31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 29: Rosemary’s Baby

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Why I Love It:

  • It’s based on the book, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. The film stays almost 100% true to the book. 
  • It’s a movie about a young woman name Rosemary played by Mia Farrow, who becomes pregnant with Satan’s son after moving into an apartment building inhabited by a satanic witch coven. Guy Woodhouse is her actor husband and he sets Rosemary up to be the vessel for the devil’s baby in exchange for fame and notoriety.
  • This old couple, the Castavets are the leaders of the satanic coven which is why Rosemary does not suspect them of any harmful intent in the beginning. 
  • This movie contains some grains of truth since there have been numerous stories of entertainers selling their souls for fame. There are also satanic secret societies that exist among the very wealthy and influential.
  • The apartment building is actually the Dakota in Manhattan, NYC–the location of John Lennon’s murder.
  • Roman Polanski wrote and directed the film. Polanski is a shady character who’s wife was Sharon Tate, one of the victims of the Manson murders. Polanski has also been accused of sodomizing an underage girl. I think Polanski belongs to one of these satanic secret societies. The Manson murders occurred in 1969, one year after Rosemary’s Baby was released. Sharon Tate was pregnant with Polanski’s baby at the time she was killed. Coincidence?
  • This movie does not contain any blood, gore or explicit violence, but it is very scary nonetheless. The film is quiet, subtle and tastefully done. 
  • The beginning song featuring Mia Farrow is scary in and of itself. It’s both eerie and pretty with a tinge of sadness. “La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, — la, la” The font used for the beginning credits is very romantic, very sixties, and it fits well with the music. 
  • The makeup used to make Rosemary appear anemic and emaciated was superb and her short pixie haircut adds to the creep factor. It almost makes her appear to be a member of a cult. 
  • Guy, Rosemary’s narcissistic husband played by John Cassavetes is very convincing in his role. He is the ultimate prick. He’s selfish, egocentric, emotionally detached, and hyper-materialistic. You can tell from the very start of the film that he’s not even really into Rosemary. 
  • Roman and Minnie the geriatric coven leaders are creepy as hell. I can’t get enough of Minnie, played by Ruth Gordon. She’s a riot. They chose the perfect woman for that role. Roman is a detestable sort that gives off this air of superiority that makes your stomach turn. 
  • Hutch, Rosemary’s senior friend is my favorite character in the film due to his extensive knowledge of the occult and the history of the Bramford, the apartment building where it all goes down. Hutch tries to dissuade Rosemary and Guy from moving in. I swear Hutch was a Sagittarius. Rosemary would have been a Pisces, and Guy, a Capricorn. 
  • Rosemary’s baby is due in June of 1966–that’s 6-6-6. 
  • The acting is stellar, the movie progresses at a nice pace, and the set designs are perfect. 
  • The scene where Rosemary and Guy go to the Castavets for dinner. The Catavets apartment is dark and Gothic.
  • The scene where Rosemary has the dream about the Catholic school and Minnie’s voice which can be heard through the wall, blends in with the dream. 
  • The scene where Rosemary is ritually raped by Satan who apparently possesses Guy. This is one of the scariest scenes in the film because there’s no mistaking at this point what these old folks are up to. “This is not a dream, this is really happening!” says Rosemary as she partially awakes from her drug-induced stupor. 
  • The scene where Rosemary eats the raw steak. She didn’t even season it. The horror!
  • The scene where Rosemary eats the raw chicken liver.
  • The party scene where Rosemary’s friends hold an intervention for her due to her sickly appearance and persistent pain.
  • The scene where Rosemary creates the anagram using Scrabble tiles. 
  • The scene where Dr. Hill, played by Charles Grodin betrays Rosemary by phoning Guy and Dr. Sapirstein. “Unspeakable… unspeakable!”
  • Tannis Root. Tannis Root was placed in a charm and given to Rosemary. She later finds out that it is used by witches in their rituals. 
  • The final scene where Rosemary confronts the coven and is paralyzed with terror when she sees her baby for the first time. “What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!”
  • The discordant trumpet tune that plays when Rosemary first lays eyes on the devil baby. That sound is terrifying. 
  • This movie was released in 1968, which marked the height of the counter culture/hippie movement. This was a very dark time period and this film reflects this tumultuous era expertly despite the years in the film being ’65 and ’66.  

