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VICE: Horror Films as Christian Propaganda?

A few days ago an essay came across my daily Google news feed on horror that caught my attention. It was “Why Are So Many Horror Films Christian Propaganda?” by Josiah M. Hess at VICE. My initial reaction to the title was one of intrigue and thankfulness for the issue being raised, but this was […]

"The Conjuring 2" and Misinformation

Now that The Conjuring 2 is in theaters it has become the object of praise as well as critique. An article at iDigitalTimes offers the latter, particularly since the film is promoted as being "based on a true story," and that it involves the careers of notorious parapsychologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. (See my past […]

Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion Across Cultures

Glad to be a contributor to this one with several entries related to the work of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. My thanks to Joe Laycock for the opportunity. Spirit Possession around the World Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures by Joseph Laycock, Editor June 2015 ABC-CLIO Beyond addressing the Christian tradition of possession […]

Robertson: Watching Horror Films Can Lead to Demonic Possession

Pat Robertson is known for theological gaffes over the course of his televangelist career. In this video he warns about the possibility of demonic possession by watching horror films. I must admit I've had some conservative Christians accuse me of suffering from this malady given my interests in the fantastic and the macabre, but I'm […]

Critical Considerations of "The Conjuring's" Ed and Lorraine Warren

As mentioned in a previous post, The Conjuring has generated a lot of discussion and controversy. One area that has received a lot of attention is its depiction of evil witches and the "darkness of witchcraft" in connection Christian conceptions of Satan and demonology. You can read my previous post, a guest essay by a […]

Heather Greene Guest Essay: The Conjuring and Horror Depictions of "Evil Witches"

The Conjuring has been the focus of a lot of discussion recently from a variety of perspectives: It surprisingly broke box office records in its debut weekend, beating out much bigger budget movies; claimed it was a "right-wing, woman-hating film; two individuals responsible for producing the film stated that they hoped the film, with […]

The Possession Presents Jewish Perspective on Possession and Exorcism

The Possession is Sam Raimi's most recent horror film, and it also represents Hollywood horror's latest installment in our ongoing fascination with the idea of possession by a dark spiritual force and the related process of exorcism. What makes Raimi's film different from so many of the films that explore this theme is it's Jewish […]

Psychology Today: What is it That Fascinates Us About Exorcism and Demonic Possession?

A series of bad reviews by film critics, echoed by many rank and file moviegoers, didn't stop The Devil Inside from doing extremely well at the box office. The film is but the latest in a string of films with the theme of demonic possession, forming a horror subgenre in their own right. This includes […]

The Devil Inside: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:1

The horror preferences of a younger generation, coupled with the continued popularity of "found footage" and demonic possession themes in horror, led to a great weekend at the box office for The Devil Inside. Although I haven't seen the film, I provided some input for the discussion at the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 3:1 on the […]

Satanism, Exorcism and Social Horror Trends

An article that ran in The Telegraph on 7 April titled "Rise in demand for exorcism recalls horror trend," caught my attention, not only for its connection of concerns over the demonic and contemporary horror films, but also for some of the provocative claims it made. Looking back at The Exorcist (1973) and an increase […]

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