Why the Nazis and the Occult Plotlines in 'The Devil's Rock' Work so Well

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The thought of "Nazis and the occult" has been a staple of movies for years. "The Devil's Rock" is the most recent in a long list of movies that have explored the crypto-historic thought that the Nazis might have been advanced in the study of the occult. There are reasons why Nazism and occultism frighten so many people, and is so acceptable as a plotline.

History teaches that Germany was decades ahead of other countries in research in many areas. In fact, many former Nazis were brought to the United States after the war and advanced technology in this country. It would not be out of the realm of logical thought that the Nazis might have been advanced in other areas as well. Enter occultism.

For decades, writers and directors have taken the thought that the Nazis explored the occult and brought it to the point that many people believe in this area of "possible history." The movies in the Indiana Jones series are possibly the most notable, but we can't forget movies such as "The Keep," "Hellboy" and certain movies in the Puppet Master series. Since so many books and documentaries have come out over the years about Nazis and the occult, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think that the plotline could at least be plausible.

There is no arguing that the Nazis will continue to go down in history as one of the most evil groups in all ages of humanity. The atrocities that they committed against all of humanity lifted them up to a mythic level that may surpass any group to ever come out in the future. When you look at the experiments that they committed on innocent people, the study of occultism becomes even more realistic and believable. We wonder what other dark secrets the Nazis had, or were close to getting when they lost the war.

"What if" questions scare us because they rarely have definitive answers. "Who, what, where, when, why and how" start off questions that we usually can answer with facts. These make the answers easier to deal with. "What if" questions always lead to speculation and the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft put it best when he wrote "Supernatural Horror in Literature" and stated that "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." Nazi and occultism movies simply ask "What if" questions.

People have never known if there is something that lies on the other side of the veil that we call reality. The thought that a dark force (like the Nazis) might be trying to pierce that veil horrifies us to the core. Note that it was fear like this that led to the Inquisitions so many generations ago. Did the Nazis truly have a grasp on the occult? We will probably never know for sure. One thing that we do know for sure is that the Nazis and the occult will continue to be a mainstay in Hollywood for many decades to come.

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