Ida Lupino brings her genius to the helm of this Karloff-hosted Thriller episode. If you think early television was mostly toothless, watch what happens to Ursula Andress. Bonus: modern dance-inspired witches sabat!
Songfor a Saturday: Poppycock – Magical Mothers
December will be magic again! A stone groove from Poppycock.
Triple Threat @FahrenheitPress
Reviews are in! 5 Stars
Says it all, really.
Song for a Saturday: I’d Rather Be Burned as a Witch – Eartha Kitt
Song for a Saturday
What the devil am I up to? I’m attending the Occult Humanities conference in NYC this weekend. So here’s a song for you:
Don’t forget the 13th of the Number 13 Press 13ers comes out this month! Keep your eyes peeled for that. Buy them all! You’ve already got Satan’s Sorority, right?
TOA/V: Burn, Witch, Burn!
BURN, WITCH, BURN (AKA Night of the Eagle) 1961
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Screenplay by Charles Beaumont/Richard Matheson/George Baxt
Based on Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Starring Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls, Colin Gordon
This is a fairly good adaptation of Leiber’s Conjure Wife (a brilliant little novel if you’ve not read it), dramatically retitled for American release complete with exclamation point. Snooty psychology professor studies superstitious beliefs with condescending rationality — until he discovers that his wife Tansy has been working magic to build his career. Well, if there’s one thing a guy like him hates more than magic, it’s the idea that his wife might be responsible for his success.
So he makes her burn all her workings and talismans and what do you know? Things start going badly for them both. Seems there’s a rival whose wife also uses magic…
This is a fun film that didn’t get near enough attention on its release (or since really). I love the mixture of academia and magic — obviously one of the things in the cauldron of my mind that helped conjure Satan’s Sorority.
See all the overlooked gems at Todd’s blog.