Guest Post: An Occultist’s Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People, Part II

<i>Guest Post</i>: An Occultist’s Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People, Part II

The hard truth is that even though the materials and know-how necessary for golem-craft and soul casting is readily available on the Dark Web, not everyone is capable of taking those tools and using them to make quality friends.

Fear not, dear reader. I count myself among them.

Review | Ghostbusters (2016)

Review | <i>Ghostbusters</i> (2016)

Life is too short to act like a nostalgic 80s film has the kind of power to destroy your childhoods. You're an adult now, grow up, and get new heroes. We need them and if that means pushing a film that I only gave 3.5 stars out of 5 because it is asking the right questions and creating strong female characters for the next generation of women then I'm in. I'll shout it from the rooftops. I mean, who else ya gonna call?

The Blood Cries Out: Reflections on Sterling, Castile & Dallas

The Blood Cries Out: Reflections on Sterling, Castile & Dallas

Innocent blood cries from the ground this week (as it does every day, though not always broadcast). Human life was taken unnecessarily. Our country's sins have claimed more of God's image bearers on both sides of the chasm which has spread out before us. 

In Memory of Aaron Everingham

In Memory of Aaron Everingham

Aaron was one of those writers that had a penchant for phrasing and word choice that enveloped the reader in images that both frustrated and clarified the constructions that we clung to with such stubborn pride. A mystic, although not a mystic detached from a grounding, but a mystic aiming to unearth the mystery of faith and life that had been buried since the Enlightenment

Dispatches from Horror Outsiders: My Friend Frankenstein | A Review of Victor Frankenstein (2015)

<i>Dispatches from Horror Outsiders</i>: My Friend Frankenstein | A Review of <i>Victor Frankenstein</i> (2015)

The difference between the savior Frankenstein and the savior Igor is what they demand of the one they have saved. Frankenstein offers friendship as a token to get what he wants--service and loyalty to his cause. Igor gives his love and friendship to Lorelai with no demands. It is clear which one is a more excellent way.

Privileged Horror: A Call for Diversity in the Horror Genre

Privileged Horror: A Call for Diversity in the Horror Genre

Horror needs the voices of women, minorities, LGBTQ communities, etc. so that the horror community can be invited into new nightmares and, in the midst of those terrors, find understanding about how non-white, non-male people see the same world and speak about the language of fear and the unknown.

Guest Post: Occultist's Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People, Pt. I

<i>Guest Post</i>: Occultist's Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People, Pt. I

Mr. Thane, who previously discussed with us the perfect cup of coffee, has once again delivered to me--and, by extension, you, dear reader--a piece exploring the social and power dynamics of those maneuvering within the realms of the dark arts. Making friends when 'normal' is hard enough; making friends on the fringes is even harder. Mr. Thane is here for you with some sage advice.

The Highway Stretched Out Before Us: Chaos and Violence in the Road Films of Robert Harmon

The Highway Stretched Out Before Us: Chaos and Violence in the Road Films of Robert Harmon

Robert Harmon is the only director who has been able to embody that terror of being in the open, shrouded in darkness, and bring that animalistic fear into the light of day. His road films put flesh on our complete inability to fully know, understand and control the forces that lie in wait just on the horizon, where the sun kisses the glistening black asphalt.

The Curious Crucified Rabbit Man: The Strange Bedfellows of Easter

The Curious Crucified Rabbit Man: The Strange Bedfellows of Easter

The complex and muddled hearts of humanity create the icons of our imperfect belief, our dedication to various gods: the strange bedfellows of faith and the world. If we are honest with ourselves, the curious crucified rabbit man is an honest projection of the unstable devotions of the heart. 

When Horror Crosses Over: Zodiac (2007)

When Horror Crosses Over: <i>Zodiac</i> (2007)

This feature looks at films that do not easily fit within the confines of traditionally defined horror, but contain elements or vignettes within them that borrow from or are influenced by the horror genre. Sometimes, perhaps, pulling off horror more effectively than those films that fit easier within the genre. This time around I look at a couple of scenes from what I consider to be David Fincher's masterpiece, Zodiac.

