In 1975, Christopher Lee appeared in the second of his Dennis Wheatley films for Hammer, To The Devil – A Daughter. Like Wheatley – who he was personal friends with – Lee had an apparent unwavering belief in the genuine power of evil and the dangers of black magic, which is rather odd given that both made a good living from exploiting the subject in print or on film. Here, in a video interview at the time the film was in production, he discusses the dangers of occultism, and how he handled having to carry out ‘blasphemous’ rituals in a real church. His excuse seems to boil down to “it’s acting, so it’s OK”, though if these ceremonies were really as dangerous as he claims, you suspect that carrying them out under any circumstances would be a bit dodgy.
Still, it’s a fascinating interview.
You can read more about Wheatley and his work in our forthcoming book Satan Superstar, available to pre-order now.
Release date: Friday April 13th 2018. To order and read full details, click here.
HAIL, SATAN SUPERSTAR!
an audacious study of the occult, witchcraft, Satanism and esoteric religion in music, film, TV, literature, photography, art, and belief. SATAN SUPERSTAR delves deep into the world of occult obsession and diabolical entertainment – from Satanic Panic to Satanic Celebration. With incisive writing and commentary from leading experts, practitioners and critics, SATAN SUPERSTAR is entertaining, informative and provocative.
With new writing, art and comment from Lydia Lunch, Boyd Rice, Nikolas Schreck, Lucien Greaves, Billy Chainsaw, Jason Atomic, David McGillivray, Nigel Wingrove, A.D. Hitchin, Carl Abrahamsson, Daz Lawrence, Logospilgrim, C.J. Lines, Bruce Barnard, Keri O’Shea, Tom Six, Groovie Mann, Sarah Appleton, Darius Drewe, Gipsie Castiglione, K.K. Eye, Ben Spurling, Sammm Agnew, Ilya Falchevsky, The Church of Satan, the Church of Rational Satanism and The Partridge Family Temple.
240 pages + cover. A5 format. Limited to 666 copies. £20.00 (UK).