Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)


The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Directed by: Paul Wenkos. Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Perkins, Curd Jurgens.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is another entry in the “Rosemary’s Baby was pretty popular, right?” class of Satanism shockers of the early 70s, with a title taken from piano compositions by Franz Liszt and adapted from the 1969 novel of the same name …

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Recap and Review: Lost Girl 2.04: Mirror, Mirror

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: Bo and Kenzi have gone out drinking at the Dal Riata. Bo is moping because Dyson is openly flirting with a waitress, to the point that even Hale tells him to knock it off (Go Hale!). Taking the pity party back home, Bo and Kenzi then get really drunk and start talking about Baba Yaga, an old Russian/Eastern European witch who lives in the forest, in a house that is made of the …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.05: Shut Up, Dr. Phil

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: A feuding couple of witches, husband and wife, turn a town upside down.

Recap: Recap of witches episodes, the Leviathans, and Amy (God help us), again. Cut to a hair salon, where a young woman is multitasking closing a real estate deal and having her roots coloured. The hairdresser leaves her under a dryer with a magazine and closes the door so that she has privacy from the rest of the tony salon. …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.05: Shut Up, Dr. Phil

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.09: Malleus Maleficarum

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: In honour of Lovecraft’s birthday, we check out a case of witchcraft set in New England, where the brothers stumble across a dark corner of the demon Ruby’s past.

Recap: Recap of Dean’s deal, Sam Done Come Back Wrong: Season Three, and Ruby’s seduction of Sam (which actually makes her look even worse than in the context of the episodes).

Home from a boring party in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (which recently …

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Review: Supernatural: One Year Gone

By Paula R. Stiles

Dessertine, Rebecca. Supernatural: One Year Gone. Titan Books (May 24, 2011). 335 pp. USD $7.99; CAN $8.99; £6.99. ISBN: 978-0857680990.

If you’ve been waiting for Supernatural to go straight-up and unapologetically Mythos (as opposed to, say, doing an unacknowledged homage to Re-Animator in “Time Is on My Side”), this is your month. First, we had a Mythos two-hander in the last two episodes of the season, “inspired” by Lovecraft’s last story, “The Haunter of

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Column: From Strange and Distant Shores: Haxan (1922)

By Orrin Grey

Haxan (1922). Director: Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen. Country: Denmark.

Haxan is a silent Danish documentary from 1922 about the history of witchcraft. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about whether or not you want to see it. If you’re the kind of person for whom the words “silent witchcraft documentary” hold an unshakable appeal (as I am), then Haxan is a movie you need to check out. If …

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