I had some time to kill the other day, so I decided to clear through some of my old VHS tapes, and finally, once and for all, locate those lost gems of yesteryear. Sadly, all I stumbled upon was a really bad – pre-re-release – copy of The Exorcist, a couple of episodes of the badly time-worn ‘Danger theatre’, and a tape with ‘CROWLEY!!!’ written on it. I was an excitable teenager back in those days clearly.

I popped in the Crowley tape, and was transported to a world of mystery, Led Zepplin, and a really over the top Psychic called ‘Swrin MacDonald’. The documentary entitled The Other Loch Ness Monster, was shown on BBC 2 many years back now. It recounts the purchase of  Scottish homestead ‘Boleskine House’, by seminal magician Aleister Crowley, and his occult workings there.

Interestingly, after Crowley exited the property, it continued to be host to interesting characters – most notably Led Zepplin’s Jimmy Page – and weird happenings.

To me, the most enjoyable act of this fun little piece is the brief appearance of ‘Psychic’ Swrin MacDonald, who utters the chilling missive “…Angry! ANGRY! That we would DARE Interfere…with his life and his property” whilst gazing fearfully in the direction of the house.

Great Stuff.

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Ken Eakins is a filmmaker and weird stuff enthusiast from the South of England.

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