(1979) - dir. Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione
have existed since the beginning of the world, and shall exist
until the last star falls out of the heavens. Although I have
taken the form of Caius Caligula, I am all men, as I am no man.
I am a God."
- Caligula Caesar
Those words could just have easily been spoken by Lucifer, the
ultimate prideful rebel. And in effect, by proxy, they were, as
the Satanic spirit is replete throughout this figure. They were
spoken by the namesake of this magnificent historical erotic docudrama.
The original intent of this production was to present the most
accurate and realistic portrayal of the events under the Caligulan
There is plenty of fair warning in the beginning that the subject
matter may offend and disturb, so no one need complain about subjecting
themselves to the utterly opulent decadence herein. Truly, Rome
in all of its glory. Much controversy has followed this film ever
since its pre-production, filmed on location in Rome, Italy. Rumors
of orgies, incest, bestiality, extreme cruelty, blood and gore,
followed this film since the start -- all of which it most assuredly
The DVD includes a revealing "making of" documentary
with interview inclusions from Bob Guccione (Penthouse publisher
and iconoclast, whose scrumptious 'pets' adorn the film throughout),
Sir John Gielgud (a classic actor of the first callibre), Peter
O'Toole (elite actor who plays Caesar Tiberius), among others.
Here and there, one notices some excised scenes previously unavailable
in the widely released form, as it may have proved too extreme
for American censors of the time. Although I am sure the European
release included them in full.
Caesar Tiberius must choose a successor. He invites young and
naive Caligula to the palace, where he is introduced to some of
the elements of betrayal and deceit, and witnesses a justified
evisceration as the result of one guard's improper inebriation.
Caligula strikes a deal with his right-hand man at the time, named
Magnus, a Roman soldier, to kill Tiberius and take the throne.
Tiberius is subsequently strangled, and Caligula comes into possession
of The Emperor's Ring, which he wields with pride and power. Caligula
rises to rulership, together with his sister and lover, becoming
increasingly more imbalanced, self-destructive, excessively selfish,
and indiscriminate in his proclamations.
Caligula is a remarkable piece of underground
paganography that has to be seen to be believed, and therefore,
Note: There are two versions of this film available: an R-rated
one, and an "unrated" one. The latter is reviewed herein.]
[- Draconis Blackthorne]
of the Demon (1957) - dir. Jacques Tourneur [on
CoS Video List]
of the Demon (the original cut of which, known as Night
of the Demon) is a classic in Satanic cinema and earns
the right to be on the shelf of anyone who considers himself to
be a connoisseur of the fine art of Satanic filmmaking. The film
involves American psychologist, Dr. John Holden (Dana Andrews)
who goes to England to expose a cult leader by the name of Karswell
(Kiall MacGinnis). Dr. Holden thinks Karswell is a charlatan and
is falsely claiming to have psychic powers so that he can make
money off the gullible, weak-minded people who follow him. When
Professor Harrington, a colleague of Dr. Holden, is mysteriously
killed in a car accident, Dr. Holden sets out to investigate his
death. Dr. Holden denies that this could in any way be the work
of the Devil because in his mind the Devil isn’t real and
there’s no such thing as a curse.
Joanna Harrington (Peggy Cummins) is convinced that Karswell has
placed a curse on Harrington for trying to expose him as a fake
and she tries to convince Dr. Holden that Karswell has the ability
to put curses on people and that he needs to be stopped. Joanna
believes in the so-called evil powers of the supernatural, unlike
her uncle, Professor Harrington. Harrington sets out to prove
that Dr. Karswell’s work in the occult is a fake and did
all he could to discredit him by going to the newspapers and publicly
attacking his work on witchcraft and demonology. Dr Karswell,
in defense, placed a curse on him to prove that he indeed does
have supernatural powers. Dr. Holden, being the skeptic that he
is, ignores all of Joanna's warnings and when Karswell finds out
that Dr. Holden is also out to discredit him, he places a curse
on him also.
This movie is a true Satanic classic because it exposes the devil
worshiper for what he is. Anytime you have to rely on someone
or something else to help you to be a success in life, you're
diminishing your own self worth. People who do this are basically
saying, "I’m not good enough to get these things on
my own; I need some kind of outside force." This movie also
hints at the fact that curses can be in one's own mind and not
something that is real. In the end, when Karswell is killed by
the demon, the director sets up the final scene in a way that
the viewer still has to ask himself if the demon really killed
Karswell or did the train kill him. The answer to this question
can only be answered by the moviegoer because everyone has their
own perception of what happened.
Does the supernatural really exist? This will always be a subject
of much controversy. Satanists viewing this movie should understand
that YOU are in charge of your own destiny -- and no one else.
Asking some devil or some imaginary demon for favors only causes
problems in the end. Satanism strives on individualism. The Satanist
is his or her own God. There is no need to ask other entities