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source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary%27s_Baby_(film)

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31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 24: The Devil’s Advocate

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The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Why I love it:

  • This film is classified as a mystery/thriller, but it is also horror in my book due to the sinister subject matter and supernatural scenes. 
  • It’s about Kevin Lomax, a southern defense attorney played by Keanu Reeves. He’s great at what he does, but he is willing to sell his soul in order to make it to the top in the field of law. He sells his soul by winning a case for a child molester who he knew good and well was guilty.
  • Al Pacino plays Milton, the devil and boy is he funny in this role. You really can’t  take him seriously as Ol’ Scratch, but he sure is entertaining–especially at the end when he goes into his blasphemous monologue.
  • There are elements of magic interwoven into the plot especially a form of magic which appears to be akin to Palo Mayombe. Delroy Lindo plays this spiritualist who is on trial for animal abuse after being caught in the middle of a ritual sacrifice. Lindo is believable in this role–a little too believable.
  • The dressing room shape-shifting scene. 
  • The scene where Milton tells Mary Ann, played by Charlize Theron about her bad hairdo. Talk about throwing major shade.
  • Mary Ann and the baby dream sequence scene.
  • The scene where one of the lawyers gets killed by the gang of spirits in the park. 
  • Charlize Theron did a pretty good job playing the faithful, yet spiritually aware wife. I loved how she catches onto the game quickly and doesn’t let up on Kevin. She is not blinded by the enticements: “I know we’ve got all this money, and it’s supposed to be OK, but it’s not.” she tells Kevin in a desperate plea for him to leave the firm.
  • Craig T. Nelson plays a guy who murdered his family and he is very credible in his role. He gets a nod since he starred in Poltergeist I & II. The red-headed dude who played the father in Beetlejuice is in this as well. Both do very well at playing shady characters.
  • The nice twist about Kevin Lomax being Milton, the devil’s son especially with Kevin’s mother being a devout fundamentalist Christian. 

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source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Advocate_(1997_film)

31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 16: The Omen I & II

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The Omen (1976)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a story about a child who is the Anti-Christ incarnate, switched at birth and given to unsuspecting power elitist parents. 
  • The film begins in Rome where a Catholic priest deceives Robert Thorn, the main character played by Gregory Peck, by giving him a replacement son after telling him that his biological son died. 
  • The underlying political message: Robert Thorn is made  U.S. ambassador to Great Britain which will facilitate Damien, the Anti-Christ’s rise to power.
  • Astrology is briefly featured with a reference to an “Astrologer’s Monthly” magazine piece that portends events surrounding the passing of a comet. The date given coincides with Damien’s date of birth.
  • Damien’s birth info: June 6th at 6:00 am (666). 
  • This movie is scary without over the top theatrics or hocus-pocus antics. 
  • The theme song is sung in Latin and the words actually say “Hail Satan”. 
  • The scene where the nanny hangs herself. “It’s all for you, Damien”, she says with a noose around her neck before jumping out the window.
  • The scene where the baboons try to attack Damien and his mother in the car at the zoo.
  • The hounds of hell played by bad-ass rottweilers. 
  • The scene where Damien rides his tricycle down the hall causing his mother to fall from the 2nd floor.
  • The decapitation scene. 
  • The deaths are ultra-violent despite the lack of blood and gore. 
  • It’s a 70’s flick. 
  • Mrs. Baylock, the sinister nanny who has been sent to keep watch over Damien. They couldn’t have cast a better woman to play this role. 
  • The sequel, The Omen II (1978) was pretty good and it is a nice progression from the original.

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source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Omen

31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 9: Angel Heart

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Day 9: Angel Heart (1987)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a film about selling your soul for fame and the consequences that result from making a deal with the Devil.
  • Mickey Rourke and Robert Deniro — nuff said.
  • Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) stars as Epiphany Proudfoot, the Voodoo priestess who enters into a sexual relationship with Harry Angel, Mickey Rourke’s character. Bonet’s involvement with this film was very controversial at the time since Lisa Bonet was on the squeaky-clean Cosby Show. At the time, Bill Cosby objected to 19 year old Lisa’s role in the film due to the graphic sex scenes and her appearing topless.  
  • The trailer scared the crap out of me as a kid. I was 11 when the movie was released. Growing up in a Christian household, I was both fascinated and frightened by the theme and clips from the film.
  • The movie features Voodoo, a religion that has always fascinated me.
  • Robert Deniro plays the Devil and his character’s name is Louis Cypher — aka Lucifer. A clever play on names (homophone in literary license).
  • Astrology is briefly featured in the film when Harry Angel goes to an Astrologer as part of his investigation. When he asks her to do his chart, the Astrologer says “I don’t think you would like what I see, Mr. Angel”.
  • It’s based on the book “Falling Angel” by William Hjortsberg.
  • It’s one of my favorite movies of any genre– hands down.
  • Some of the sex scenes had to be edited to bring the movie rating down from X to R.

