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...]

Too good not to share…THE POWER OF THE WITCH

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And now for some dreamy old film imagery, scented with patchouli and blessed with love beads...THE POWER OF THE WITCH (video link included).Rare footage of some of the early movers and shakers of modern pagan witchcraft: Alex and Maxine Sanders, et al...filmed in 1971, this was the heyday of the modern occult movement, and so is really an interesting historical document and also quite a lovely way to experience the "vibe" of  what the early days of  the pagan community were like.It w … [Read more...]

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

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And by "loved" I mean REALLY PASSIONATELY ADORED.And by "hated" I mean WTF?????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. So, without further ado:LOVED:1. The Dialogue. It was often perversely … [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...]

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 exceptional yo … [Read more...]

Oh, look! Witches are media darlings. AGAIN. (SIGH)

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Remember the late 1990s? THE CRAFT? Then CHARMED? Then BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Then THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Then all the witchcraft stuff appearing in episodes of shows like THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, etc.?To quote one of the creepier moments of TWIN PEAKS: "It is happening again. It is happening right now."Just in time for Hallowe'en. Heh heh heh.Thanks to The Guardian for pointing out what should have been gradually becoming obvious to most of us these last few weeks. Witches and … [Read more...]

COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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By now you've certainly heard that the third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. As last season's ASYLUM was set further back in time than the first season, this third season goes back nearly three hundred years in its quest to fill an hour of primetime with more sex, gore, violence and perversion than we're generally used to seeing.And I, for one, can't wait.The first "teaser trailer" has been … [Read more...]


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