Our Favourite Films
The Nun is really a lot better than the film reviewers have stated. The only connection between The Nun and The Conjuring is the sequence at the very end of The Conjuring 2 in which the portrait from the young girl reveals a "demon". The "demon" is the Nun. The Nun can really stand on its own.
I's nice to see people expressing an interest in the "old" horror films such as the "Night of the Demon". Does anyone have an interest in the old "Hammer" horror films? I have an interest in the old "Hammer" horror films. I always thought that Christopher Lee portrayed Dracula better than any other actor. What do you think?
@WildWitch it appears you and I have similar tastes. I also have an interest in the "old" horror films both Hammer and Universal. I too thought Sir Christopher Lee portrayed Dracula well and have "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" on DVD (he also had an interest in the occult and owned several books on the subject). I also have some Mummy and Wolfman/Werewolf films on DVD.
@WildWitch it appears that you and I have a similar tastes and interests in "old" horror films. I too thought Sir Christopher Lee portrayed Dracula well and have "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" on DVD (He also had an interest in the occult and owned several books on the subject). I also have several Mummy and Wolfman/Werewolf films.
I did not know that Sir Lee had been Knighted. Do you know exactly when he was Knighted?
Just discovered "Strange Paradise" on YouTube described as an "Occult opera".
A man attempts to bring back his wife from the dead...
I just saw "Venom" This film is intended to be an adaption of the series of comic books of the same name. This film has been quite maligned by "professional" film reviewers. The reviewers have asserted that the film is too far removed from the series of comic books. But the film has still been received quite well by moviegoers. The film has allocated over 80 million dollars from moviegoers since the film's release in American theaters on 5 October, 2018. The story for the film concerns a reporter who discovers a conspiracy and ends up being "possessed" by a "parasite" from another planet. (The "parasite" is the "Venom".) The reporter is portrayed quite well by Tom Hardy. (Some of my readers might know Tom Hardy from his role as "Bane" in the film "The Dark Knight Rises". "Bane" is one of my all time favourite movie villains.) I know little about the "Venom" series of comic books. But as far as I know now, the PG-13 rated film should've been made to be R rated because the series of comic books tends toward the gruesome. The dialog between the reporter and the "parasite" is quite amusing. There are a lot of exchanges of sarcastic quips and barbs. And the SGI effects are produced well. The film may not work very well as an adaption of the series of comic books, but the film works quite well as a "run of the mill" Sci-Fi" film. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give the film a 6 overall.
RE Hammer Films: Twins of Evil was good (oo la la) , so was Satanic Rites of Dracula.
I also enjoyed Night of the Demon (got turned onto it thanks to a sample in Lustmord).
RE The Keep, I have not seen it but I did read the novel it was based on. I got it at a used book shop bc any cheap fiction with monsters and nazi's is usually entertaining. It is so, but no masterpiece of course.
Last film I saw was last weekend at home: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. About English POWs in a WW2 Japanese camp situated somewhere in south east Asia. It was quite good. Good role by Bowie too.
@christibrany I have Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence on DVD, have also watched The Man Who Fell To Earth. I used to have a comic book on a similar theme to The Keep - Vampires and Nazis.
@SonofThoth Yes, Kenneth Anger is a genius.
“Now a days we are all aware of of unseen powers
that make the world work
and manipulate human beings
apart from neutrons, protons, electrical charges
we also have
viruses , the cilia, microbes .
the people of John Dee’s days couldn’t see these things
they had an inkling
and talked in terms of demons spirits and angels
as having a direct role in their lives
there was no controversial issue about wether they existed
they were part of the awareness understanding the universe
and it would almost appear slightly cracked if you couldn’t conceive their existence .
in the 16th century everyone saw angels and demons having a direct role in their live
and if you didn’t see them they thought you were probably cracked “
There are quite a lot of good, old horror films which I haven't seen mentioned yet, so I thought I'd take the liberty of giving mention to some of these films.
1)"Freaks" This film is definitely a "highly unusual attraction" as stated in the opening sequence. This film was banned in many nations when the film was new. And according to Marilyn Manson, Anton Szandor LaVey was influential in getting the film re-released to American theaters during the 1960's.
