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date: 04 April 2020

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a noticeable shift occurred in the plots and soundtracks of narrative film in the United States. The genre of horror came to occupy a leading position among new releases (Rosemary’s Baby, 1968; The Devils, 1971; The Exorcist, 1973; The Omen, 1976), accompanied by music that would invert the signification of the church’s most sacred spiritual heritage: Latin became the language of the devil and chant his music. This chapter explores the historical and cultural bases for this turn to the dark side, to an evil medieval, by examining such concurrent events as Vatican II, the publication of Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible, the Charles Manson murders, and the Vietnam War.

Keywords: The Devils, The Exorcist, The Omen, chant, evil medieval, Gothic, satanism

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