An article for Religion News Service shows that the director duo responsible for the horror sensation The Conjuring have pretty strong Christian values. They believe that what happened in The Conjuring did happen, or at least, could happen. After all, the movie ends with this quote from exorcist Ed Warren,
Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.
In fact, although many of those who will go to see The Conjuring will doubtlessly believe its connection to “real events” to be a simple attempt to intensify the horror movie experience, for the directors, its not just a marketing ploy. In fact, this article reveals that the Hayes brothers, who directed The Conjuring, want people to believe and join the struggle against Satan. Here are just a few snippets from the RNS article:
- “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
- “Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were devout Catholics, dedicated an entire room in their house to a collection of demon-possessed artifacts. They have reels and reels of film of real-life exorcisms, and there’s more than enough material for a sequel, the Hayes brothers said.”
- “’We’re 100 percent aware of the reality that there is darkness and there is light,’ Carey Hayes said. ‘We’ve seen it. We’ve witnessed it.’”
The Hayes brothers also include no swearing, death, sex, or violence in The Conjuring. The film is only rated “R” because of how scary it is.
I suppose I could delve into the ethical issues of a Christian horror movie. But I’m just glad right now that there’s a Christian movie out that’s more entertaining than something made by Rick Santorum. Speaking of which, I never did get around to reviewing his movie trailers. Hmmmm…..