2)"Island of Lost Souls" As far as I know, this film was the first adaption of H.G. Wells novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (Incidentally,I've heard that Wells was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.)
3)"Basket Case" This film is definitely one of the very best "B" horror films ever made. This film tells the story of Siamese twin brothers, one brother born "normal", the other born "mutated". The twins are separated medically in an "ad hoc" procedure and then go on a "seek and destroy" mission toward those responsible for the procedure.
4)"The Last Man on Earth" As far as I know, this film was the first adaption of Richard Matheson's novel "I am Legend". This particular film would be viewed well with George A. Romero's film "Night of the Living Dead". ("Night of the Living Dead" to be viewed first, "The Last Man on Earth" to be viewed thereafter.)
I highly recommend these great "golden oldies" for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Basket Case , I've seen it it's crazy.
Somebody (I can't recall who) told me that the film "White Zombie" inspired George Romero to make "Night of the Living Dead".
I’m going to be so bold as to venture that I’m quite certain that you’ll find this little gem of a film stimulating & entertaining & just over a half hour of your time most profitably invested. (How’s that!?) It’s made in Spanish, but don’t let that put you off as I’m also sure you’ll be more than capable of intuiting what small amount of dialogue there is, just as with a silent film.
The first time I encountered it was as a youngster in the small quiet hours of the morning after midnight, home alone in the house and with everything in a state of stillness outside – which I recommend as the ideal setting in which for you to maximise your viewing pleasure. For about 40 years afterwards, whenever I brought it up nobody else said they could ever remember having seen it, and I was beginning to wonder if I imagined it myself until I came across it a while ago on youtube.
The first half begins with an experience familiar to all of us at some point, of getting trapped in an enclosed space – in this case, what was at the time it was made, a modern telephone box which had glass on all four sides though no apparent sign of a door on any of them. The treatment of the poor individual in his predicament at the start is almost Chaplinesque in its humour, and eventually the engineers are summoned who then decide that as they can’t seem to open it themselves, they’d better take it back to the depot to get some more professional assistance.
All well and good! So far, except that the originally light-hearted mood becomes increasingly darker and more nightmarish as the day draws on, and the trip seems to be taking a very long time to complete... But before that, although our ‘hero’ is miserably and wearily resigned to his fate of everyone pointing at him like a caged animal at the zoo, he only begins to get a bit ‘freaked out’ when he sees another lorry pull up next to him with another telephone box on it and another person like himself stuck inside. However as the lorries pull away they get separated, day passes inexorably into surrealistic gloaming and finally the lorry arrives at its depot where --- well, no spoilers! you will just have to watch it yourself to find out, won’t you?
After watching it you might ask yourself, as I did, what could it possibly mean, what it might have represented… I would be fascinated to read of any thoughts from anyone, if you happen to come up with something! (appropriately ‘alerted’ of course)
Norma N Joy Conquest
Anton LaVey appeared in a cameo role as Satan in "Rosemary's Baby".
another trap into another trap awakening
into another dream
all my concepts and carefully strategies just stopped none of them had anywhere to sit .
absolute assurance of what is real and what is not .
witness silence in the dream of unrealized embodiments
Can you move your head outa da way ?
its getting in the way of the picture .
I have never seen (or heard of) the Hammer House of Horror. I have spent a lot of my attention on the Walking Dead. Is the Hammer House of Horror a new show?
I just saw the film "Overlord". The story for this film is set at the onset of World War 2. The Nazis find a method that could extend the lifespan. The method is tested on a group of "peasants" in France. (The Nazis didn't bother to tell the group about the test first.) The test kills the members of the group and the members then become "Zombies". History shows that the Nazis dabbled in genetics. But according to the story for the film, the dabbling creates a mutant that goes on a rampage. So, the Nazis now have two problems: The Zombies and the rampaging mutant. Overlord received a 93% favorable rating from the "Rotten Tomatoes". I thought that the story for this film was imaginative. There's plenty of action sequences to keep the pace of the film moving. And the gore FX was done quite well. If you like The Walking Dead show, you'll like Overlord. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give Overlord a 10. I recommend Overlord for your viewing pleasure.
about 25 minuts into it
Taliesin McKnight thinks Thelema is right hand path .
