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Timothy Beal: Religion and Its Monsters

Timothy K. Beal is Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. He has published eight books, including Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith (Beacon, 2005), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice […]

Beowulf: Anti-Christian Bias, Nordic Jesus Christ, or Mistaken Interpretations?

Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique Online asked me if I had seen Beowulf, and whether I had an opinion on allegations he has heard that the film contains anti-Christian bias. Although the film looked intriguing because of its high-quality computer animation, I had not seen the film and was not able to form an opinion, but […]

I Am Legend: Alternative Ending on DVD Provides Food for Thought

Cinefantastique Online recently noted that FirstShowing.net has posted the ending originally intended for I Am Legend which will be included on the DVD for the film to be released in stores March 18. If you have already seen the film I would encourage you to watch the alternative ending to see how it compares to […]

Arnold Kunert and the 50th Anniversary Edition of 20 Million Miles to Earth

Arnold Kunert is the friend and agent of Ray Harryhausen, the legendary stop-motion animator and special effects wizard. In the past Arnold was interviewed here in general on Ray’s work and career. In the following interview Arnold made some time to talk specifically about the colorized 50th anniversary edition of Ray’s classic film 20 Million […]

30 Days of Night and the Oppositional Reconstruction of Vampire Symbolism

Over the weekend I had the chance to watch several films that have recently been released on DVD. I was especially looking forward to taking a look at 30 Days of Night given that it is vampire film (one of my favorite movie monster icons), I enjoyed the graphic novel by Steve Niles upon which […]

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