Source: Charisma News
By: MARK I. PINSKY/RNS
The words Christian and horror movie rarely appear in the same sentence, much less in the same film’s promotional material.
Yet that’s exactly what Tim Chey, writer and director of Final: The Rapture, does to promote his picture in its city-by-city roll-out.
As the movie’s poster promises: “When the Rapture strikes … all of hell will break loose.”
In an interview outside the Orlando, Fla., multiplex where his film was playing on a Sunday afternoon, Chey said he’s comfortable with the Christian horror movie label, or even “Christian disaster movie.”
Acknowledging that a movie theater is no substitute for a sanctuary, Chey said his purpose is “to scare the living daylights out of nonbelievers. … If it means I have to make a horror film to make it realistic to win people to Christ, then so be it.”
From church-sponsored, Halloween “hell houses”—designed to dramatize the wages of sin—to the best-selling Left Behind pulp novels and movies, evangelical Christians have had an ambivalent relationship with horror and terror in their home-grown popular culture.
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