We simply need to be prudent about our entertainment choices and make sure that if we decide to watch horror movies, we watch the ones that highlight evil and show it for what it truly is rather than those that glorify it. The Life of Brian, is a 1979 comedy film written, directed and largely performed by the Monty Python comedy team. There are good ones that express truth about evil and our need for redemption, so Catholics can watch and enjoy them. An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels, Transcending our Temptations: Advice from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time. Yeah, I mentioned something about this awhile ago on another thread but got shot in the foot because I didn’t mention any particular movie. Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ, and its central thesis is that Jesus, while free from sin, was still subject to every form of temptation that humans face, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust.

[/quote]. Have you got the wrong vampire…”, Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. That is … What’s more, this denigration of Mary Magdalene’s “rightful” place as Jesus’ wife is portrayed as part of a larger Church conspiracy to stamp out devotion to the divine feminine, which was at the heart of early Christian worship. For those who can’t wait to get some merchandise, the store prices have now all been discounted! Most films in this genre either ignore God completely or take a very superficial view of our faith, presenting it simply … This is one of those movies in which the victims call upon the Catholic Church (more specifically, a practicing Catholic married couple that specializes in this sort of thing) for help, and God comes through for them in the end, making it very easy to see that it doesn’t actually glorify evil. For instance, in the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), a man decides to hoard his riches, but then God tells him that he will die that very night, making all his plans futile. Shipping takes 7 – 11 days. As she brandishes the classic crucifix, he just keeps coming and chuckles: Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Notable omissions: The Pope Must Die(t), The Crime of Father Amaro, The Birth of a Nation, Priest, The Message, Agnes of God, Hail Mary. The movie uses the example of Officer Sarchie to make a larger point: we cannot successfully battle the devil and his minions if our souls are burdened by sin and we are separated from God. As Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew: “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none. I want to be as truthful as possible.” Accusations of anti-Semitism were fueled by news reports that Mel Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, denied the Holocaust. The old films always showed the power of the sacraments and sacramentals. Major religious leaders in the United States blasted the film in fiery sermons, and condemned its subject matter as pornographic. And others are not. All rights reserved. As a result, much like Jesus’ harsher parables, Paranormal Activity actually has a really good message for Catholics; it shows us how we should not approach evil, which then helps us to understand what we should do instead. And that is exactly what Deliver Us from Evil tells us, albeit in an indirect way.

A letter, stabbed through and affixed to the body by a dagger, linked the murder to Van Gogh’s film and his views regarding Islam. When I watch this movie, I am reminded of those parables in the Gospels that end badly for the main characters. Every comment is counted – so you can comment more than once. So if you’re looking for a good horror movie to watch this October, check out Deliver Us from Evil. I am pleased to be able to present the entire movie here on the site – it is embedded from youtube above.

That alone makes the film remarkable in a culture that is not very interested in God or authentic Catholicism, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the film,  Sarchie is haunted by an undisclosed sin from his past, and at one point during his work with Fr. They think that these movies glorify evil, so they should have no place in a godly life. Here are the 10 most controversial religious films ever made. A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment ... 2. Gabriele Amorth, An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels, 107. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) 3. “The Tenth Victim” (Italy, 1965). But many Catholics would like to “baptize” this holiday and celebrate it in a much more Christian manner, like dressing up their kids as saints rather than monsters or movie characters. And no, I can’t point to any one particular film–it’s just an impression some left with me. Submission is a 10-minute film in English directed by Theo van Gogh and written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a former Tweede Kamer member for the Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy); it was shown on the Dutch public broadcasting network (VPRO) on August 29, 2004.

[quote=Socrates]The Eucharist was used against vampires in the original “Dracula” novel by Bram Stoker. “Even when they explore the darkest depths of the soul or the most unsettling aspects of evil, artists give voice in a way to the universal desire for redemption.” (. Horror movies can be positive but also negative. No, this is true.

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The Devil's Advocate (1997) 5. When we first meet him, he is engaged in an intense physical workout, and then he stops off at a bar for a quick drink. In college, I was part of a team of students that planned the re-dedication of our dorm chapel to a saint that would be a good fit for a dorm filled with undergraduate girls. First, they go to psychics rather than to the Church; secondly, one of them taunts and mocks the spirit, arrogantly daring it to do its worst; and finally, they use a Ouija board to try to find out what the spirit wants. Secondly, this theme of confession and repentance also shows that exorcism isn’t an end in itself; rather, it is ultimately a means to bring us closer to God. Now, there is a lot that can be said in defense of horror movies, but I think it ultimately boils down to a principle enunciated by Pope St. John Paul II in his Letter to Artists: “Even when they explore the darkest depths of the soul or the most unsettling aspects of evil, artists give voice in a way to the universal desire for redemption.” (Letter to Artists, 10). (Don’t ask me which one, please…I’ve seen too many of them at Saturday matinees.). One of the most controversial scenes was the film’s ending: Brian’s crucifixion. Nevertheless, whether God is explicitly mentioned or not, these kinds of horror movies express our desire for salvation by showing miniature versions of that salvation. Most films in this genre either ignore God completely or take a very superficial view of our faith, presenting it simply as a tool to rescue people from their demonic tormentors, but there are some exceptions. Granted, the filmmakers probably didn’t intend that message, but it is there nonetheless. © Copyright 2020 Catholic Exchange. Instead, good horror highlights it and, in so doing, shows it for exactly what it is. Who he kidnaps and cuts into pieces.

At one point Mina gets a burn on her forehead from a consecrated eucharistic wafer…Try to tell her that wasn’t really the Body of Christ. Secondly, we should never mock evil or think that we are more powerful than it. Others, however, believe that as long as we can separate made-up stories from real life, there is nothing wrong with the genre. I was really surprised when theyincluded it in the film! Talk to a combat vet who has seen his buddies blown to bits. A Thief in the Night is the first of many ‘70s era horror films made by conservative Christians who had one simple goal – get people to convert and fast. Turning again to a more general level, horror movies in which evil wins express our need for redemption by showing just what we are up against. He has master's degrees in both theology and philosophy (with a concentration in bioethics) from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he spent three years in Catholic University of America's doctoral program in biblical studies before realizing that academia isn't where he wants to be.

Transcending our Temptations: Advice from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Specifically, since I’m somewhat of a film buff, I want to examine the issue of horror movies.

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