(merging vs abstracting)
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Did you Try again, check your computer, and firewall or proxy?
My mantra is "It doesn't work," alternating with "I can't fix it." The first originates with the digital revolution, and the second comes from the US Army Signal School.
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That worked .
I was able to connect to StopLine ,
Thanks Shiva .
StopLine by Shiva
Awesome Clip !
helps control the madness
StopLine, a 5-minute video, was recently privately issued. That's what Tiger is referring to.
StopLine is a visualization exercise that is a combination of "Liber Stop Sign" and "One Line in Sight." This practical exercise supersedes the violent "Liber Jugorum" (Razor Cutting) and the traditional "Rising on the Planes."
It can be extremely effective.
It can be seen at ...
Thank you Shiva. I was 'searching' on the page for 'stopline' and not finding anything in this thread. I will give it a view.
OK I tried and it's not working for me either.
It looks like this
try copying and pasting to view screenshot
its just a blank youtube page with a !
Another attack by the fu**ing Black Lodge. They don't want this sensitive material being seen. I find the following link (as posted above) works for me, but it's marked "Private." I'll keep any eye on it and try to make adjustments.
Perhaps this URL will work for others, as it has for me?:
Ig: Perhaps this URL will work for others, as it has for me?:
Yes, that seems to work just fine.
Here is the text upon which StopLine is based, and is a great companion for my latest "favorite film":
0. Liber Signum Prohibere (The Book of the Stop Sign) came into being when I started using Stop Sign images in my books whenever the word STOP was used ... Then it started appearing automatically at th first (banishing) act of my meditation began. But it (the SS) quickly turned into my usual Neti-Neti. I have found that this gives 3-10 seconds of "stopped mind," and one can take advantage of the lull in order to formulate The Line.
One Line in Sight
A refined method of Rising on the Planes
0. Perform the Banishing (Liber Stop Sign).
1. Step into the astral body.
2. Draw the astral body into a straight vertical line.
If any doo-dads or residual imagery remain outside this line, they must be drawn into the line, so that only the line remains.
3. Cause this line to ascend; straight up; no deviation.
Unlike the effort of a rocket-ship ascent common to Rising, this ascent is slow, like an elevator … for only a few seconds.
4. Paroketh may appear, or be sensed, as a covering, a veil, a dark cloud, sheet, or net, or some other form of dark restraining obstruction.
5. ⇞ If one is perfectly aligned (“in line”), the veil will part automatically and without struggle or conflict.
6. ⊙ And as it parts, behold the Sun, directly above or directly in front. This is the causal body.
7. Go, as a line, into the center of the Sun.
Stop here - WAIT for the next step:
8. In the center, another line descends,1 and the two lines meet.
Contact with the HGA or Solar Angel or Higher Self. Realistically, just be alert for a tingle, a spark, or some similar, subtle connection.
9. ⌾ When the two lines meet, a spark is struck. This spark then begins to burn outward from the center.
Alternatively: When the two lines meet, a void is created. This void then begins to expand outward from the center.
Alternatively: Any other metaphor or model that depicts an expanding annihilation of the causal body.
10. The Fire/Void expands outwards … This is your causal/soul body in the process of annihilation.
11. ... Right out to the periphery of the Mind …
In life, this expanding void may take years or decades to reach the periphery. In this exercise, give it a second or two.
12. ... Until there’s nothing left … Try not to be surprised if your Mind and your sense of Self
13. Then look for the Star …
This Star is called “Heaven” by the heathen Chinese, and Da’ath by the Qabalists.
This is the point where one must surrender, and allow the higher self to take over the vehicle.
14. If you move toward the Star, even slightly, it will move forward, passing through your brow and coming to rest inside your head.
What? If my Mind and my Self disappear, then how can I see a Star out there,
and who or what sees this mysterious Light in the Head?
