The Incarcerated Christian

The Bible and Horror Movies: What?

The Incarcerated Christian
The Bible and Horror Movies: What?

What does the Bible have to do with horror movies? At first glance, you might not think the two could be related. But in today’s episode, you’ll hear from Steve Wiggins, whose books and other materials explore the use of religious symbols in such iconic horror movies as The Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho and Carrie. Listen to Dr. Wiggins’s take on how the Bible and religious symbols are used for insidious purposes in horror movies, why horror movies can be therapeutic, and how certain horror movies contain elements of the Bible or biblical ideas. 

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • Different names for the Bible
  • Why horror movies are therapeutic for Wiggins
  • The use of religious symbols in horror movies
  • Carrie and the Bible
  • Menarche and horror
  • The “unholy trinity”: Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen
  • The Exorcist as a movie landmark
  • Biblical interpretation as part of popular culture
  • Why the Rapture isn’t a biblical idea
  • The Antichrist and the Devil as post-Biblical constructions
  • 666 and the mark of the beast
  • Demons in movies

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