Today’s post is by guest author, H.G. Ferguson.

October.  Halloween.  That time again, when cable channels and regular tv turns to the weird, the strange, the horrible, the demonic, the gory, and the ungodly.  What’s a Christian to do?  I’ve talked in the past about horror, monsters, monsters in the Bible, why Christians should not disdain monsters, monster stories or monster movies.  How a story or a film should be judged in terms of what is it really about, what it teaches us, whether or not and to what degree it conforms to and expresses God’s Truth as it is found in His Word.  Do such films exist?  Concerning monsters?  Is this only wishful thinking on my part, a grotesque reading-in all on my own of what I desperately want to be there but truly, really is not?

Well, I have 4 of them and I invite you to watch them and judge for yourself.  Two are classics of another era and two more recent.  None are rated R or contain graphic violence.  All of them are superb examples of the film-making art and all of them support and express the Truth in the scriptures.  Biblical themes, if you will.

And so, in no particular order of importance, let us begin with…Brides of Dracula (Hammer Studios, 1960).  The sequel to Horror of Dracula which launched the career of Christopher Saruman Lee in the title role.  In Brides Dracula is dead, “but his disciples live on,” the solemn narrator intones.  A young French woman (Yvonne Monlaur) runs afoul of this disciple and is aided by Van Helsing (Peter Cushing reprising his role from the first film).  I don’t want to give any spoilers.  Lavishly filmed, beautifully acted, this movie proclaims two things: that actions have consequences and that Jesus Christ is Lord.  “Who is it that is not afraid?” someone asks Van Helsing.  “Only God has no fear,” is the reply.  I’m more than a little partial to this one because during its final minute I experienced the Power of God for the first time in my life.  You will too.

Darkness Falls (2003) is #2.  Partially based on a true event, this film tells the story of a town haunted by a most vengeful monster/ghost who comes to claim the lives of children on the night they lose their last baby tooth — if they look at her.  Critics drubbed this in derision because of supposed connections with the “Tooth Fairy.”  The real reason they panned it is because the movie smashes the formula since Michael, Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Jigsaw ad infinitum et nauseam in every way possible and gives us the most original monster I’ve seen in about 30 years.  Rated PG-13, it has mild language, maximum terror and no gore.  The story involves the only survivor of the ghost-monster Matilda who returns to the town to help a childhood friend and save her brother who is now haunted by her.  What makes this movie biblical is its theme of Light against Darkness, and the total triumph of that Light.  It is also remarkable that Emma Caulfield’s character wears a cross in every single scene.  That probably annoyed the critics just as much.  Suffused with a remarkable musical score by Brian Tyler, Darkness Falls delivers solid performances, masterful creepy direction and biblical fidelity.  The emphasis is on scare and atmosphere, not violence.  And it’s one of my absolute favorites.

#3 is Hallmark’s Frankenstein miniseries (2004) starring Luke Goss as the Creature.  And since Hallmark did it, that makes it safe, right?  This is the most faithful adaptation to the book of which I am aware, preserving all of Mary Shelley’s themes, particularly her moral that when a man thinks he is God and tries to be God, look what horrors spawn.  At the same time, all the Creature wants is to be loved and accepted by his father, Victor Frankenstein.  The spiritual implications are tremendous and Goss does a consummate job of making the Frankenstein monster both a thing to be feared and a lost soul, perhaps, to be pitied.  And if the Creature’s reaction to his first understanding of God fails to tug your heart, you need a new one.

Last, but by no means least, do not allow its title to dissuade you.  I refer to 1957’s Night of the Demon (American title Curse of the Demon).  Dana Andrews plays an atheistic, naturalistic American psychologist visiting England who believes in nothing supernatural.  He comes into conflict with and is cursed by a Satan-worshipping magician played by English veteran actor Niall McGinnis.  A demon now dogs the steps of the American atheist and will kill him at an appointed time.  This sounds like one of worst of the worst, right?  Guess again.  Filmed in chilling black and white by French master Jacques Tourneur, no other film displays so well the head-on collision between the atheist view of the world and the real one — the biblical one, if you will.   That these beings exist but the world is not ruled by them.  What is this movie about?  The Truth.  The last 10 minutes will leave you biting your fingers, hugging your Bible and watching the most vivid expression of Galatians 6:7 I have ever seen on film.  Night of the Demon is the perfect Christian Halloween movie.

But don’t take my word for it.  Like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true, watch all of these.  You will not be disappointed.

You might even be blessed.

By a m-m-m-monster movie.

H.G. Ferguson makes his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of NEW BLOOD: The Calling of the Blood Book 1.  Click here to learn more.


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Posted on October 17, 2013, in Guest Author. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting . . . I may have to check out these movies!

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