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Season of the Witch

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...]

THE WICKER TREE: Interview with Robin Hardy

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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 on DVD and Bluray tomorrow (gee, that was fast, huh?),  here's some words from the man who, with writer Anthony Shaffer, started it all in 1973.I have not seen the film yet and I'm … [Read more...]

Satanism is the New Pink

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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, modern pagan witchcraft, Wicca, druidry, Asatru, etc.) the vast majority of people reading about it won't … [Read more...]

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 for me to report and comment here. I'd like for this blog to be a place for thoughtful commentary as well as news sharing. I also welcome feedback and discussion so I hope you'll all stay with me and share anything … [Read more...]

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 GOP's rhetoric, and amazed at how the current administration is under attack for things it has not done. But of course this emotional roller … [Read more...]

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 it should be! But those of us who know and love Damh's music will be eagerly awaiting a chance to see it stateside!For those able to attend, here are some details from the film's Facebook page:We are delighted to announce that the … [Read more...]

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 his bedroom wall...The pub is listed for sale for two hundred thousand pounds, or about $316,000, which seems a bargain these days, and considering the potential for marketing the place as a … [Read more...]

This week’s hot pagan media news!

Earlier this week,m it was announced that PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. This is not unexpected news, as the film was short-listed and has been generating a great deal of buzz. There were a lot of great documentaries this year (some of which did not get nominated, to my surprise; what happened, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK?), so to receive a nomination is a distinct honor. Well done, Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger, and the entire production … [Read more...]

TONIGHT! HBO Premiere of PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY

If you have HBO, I hope you're planning on watching the premiere of the third installment in the PARADISE LOST series tonight! PURGATORY concludes the eighteen year saga of the West Memphis Three, who spent nearly two decades in prison after being convicted of the brutal murders of three eight year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.I had the pleasure of seeing the film in New York last fall when it had its US premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival (an earlier version, finished prior to the … [Read more...]


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