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Author Topic: TV/Film: Favorite pagan movies?  (Read 5706 times)

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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2016, 06:00:37 pm »
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Buffy is mostly about vampires, no?


Buffy has several significant (in a couple of cases multi-year) storylines related to witchcraft, interactions with people who identify as Pagan, and ritual magic. So no, not just vampires.

(I also consider it a very interesting show for Pagans who are interested in questions of ethics of information, power, access to knowledge about what's going on in the world, etc. even though I find some of it hard to watch these days.)

Beyond that, I think it depends on how you're defining Pagan: Lord of the Rings and Narnia both come from authors who were very heavily aware of pre-Christian sources and materials, regardless of their own religious experiences, and where those concepts permeate their work in both obvious and not so obvious ways.

Personally, rather than defining Pagan movies, I tend to go about it from 'which things are most relevant to me, as a Pagan, in understanding the world, or experiencing a sense of the numinous'. The same way I keep (and on occaison recommend) a bookshelf of books of Pagan-relevant fiction, only some of which are about or by Pagans.

My own list for movies would include Agora (Hypatia of Alexandria), the BBC production of The Silver Chair from - I think the late 90s?, the Harry Potter movies (and even more so the books - I have gripes with various specifics in the movies, but it's hard to deny the numinousness, or the number of conversational topics they can provoke), and like many others, I do have a certain fondness for both The Craft and Practical Magic for specific reasons.

(On the other hand, I'm the kind of person who'd consider Veronica Mars, Leverage, and The West Wing as interesting frameworks for discussions of ethics, power, how to use or not use influence to get what you want, and the various distinctions of Knowing, Willing, Daring, and Keeping Silent apply. So, y'know. Wide net.)
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2016, 10:38:25 pm »
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Agora.

 
That's a good one.

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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2016, 09:26:56 am »
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Practical Magic = life goals. Seriously. I wanna be the aunts with my bestie. In that house. That specific house. But here, in BC. Because I obviously believe in miracles. ^_^

Have you read the book? It's completely different from the movie; I read it after watching the film, so I was able to enjoy them as separate things (with one maybe inspiring the other). Anyway, it's really good. Darker than the film, but still full of magic and sisterhood. I <3 them both.
I... may have been aware there's a book? Who the hell knows anymore. But anyways, next paycheck I'm gonna buy it 'cause it's one of my favorite stories of all time.

I'm also gonna second whoever said Harry Potter because even though I wouldn't really call it strictly Pagan it's a great series and I'm just a huge fan girl.
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2016, 01:11:56 am »
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I remember when I started a similar thread on another pagan website, the people there flipped saying these movies portray the pagan community as evil, and are therefore misleading, but anyway.

What are your favourite pagan/ witch themed movies?
Sure, they're misleading, but they show off some really beautiful scenery! And the whole mystic aura they give away is just so nice! :ange:
What do you think?


Strap in! I used to work at a movie store and I have a horror podcast, I know my witch movies!
 
The Craft. This movie is the reason I got into witchcraft. It was stylish, it was cool, it was empowering. It has its problematic elements (ugh, girlfights) but there's a lot of good shit going on here.

The Witches of Eastwick. Because sometimes in order to get some power and some meaning in life, you need to nail the devil. Plus Cher!

Season of the Witch aka Hungry Wives by George A. Romero. This is, in my opinion, an overlooked gem. It's one of Romero's earliest films and the budget was nonexistent - the DVD actually starts with text informing the viewer that the quality is far below what they would normally release. It's the story of a bored housewife who gets into witchcraft in a desperate attempt to craft an identity beyond wife-and-mother. Paul Huson's Mastering Witchcraft is the main resource used in the film and you get to see her do some of the rituals described in the book. It is damn near impossible to find this movie as a physical copy (believe me, I've tried) but it IS on youtube aside from the first five minutes or so.

My sister and I hosted a horror discussion panel evening on the above three films - it was about feminism of the 70s, 80s, and 90s as viewed through the lens of witchcraft in film.

Practical Magic.  The climax can still make me cry because I too am very, very close to my witchy sister.