Review | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Review | <i>10 Cloverfield Lane</i>

Don't go into 10 Cloverfield Lane expecting the non-stop action of its predecessor, because you will be disappointed. This film moves more like a one-setting, one-act play with three characters figuring each other out. When the violence and action does happen, it is brutal and stark and disruptive. It feels cosmic within a closed-circuit narrative...By the end of the film, we come to realize that people can be both right in their paranoia and evil in their response to it. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

'Scariness' Is Just the Icing, Not the Cake

'Scariness' Is Just the Icing, Not the Cake

Considering its importance within the scope of cinema history, its significant progression of technological innovations and its constant back and forth interactions with production codes, religious institutes and public morality, horror should be taken seriously as film, writ large, and not just as profitable, popcorn entertainment.

Guest Post: The Occultist's Guide to the Perfect Cup of Coffee

<i>Guest Post</i>: The Occultist's Guide to the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Those of us involved in the Dark Arts have long-resigned ourselves to our place in society. We’ll always be outsiders, outcasts, and others to our neighbors and the world at-large. In addition to rendering us as little more than the butt of many a joke and the go-to bogeyman in many a cheap “horror” film, it also has cut us off from many of life’s simple pleasure.

The Monstrous End of Man's Displacement of God: Frankenstein (1931) & Creation

The Monstrous End of Man's Displacement of God: <i>Frankenstein</i> (1931) & Creation

What is it about Dr. Frankenstein's actions that becomes a type of allegorical blasphemy of the perfect, comprehensive goodness of God's creative acts in the first two chapters of Genesis? Rick Worland's essay, "Frankenstein (1931) and Hollywood Expressionism," in his book, The Horror Film: An Introduction, happens upon the problem even though theological concerns are not his aim in the essay.

When The Horror Ends, The Church Must Begin

When The Horror Ends, The Church Must Begin

As with most things in the West--and specifically America--these actions have been depleted and weakened by saccharine sweetness and passivity among the church (universal) in the last several years. The church has failed to confront the sinner in us all. Entering church no longer requires courage on the part of people. Instead, it retains no differences from a social or country club. If Zinoman is right, then horror has intervened as the new sacred altar where sinners bravely fill the pews and are confronted with the truth of their existence and being. 

Masculinity Through The Horror Grinder

Masculinity Through The Horror Grinder

As with all things, masculinity, too, should be transformed by the truth claims of the Christian faith. The fact that it hasn't been, on the whole, means that it still clings to us as an idol. Clover, then, purports that horror may show a trajectory of death and transformation of masculinity that parallels the theological conceptions of Christ's effect on human nature: the death of humanity's sin and humanity's sanctification (perfecting) and glorification (full redemption and resurrection), aka transformation.

Even the Immortals Must Fall: David Bowie, Death, & The Hunger In Us All

Even the Immortals Must Fall: David Bowie, Death, & <i>The Hunger</i> In Us All

David Bowie, in the eyes of many, including myself, was immortal. He defied the rules and physics of age. He didn't get older, he just became more world-wise. The man looked none of his full 69 years. Much like his music, the man was ageless. But the cruelty of disease took him anyways. 

#HorrorHottakes: Darr @ The Mall (2014)

#HorrorHottakes: <i>Darr @ The Mall</i> (2014)

#HorrorHottakes will be one of the reoccurring features on my blog where I pick a streaming horror film that I have not seen (and, in some cases, have not even heard of) and I watch it, think about it and write on it within 24 hours of my usual publishing time. My first selection is a Hindi language film from 2014, Darr @ The Mall.

The Truth (and Goodness) of Horror

The Truth (and Goodness) of Horror

I think a well-crafted piece of horror culture, whether film, song, book, etc., can strike a chord with something profoundly true about ourselves, about this crazy simple, yet complex, world we live in and the fear that creeps up in all of us when something we don't understand seeps into our secure, safe realities. It gives us a language to explore the boundaries of our fears, providing catharsis and a safe place to explore why we fear what we do and what those fears say about us. And what that truth brings about can be noble, just, pure, lovely, etc.