Look, I know I was complaining earlier about the lack of scary movies in theaters this Halloween, but I was talking about the fun make-believe kind. 12 Years A Slave, which I reviewed for Aleteia this week, is an all too real horror story. Still, if you don’t mind being reminded just how terrible people can be to their fellow man, then it’s definitely a movie worth watching.
But you can only sit through so many depictions of real human misery before it’s time to take a little fantasy break. Fortunately, while the multiplexes may have forgotten Halloween for the most part, the blogosphere hasn’t. Edward Mordrake at Crisis Magazine takes a look at the presentation of evil in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, while Terry Mattingly at Get religion gives The Exorcist yet another viewing.
In more general overviews of terror, Jason Dietz at Non-Modern considers the genre of werewolf films and their reflection of the curse of sin on mankind. Meanwhile, A. T. Ross from Speculative Faith discusses ways in which we can redeem zombies by diving into the symbols and spirituality buried (so to speak) in the tales of the walking dead.
Of course, it just wouldn’t be Halloween if someone didn’t take up the perennial question of whether or not Christians should celebrate the holiday or not. This year the honor falls to Sean Fitzpatrick at Crisis Magazine, who takes the yea side with his post, All Hallows Eve or Halloween?, and C. W. Lyons at Catholic Exchange, who falls on the nay side with his article, The Mystery & Modern Mayhem of Halloween.
Curious as to which side of the debate the ever popular Simcha Fisher falls on? Perhaps her post on making her son a paper mache Army of Darkness chainsaw hand might give you a clue.
And that, my friends, is as a good a place to end this edition of Now Showing as any. See you next time.