Duran: I've always believed the line between "christian" and "non-christian" films is artificial. I believe we can find God in the most unlikely of places.
Scott Derrickson, writer and director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose states in the current Infuze Magazine issue.
"Horror is a genre that is often disrespected, because it is sometimes very exploited. And yet, historically, Christians have been making scary paintings and writing scary stories, like Dante's Inferno, for centuries. There's a lot of moral and spiritual passion behind thousands of years of church art that deals with this kind of dark subject matter."Tidings Online has an interesting article that suggests that Derickson exploits horror instead of using it as a theological tool.
An excerpt from Theological Horror:'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' writtenBy Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP
"Emily" shows that Derrickson has not moved far from the via negativa approach he has to salvation or spirituality for that matter. ... Given that this is a horror film we don't expect much light. We accept the gothic darkness, but this kind of theology seems rather manipulative to me. Fear is a medieval way to bring people to God that does not invite a free response to faith, nor hint at God's loving providence... But faith and Christian living are so much more than the sum total of fear of the devil on a dark and rainy night. This more than anything is why "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is a horror film.
Now I'm not going to front. I told Mike Duran I was too scared to see the movie and make a judgement for myself. So any horror flick fans, please let me know how you feel? Is this movie quality fiction or a Hollywood version of the Bible?
Writing to see what the end's gon' be,