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‘Dead & Buried’ (1981)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Halloween Horror Movies

‘Dead & Buried’ is a creepy and suspenseful American horror from 1981, originally declared by UK censors in the early 1980s to be a ‘Video Nasty’ (although it was later acquitted of obscenity charges). The film comes with an excellent pedigree, being directed by Gary Sherman (responsible for ‘Poltergeist III’, ‘Raw Meat’ & ‘Vice Squad’) & written by Dan O’Bannon (director of ‘The Resurrected’ & ‘The Return of the Living Dead’; writer of ‘Alien’, ‘Dark Star’, ‘Lifeforce’ & ‘Total Recall’) and Ronald Shusett (writer of ‘Above the Law’, ‘The Final Terror’, ‘Freejack’ & ‘Total Recall’)…

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‘The Ritual’ (2017)

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Halloween Horror Movies

Based on the 2011 August Derleth Award-winning novel by British author Adam Nevill, ‘The Ritual’ is a neat 2017 horror movie lensed in the wilds of Lapland, Sweden. Starring Rafe ‘Son-of-Timothy’ Spall, Sam ‘Grandson-of-Patrick’ Troughton & British TV’s Robert James-Collier, the film was written & directed by American David Bruckner (‘The Signal’, ‘Southbound & ‘V/H/S’)…

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Jesse Jarnow – ‘Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America’ (2016)

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

A valuable addition to the countercultural canon written in 2016 by music journalist Jesse Jarnow, ‘Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America’ documents the sprawling American psychedelic underground over the last half-century or thereabouts…

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‘Eduardo the Healer’ (1978)

‘Eduardo the Healer’ (originally ‘Eduardo el Curandero’) is a nice little find – a fly-on-the-wall ethnobotanical documentary following sympathetic Peruvian sculptor, folk healer/ shaman, former trainee priest & fisherman Eduardo Calderón over the course of a typical day…

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‘The Sunshine Makers’ (2015)

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

‘The Sunshine Makers’ is a 2015 documentary by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen, covering the fabled exploits of American clandestine LSD chemists Nick Sand and Tim Scully…

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David Keenan – ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

This review is of the revised 2016 edition of ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’, an essential acquisition for those with an interest in ‘Industrial’ culture, truly independent music, and the great tradition of the British outsider…