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Why Are There Religious Themes in Horror Movies: Religion, Haunted Mansions and Churches
Why Are There Religious Themes in Horror Movies?
One thing I noticed about my own film reviews is that most of them are horror movies and many of them share similar themes regarding Religion; many of these movies have influence from Christian (mostly Catholic) Religions.
"One Missed Call": St. Luke's Hospital;
"B.T.K.":Dennis Rader was Church President;
"Doubt": the whole movie was based on a priest, a nun, and a private Catholic School;
"Hydra": based on Greek Mythology;
"The Alphabet Killer":the town was called "Churchville", the missing medallion from one of the victims was of St. Philomena-ironically, the "Protector of Children", and lastly, St. Michael's Church (there are several other references but I felt that this was enough for this review).
In "Knowing",Caleb questions the existence of heaven, John Koestler's (Nick Cage) father is a pastor, and Koestler ends up being a modern day Prophet. At one point, Koestler-an atheist-kneels down humbly before the higher presence, which I believe were Angels.
Now I find it odd that these elements are intertwined throughout. Who would think that horror movies could be so relative to religion? I never gave it much thought until I began reviewing notes that I took while watching the films.
I feel that many of the reasons we fight wars, or even fight people in general, is due to a combination of fear and misunderstanding, which leads to hate. I think that as civil human beings, if we chose to, we could be more compassionate to others through understanding their customs and belief systems, and stopping the negative stereotypes that fuel anger, hate and racism.
If each and everyone of us "Paid It Forward" just a little bit everyday, then imagine the possibilities for our entire race. We should be free to share our faiths, opinions, and ideals without fear of aggression, repercussion, being singled out, or hated.
I ask of all my readers, when you think about this, please say a prayer-no matter who your "God" is, for world peace and triumphant brotherhood between billions of people around the world. Hate may be an innate thing, but acting out on that hate is an action; a behavior that can be modified. When we refuse to act out this hate, we can then begin to change the way we view our enemies. God Bless us all!
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