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Ten Horror Franchises You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I love sequels. There’s something fantastic and chaotic about returning to a character or a world that you love and watching it ramp itself up until it’s totally out of control. I especially love forgotten sequels that nobody but the most devoted cinema nerds have dug up, like THE BIRDS II: LAND’S END or SCANNER […]

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Morbid History: 8 Real Torture Tactics Used to Tell if You Were a Witch

The witch trials of that took place in the colonies and in Europe were one of the darkest chapters in our human history. By the time they were done, hundreds of people, mostly women, were put to death. And those who didn’t perish would be left with the memory of some of the cruelest torture […]

Films 

No, THE CRAFT is Not a Feminist Film

Spiked collars. Heavy eye makeup. Upside-down cross earrings and rosaries worn as necklaces. These are timeworn cultural symbols of rebellion and outsiderhood. The 1996 film THE CRAFT was full of these juicy plastic goodies – superficial signifiers of otherness that sang to my adolescent spirit at the time of the movie’s release (I was fourteen […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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Check Out These Witch Pants Made of Human Skin that are Thought to Bring Good Luck!

Iceland in the 17th century was awash with tales of witchcraft and sorcery. Unlike the Salem Witch Trials most people are familiar with, Icelandic witchcraft was most frequently practiced by men, and the accusations weren’t based on hysteria. The people of Iceland actually practiced witchcraft – whether or not it was effective is doubtful at […]

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Take a Chilling Subterranean Tour of Spain’s Most Terrifying Museum

From the outside, this ornate palace in the town of Ronda, within the Spanish province of Málaga, looks like a magical fairytale kingdom… but just wait until you get a look inside. The Museo Lara is a private museum boasting one of the most bizarre, fascinating and horrifying collections in the entire world — most of […]

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Did a Witch Wipe Out the Entire Town of Pere Cheney, Michigan?

In 1874, George Cheney established a stop on the Michigan Central Railroad between Gaylord and Jackson. Originally just a layover between two stops, it soon boomed into something larger. By 1877, the town boasted two sawmills, a hotel, a doctor, and finally a post office to make it official. The town expanded as the population quickly […]

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These Washington D.C. Witches Tried to Kill Hitler With an Occult Ritual

In February 1941, LIFE magazine published what may have been the strangest story ever to grace its pages.  It was written in a straightforward manner, without a hint of jest and not meant to poke fun. The name of the article? “LIFE Goes to a Hex Party.” Seems fairly innocuous, until you get to the […]

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Seven Chilling (and Totally True) Historical Inspirations for THE WITCH

The title card that ends 2015’s historical horror flick THE WITCH proclaims that the story is partially based on truth. Unlike most “true” horror movies, this isn’t just a device to make the movie seem more frightening. THE WITCH’s portrayal of the eerie power of witchcraft is based on court records, diaries and other first-hand […]

Films 

Satanic Nude Debauchery: A Look Back at HAXAN (1922)

Naked chicks, demons, devils, bare-assed celebrations, monster births, cannibals, and lots of liquor. You know- the standard stuffy, old and boring silent film. I’m really shocked HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES is not as highly regarded as some of the other classic works of silent cinema. Film history usually thrusts an academic finger at NOSFERATU […]

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Are Silicon Valley Executives Practicing Witchcraft?

Yoga and meditation are common practices among executives, especially in the tech space. But a new age of New Age beliefs are taking ahold of Silicon Valley: witchcraft.