Four Awesome Campy 1970s Christian Movies That Hollywood Should Totally Remake (Like Left Behind)

Maybe you’ve seen the trailer for Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage. It got me thinking, the current day doesn’t own the rights to all Christian campy movies. Here are four movies from the 1970s that Hollywood should remake. Why? Because they’re awesome possum! And I still have nightmares from a few of them. That’s got to count for something.

A Thief in the Night

Before Left Behind, there was A Thief in the Night. A whole generation of children was scared into the church by this horror/suspense movie about a girl who missed the rapture. Here’s the entire movie, in case you’ve got an afternoon to kill.

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By the way, there used to be these things called cords that connected phones to walls. And when you left a phone handle off the hook, which means you physically did not hang it up and break the connection,  it would beep to let you know. You need to know that going in.

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Brother Sun Sister Moon

You will learn everything you needed to know about hippies from this 1972 biopic of Francis of Assisi.

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This movie is very timely due to the popularity of Pope Francis. But you need someone who can sing and who can look longingly into a camera.

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The Cross and the Switchblade

The true story of David Wilkerson and his mission to help the thugs, gangs, down and out, and street people of 1960s New York City.

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It’s a tough story in a tough city. There can only be one…..

The Hiding Place

Another true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family, ordinary boring Dutch Christians who sheltered Jews from the Nazis. The story isn’t really campy. It’s remarkable. It doesn’t end when the Ten Booms are arrested and sent to concentration camps. It’s just getting started.

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Ok. The trailer is a little campy. But the story is so inspiring, it’s beyond inspiring. It’s superspiring. This one has Oscar written all over it. I said OSCAR!


Interview: Nicholas Sparks Talks about The Lucky One and Supporting Returning Soldiers

Unlike most Hollywood screenwriters, Nicholas Sparks lives in Eastern North Carolina, which gives him a perspective hard to find in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of active military duty in my little town,” he told me when we spoke by phone.

Because he was familiar with soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sparks wrote the main character of his novel The Lucky One as a soldier adjusting to life back in the United States. Starring Zac Efron, the movie adaptation opens Friday.

Sparks used to coach a local high school track team and many of his players went on to military service. “When they come home, they come see me, you know… ‘Hey, Coach.’ I get to see what they’re going through coming back to the States.”

“The soldiers I know, they were great at their jobs. They were great soldiers. You know what being a great soldier means. It means killing people and blowing up things. They come home and they’re not doing that.”

“Some soldiers need more help than others,” Sparks said, noting that some just need a shot at a job while others need ongoing medical and emotional care. He added that he gives veterans “extra points” when making hiring decisions. He doesn’t stop there, however. Always known as a supporter of charity, he’s adding military groups to his list. In fact, he’s organizing a fundraising weekend in North Carolina for opening weekend, proceeds going in part to The Wounded Warrior Project.

He says it’s the least he can do.

Efron plays Logan, a Marine who finds himself jumpy and unfocused after returning home from Iraq. He sets out to find the woman whose picture he uncovered in rubble in Baghdad, a happenstance that saved his life when a bomb struck just feet away as he picked it up. He finds her in a sunlit paradise of a farm serving as a doggie hotel and the rest, well, it unfolds as only a Nicholas Sparks romance can do.

The Lucky One is a story about “how love can help you move on,” said Sparks, but he also wants it to be a tribute to the men and women who answered the call and served the country, including the men and women he knows personally.