Thursday Movie Picks: Rituals

This week's Halloween Theme from Wandering Through Our Selves is something you hope you're never a part of...a ritual. There are a ton of horror movies involving rituals out there and lucky for us, one of the best ones ever made came out this year. Here are a few I enjoy for varying reasons

1) Midsommar

This is still one of my favorite films I've seen this year, and it's the prettiest horror movie you'll ever see. Even when those horrifying rituals show up.

2) The Ritual

This one you can watch on Netflix about a group of men who get lost camping and stumble upon something sinister. It's pretty good, especially for how Netflix horror films tend to go.

3)The Wicker Man

Now for something stupid! You can't not laugh during the Wicker Man remake. It's one of the funniest movies ever made. I suppose if you're a huge fan of the original you might be offended by this movies' presence but it's one of the best bad movies out there. 

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  1. I'm 0 for 3 again this week but then horror just isn't my thing. I have however seen the original Wicker Man which I can't say I loved but I admired it for it's strangeness and capturing a certain strange mood.

    I've heard positive things about Midsommar so I'll catch up with it some day but the other two I doubt that I'll ever see.

    I went back a little (and for one way back) for my three. I was reminded of my second by all the discussion about Sharon Tate (and she has a relation to my first) that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had engendered of late.

    Rosemary’s Baby (1968)-Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow in full pixie mode) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer & Ruth Gordon who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar). When Rosemary discovers she’s pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, the now successful Guy begins to change in disturbing ways and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth. Roman Polanski’s first American film is a classic of sustained dread.

    The Eye of the Devil (1966)-French vintner Philippe de Montfaucon (David Niven) returns to Bordeaux with his wife Catherine (Deborah Kerr) when the estate falls on hard times. Upon arrival they are confronted by the beautiful witch Odile de Caray (Sharon Tate in her starring debut), who also lives on the estate with her brother Christian (David Hemmings). As time passes it becomes clear that a ritual sacrifice is expected to return the vineyard to its former glory.

    Häxan (1922)-Silent film explores the history of witchcraft, demonology and Satanism. Lacing a narrative of the persecution of a woman accused of witchcraft through its representations of evil in a variety of ancient and medieval artworks and offering vignettes illustrating a number of superstitious practices. The film ends by suggesting that the modern science of psychology offers important insight into the beliefs and practices of the past. Fantastic hybrid of documentary and fiction.

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    1. Eye of the Devil sounds interesting, I'll have to look that up. I need to re-watch Rosemary's Baby. I've only seen it once and it was a long time ago.

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  2. Wicker Man remake is one of the funniest movies ever made lol When he threatens Molly Parker with a gun to give him her bike lol

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    1. YES, basically any time he has to interact with anyone. lol

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  3. I still haven't seen Midsommar as I really wanted to but timing relating to personal matters beyond my control prevented me. I hope to see that and Hereditary soon. The only film I've seen in that list is The Wicker Man as I just think it's fucking hilarious...

    OH.. OH... GODDAMN!!! HOW DID IT BURNED? HOW DID IT GET BURNED! HOW DID IT GET BURNED!!!!! STEP AWAY FROM THE BICYCLE!!!!! NO, NO, NOT THE BEES, NOT THE BEES!!!!!!! AH, MY EYES!!!! MY EYES!!!!! IT BURNS!!!!!!!!!

    It pisses me off that HBO/Cinemax cut that "Not the bees" part in the film.

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    1. I don't know. That is the reason I watch it whenever it's on and they kill my enjoyment of that film.

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    2. Someone needs to be re-assigned for that decision.

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  4. Well we sort of match on two...I picked the original Wicker Man. Yes the remake is good for a laugh.

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    1. I feel so out of the loop with having not actually seen the original some times. I only know the bad.

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  5. Great list! I still need to watch Midsommar and I haven't seen either Wicker Man movies.

    Here’s my Thursday Movie Picks!

    Ronyell @ The Surreal Movies and TV Blog

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  6. If a bear punches a woman in the woods and no one is around to hear....LOL Great list!

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  7. Midsummar is THE film this week and one I need to see just from what everyone has talked about. I haven't seen the others but that Wickerman GIF is so stupid but funny

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    1. I would LOVE to hear what you think of Midsommar. I hope you get to watch it soon.

      "Stupid but funny" might as well be Wicker Man's tagline.

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