New Releases and Premieres: PL3, Kill List and Paranorman

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This week sees the release of a number of DVDs that many pagans and pagan-friendly folks will want to have in their collection. Most significant is the release of the Oscar-nominated documentary film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This third film in a trilogy ties up the story of the West Memphis Three, although it did not intend to do so (hence the title. suggesting an unsure outcome). The film's premiere at the prestigious Toronto film festival was a version that did not include the release of … [Read more...]

BACK TO THE GARDEN

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This documentary film completed in 2011 will be shown on PBS tomorrow at 7 pm (Check your local PBS affiliate website for times or screening dates in your area).Back to the Garden is a film project that began in 1968, chronicling the "back to the earth" movement that was such closely related to the pagan revival. In 2006, the filmmaker, Kevin Tomlinson, looked in on the subjects from the original film to see what they were doing. The resulting documentary film has been shown at a number of … [Read more...]

Crazy World…Just Add Religious Confusion

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I am back from a lengthy hiatus, hope you're still with me! I was away camping for two weeks at festivals (Sirius Rising and Summerfest at the Brushwood Folklore Center) and have been getting caught up, and caught up in, all kinds of new and exciting things in my life.Festival season was very relaxing and fun. There were some challenges as well, and I was forced more than once to ask myself, what on earth is this thing we call the "pagan community" any do these people act like such asshats? … [Read more...]

BRAVE: Pixar’s Pagan Princess is Perfect Pleasure

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Honestly, I wasn't expecting to like this very much. The fact that this free-spirited spitfire had to be a "princess" in order to appeal to audiences really rubbed me the wrong way. There is way too much "princess" branding aimed at little girls these days, and it's annoying. It also seemed Pixar was having trouble figuring out how to market this: changing the title (It was originally called The Bear and the Bow; Brave seems like a faint echo of Braveheart, no?) and it seemed recent trailers … [Read more...]

Casting of DEVIL’S KNOT near complete

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Devil's Knot, the film based upon journalist Mara Leveritt's book exploring the case of the West Memphis Three, will begin shooting next week. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) is directing, which promises and intelligent and sensitive rendering of the material. One of the first casting decisions announced was Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, mother of eight year old Stevie Branch, who was murdered on May 5, 1993. Then British actor Colin Firth was … [Read more...]

‘Ritual’ Mutilation in Mexico Inspires Sensationalistic Headlines

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This story has made the headlines today: A Mexican woman has been charged with gouging our her son's eyes with her fingers during some kind of "ritual" or "ceremony" performed by an unknown group in Nezahualcoyotl, a suburb of Mexico City.Though no specific group or cult has been named yet, the media coverage is certainly suggesting some kind of occult connection, and several articles mentioned the "narcos-satanicos" killings of the 1980s including the infamous 'Matamoros Cult' murders in … [Read more...]

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

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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 and THE RIDING OF THE LADDIE) before settling on the one that conjured at least a ghost of the original. And though there are similarities, the title may … [Read more...]

“Satanic” Mutilations of Horses

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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 are all these Satanic cults."I'm sorry...there are satanic cults on the internet? Like, advertising themselves?And even if that was true, why must it be that satanists are the … [Read more...]

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

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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." It does seem to be addressing the subject of the occult via the lens of "women's lib" and so might be worthwhile, given the dearth of films from that period which tackle the subject. A b … [Read more...]


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