August 2, 1999 |
As of Friday, it will have been 2,300 days since fire and bullets took the lives of 80 people at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. That seemingly obscure fact has some cult watchers worried that we may see another mass suicide or act of apocalyptic violence sometime this week. Hints of an impending disaster can be found at the Davidians' Web site (www.seventhseal.com). According to their "Chronology of Latter Day Events," the Davidians believe that when leader David Koresh was killed on April 19, 1993, it marked the beginning of a 2,300-day period during which the so-called sixth seal would be fulfilled.
July 22, 1998 |
Hilary's last spring at the University of Vermont, she took us out on a fire escape to watch the sunset. It was her solitary communion with nature and she shared it with us. We never felt closer to my stepdaughter. A month later, Hilary disappeared. A single terse letter followed. Hilary assured us she was well. She had found peace and we should not worry about her. What did we do? We worried. A month later, Hilary's backpack was found by Burlington, Vt., police, and returned to us. We feared the worst - that Hilary was the victim of foul play.
December 21, 1986 |
The Whole Story (EMI America ) tells the whole story of Kate Bush, the British singer who has been a star in England and Europe for close to a decade - but whose following here has amounted to little more than a cult. Bush sings in a melodramatic quaver, and much of her material is lushly baroque, florid and hopelessly romantic. This is a woman, for example, who has recorded a song called "Wuthering Heights" that if anything broadens the gothic lushness of Emily Bronte's novel.
June 21, 1987 |
They're already lining up at video stores everywhere for two big releases: a gem from Woody Allen and the riotous remake of a bizarre cult film. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986) (HBO/Cannon) $89.95. 106 minutes. Woody Allen is older and getting even better. He returns to Manhattan and the anxieties that attacked Annie Hall, but this is no mere recycling project. A consummate piece of filmmaking, Hannah ponders love and death and the way the fear of the latter undermines the former.
January 14, 2016
Brett Smiley, 60, who appeared on Broadway in the original musical Oliver! in 1965 and went on to become a glam rocker and achieve cult fame, died Friday at his home in New York. While living in England, the British rock impresario Andrew Loog Oldham, who had discovered and managed the Rolling Stones, produced Mr. Smiley's "Breathlessly Brett," but it was shelved in 1974. Two Smiley-written songs, "Va Va Va Voom" and "Space Ace," were released. The album was eventually released in London in 2003.
May 24, 2002 |
A goofy conflation of sexploitation and soap opera, Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls - showing tonight at International House as part of its cult film series - is a sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll saga that marked '60s softcore king Meyer's first foray into studio-backed moviemaking. Originally released in 1969 with an X rating, this tawdry tale of the Kelly Affair, an all-girl trio that makes it big in Hollywood and then falls apart in a storm of drugs, depravity and rampant nakedness, is a camp classic.
July 24, 1992 |
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies has compared composer Philip Glass' operatic achievements - most of them highly dependent on savvy theater designer Robert Wilson - to those of Richard Wagner. Purists may wince at the comparison but, for duration and ambitious scale and their attempts at contemporary mythmaking, an opera by Glass and Wilson does suggest a Wagnerian ethos. The artists' first collaboration, Einstein on the Beach, received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1976, and has become a cult classic.
May 3, 1988 |
MOVE, the radical cult hardly anyone understands, was born of the friendship between a white former college teacher and a black handyman, who had only a third-grade education but a keen interest in philosophy. Vincent Leaphart, the handyman, moved into the Powelton Village apartment of Donald Glassey, the former college teacher, in January 1972, and they began to write an 800-page "Book of Principles," which outlined Leaphart's beliefs. Before the end of 1972, Leaphart was calling himself John Africa and had recruited several members for his group, which first was called the Christian Movement for Life, then Community Action Movement and, finally, MOVE.
March 31, 1997 |
This one was a New Age version of the fear-induced mass suicide orchestrated by the Rev. Jim Jones in the closing days of 1978. A voluntary shedding of "containers" by 39 uniformed "angels" bent on flying up to a UFO. The setting was a Spanish-style villa in an exclusive San Diego suburb, not a poor, violence-prone colony in the febrile jungles of Guyana. In other aspects, this was a cult self-destructing in classic style. There was the familiar, self-proclaimed messiah mesmerizing his masses with oratorical flights of fancy, cleverly disguised demands for loyalty and adoration unto death.
February 7, 1987 |
Two men found in a van with six dirty, bewildered children have been charged with child abuse and might belong to a "satanic" cult, a police spokesman said yesterday. And in Washington, D.C., a raid on a warehouse linked to the cult has led investigators to look into whether a child-pornography operation was being conducted. Tallahassee detectives were trying to determine the identities of the children. A couple in Washington had contacted police, saying they were the grandparents of one of the children, said Tallahassee police spokesman Scott Hunt.