The Curse of Atuk: Did This Movie Kill 4 Of Hollywood’s Funniest Actors?

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Look, if it’s in any way even remotely possible that a movie cursed with some indefinable yet quantitatively proven fatal quality took out four (if not more) of Hollywood’s greatest funny men…then it is my honor-bound duty to get to the bottom of it.

So without further delay, here’s a look at one of the most persistent contemporary Hollywood urban legends…“The Curse Of Atuk.”

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Material Basis: On The So-Called Poltergeist Movie Curse

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On February 1, 1988 actress Heather O’Rourke, of the three original Poltergeist movies, died of cardiac arrest caused by septic shock. Originally misdiagnosed in 1987 as having Crohn’s disease, O’Rourke was actually suffering from a congenital intestinal stenosis. She expired on the operating table, as surgeons worked desperately to remove an acute bowel obstruction.

She was 12. It was four months before the release of Poltergeist III, and before post-production on the film could be completed.

Was the Poltergeist franchise “cursed”? And if we can make that determination…what does “cursed” really mean?

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The 3 Types Of Bad Movies

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“You can’t piss on hospitality son, I won’t allow it!”
“Troll 2”

Since I’ve analyzed a number of cheesy movies on this blog before, I thought I’d take a step back and discuss the different types of bad films. Not all films that are bad are bad in the same way. Some bad films are actually quite enjoyable. Some are bad because they are unsettlingly awful in a way that you can’t take your eyes off of—but definitely not enjoyable.

And some are just bad—bad, bad, bad, boring. Bad.

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A Body For Paimon: The Deeper Meaning Of “Hereditary”

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“It’s alright. Charlie, you’re alright, now. You…are Paimon. One of the eight kings of Hell. We have looked to the northwest and called you in. We’ve collected your first female body and give you now this healthy male host. We reject the trinity and pray devoutly to you, Great Paimon.”
–Joan, “Hereditary”

“St. Sophia is going to be born again; she was not acceptable before.”
–Philip K. Dick

I am going to attempt to “unpack” esoterically the 2018 movie Hereditary. It’s the sort of film crackling with visceral occult energy that you think about long after you see it—and to be honest there’s so much here to consider that to write about it in any sort of comprehensive post seems like an overwhelming task. But I’ll give it a shot.

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The Metaphysics Of LEGO

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With these simple building-blocks, you can create an entire universe; you are only limited by your imagination. That’s the central premise of the widely-popular LEGO franchise of toys, movies, and videogames. It is a world populated by something akin to the idealized forms of Plato; where anything (vehicles, people, droplets of water) can be replicated by infinite combinations of a set # of pieces.

LEGO—especially now that much of it has made the “jump” from actual physical plastic pieces to uncanny replicas of such in the digital realm—is like a blueprint not only of the underlying structure of our reality, but where reality as we now know it might be heading in the future.

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Fear Of A Plastic Plant: The Glorious Paranoia Of “The Happening”

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“You’re not interested in what happened to the bees?”
–Elliot Moore, “The Happening”

In terms of a genre consumed to entertain us, the Apocalypse must be fun. Whether at its most bombastic and implausible, or mired in gritty realism and disease, disaster narratives must contain a certain level of grotesque-yet-thrilling spectacle in order for us to be enthralled. But except for a handful of gory “set pieces” that are filmed as dispassionately as time-lapse footage of paint drying, The Happening provides none of those things.

And yet, I believe it is one of the most emblematic films regarding our current predicament.

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