About joshuapederson

Melancholia: Armageddon, Danish-Style

Your family is criminally dysfunctional. You’re a manic depressive. Human life is irreparably evil.  Mankind is alone in the universe. Oh yes–and a rogue planet hurtling toward earth will destroy our world and everything on it in a violent conflagration. Such is the sunny message of Melancholia, Lars von Trier’s latest unwatchable foray into filmic [Read More…]

The “Catholic Fantastic”: Religion in Horror Films

I’ve long wanted to attempt a book-length project on the amount of religion that shows up in horror films.  The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen (all of them), The Prophecy (all of them), Fallen, Constantine, The Devil’s Advocate …. the list goes on and on. Thus, it was with envy and relief that I recently [Read More…]