The Dunwich Horror (USA 1970)

I reviewed this on April 30, 2015. Now I’m doing it again. Before you steal a forbidden grimoire from a library and writhe nude on a Druid’s altar, hear me out. Why revamp an old post? Because its there! What I love about the Dunwich Horror is that its an overly long episode of Night Gallery. Lovecraft’s stories, with their references to tentacles and other undulating protuberances coming in and out of things at all angles, were certainly sexual – in a mad way – but they were never sexy. He would have hated this sexing up of his story but who cares? This is a unique work: where else will you see a feminist raped to death by a male chauvinist cabbage from an outré dimension? Exactly. Plus the ocean is used throughout as symbolic of timelessness and eternity, and Wilbur Whately’s Twin’s presence is made known by a combo of a heart beating audio clip and the sound of water slushing. Its quite groovy. [Read more…]

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The Journey To Ixtlan (Carlos Castenada)

“We only have two alternatives: we either take everything for sure and real, or we don’t. If we follow the first, we end up bored to death with ourselves and with the world. If we follow the second and erase personal history, we create a fog around us, a very exciting and mysterious state in which nobody knows where the rabbit will pop out, not even ourselves.” Yes, I would like to think these ‘teachings’ are real. No, I don’t think they apply to all of us in particular. We are all so very different and unique that nothing is truly the same for any us.  [Read more…]

The Brotherhood Of Satan (1971 USA)

brotherhoodofs3This classy underrated film is packed with spooky imagery. The occult scenes are presented in a completely matter-of-fact way as to make them unsettling and extremely effective – particularly the opening sequence involving an army tank crushing a car, the rampage of a devil-doll, a surreal dream sequence (set inside the ice chamber where all the victims are kept, since they can’t be buried), a beheading committed by a horse-riding medieval knight and the lengthy ‘black mass’ finale which culminates in ritual mass suicide. [Read more…]

The Occult (Colin Wilson)

the occultThe original angry young man. The Outsider himself. Colin Wilson (1931 – 2013 ) was my literary pin – up when I was a teenager. In 1984 I read a chapter from his book “Mysteries” titled ‘How Many Me’s Are There?’ I’ve never been the same since. Mr W gave me a nervous breakdown. You name it and he transmitted it to me – panic attacks were just the entre. [Read more…]

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968 United Kingdom)

MovieQuiz_960-Au revoir Christopher Lee, may he rest in peace. He entertained so many around the world for nearly sixty years. This physically towering, handsome man had accomplished so much where do you begin for a tribute? Perhaps here. The man himself stated that this picture was his favourite Hammer Horror of them all. [Read more…]

THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973 UK)

catOn a first watch this is a very unsettling motion picture. The synthesized ‘score’ just creeps me to the bone every time, very effective, much more than straight music would have been; totally ahead of its time. It feels like some kind of un-natural percussion is performing drum fills inside my stomach. Yikes! [Read more…]

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