The new horror film The Witch is getting positive reviews, but prior to that it was the stuff of minor controversy as a Satanist group issued a public endorsement for the film, calling it a "satanic experience." Such an endorsement would have caused a major controversy in the culture wars from Christians as happened in […]
From the website of the British Museum: 25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015 This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical […]
I was invited as a guest participant in the Cinefantastique Spotlight podcast to discuss The Wicker Man in light of the release of the "restored version," and Rialto Films' re-release for its 40th anniversary. This film was shot in 1973 and released in 1979, and has since become a cult classic. The story revolves around a […]
With all of the controversy and discussion of late over The Conjuring and its depiction of Paganism in horror, I stumbled upon this documentary looking at the classic The Wicker Man that artfully and frightfully explored this same topic years ago. Enjoy The Wicker Man Enigma.
TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 for 2011 is now available. In this edition my special guest is Peg Aloi, a religion scholar and film critic and who maintains her own blog at The Witching Hour, who engages me about the film Black Death directed by Christopher Smith. In this interview and dialogue, Peg and I discuss […]
Patheos is a website that presents information on a variety of religious traditions. Over the course of the summer months the site has been looking at what the future holds for these religions, and in a recent focus on Paganism an essay was included that dovetails with the focus of TheoFantastique. Christopher Knowles wrote a […]
This post brings together a number of areas of interest for me, including the increasing interest in fantasy with the counterculture of the 1960s, the connection between fantasy and Neo-Paganism, and the expression of elements related to Paganism and esotericism in film. We will explore issues related to these facets courtesy of an interview with […]