THE BLACK OMEN

is a film group and the right hand of the mystic collective that is THE WATCHERS BY THE GATE OF HORN. We have pledged our art-sorceries to the crafting of grim genre films, and know that the silver screen is a flickering dream portal. We like Fantasy especially because we like strange images from other worlds - worlds where different ideas run, different paradigms flex, and comparisons thread to our lives. There is magic there. 

 

Here, we know that the world you woke up in is a treacherous place. It is not as it should be. There are many things that work against you. That seek your subjugation. Your crushed skull. Your drained heart. Like your shitty boring job; the poisoned air; the poisoned food; your cellphone; the advertising that gets inside you; racism; sexism; the corporate power that ruins your vote. And then there are your own personal demons.

 

But they have not beaten you yet. You, adventurer, have HP left. Maybe even Mana. And if you are out of the latter, we will help. We wish to arm you with magic so that you might win glory before death. Adventurers help adventurers.

 

THE BLACK OMEN

is our dark oath. A grim promise to watch your back.

And we swear to avenge you should you fall.

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“For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death.”
— Anonymous. Beowulf
I know it’s a cliché to say that films are like dreams — like a collective unconscious,’ Terry began, ‘but I was thinking that nobody’s ever really followed the idea through. There are different sorts of dreams, aren’t there? And so obviously there are horror movies, which are like nightmares, and then there are dirty movies like Deep Throat and Emmanuelle, which are like wet dreams... Then there are remakes, and stories which keep getting told again and again, and those are like recurring dreams. And there are consoling, visionary dreams, like Lost Horizon or The Wizard of Oz. But when a film gets lost, and it’s never been shown, and the print goes missing and nobody’s ever seen it, that’s the most beautiful kind of dream of all. Because that’s the kind of dream that might just have been the best one you’ve ever had in your life, only it slips from your mind just as you’re waking up, and a few seconds later you can’t remember a thing about it.
— Jonathan Coe. The House of Sleep

“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? ...Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. ...If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
— Tolkien. On Fairy-Stories