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Satan Has Figured In Film Since The Very Birth Of Cinema The Satanic Screen Documents All Of Satan S Cinematic Incarnations, Covering Not Only The Horror Genre But Also A Whole Range Of Sub Genres Including Hardcore Porn, Mondo And Underground Film Heavily Illustrated With Rare Still Photographs, Posters And Arcana, The Book Also Investigates The Perennial Symbiotic Interplay Between Satanic Cinema And Leading Occultists For Example, Aleister Crowley , Making It Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The Black Arts And Their Continuing Representation In Populist CultureNikolas Schreck Is The Editor Of The Manson File , And Director Of The Film Charles Manson Superstar He Is A World Respected Authority On Occultism And True Crime

10 thoughts on “The Satanic Screen

  1. says:

    Now that my studies are over and I m free as a bird to read whatever non fiction I like without feeling bogged down by obligatory exam crap, I ve been eyeing a lot of my neglected non fiction to read lists and wishlists yes, I have several, because apparently one would be too easy , particularly the half that has books I ve added many many years ago Of course, I chose the one book that I couldn t seem to find anywhere In the end, I relied on my trusty friend AbeBooks again and managed to snag the only reasonably priced copy.Was it worth paying over 40 pounds I d say mostly yes The Satanic Screen has the same problems that these types of overviews generally have occasionally, too much time is spent in plot descriptions note with spoilers , and sometimes some films only get an entry of a few sentences if they are unremarkable but still fit the topic in question.Then again, Schreck has a real verve for writing and I enjoyed his vivid style immensely Now, I should mention that he, although currently a Buddhist teacher, has a background in Satanism and is married to Zeena Schreck, Anton LaVey s daughter and one of the most gorgeous humans on Earth , which obviously gives him a special authoritative stance on the topic If he says a film captures Satanism particularly well, I trust his opinion.A word of warning, though Schreck is very opinionated about how he likes this topic to be portrayed on film I wasn t bothered because I mostly agreed with everything what he said, but someone else might be annoyed by the subjectivity and his push towards a certain acceptable image of the Devil Aleister Crowley fans might also be irked by the no holds barred rants that basically describe him as a snake oil charlatan.Schreck s firm opinions also allowed me to finally realize why The Exorcist 1973 and The Omen 1976 have always rubbed me the wrong way Schreck points out the conservatism in both these two and others that paints, for example, sexual behavior that is considered abnormal or explicit language as signs of diabolism Instead of being thought provoking spiritual journeys or truly terrifying films that take advantage of the anxiety caused by the Devil, they seem trivial, juvenile, and almost like Christian cautionary tales or scare tactics I d say The Exorcist is the better constructed story out of these two, but that s about it.Fortunately, diabolical horror hasn t always been so bland, and I very much look forward to watching some of the discussed films There s a clear thread going through each decade that lends a useful context for each film, but as with all good cinema related non fiction, there are also fresh points of view to some I ve already seen and now want to watch again Even just the fact that Schreck doesn t only discuss mainstream films but also everything between underground cinema and 70s porn is worth keeping this in my bookshelf Overall, The Satanic Screen made me realize I know absolutely nothing about the Black Arts cinema, so I guess I need to fix that ASAP.Plus Jeff Goldblum has played the Devil Uh, that honestly sounds perfect beyond belief.

  2. says:

    Although Nikolas Schreck AKA Barry Dubin maybe sort of a joke among people interested in the left hand path, his book The Satanic Screen is a one of a kind work Analyzing the history of Satan in film from an actual Satanic perspective is undeniably interesting Schreck is obviously a guy that knows a lot, but also seems to be quite a banal among other things individual The Satanic Screen is an excellent book for those interested in the topic but expect to be bored every once in a while by Schreck s estrogen driven and unnecessary rants.

  3. says:

    I was surprised to find this book at the campus library of Copenhagen University s faculty of humanities at all I was even surprised finding it quite good, not just by the standards of books written by practicing Satanists about cinematic depictions of their faith Even on that point, author Nikolas Schreck provides a nuanced view than you d find everywhere else, showing Satanism to be much heterogenous than assumed by the general public and disspelling many myths about the faith he s also as critical as admiring of Aleister Crowley, and so of Anton Lavey Schreck proves himself as good a film historian and a sociologist as a scholar of the occult, digging up some rather obscure interesting films from the beginning of cinema in the late 19th century up to the late 1990s The former are quite many, since the French Symbolists of the era did not just flirt heavily with diabolism but were also quick to embrace the film medium On the sociological front, the most interesting element of the book is by far how astutely Schreck analyzes not just the moral judgement or lack thereof in cinematic depiction of Satanism, but also its specific details as corresponding to a decade s Zeitgeist or at least its shadow side.It emerges here that the 1960s and early 1970s are by far Nikolas Schreck s favourite period in cinema, Satanism apparently having been almost as popular as Buddhism, Paganism and New Agery among the era s countercultural milieu Its interest in religious practices outside the Occidental mainstream certainly resulted in a surge of well researched or at least less morally condemnatory films about the Devil and his disciples than had usually been seen before and since, often being interesting from a cinematic perspective as well due to the increased outside the box thinking in the film medium It here does not surprise either that Schreck considers the 1980s and 1990s the cultural low point of Western civilization, though I kind of wish he d have elaborated on his asides about goth industrial music scene having a better grasp upon Satanism than the black death metal which came into its own at the same time Then again that might be a subject for another book.

