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Queer occultist Aleister Crowley terrified the world. Was his magick all about kink?

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Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a re-watch.Bisexual occultist Aleister Crowley shocked the world with his self-professed powers of black magick and with his knack for blending kinky sex with his creepy rituals.

Though he died diseased, drug-addicted and broke in 1947–which suggests his powers had their limitations–his influence continues to reverberate in religion and pop culture today.That brings us to this below-the-radar screen gem, which borrows heavily from Crowley’s teachings…and his love of kink.

2016’s A Dark Song follows the story of Sophia (Catherine Walker), an Irish woman mourning the death of her young son. In her desperation, she turns to Joseph.

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