Thursday, October 13, 2016

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST #13 - Animal Familiars


I cannot wait for our October Grind-Fu Cinema!

As you hopefully know by now we are screening two films that are witch related; The Witch and The Blair Witch Project. The Witch is a film rich in folklore. One of the many things that I love about The Witch is that the film makers don't spell out all of the plot points for us in unnecessary recaps or redundant messaging. A big turn off for me is watching movies that are obvious and formulaic. If I can see what's going to happen next coming a mile away, then it's just a boring waste of time. I assure you, The Witch is not a waste of your time. If you have never read about the symbols or history of witchcraft, then some of the imagery in the film might be lost on you. That's why I'm here to help. And no worries there will be NO SPOILERS FOR THE GREY HERE!

  
Rabbits or Hares

These creatures have long been associated with magic, luck (thing rabbit's foot), witches, fertility and the Goddess. It is often thought that witches would shape shift into the form of rabbits to hide and spy. When seen on the screen you can be assured that a witch is there. 



Ravens or Crooks

Long associated with the underworld, ravens are symbolic for magic, shape shifting, creation and prophecy. Messengers of death, their cries were said to symbolize an approaching death or grave illness. 



Goat or Ram

The horned goat is long associated with demons, devils and witchcraft. This creature was worshiped and in charge by witches and pagans. Just an aside here, the goat in The Witch is named Black Philip and he has a twitter account you can follow if you like here  https://twitter.com/blackphillip


Just knowing these few facts may help you navigate this film a bit easier. At it's core it is a story of bleak despair. A family's very real struggle with the land, religion and unnatural forces beyond their control. It's simply amazing and I can't wait to watch it with you all at Grind -Fu Cinema on October 22nd. We are screening both films at the Weicking 220 Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. Show up early to trick or treat and see the cake for intermission!

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