The only thing worse than a witch hunt…

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...is a television series that tries to capitalize on popular media's witchy trend by being as over the top as possible. SALEM Premieres this Sunday on WGN: Just how trashy will it be? From the looks of things in the latest trailer, pretty trashy. I'm pretty sure this 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 … [Read more...]

Just-Released! Behind the Scenes Preview of SALEM

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  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, setting us up for the suspicious, hysterical madness that takes place near the end of the Seventeenth Century. But the production values do … [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...]

Aaaaand it’s ANOTHER TV series about witches on the way!

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Jenji Kohan, creator of the popular Showtimes series WEEDS and the red-hot Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is now said to be working on a show for HBO about the Salem Witch Trials. (Shout out to Wren Walker, Witches' Voice co-founder, for sharing this story with me!) There's not much information out there yet, and some of it is just frustratingly sensational, like the Verge writer who mentions witches burning in his headline (to be fair it was changed fairly quickly but the URL shows … [Read more...]

Help Us, Stevie Nicks. You’re Our Only Hope

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Hey, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Who Are You to Keep Us Down? Five episodes in, I think it’s safe to say the show’s creators are not terribly interested in portraying modern witchcraft or Voodoo as life-affirming spiritual paths. Consider last week’s episode, “The Axeman Cometh,” which begins with a serial killer’s voiceover. He claims to be a spirit, not of this world, though physically he is a sexy sax player with salt-and-pepper sideburns (Danny Huston). It is 1919, and the … [Read more...]

New Documentary in the Works: WITH LOVE FROM SALEM

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A new documentary film chronicling the work of the Salem, MA coven the Temple of Nine Wells has a trailer on YouTube. The group was led by Gypsy Ravish and her late husband Richard, who also established the popular shop Nu Aeon and mail order business White Light Pentacles. In 2011 the Temple celebrated 20 years of Samhain rituals at Gallows Hill, a milestone that appears to be the subject of the film. I will update this space as I find out more about the documentary and any news of its … [Read more...]


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