Kenneth Anger: how I made Lucifer Rising

The director of the 1966 occult classic talks about how an anti-British massacre paid for his film, and the debt it owes to Jimmy Page and a bunch of jailed killers

This was the first really big film about black magic or white magic or whatever you want to call it. I'm a member of the Oto – Ordo Templi Orientis – an occult order founded by British genius Aleister Crowley, who was maligned by the gutter press. The Express's rightwing jerk editor Lord Beaverbrook sold a lot of papers calling Crowley a satanist, with headlines like "The man we want to hang", to provoke people to murder him. Crowley's like a bogeyman –, which was unfair. He wrote wonderful books and poetry. Lord Beaverbrook loved to call Crowley a cannibal: eating human beings makes good headlines, and Crowley couldn't countersue.

Lucifer Rising was about Egyptian gods summoning the angel Lucifer – in order to
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