[Scenes From a Pagan Household] The Raven

In celebration of Halloween, Jow and I have been watching a ton of old horror movies on TMC. My past faves have been The Dunwich Horror (Sandra Dee! Orgies and magic in the 70’s!) and I Walked With a Zombie. I love all the “magic hair” as Kathy Griffin would say and the complete disregard to being at all period appropriate. Jekyll and Hyde with Ingrid Bergman is a really honestly terrifying psychological thriller.

But what I really love, in case you couldn’t tell, is that mysterious combination of horror and humor. I love a horror movie that’s not afraid to be campy, that’s not afraid to be witty and that’s not afraid to make you actually like the characters, especially the villains. I like it especially when it’s ambiguous as to who the villain really is. Examples of this would be: the first season of American Horror Story (this season is less sassy and more scary which I haven’t been as into), Ginger Snaps (the whole trilogy), Scream (of course), I Know What You Did Last Summer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (of course), The Craft, Arsenic and Old Lace and of course, my fave, Jennifer’s Body.

Newly added to the horror/humor list would be the Vincent Price version of The Raven. If you’ve ever been curious about what magical conversations between Jow and I look like, the exchanges between Vincent Price and Peter Lorre are pretty spot on. Start at minute 25 and go to minute 30 to get one of the better conversations. Bonus if you can guess who is who!

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  

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  1. I recommend Tucker and Dale vs Evil as a great satire on the 80s teen slasher flick. It’s horror, it’s funny, it’s massively gory, and it’s got enough twists and turns to actually be interesting as well.
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  2. Another vote here for “Tucker and Dale”. On the more serious side, I really liked “From Within”, and “The Wicker Man” is just too classic not to love.

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  3. I’ve been doing the same thing lately; watching various horror movies, most of them older. I forgot how good the original “The Fly” really is, and just howled while watching “From Dusk Till Dawn”. The range of good spooky movies out there is amazing. I have many of them on DVD, but a lot of the older ones I don’t and haven’t seen in years. AMC and MGM are showing some great ones.

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