Suspiria. I prefer this over Inferno, and it is just... glorious. It's a giallo so it doesn't have to make sense, and visually it's just stunning. The blood looks like tempera paint for god's sake. And that double kill. Oh MAN. Beautiful. Also I like the idea of witches deciding to open a school for the occult arts and dance. Like fuck it, yeah, conjuring and ballet, sure.

The Wicker Man. Don't even bring up the Nic Cage one in my presence. The original is damn near perfect. The pagan islanders, the self righteous virgin detective, the weird ass songs, and Christopher Lee's stunning turtlenecks and ascots.

Antichrist. I avoided seeing this film for a long time because I thought it would be boring. I was wrong. While it's not one I throw on just for fun, it definitely is one of my favourite movies that touches on the wildness of nature and in us.

The Lords of Salem. After the shitstain that was Zombie's Halloween remake, I was cautious about giving him another chance. But man, I am glad I did. That coven is 'hashtag: squad goals!" material.

Black Death. This came out about the same time as the shitty Nic Cage 'Season of the Witch' and it's a similar story. Just done, you know, GOOD. Sean Bean is in it, so you can guess how well his character fares.

Rosemary's Baby. I could talk for hours about this movie, but I'll spare you all.

The Witch. I loved this so much that I paid to see it in theatres twice, which for me is practically unheard of. The imagery, the ending... oh MAN. It's everything I ever wanted it to be. (Also Black Phillip rules.)

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. I like both the original and the William S. Burroughs versions. It remains my favourite "put it on mute on the TV during a party" movie, too.


In the "so bad it's good" category...

Silent Night Deadly Night 4: Initiation. So. Anybody here know who Brian Yuzna is? 'Cause this is a man who looooooooooooves a goopy movie. Just moist. This is no exception. Anyhow, it's a sorority that's secretly a witches coven and it has some sort of batshit plot about Lillith and cockroaches.

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. This movie is terrible, let's just get that out of the way. That said... it's entertainingly terrible, and the Wiccan character makes me laugh. As does a drunk guy's explanation of the Rule of Three: "in three days, your dick will fall off!"

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. My sister will never understand my love for a movie where a dumpy, pornstached doctor bangs all the chicks he meets while investigating an evil Celtic child murder cult. Great Carpenter score, though.


For anybody who likes to listen to stuff, may I direct you to The Faculty of Horror? It is a feminist horror podcast. They have two witch episodes in which they discuss some of the films I've listed here, plus others.

Also, for anybody who wants to hear more about the pornstached doctor... How Did This Get Made? Halloween III.

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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2016, 07:15:33 am »
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2016, 07:17:22 am »
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Agora.


Yes!

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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2016, 03:15:16 pm »
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Yes!

Now pardon me while my head explodes from this rare moment of agreement between Castus and myself

 
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I finally saw The Witch last night with a friend and I adored it. Very unsettling and well-done. Seconding people who've mentioned Practical Magic. The Village (yes, the Shyamalan movie) isn't "pagan," per se, but it has a vibe that meshes well with my practice so I'm including it.

There was one more I enjoyed, but I can't remember which it is at the moment.
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2016, 03:17:08 pm »
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Warlock, Stardust, Lord of the Rings, Conan, Gladiator, Highlander, Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Narnia, Willow and Ladyhawke to name a few :pop:

 
The bolded movies were in fact my entire childhood and are being added to my witchy media list (which I've realized I need to start).
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2016, 02:02:19 am »
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What are your favourite pagan/ witch themed movies?

Practical Magic, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, The Witches of Eastwick, The Covenant, The craft, Willow, Ladyhawke.
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Re: Favorite pagan movies?
« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2016, 08:15:11 pm »
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I remember when I started a similar thread on another pagan website, the people there flipped saying these movies portray the pagan community as evil, and are therefore misleading, but anyway.

What are your favourite pagan/ witch themed movies?
Sure, they're misleading, but they show off some really beautiful scenery! And the whole mystic aura they give away is just so nice! :ange:
What do you think?

 
The Mists of Avalon
Ring of the Nibelungs
Hammer of the Gods
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