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"The Strain" and Recanted Faith

Last night "Belly of the Beast," Episode 5 in Season 4 of The Strain aired. Once again this series included a theological nugget. This one came via the scene where Abraham Setrakian was laying in a hospital bed where he was discovered by Thomas Eichorst, his long-time vampiric enemy. Eichorst had previously lost track of […]

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 […]

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Religious tensions expressed again in The Strain

I'm a little behind on watching episodes of The Strain, but one which aired a couple of weeks ago caught my attention because of the conflicting ways in which it portrayed Christianity. Previously I've commented on the way the series engages the Christian faith, particularly in its Roman Catholic expression. This is due to Guillermo […]

Contagious Vampires and Impotent Religion in "The Strain"

I finally had a chance to watch the first three episodes of The Strain after recording them. I am a big fan of Guillermo del Toro, including the material he produces. The television series is, of course, based on the 2009 novel by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It incorporates  some of the vampire conceptions […]

NOAH discussion at Cinefantastique's Spotlight Podcast

I was fortunate to be a guest at Cinefantastique Online with their Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1 with the discussion of NOAH. I commented on the film as a piece of cinema, and was also able to provide some thoughts on interpreting biblical texts and how this relates to religious communities and film artistry. Listen here.

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 […]

Dom Augustin Calmet: Biblical Scholar and Vampire Researcher

Previously I discussed Sabine Baring-Gould, a Christian minister who also maintained a research interest in the paranormal and the horrific. I recently came across another individual like this when reading a paper from the 2010 conference of the Center for Studies of New Religions. In "Vampires and Alternative Religions," co-authored by J. Gordon Melton and […]

Sabine Baring-Gould: Hymns and Werewolves

I sometimes think I am a strange phenomenon. I work in the area of theology and cultural studies on the one hand, and yet also have this interest in the fantastic and bizarre in popular culture, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal. From time to time, however, I discover that there have been, […]

Black Death Podcast: Peg Aloi, Medieval Horror, and Religious Dialogue

  TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 for 2011 is now available. In this edition my special guest is Peg Aloi, a religion scholar and film critic and who maintains her own blog at The Witching Hour, who engages me about the film Black Death directed by Christopher Smith. In this interview and dialogue, Peg and I discuss […]

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