  4. says:

    Lots of good stuff here This is a great series excellent for film heads always well researched though the misspellings here are pretty unforgivable on and on about Teflor when it s Telfor in Ninth Gate you can t love a flick that much and forget such an important name Too much emphasis on the author s favorites dismisses The Exorcist and The Omen outright which is pretty ballsy great on you, I say but not to hype other flicks as being the end all be all Really stuck on what the ultimate meaning of the Satanic input is here if it s pro Bible, the author gets all hissy even though the Devil is the big baddie of the Bible so it stands to reason.I get not being all preachy but not at the expense of an entertaining film Some good flicks can be preachy High marks for including Night of The Demon and the Darkness figure from Legend not called the Devil but such an archetype it s only right that it be included The book is very complete includes such goodies as Haxan a silent classic and 7th Victim an underrated and understated classic, while still mentioning big productions like Devil s Advocate Some straying off the beaten path but overall an interesting read but in need of another go round with the editor s pencil..

  5. says:

    A fun romp through the last century twentieth of movies featuring the devil.

  6. says:

    In one sense, this book is just another specialty movie guide, for those who are particularly fascinated by portrayals of evil in cinema In another, however, it represents a ambitious project the documentation of the public fascination with the Devil through the course of the 20th Century That it has been written by one of the flamboyantly visible Satanists of the 20th Century though largely forgotten in the 21st , should only increase its interest for most readers The problem, of course, is that Satanists and other occultists are notoriously fractious, and hence most of the potential audience will be annoyed, offended, or outraged by what Schreck says about Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, Anton Szandor LaVey, or one or another occult hero or villain In that sense, I recommend it only to those who can put aside their personal biases and enjoy the ride The blurb on the back cover claims that the book documents all of Satan s cinematic incarnations, although Schreck never makes such an unlikely claim Any serious fan will spot a few omissions, and Schreck deliberately avoids certain genres such as direct to video releases which could have vastly increased his listings This is only reasonable, and makes it easier for Schreck to give a clear historical narrative of the trends in film while I did compile a list of titles he missed included below for your amusement , I think any reasonable person would agree that he covered the most significant movies on the subject, and even extended into some obscure realms that would have been missed by most critics He has a good grasp of film criticism and, despite his strong opinions on the moral lessons he likes to see attached to his films, gives a fair reading of the qualities and weaknesses of many movies that rarely get such treatment I, for one, enjoyed his witty and erudite style, even when I didn t agree with all of his conclusions Missing films The Haunted Castle by George Albert Smith, 1897 Faust and Marguerite by Edwin S Porter, 1900 The Inferno AKA L Inferno 1911 Christmas Eve AKA The Night Before Christmas by Ladislaw Starevich, 1913 The Soul Snatcher unknown date Satan s Dance, unknown date, burlesque act on film At Midnight I ll Take Your Soul by Jose Mojica Marins, 1963 A Touch of Satan, 1971 Satan s Children , 1975 Devil Dog The Hound from Hell TV movie, 1976 God Told Me To AKA Demon by Larry Cohen, 1976 Good Against Evil TV movie, 1977 Ghoulies, 1984 Merlin s Shop of Mystical Wonders, 1996 Coven by Mark Borchardt, 1997 The Eighteenth Angel, 1997 Idle Hands, 1999 Lost Souls, 2000

  7. says:

    Somewhat uneven, but a good way to pick horror flicks The author certainly could have done with an editor to tell him to chop out the bits where he flat out says oh, this has nothing to do with satanic cinema, but I m going to talk about it anyway It also became apparent that he has a very particular type of satanic horror film that he finds acceptable aka good and everything else is utter crap in his eyes His aversion to any kind of gore his triumphing of his idea of cerebral satanic movies got a little tiring towards the end, but he does do well describing films when he is interested in them.

  8. says:

    This book can basically not be compared to any other book, it s definitely worth a read there aren t any other books on the subject.It s perhaps slightly ironic that Schreck, whose work revolves heavily around the study of Charles Manson, chose a picture from Rosemary s Baby for the cover considering that Roman Polanski, who made the film, lost his wife to Tex Watson at Cielo Drive.

  9. says:

    Wonderful work at expressing the many faces of darkness.

  10. says:

    Very nice work, certainly a topic few if any other authors have covered.