Sunday, December 2, 2012

Satanic Sundays! Six Films From The Beginning Of Occult Films


These six films that celebrate the Satanic are truly sinful. They are films from the early days of cinema that play with superstitions and occult beliefs. These are some of the lesser celebrated Satanic folly that laid the foundation for or love of the celluloid dark side.
haxan1. Haxan (1922)

I have to say that even though this film is sort of offense and inflammatory by 21st century standard the beliefs and myths were held seriously that the witches in “Haxan” was the true view of sorcery.
A historical view of witchcraft in seven parts and a variety of styles. First, there is a slide-show alternating inter-titles with drawings and paintings to illustrate the behavior of pagan cultures in the Middle Ages regarding their vision of demons and witches. Then there is a dramatization of the situation of the witches in the Middle Ages, witchcraft and witch-hunts.

2. The Black Castle (1952)

220px-TheblackcastleA British gentleman investigates the disappearance of two friends at the Austrian estate of the sinister Count von Bruno (McNally). Von Bruno secretly seeks revenge against the leaders of a British force that set the natives against him in colonial Africa: Burton's missing friends are among his victims, and Burton is now also in the trap. Burton plans to escape with von Bruno's abused Countess, but the Count's henchmen bar the way. Directed by Nathan Juran and starring Richard Greene, Boris Karloff and Stephen McNally.

3. Cult Of The Cobra (1955)

CultofcobraWhile stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death. Directed by Francis D. Lyon and starring Faith Domergue, Richard Long and Marshall Thompson.

4. The 7th Victim (1943)

7thvictimposter1When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister's husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline's whereabouts. What she doesn't realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence. Directed by Mark Robson and starring Kim Hunter, Tom Conway and Jean Brooks.

5. The Unknown Terror (1957)

unknown_terror_poster_01The mysterious disappearance of Jim Wheatley (Charles Gray), while exploring a cave near a Mexican village, brings his sister, Gina (Mala Powers), and her husband, Dan Matthews (John Howard), to the territory to search for him. Embittered, crippled Pete Morgan (Paul Richards), insists on going along and reminds Dan that his condition is Dan's fault since it happened in an accident in which Pete saved Dan's life. Plus, Gina was Pete's sweetheart before the accident. Did we mention embittered? The party hears about an old Indian legend concerning the Cave of the Dead where human sacrifices were made to the Gods. Dr. Ramsey (Gerald Milton), married to a native girl, Concha (May Wynn), claims no knowledge of the cave, but he is here because the climate is ideal for rapid fungus growth for his work on cultivating fungus for antibiotics. Directed by Charles Marquis Warren and starring John Howard, Mala Powers and Paul Richards.

6. Zombies Of Mora Tau (1957)

zombies of mora tauZombiefied sailors guard the treasure of a ship they went down with 60 years earlier. A group of sailors scoff at the legend, and decide to retrieve the diamonds from the ocean floor only to discover the hard way that there is some truth to legends. Directed by Edward L. Cahn and starring Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes and Autumn Russell.

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