Return conversation with Ken Ammi on horror movies, occultism, Stephen King’s IT & the perils of hyperstition.
Part One: Art & Propaganda (0 – 31 mins)
The Hollywood spell, watching with two brains, a Catch-22 of studying propaganda, submitting to narratives, sensory deprivation & sensory overload, multiverse theories & celebrity lifestyles, the origins of movie-enthrallment, storytelling & symbolism, art & propaganda, Top Gun vs The Godfather, art & personal meaning, discerning integrity, The Color Out of Space, Richard Stanley, a trifecta of occultism, Satan in the background, Madonna on the holy of holies, Hollywood Gnostic propaganda, the goal of traumatizing audiences.
Part Two: The Culture of Dehumanization (31 mins to 1 hr 7 mins)
Demonic love, the aesthetics of terror, horror film director’s on childhood terror, The Tingler, scream for your lives, video game addiction, being imprinted by strong emotions, William Friedkin’s inspiration, Eros & Thanatos, the video nasty, the IT phenomenon, Stephen King & childhood trauma, Dr Sleep, small town conspiracy, nostalgia for childhood in IT, Alien, the inescapability of trauma, body horror, cancer subtext, terror of the bathroom, the reality of death, the glamor of ultimate evil, confronting the other, night terrors, facing the incomprehensible, fear of clowns, the shape of IT, the battle of the wills.
Part Three: The Cosmology of IT (1 hr 7 mins – to 1 hr 33 mins)
The ritual gang-bang in IT, the unnameable, the smiley face, Aleister Crowley’s Book of Lies, universe as joke, the Joker, a walking shadow, the cosmology of IT, the deus absconditus, the turtle & the spider, Robert Gray, dead light, the turtle’s vomit, using the imagination against us, Gnostic theology, ontological corruption, MKULTRA & mind control with King & Strieber, possession, Twin Peaks’ Bob, cross-pollination of King stories, the Saturn cycle, the 27 club.
Part Four: The True Business of Show Business (1 hr 33 mins – end)
Whitley Strieber’s trajectory, a giant invisible fist, hyperstition, from horror fiction to nonfiction, a conduit for interdimensional forces, amnesia, triggered memories, the Faustian bargain, King’s haunted truck-attack, unleashing forces of the imagination, death as a way out in Gnosticism, deconstruction as salvation, IT as savior, King’s pragmatic theology, the true business of show business, King’s dedication, the magic exists, the child sex magic ritual as coming-of-age, the Jack the Ripper murders, an alien virus, where Satan resides.