Thursday, September 17, 2009

Haunted Video Review Thursday (on schedule)

The Haunted History of Halloween
The History Channel
If you are in any way remotely curious or attracted to Halloween, then this DVD should either be in your collection or imprinted on some brain cells from where you have seen it on TV before.   This is the full historical and cultural history of the second most popular holiday (the first being my birthday).  Narrated by Harry Smith (CBS The Early Show), this takes you on a brilliant and fascinating journey from the ancient origins of Halloween, the role of the Catholic church in the formation of Halloween, the Victorians, the World Wars and the Religious Right,  to present day celebrations from around the world.  Dispelling myths, misinformation and urban legends about Halloween, this program also sheds insight on Wicca and their relationship to Halloween and views as well as practices of modern Wiccans.  Fascinating stuff!
I have watched this no less than 4 or 5 times and it keeps getting better each time.  It's insightful, informative and just a whole lot of fun...just like The Exorcist!
Good, just making sure you're paying attention!


~Wendy~ said...

I try and watch this every year, but often I recommend it to friends who are misinformed about Halloween and it's very interesting history.

Belle Dee said...

I can't tell you how much I love this special. I need to get the DVD, as I only have a VHS taped copy. I've watched it so many times!

The Frog Queen said...

LOL! I was too paying attention!! :D

Love this one, when I saw the title of the post....I was so happy. Thanks for another great review.


The Captain said...

The Exorcist is one of a few movies that still freaks me out a little! I love this program, the only thing bad I can say about it is that I want more of it. They could make it a weekly program and go more in depth on all the different facets of Halloween. Somebody get somebody else on the phone and make this happen, its a money maker for sure!

"Hello, History Channel"