I’m intrigued by the connection made in the 1960s and 70s movies between witchcraft and devil worship. It does make me laugh, but a lot of folks take this very seriously. Their only introduction to pagan practices is through supposed nighttime ceremonies involving candles and evoking something that isn’t their traditional God. Therefore, it must be Satan they call upon.
Okay, whatever (rolling my eyes and sighing). I really thought we passed that in the 1600s but I still know pagan practitioners who are terrified to tell people what religion they are. What country do we live in?
Well, in respect for those I know who do practice paganism, I thought I’d point out just some of what they’ve had to deal with in the film industry alone. Needless to say the list of negative films is so very long that I couldn’t possibly cover them all, but I have managed to put some of the more prominent ones on the lists.
First, we have the “bad.” These films display some very simplistic and naïve views of witchcraft that often times make it more palatable for general audiences, especially when a beloved character is a witch. The message here is, don't mess with witchcraft. These witches seem to have no control over their spells and are bumbling at best:
Bell, Book & Candle
Harry Potter (series)
Bed Knobs and Broomsticks
The belief that practicing spellbinding is going to lead to power lust and evil outcomes is a very common one. Christians are often of the mistaken view that spellbinding is practiced for the purpose of manipulating something that only God should control. They don’t seem to understand that, as Catholics have their rituals and prayer, witches practice their “positive energy and focus” to the natural world. Here is a list of films that are on my "badder" list and equate witchcraft with ultimately powerlust and evil:
The Witches of Eastwick
The Blair Witch Project
Mark of the Witch
Wizard of Oz
The very “baddest” of the witch films portrays them as minions of Lucifer. In actuality, the witches I have known do believe in the threefold rule that what you send out comes back to you three times over. There is no practice of negative spells or even manipulation of other human beings without their consent. Here’s a list of movies that equate witchcraft with dark arts and devil worshipping:
The Wicker Man
Race With the Devil
Rosemary’s Disciples (aka “The Witching” aka “Necromancy”)
The Blood on Satan’s Claw
The Brotherhood of Satan
There is and always will be a place for paganism in our world. Every Easter Christians participate equally in Christian ceremonies, as well as pagan. “Ostara” is a fertility celebration in the springtime and the symbol for this is the egg. When people decorate and hide eggs, they are practicing pagan customs. When they enjoy a yule log at Christmas, they are participating in pagan customs. The very foundation of Christian customs and beliefs are based on elements of paganism influencing the “new” belief system. It is nearly impossible to separate the two including such things as toteism, the symbolism of “eating the flesh” and “drinking the blood.”
If you enjoy movies involving dark arts and Satanism, have at it, but if you’re insulted by the defiling of a nature-based religion, then I’d suggest you avoid some of the films mentioned above. If you can watch them and know that they’re entertainment only, I say enjoy. But, if you have no knowledge of paganism and believe these films to be actual proof of witchcraft being a dark art exclusively, then you might want to reconsider movies such as “Harvey” because it obviously represents an actual invisible 6’ rabbit and we should all be cowering in our beds.