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The Satanic Screen

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Satan has figured in film since the very birth of cinema. "The Satanic Screen" documents all of Satan's cinematic incarnations, covering not only the horror genre but also a whole range of sub-genres including hardcore porn, mondo and underground film. Heavily illustrated with rare still photographs, posters and arcana, the book also investigates the perennial symbiotic ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Creation Books (first published 2001)
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Now that my studies are over and I'm free as a bird to read whatever non-fiction I like without feeling bogged down by obligatory exam crap, I've been eyeing a lot of my neglected non-fiction to-read lists and wishlists (yes, I have several, because apparently one would be too easy), particularly the half that has books I've added many many years ago. Of course, I chose the one book that I couldn't seem to find anywhere. In the end, I relied on my trusty friend AbeBooks again and managed to snag ...more
Matthew W
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Although Nikolas Schreck (AKA Barry Dubin) maybe sort of a joke among people interested in the left-hand path, his book "The Satanic Screen" is a one of a kind work. Analyzing the history of Satan in film from an actual Satanic perspective is undeniably interesting.

Schreck is obviously a guy that knows a lot, but also seems to be quite a banal(among other things) individual. "The Satanic Screen" is an excellent book for those interested in the topic but expect to be bored every once in a while
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was surprised to find this book at the campus library of Copenhagen University's faculty of humanities at all. I was even more surprised finding it quite good, not just by the standards of books written by practicing Satanists about cinematic depictions of their faith. Even on that point, author Nikolas Schreck provides a more nuanced view than you'd find everywhere else, showing Satanism to be much more heterogenous than assumed by the general public and disspelling many myths about the ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lots of good stuff here. This is a great series--excellent for film heads--always well researched (though the misspellings here are pretty unforgivable--on and on about Teflor when it's Telfor in Ninth Gate--you can't love a flick that much and forget such an important name). Too much emphasis on the author's favorites--dismisses The Exorcist and The Omen outright which is pretty ballsy--great on you, I say but not to hype other flicks as being the end all-be-all. Really stuck on what the ...more
Lyn Stapleton
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun romp through the last century (twentieth) of movies featuring the devil.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror film fans, Occultists, Film Students
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
In one sense, this book is just another specialty movie guide, for those who are particularly fascinated by portrayals of evil in cinema. In another, however, it represents a more ambitious project: the documentation of the public fascination with the Devil through the course of the 20th Century. That it has been written by one of the more flamboyantly visible Satanists of the 20th Century (though largely forgotten in the 21st), should only increase its interest for most readers. The problem, of ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Somewhat uneven, but a good way to pick horror flicks. The author certainly could have done with an editor to tell him to chop out the bits where he flat out says "oh, this has nothing to do with satanic cinema, but I'm going to talk about it anyway." It also became apparent that he has a very particular type of satanic/horror film that he finds acceptable (aka good) and everything else is utter crap (in his eyes). His aversion to any kind of gore & his triumphing of (his idea of) cerebral ...more
Smith White
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book can basically not be compared to any other book, it's definitely worth a read- there aren't any other books on the subject.

It's perhaps slightly ironic that Schreck, whose work revolves heavily around the study of Charles Manson, chose a picture from Rosemary's Baby for the cover- considering that Roman Polanski, who made the film, lost his wife to Tex Watson at Cielo Drive.
Greg Lassiter
Wonderful work at expressing the many faces of darkness.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very nice work, certainly a topic few if any other authors have covered.
Chris Tyler
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable work- if it were updated, it would surely have even more relevant material.
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American writer, musician, film-maker, and spiritual teacher whose work focuses on magic, mysticism, mythology and the macabre. Schreck is married to Zeena Schreck (Formerly LaVey) the daughter of the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Lavey

Together with his wife he founded the Sethian Liberation Movement and wrote books about sex magic, portrayal of Satan in cinema and Charles Manson.

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