faith and fear on the big screen

the days leading up to Halloween are usually set aside for watching classic horror films. the Horror genre is so wide, it encompasses many different stories. one of the most common themes in Horror is religion, and there have been quite a number of films that incorporate faith into the plot. here’s a list of the top 10 religious horror movies. plenty of the entries are widely recognized and critically acclaimed. in fact, The Exorcist is now a weekly television series, and has exceeded its initially skeptical audience’s expectations. one of the lesser known flicks on the list, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, is a standout because it combines horror with courtroom drama…now that’s something you don’t see everyday! but in all seriousness, it’s based on an actual case (as is a recurring pattern with movies about exorcism).

one thing to note from this list is that they have Christianity in common. but there are plenty of films where other faiths are highlighted throughout the story. a terrific example is The Possession, which is based on the Dybbuk Box story (a truly creepy one, too!) and presents its point of view from Judaism. no matter what path you follow, religious horror films (if done properly, as there have been some real duds produced over the years) are certainly an interesting topic of conversation all year round!


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