Cultural Gutter: In This Green and Pleasant Land

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Over on The Cultural Gutter, In This Green and Pleasant Land examines Children of the Stones, regarded to this day as one of the smartest, weirdest, scariest slices of children’s television programming ever produced.

From its very first moments, Children of the Stones establishes a disconcerting mood, that curious blend of the idyllic and the threatening that is essential to good folk horror. A father and his son are driving through a lovely countryside, having a good-natured conversation about, well, history and the etymology of the word “phantasmagorical.” Their seemingly peaceful drive, however, is accompanied by an ominous, at times even confrontational eerie soundtrack composed of chanting and wordless singing that descends on occasion into outright screaming.

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