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source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Heart

Disclaimer on the Law of Karma

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Yesterday I posted an article on the subject of Karma written by Stuart Wilde. Basically, he broke down the time frames of Karma starting with Instant Karma and ending with Long-term Karma. I am piggy-backing off of this article to interject a bit of a disclaimer.

Understanding the Law of Karma and even reincarnation for that matter still leaves some questions unanswered. I’ll give you two:

If karma is real why does it seem that people who lean on the side of good have more instant karma than people who lean on the side of evil?

 

If karma is a form of Divine Justice why has evil been able to dominate the world and why are evil doers handsomely rewarded through riches and power?

These questions used to plague my mind even with having full knowledge and understanding of the Law of Karma, which is essentially the Law of Cause and Effect. One only has to take a cursory look at history to see that evil has prevailed for thousands of years. One has to only go as far as their family or their surrounding area to see how generally good people often get hit with the hardest karma. Also, what about countries and regions? Do certain areas have better karma than others? Does the United States for instance have better karma than say, Haiti? Surely the U.S. has as much blood on its flag as Haiti—even more so. Does karma apply to corporations as well? Does Apple have better karma than Microsoft? Does Target have better karma than Wal-Mart? Is there a special place in hell for greedy CEOs? Is there a particular part of purgatory for corrupt politicians? Why does it seem that evil and corruption can continue unhindered if the Law of Karma is so much in effect?

My answer to these questions is that some people and systems are exempted from the Law of Karma. These people operate outside of the Law of Karma—that is the karma that they incur in their present incarnation. However, I believe that these people who are currently exempt will have to deal with karma, the Big K once they die. I believe that the Universe will allow those people who deem themselves exempt to rack up a large karmic debt that will have to be paid in future incarnations. It is like karma on credit—no payments ‘til you die! I personally would rather pay off my karma as I incur it in this lifetime than be facing a mountain of karmic debt once I cross over. So how do these people sign up for the karmic exemption? It is quite simple. They do not have much of a conscience or they lack a conscience entirely. This describes your average psychopath and this is how psychopaths can get away with murder—literally in some cases. It is our conscience that creates the phenomenon of Instant Karma in my opinion. The thief who gets caught is usually the thief with a conscience. His subconscious wills himself to set himself up to get caught so that his karma can go into effect. Maybe the thief will learn, maybe he will not, but by being charged with a crime and suffering through the resulting punishment he is in fact accepting the Law of Karma, albeit subconsciously. Most petty thieves do have consciences and this is why they make up the majority of prisoners.  The bigger, usually white-collar corporate/banker thieves don’t have much of a conscience—at least when it comes to the public at large.  They are able to exist inside of an institutional karma-free bubble that legitimizes and even rewards unfettered greed. The Law of Karma does not apply here. Nor does it apply to governments. They are insulated from Instant Karma as well. I am convinced that the more self-aware one is and the more conscientious they are the quicker their karma will be. It is a cycle that you choose to participate in. You can try to opt out and pay later. However, the subconscious is not easily fooled so if you think you can switch from being a well-intentioned individual to one who operates through evil intent in order to escape Instant Karma you are in for a rude awakening. Once you have chosen a side, you are usually stuck.

