Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

His Foul Mark on our Cinema
Paramount Pictures/Vigilant Citizen

Here's a still from Roman Polanski's 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby" which depicts demonic hands molesting the movie's titular mother. Such a mainstream motion picture, in addition to piles of b-movie and exploitation titles, helped to cement the concept of secret, malevolent cultists in the public mindset.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.