems to want to give the glossy, envelope-pushing FX drama a run for its money. [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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Just-Released! Behind the Scenes Preview of SALEM

  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I might actually be looking forward to this… Just released: special behind-the-scenes footage and sneak preview of WGN’s Salem which premieres later this spring… Yes, the story set-up seems a bit silly: young sexy versions of Tituba, Cotton Mather, and other historical figures from the Witch Trials, [Read More…]

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: What We Loved, and What We Hated

Lilith Dorsey and I had nearly weekly video chats about the show, half rant, half rapture. Because, as irritating as we found the show to be at times, we also found it very entertaining and compelling. Say what you will, it is hard to remain indifferent to a show this intense. But its flaws were every bit as dramatic as its charms. [Read more…]

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And then there’s the ROSEMARY’S BABY mini-series…

Well, at least it’s not the dreadful sounding adaptation that Michael Bay was planning to do with Jessica Alba and Doris Roberts (hooray for all the fans who shared their outrage and effectively killed this project); they’d even been planning to change the title to “The Sacrifice.” [Read more…]

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COVEN chat with Peg & Lilith

Here for your pleasure and delectation, another installment of our weekly video chats about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN! [Read more…]

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Ten Things You Now Know About Witches, if you watch AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

Witches have really nice clothes, don’t age, and make bad BFFs — read on for these and other “truths” about witches from American Horror Story: Coven. [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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