‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is dark, violent, and an adventure in grace

Eric Bana, center, and Joel McHale, left, in a scene from "Deliver Us From Evil" (CNS/Sony Picture/Andrew Schwartz)

Horror-meister Scott Derrickson's newest film, "Deliver Us From Evil," begins with three U.S. Marines in Iraq who come across some strange writing on a wall in an underground cave. What they don't realize is that the writing is from the devil and that when they return home, they bring darkness and evil with them.New York police sergeant Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is one tough cop with his own inner darkness. He is married to Jen (Olivia Munn) with one child, Christina (Lulu Wilson). He works … [Read more...]

Horror films 2014: “To reckon with real-world horror”, according to horror master Scott Derrickson

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Edgar Ramirez in "Deliver Us from Evil"  Screen Gems One of my Facebook friends is the director and filmmaker Scott Derrickson who made "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Sinister." I have watched Scott's movies ever since he interviewed Wes Craven on horror films at the City of Angels Film Festival about the year 2000. They talked about why people go to horror films ("They are already afraid"), or don't go, and it was fascinating. Scott has a new horror film coming out this year entitled … [Read more...]

“The Conjuring” – are horror films C(c)atholic?

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The first horror film I ever saw at age eight, indeed the first film I ever saw in a theater, was the 1959 House on Haunted Hill. It starred Vincent Price, and I now know it was directed by William Castle, called “the poor man’s Hitchcock,” who churned out many “B” thriller movies. Although Castle’s genre was the psychological thriller, his films are subgenres of horror. House on Haunted Hill was projected in “Emergo”, one of the gimmicks Castle was known for. In this case it meant that a large f … [Read more...]

List of movies about Catholics (Catholic history) in the United States

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Movies about Catholics (Catholic History) in the USA I was asked if I had a list of films about American Catholic history, life, events, and people. Since I didn't, I set out to compile one and asked the help of my good friend and favorite Church historian (and fellow writer at Patheos)  Dr. Pat McNamera.  After reading the list, please feel free to add to it in the Reply section. Thank you!   DocumentariesWomen & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in AmericaArchbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant … [Read more...]

“Wreck It Ralph” and the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut today

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Today, December, 14, a gunman killed 26 people in Newtown, CT, including 20 elementary school children."Wreck It Ralph" opened in November I didn't have a chance to see it until today. I was driving home from seeing the film and listening to the news on NPR. The newsperson described President Obama as wiping away tears as he spoke words of comfort to parents, his behavior noted by many news outlets.2012 has been a year marked by gun violence tragedies.On August 22 I recorded a video a … [Read more...]

“Apocalyptic themes in movies”: 12/21/12 and the end of the world … again

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According to the Mayan Calendar the end of the world is to happen on December 21, 2012: 12/21/12.But it did not happen on all the other dates that have foretold this terrible, cataclysmic event. It is already 12/12/12  and so far, so good. We’re still here.Earlier this year I was invited to give a presentation at a local parish on “Apocalyptic Themes in Cinema”.  I wondered why people are so fascinated by the end of the world and posed the question on Facebook. Angelene Shewfelt, an under … [Read more...]

Scare yourself thin: horror movies help burn calories study finds

The axe kin diet … Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) loses about half a stone in The Shining. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Warner Bros

Watching scary movies can help you burn the calorific equivalent of a small chocolate bar, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Westminster.Those who watched a 90-minute horror film were likely to burn up to 113 calories ....Click here to continue reading this article from The Guardian (UK). … [Read more...]


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