Now I must bring astrology into the discussion and I believe that this will help to clarify the subject of karma even more. In astrology, the planet Saturn represents the Law of Karma among other things. Saturn also deals with the material realm. It deals with reality—what is solid and concrete. Saturn also deals with governments and big corporations. Saturn deals with both punishment and reward on a material plane so it does in fact represent the meting out of karma—whether it is good or bad. Now Saturn is the ruler of this world, the Earthly realm and as I just stated previously, Saturn deals with reality. But…as a lot of enlightened individuals are aware, we have the power to create our own reality. Those at the top who are bent on doing evil are well aware of this esoteric truth too and since they celebrate Saturn (aka Satan) and uphold its materialistic tenets, Saturn in turn becomes an ally to them. They work with Saturn’s carnal flow rather than against it. They are in bed with Saturn/Satan and thus they create their own reality that is not subject to the law of their own bedeviled bedfellow. Thus, this world becomes theirs to behold and we become mere subjects of Saturn/Satan and his minions (The Holy Bible touches on this theme a great deal). This is why Satanists believe that they should be able to do whatever they want—including preying upon the weak. Saturn does not have a heart (think the Tin Man from The Wizard of OZ. He represents Jupiter corrupted by Saturn who is represented by the Wicked Witch of the East. Jupiter is a goodwill, benefic planet that represents the Godly force. A similar theme can be found in 2001: A Space Odyssey with the monolith representing Saturn). There is no compassionate soft side to Saturn. Saturn is the punisher, the taskmaster, the materialist and opportunist. Saturn is about death, desolation and degradation. Even at its highest manifestation which includes respect, recognition and honor, Saturn is still a staunch materialist. It has no time (Saturn also rules time) for spiritual concerns or love for humanity. It is because this world is largely influenced by Saturn that those at the top can continue to do evil without karmic retribution. However, once they leave this Earthly/Saturnalia realm, I truly believe that Saturn will turn his back on them and become their punisher instead of material savior.

So to reiterate, the more of a conscience you have the more you will be punished by Instant Karma when doing wrong. The less conscience one has the more debt they will have to pay back in the next lifetime. Sometimes I have to remind myself—especially when I am full of despair or plagued with confusion—that this Earth is the realm of Saturn and that we are subject to its Laws. Once I remember this element of Universal Law everything makes sense. Unfortunately, God is not in control, for God endows us with Free Will. Saturn is the one in control. Always remember that.

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The Power of Doubt

Through a multitude of personal experience I have learned that doubt is one of our worst enemies. Doubt is so dangerous because it is so subtle, so silent. It creeps up without the slightest provocation and it can seep into every nook and cranny of your psyche. Doubt is a dark, gray, shadowy goon which threatens to block the Universal flow from manifesting its magic. Doubt knows nothing about visions, dreams, faith, and aspirations. That is the stuff of Jupiter. Doubt is spun from the rings of Saturn and it hangs low like a funky mist over a bog. Saturn presents the cold hard reality and doubt is the steel trap door that keeps you within. On the other side of the door is the Garden of Eden where hope springs eternal. Some of us are born into Saturn’s dungeon while others seek it of their own volition. Some fight hard to keep Saturn at bay. Some let it beat them into the ground. Saturn, the great tester promotes doubt because he has rulership over the material world, the tangible, the practical. In terms of that which we cannot see, our first reaction beyond the age of 7  is to engage doubt. No wonder why we are of so little faith. The ball will always be in Saturn’s court so long as we maintain the general consensus that the seen is greater than the unseen. The material world is just illusory and ever changing anyway. In the process of change there can be no room for doubt for doubt will collapse the wave into an indiscernible particle. That is what happens every time we invite doubt into our stream of consciousness. We collapse the wave before reaching our desired destination. In the process we create delays, limitations, setbacks and roadblocks. We give our power over to Satan, uh Saturn. But like a vampire, doubt only has power if you invite it in.

Faith in the Universal flux brings us a step closer while doubt takes us two steps back. It’s the ultimate fight between Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn is in fact death. Jupiter is eternal life. I believe this is the essence of 2001: A Space Odyssey (at least Kubrick’s film adaptation of Arthur C. Clark’s classic). The black monolith as the antagonizing force represented Saturn. The monolith (i.e. Saturn, Satan, Death and Destruction) is what makes us old and decrepit. It causes us to doubt our own immortality. Saturn crystallizes our sense of being material so that we may forget our spiritual source. Jupiter represents the God Force, hence the colorful spacescape sequence on the mission to the benefic planet in the film. Jupiter is also hope, faith, love, opportunity, spirit and transcendence.

We cannot continue to succumb to the power of the death cult; the cult of Saturnalia. So say as Jesus was ascribed to say “Get thee behind me Satan”, but interchange Satan with Saturn, better yet just say “Get thee behind me Doubt” and get ready to behold the power of faith.

NAMASTE