Don’t be confused by terms such as “Losing your Mind” or “Loss of the sense of Self.” There is a conscious awareness at any and all the levels that we are discussing, and these visions or concepts can, and do, leave an impression on the Mind and your memory.
Well, yes, it’s true that in the beginning, you might simply black out and have no memory of the event … that’s why you need to keep at it: It’s called practice.
15. There then ensues a delicate balancing of light and darkness, of white and black. When they are balanced, they merge into each other and nothing is left but Atma, seen face-to-face.
This is called Atmadarshana by the Hindus.
16. Then Atma is dissolved and you are the Adi.
This is called Shivatmadarshana by the Hindus; And Ain Soph Aur by the Hebrews; it is a form of Samadhi.
17. The Adi gives way to limitless space that is manifested by The Line, which is invisible, yet radiates out to infinity.
This is called Ain Soph by the Qabalists.
18. The Line disappears, and all that remains is an unlimited expanse of colored clouds in which you can sail without effort.
The Greeks called this CHAOS, which merely means “gas.”
19. You may be offered the opportunity to “leave.” That is, to enter Ain.
Such a decision, yes or no, one way or another, may result in physical death, or permanent living enlightenment, or a descent back into Mind, Matter, and the Mundane.
I guess that about covers it.
Shiva this appears to be another version of what should happen in LRBP?
There is a conscious awareness at any and all the levels that we are discussing
But could you please explain how at least Atmadarshana and Shivatmadarshana would be included in this, wherein the Mind is supposedly left behind?
Neti neti & nanoo nanoo,
Norma N Joy Conquest
Nanoo B: could you please explain how at least Atmadarshana and Shivatmadarshana would be included in this, wherein the Mind is supposedly left behind?
This matter is covered in the text from which the quote was take. Essentially, the presence of a Universal Self and a Universal Mind, called Atma by the heathen Hindoos, is proposed and identified. Now we know that Binah-Chokmah-Kether (the 3 phases of Atma) are "above and beyond" the human mind, but Atma's Mind works differently than our puny mentat, using intuition (sometimes called "understanding"), wisdom ("Will"), and 2=0 (the equation of fusing the two opposites). This last phase (2=0) is Shivatmadarshana, wherein even Atma is destroyed.
There is no FORM above the Abyss, so these factors (understanding, Will, dissolution) are "stepped down" to Chesed, where they register in some form(at), and the person is able to describe his or her experience in reasonable terms with descriptive pictures. But they are what we call a model, or a metaphor, or a symbol ... they are not the supra-abysmal experience itself.
This transfer from one or many phases of Atma to the Chesedian Abstract Mind is furnished courtesy of Da'ath, which is called "the false sphere" because it allows or dissolves (transduces) knowledge.
Lesser forms of knowledge and form are received at Geburah (from Binah via the Chariot), at Tiphareth (via the Twins and the Star), and at Chesed (from Chokmah via the Hierophant).
But these assorted linkages don't integrate and register as describable form that has full integrity unless that "missing path" or "missing link" is temporarily created (as a link from level to level in the cosmic hologram) without the agency of Da'ath, of which its motto is I Am All in All. Anyone may look up "Indra's Net" in order to gain appreciation of this entry point into Samadhi.
These concepts are now being directly transmitted to participants in the Rite of the Thunderbolt. Talking and writing about it, even making pictures and videos, is not the same thing as direct perception (gnosis). The truth is, it cannot be "learned," it must be experienced.
So that's it! But my explanation is just words and can be picked apart by nits. This is why I have created the entire scenario as a video. So people can just go do it ... and have their own experience, and then they can write documents and make up pictures in order to "explain" what takes place.
Happy Vulgar New Year,
I saw a superb film this last holiday weekend called Byzantium. Not about the old Byzantine Empire, but rather about 2 women who end up running a brothel in Hastings (I just realised the AC connection right now lol).
The catch is, both of them are a type of vampire and are over 200 years old. Really wonderful writing and acting, a smart dramatic film, not a stupid slasher horror.
Same director as Interview with a Vampire!
Wonderful Irish scenes as well.