Even as the world faced its own terrors with the most expansive war in history, Hollywood continued to make modes of escape, even if it had to slash budgets to do so. Smaller budgets, however, did not prevent some real gems from emerging.
The 1930s continued onward, with each film bringing more nuanced characters and plot-lines into the mix and, with them, some of the most striking performances on film.
There is one decade where I could not possibly narrow down my selected films to five. The 1930s were the heyday of the horror film and, for this reason, it alone earns two posts.
This is the beginning of a new series tracing the history of the horror film over the past nine decades, interacting with five favorites from each decade.
There is an undercurrent of melancholy to this change of seasons, a reminder that, even in its beauty, this world is broken, and death and all sorts of sadness occur. Perhaps this is why it is fitting that Halloween falls in such a season.
Occasionally there will come along a horror film that rises above schlock and cheap thrills and gives us a truly meaningful and chilling story. The Conjuring is one of those films.
In many ways, I realize my work-in-progress is written to that fifteen year-old me… I want to show him that the pictures of the gospel he is seeing in the books he is reading and in the movies he is watching are really there.
When we forget that the child born in a lowly manger is our triumphant king who undoes this present darkness, we can easily be overwhelmed by the darkness.
We long for a restoration like this in our world. We look around and see so much beauty in the world, but we also know that it isn’t what it could be, what it should be. It is but a shadow of what once was.
Hammer Films produced many of the very best gothic horror films in the 1950s and 1960s. After its resurrection just a few years ago, Hammer now seems set to continue its tradition onward if The Woman in Black is any indicator.
I’ve almost considered writing a book about my experiences and thoughts while writing my book…
In light of our victory over Satan, sin, and death, we should consider, ponder through, and pray over how we can learn from and celebrate Halloween as the Christian holiday it is and can be, proclaiming the gospel through pumpkins and plastic masks.