The Occult Experience is an Australian documentary filmed and screened on Channel 10 in 1985. This is the kind of thing you would never see on American TV, especially in the 80s. It is an in-depth exploration of Wicca, Satanism, the Temple of Set, Goddess worship, Egyptian mysticism, shamanism and the rise of the occult in Western societies. It is informative and entertaining to watch, and some of it is, I will admit, fucking loopy. Especially when you get to the Christian part, where they are casting demons out of people via spit and tears. Demons lurk in the bodily waters…why don’t they piss them out? That seems more appropriate. When you compare all of the belief systems and rituals, it’s funny to think that the people chanting “spit in the name of Jesus” are the ones who are considered sane by a majority of society. I found this documentary researching HR Giger, and he has a little section near the end, where he discusses his artwork and how he channels his fear and dark thoughts into it. There are two unfortunate points about this documentary – it is long, and it definitely gets a bit tedious at times, but if you find occult beliefs and paganism interesting then you can get through it all. After the jump, watch The Occult Experience, and become knowledgeable about the ways human beings find to connect to higher powers, or just to themselves…
I just peeped the first episode of Vice’s new series called WEEDIQUETTE, and now I feel like I want to stop writing to go get high. The first segment focused on the growing trend of expanding your mind on THC, which goes by the name of BUTANE HASH OIL or “BHO.” This show takes a look at the pros and cons of this substance. Honestly, the last time I smoked some of this stuff I thought my arms had turned into rubber and dragged on the ground. I think I’m just going to stick to the flowers! Anyway, blaze one and check out Episode One of WEEDIQUETTE.
With just the smallest bit of research into the human genome, it becomes clear that the racial lines we have allowed ourselves to be divided along are completely irrelevant. The genes that determine our skin or eye color, the texture of our hair or the size of our body are so lost in the sea of human DNA that, on a genetic level, we are far more similar in makeup than we are different. This is a fact. So why has race been so divisive in human societies? This is a question that in 1968, Iowan teacher Jane Elliott attempted to answer with her “Blue Eyes Vs. Brown Eyes” experiment. She taught a group of all white 3rd graders in the 97.7% white (by 2010 Census) town of Riceville what it felt like to be discriminated against because of an aspect of their being that could not be changed. One day, the students were told that the Blue Eyed kids were inherently better, smarter and kinder than the Brown Eyed students, and were allowed privileges that the ugly and stupid Brown Eyed kids were not. What was a kind group of kids degenerated into discriminators and discriminated very quickly. She then switched groups the following day, marking out the Blue Eyed children as the lesser humans and the Brown Eyed as being on top. What is so fascinating is how the children in the “lower” group were quickly downtrodden and left feeling helpless and depressed. Their performance in tests was tied directly to their place in the class society – when they were “good” and “smart,” they performed well on tests; when they were “bad,” “stupid” and “slow” they performed miserably, because they said they were distracted by how badly they were being treated by their fellow students and the teacher. If this one experiment can show the effect of teaching discrimination to a small group of kids, all of whom know it’s an experiment, just imagine (or look around at) the effects of generations of teachings from parent to child, reinforced by lawmakers and police, that some groups of people are inherently better than others. Check out the PBS documentary “A Class Divided” that follows Elliott’s experiment and its effects below.
The 2005 documentary MODIFY is an intense world of body modification. This film is willing to go places that others are not! I’m going to allow MODIFY to speak for itself, check it out now!
I have done many things in my life that have helped to shape who I am and how I view my time on this planet. The most rewarding thing I’ve done is be a father to two awesome girls, one being two years old and the other 20 years old. Knowing that my oldest identifies herself as a feminist and is down to fight for the rights of all humanity makes me proud. It’s freaks me out how many men are born from women, but harbor endless amounts of anger towards them. Just like many ideologies in the world, there are are different forms of feminism, some more radical than others. Vice just put out a moving documentary about the FEMEN movement in France, and their struggle against the French Nationalist racist assholes. The fight is on, so stand up for the rights of the OPPRESSED…I refuse to raise my daughters to be weak and ashamed of themselves! Where do you stand?
Is the unjust war in Afghanistan really about to end, and if so, what is going to be the cost to the Afghani people? The new Vice Documentary “This Is What Winning Looks Like” takes a hard look at the ills of Afghanistan – from drug abuse, sexual misconduct to corruption…Have a look at this film and you be the judge!
I just spent 14 minutes watching another inspiring episode of The Art Of Punk, this one about the story behind the Dead Kennedy‘s logo & the art of Winston Smith. One of my best New Year’s Eves ever happened in 1984 – it was a Dead Kennedy’s gig and they opened with “Welcome to 1984,” and I will never forget that night! CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv…Now check out this on point documentary!
Aleister Crowley – The Other Loch Ness Monster is a 2000 BBC Scotland documentary examining Aleister Crowley’s Loch Ness home, Boleskine House, later bought by Jimmy Page, although he never lived in it. Boleskine House was the setting for many of Crowley’s rituals of magick, including the abramelin ritual, through which he eventually contacted his guardian angel, Lucifer. Crowley describes bringing an oppressive darkness into his Boleskine House when preparing this ritual, however he did not complete it in the house, but years later in Egypt. It’s believed that because he broke this ritual, the dark forces summoned remained in the house, and brought supernatural activity to the house and the area. Some people even speculate that the Loch Ness Monster could be connected to Crowley in some way, a supernatural creature trolling its deep waters. This is a short but fascinating look at one aspect of Crowley’s life and works…enjoy!
Now this is freaking intense – we are showing the G.I.S.M documentary called Subj & Egos, Chopped if you are fan of the band, it’s a must see!!!
The Future of Weed: High Country, the new documentary from Vice is really nice to inhale and watch. This THC-saturated film takes an interesting look at the advances in weed growing technology that the city of Denver and surrounding areas are making on the Hi-Tech Herbal tip. Even if you do not puff the devil’s weed, this is a must see…Excuse me while I load my bong again and press play – I’m not zoning out, I’m tuning in!