From the title of the film we know this is going to be a Lovecraft inspired horror film, but they make clear from the start this is not just another hack B-movie. It opens with clever exposition, voice over of a news cast establishes a dystopian near-future defined by a global refugee crisis and rising sea levels, references to the… Read More »Cthulhu (2007): A Subversive Twist on Lovecraft
My interest in conspiracy theories originated from my childhood fear of the woodland monsters commonly called Bigfoot. Whether or not you believe the creatures are real, there is no explanation for the phenomena that doesn’t involve some kind of conspiracy. Any hoax elaborate enough to be plausible requires multiple parties agreeing to keep schtum. The famous Patterson-Gimlin footage filmed in… Read More »On Conspiracy Theories – Preview
Before the open credits start to roll, Twin Peaks fans will notice parallels. A grim forest, Bobby Vinton croons Mr Lonely, a flyer for a missing girl on a lonely out of service call box, a stranded motorist has a bizarre encounter collapsing under the “Welcome to Villefranche” sign. Jump to a team of police discovering a dead girl hanged… Read More »Black Spot on Netflix: A French Twin Peaks?
An Occult Crime Watch Preview… The quaint Isle of Jersey in the English Channel is known for being closer to France than any other part of the UK, as well as its unique Norman-French dialect, picturesque apple orchards and famous cattle. This idyll setting for a cozy mystery story would become the backdrop for the most gritty of crimes. Throughout… Read More »Beware The Beast of Jersey – Preview
An Occult Crime Watch preview… In a remote hollow of York County Pennsylvania, on night of the 28th of November 1928, an unlucky farmer named John Blymire set out with two teen-aged accomplices on a grim and superstitious mission. Blymire had been convinced by a fortuneteller that his ill-fortunes were the result of a Hex placed upon him by his… Read More »Devil Down the Hollow – Preview
According to Southwestern folklore, a Skinwalker is said to be a malevolent member of a Shamanic cult, or secret society, with the power to transform into various animals not unlike the An-yoto Ani-ota (West Africa’s Human Leopards). This parallel is particularly strong concerning the role of greed and petty jealousy motivating their applications of Black Magic. As with the Human… Read More »The Mystery of the Sherman Ranch: Horror or Hoax?
The folklore and campfire tales of the North American wilderness are rich with mysterious beasts and phantom creatures. The lake monsters and wampus cats might well have been mythological, or they may have been unknown species driven to extinction by the fur trade long before scientifically-minded explorers could document their existence. However, along with rumors of unknown yet plausible beasts,… Read More »Werewolves? In America?
I have had the dubious distinction of walking the streets of some famously haunted cities and towns. My empirical nature has been tested and teased from the spooky glades of Gettysburg to the shady alleys of New Orleans. I’ve climbed the infamous “Exorcist Steps” in Georgetown, and visited notorious Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. I’ve lived in more than one “haunted house”… Read More »Savannah Georgia: The Most Haunted City in America – Preview
Playing cards were invented in China, and made their way to Europe along the Silk Road by way of Egypt during the Middle Ages. While fortune telling was always popular there is no evidence that cards were used for divination before the 18th Century. Cartomancy seems to have been invented in the Italian city of Bologna, and then spread to… Read More »The Art of Telling Fortunes with Playing Cards
Q: What is Cartomancy? A: Since the dawn of recorded history, every human culture has developed its own form of divinatory arts. For thousands of years, fortune telling was a respected profession practiced with the utmost seriousness. Yet, despite this ancient pedigree, the specific art of telling fortunes using playing cards was only invented less than three hundred years ago,… Read More »Cartomancy FAQ