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Year: 2008 ...

The Media Witch's Look Back at 2007: Part One, TV

Year: 2007 ...

Witch Cinema 23: The Number 23

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Year: 2006 ...

Witch Cinema 21: The Wicker Man, 2006... What a Waste!

Witch Cinema 22: DVDs for Giving and Gazing

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Witch Cinema 20: Come Over to the Dark Side…

Year: 2004 ...

Witch Cinema 19

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Witch Cinema 13

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Return of the King - Peg's Review

Witch Cinema 14

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Year: 2002 ...

Buffy: Season Finale 2002

Witch Cinema: Richard Harris

Witch Cinema 10

Witch Cinema 06

Witch Cinema 11

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Witch Cinema 07

Witch Cinema 09

Year: 2001 ...

The Mists of Avalon: Peg's Review

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Peg's Review

The Fellowship of the Ring - Peg's Review

Witch Cinema 03

Witch Cinema 01

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Le Bijou Sorci?re! - 6/4/01 WHITE

Year: 2000 ...

Blair Witch - The WitchVox Review

Solstice Cinema: or, What to Watch on Chilly Nights of Winter

Blair Witch - Interview with Joe Berlinger

Blair Witch II - Peg's Trip to the Webfest

Blair Witch II - How Peg Became Involved

Year: 1999 ...

Blair Witch Project - a pre-review

Blair Witch Project - an Interview with the Directors

Blair Witch Project - Movie REVIEW

Judging Amy -- A WitchVox Review

Judging Amy -- Comments Pg 1

BWP Comments 1

BWP Comments 2

BWP Comments 6

Judging Amy -- Comments Pg 2

BWP Comments 3

BWP Comments 5

BWP Comments 7

Judging Amy -- Comments Pg 3

BWP Comments 4

Year: 1998 ...

Practical Magic: Curses and Hauntings and Love Spells, Oh My!

Charmed - Initial Thoughts

48 HOURS: *Not* Burning the Midnight Oil Doing Homework...

X-Files Epidode that Infuriated Witches (02/08/98)

The Clearwater - Madonna Shrine

World's Largest Cauldron comes to Salem Mass

Politics - CELLUCCI Slams Witches!!!

Year: 1997 ...

Xena, Warrior Princess

The Crucible (Peg's Review)

Witch City (The saga of Salem)

X-Files Epidode that Infuriated Witches

Sonys The Craft

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X-Files Epidode that Infuriated Witches (02/08/98)

Author: Wren
Posted: February 9th. 1998
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Chris Carter's "X-Files" Blows it AGAIN!

Well, now we know that the "X" in X-Files does NOT stand for X-pert or X-perience!

The writers of the February 8th X-Files episode are certainly two of the more famous names in the horror fantasy field. This show, written by Chris Carter and Stephen King, invoked plenty of both horror and fantasy-especially if the viewer happened to be a Witch, Wiccan, Neo-Pagan or Shaman.

Once again-remember that plastic surgery fiasco?-occult practitioners and Witches are linked to odd occurrences and destructive behavior. While that IS how a good "Witch hunt" often started in many a New England town in the past, certainly two such interesting authors could come up with something new.

The inference that any time some strange events begin in your neighborhood that there may be a "witch" involved is a dangerously bigoted slant to an otherwise outstanding television show. While most people do not really believe that shape-shifting aliens walk among us, thanks to the hard work of Pagan organizations over the years, these same people probably DO know that Pagans live in their towns and cities. What have they possibly just learned about their Neo-Pagan neighbors ala Carter/King?

The advance radio and t.v. ads heard the announcer saying 'Terror strikes the heart of a small town...' with a voice over of the Fox Mulder character saying, 'Sounds like Witchcraft to me..'.

The opening moments had a segment of a store full of folks beating themselves and clawing at their eyes, tearing their faces open.

"Scully" called "Mulder" and described the scene, where Mulder replied (as in the voice-over on the radio) 'Sounds like Witchcraft to me.'

Scully-'No, I don't think so, I don't see anything that would point to it.' (THAT sounded promising...)

Mulder-'Maybe you don't know what you are looking for.' (Don't GO there...)

Scully-'Like any signs of conjuring or the black arts, Shamanism, divination, Wicca, or any kind of Pagan or Neo-Pagan practice...'

No, Special Agents Mulder and Scully, more like Witches and Neo-Pagans performing a "banishing ritual" on future viewing of this program...

Quite frankly, Witches and Pagans over the centuries have experienced real life horrors and "fantasies' that didn't stop when the last page was turned or the closing credits run. There is the REAL story.

So, Fox Network, in the words of a character played by 'stewardess' Helen Hunt in an old 'Saturday Night Live' episode--"Bub-Bye..."

Wren Walker
Chairperson - The Witches' Voice Inc.

And the homepage update on 2/16/98 read as follows....

We don't care... We don't have to...

We are the most popular show on Television!

In late 1996, the modern Witch community hit FOX-TV hard with letters of protest and concern related to the 11/96 episode SANGUINARIUM. The response from Fox? ZERO! We could only hope that Chris Carter did hear our concerns and had no reason to believe that he didn't until last week.

The Witches' Voice has received more Email (by a long shot) on our coverage of last weeks Xfiles (see XFiles 2/9/98 or our review of the 11/10/96 episode SANGUINARIUM) than on ANY other issue that we have covered related to mis-information or discrimination. The e-mail, while it ran about fifty-fifty for and against, did show us that this was a divisive topic. So in the interest of keeping this issue in some sort of perspective, we felt the best thing to do was to just let folks decide how to respond to this for themselves. Many Witches were furious with this episode, just as many said "no big deal...". Due to the fact that it was pretty evenly split , we realized that the decision would INDEED be a personal one. We were wrong to call for a boycott of this show. Many of you have reminded us that the decision to continue to support this show and its sponsors is an individual one.

Many of you also stated... "But wasn't last years episode much worse?" Indeed it was ! The horrifying reality is that it is destined to be repeated and soon. Expect to see the SANGUINARIUM episode repeated in prime time, shown in syndication and very possibly on video and DVD formats in the near future. It's also worth noting that Stephen King IS slated to write another episode.

There are hundreds of Pagan Web sites, including TWV, that work very hard to dispel the popular myth that "if it's evil... it must be Wicca or Witchcraft". Nothing influences our society more than the media itself. The Xfiles, arguably the most popular show on TV, once again, has made the conscious decision to perpetuate this myth.

Personally, Wren and I are furious that Chris Carter and company have ignored all previous concerns from the Pagan community and continue to take shots at our religion. For MOST people in our society, last weeks episode was the FIRST time they had ever heard phrases "Wicca" or "Neo-Pagan" (which they didn't bother to explain). We do indeed talk in words and think in pictures and the opening scene was an awful image that will influence many. We will not continue to watch this show or patronize its sponsors because it goes directly against the Witches' Voice mission statement and our personal beliefs. Did we at one time love the XFiles? YES we did. This is our personal decision.

The Witches' Voice
Clearwater, Florida

Also check out our review of the horrible 11/10/96 episode 1952 Gardner St.

Contact Info:

X-Files Web Site:
Email Address::
Fan Club Phone: 1-818-409-0960

X-Files Mailing Addresses:
411 N. Central
Suite 300
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Chris Carter
c/o The Fox Broadcasting Company
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

X-Files Canada:
Chris Carter
c/o The X-Files Production Office
Building 10
110-555 Brooks Bank Ave
North Vancouver, BC

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