With the new Nightmare on Elm Street haunting cineplexes tomorrow, it seemed like a good idea to resurrect a controversial topic. While pagan philosophy on the circle of life in kids’ movies, and the fact that a couple is having premarital sex in the latest romantic comedy, are often glossed over/justified by many religious types and still considered viewable, the moment the subject matter strays from distorted truth or a roll in the hay and the supernatural gets involved, the Christian is forbidden to touch it. If there’s some gore, it’s unacceptable. After all, Jesus wouldn’t mind if the truth of God is twisted, but if someone gets decapitated he’d storm out of the theater… right? Hmmm.
One of my top 10 films is The Thing. Another is Jaws. I also think the scariest horror movie is still The Exorcist. If you’re thinking about seeing the new version of Freddy – played by Jackie Earle “Rorschach” Haley – or if you plan on judging people who do, check out these threads to get your brain juices stewing:
Horror, Gore, Fear & the Christian
A sharp look at scary movies and reasons and/or excuses for avoiding them. This is my favorite quote from writer/director Scott Derrickson:
“In my opinion, the horror genre is a perfect genre for Christians to be involved with. I think the more compelling question is, Why do so many Christians find it odd that a Christian would be working in this genre? To me, this genre deals more overtly with the supernatural than any other genre, it tackles issues of good and evil more than any other genre, it distinguishes and articulates the essence of good and evil better than any other genre, and my feeling is that a lot of Christians are wary of this genre simply because it’s unpleasant. The genre is not about making you feel good, it is about making you face your fears. And in my experience, that’s something that a lot of Christians don’t want to do.” (click here for full article)
Final Destination 3 – Out of Control
The central issue in Final Destination 3 is not death, but control. Wendy states – and reiterates several times – that she doesn’t like to feel out of control. Like Wendy, I think we all want life and death to be in our hands, on our terms; we like to believe that we have control over our own life. We wrestle not only with the idea that we are mortal and ultimately powerless to change this, but that there may be a fate, design (or Designer) that we can’t escape. (full review)
Moreover, I would contend that the film also strikes a subliminal chord (that non-Christians will deny), in that it presents a fictional account of a force that is real rather than fairy tale, chronicling a modern-day version of possession that has occurred in the past, and may still occur today. (full review)