Made for TV Blasphemies

Midnight Offerings

Midnight Offerings, Destruction Ritual

This 1981 TV movie featured a battle between two witches, one Satanic, and one “goody-goody”—a new age-type gal. All is obvious, as the “bad” witch wears makeup, a black hooded-robe, gets whatever she wants, and has a very nifty Satanic altar in a closet in her bedroom. She is also smarter and far more powerful than the dowdy, shy, good witch. Here she performs a destruction ritual against a teacher who intended to fail her jock boyfriend. As she ignites his photograph, cross cutting shows the teacher’s car exploding into a fireball!

Midnight Offerings, full altar

Here is a close-up view of her altar—quite a set-up!

Midnight Offerings, Skull and Chalice

Here is another view of her altar paraphernalia, including a fine chalice.

Midnight Offerings, Baphomet

The altar had quite a fine version of the Baphomet, which lit up in anger, then burst into flames, when the ritual chamber was invaded by the good witch and her wimpy boyfriend.


Gideon Oliver

Gideon Oliver, main altar

Part of ABC Television’s Mystery Movie anthology series, this 1989 film featured Lou Gosset Jr. as an archaeologist who helped solve crimes (who had a daughter named Zeena!). It took its cue from Maury Terry’s book about the Son of Sam killings, and posited a New York area Satanic cult which sacrificed children to make snuff films. They met in a ruined church, the walls of which were covered with grafitti. Above is the main altar.

Gideon Oliver, wide altar shot

Above this altar hangs a large inverted cross, and before it a baptismal font is used for burning incense.

Gideon Oliver, altar in circle

A close up of the altar itself, which was placed in a magic circle.

Gideon Oliver, High Priestess

What outrages Satanists about this film was that they not only used the Sigil of Baphomet on the robes of this cult (note the inverted cross in a circle as her headpiece), but during the scene wherein the cultists intended to sacrifice a child, the woman who served as High Priestess read a litany taken from Anton LaVey’s Satanic Baptism Rite for children. This rite is a celebration of the carnal purity of children, and they used it as a preparatory for murdering a child!

The series went nowhere, having, I think, one other installment which focused on VooDoo. We weren’t surprised.