Friday, September 07, 2007

The Occult Experience

In my office with the fast Ethernet connection, I downloaded the 1987 documentary The Occult Experience. It is available on various bittorent servers, such as here. (There was tie-in with Nevil Drury's 1987 book of the same name, I believe.)

Lots of the film is actually older. Some footage goes back to the 1960s, such as a brief appearance of Isaac Bonewits during his Church of Satan experience. There's Selena Fox and Dennis Carpenter and her coven trooping through the Wisconsin snow and some New York Witch mispronouncing "Samhain," Alex "king of the witches" Sanders, The Temple of Set, and Janet Farrar teaching some students while Stewart smokes cigarettes in an armchair before robing.

One of the Farrars' initation rituals is shown at length, and there is also a segment on the Australian Witch and artist Rosaleen Norton.

Also included: Z Budapest and her Dianic coven of the time, explaining how women used to curse warmongers, Luisah Tesh talking hoodoo, the Fellowship of Isis at Clonegal Castle, and Michael Harner of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. But what the filmmakers really love is the work of H.R. Giger.

What those Australian Pentecostals are doing in there, I'm not sure, except for the speaking in tongues and the exorcism. The latter just goes on and on ("Push it, Petra. In the name of Jeee-zuss, come out!"). Talk about savage rites!

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Anonymous Natalie said...

Great, thanks for the link!

But, uh, "similar items" = Frank Sinatra's greatest hits and the Diary of Anne Frank? ;)

(Yeah, yeah, I know where it comes from. Still, sometimes those recommendations can be pretty funny.)

10:17 PM  
Blogger Jason Pitzl-Waters said...

Man, that torrent needs some more "seeders" it'll take me a week to get it downloaded at this rate!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Price NicDhàna said...

My favorite, er, part is when Alex Sanders sets his gold lamé loincloth on fire.

The voiceover when they lower the mask onto his head is pretty good, too: "I don't like this very much." (Paraphrased. Haven't seen the film in about twenty years.)

Poor Petra.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Jason, I figure that all my readers overwhelmed the server. ;-)

6:06 PM  
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9:47 AM  

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