With the buzz around the recent horror film Nefarious, which presents a more theologically accurate picture of demonic possession than pretty much anything else from Hollywood, we address the question: Can Christians use horror as an apologetic?
Joining us for our monthly Iron and Myth round table are award-winning screenwriter and best-selling author Brian Godawa (Godawa.com), Pastor Doug Van Dorn (DouglasVanDorn.com), author of Giants: Sons of the Gods, and Director of the Institute of Biblical Anthropology Dr. Judd Burton (BurtonBeyond.net), author of Interview With the Giant: Ethnohistorical Notes on the Nephilim.
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Here are the topics:
Episode 1: Pandemic Movies: Viruses, Achoo!
00:00 Intro to Brian and Chris
09:45 Pandemic Movies and God
Episode 2: Pandemic Movies: The Zombie Apocalypse Part 1
03:30 Horror genre
18:00 Zombie genre
39:20 Night of the Living Dead
56:00 28 Days Later
68:00 Twilight Zone
77:00 28 Weeks Later
Episode 3: Pandemic Movies: The Zombie Apocalypse Part 2
00:00 Intro Horror
04:10 I am Legend Novel
05:40 The Last Man on Earth
12:50 The Omega Man
26:10 I Am Legend
53:20 Race in Movies
60:00 The Walking Dead
77:00 Writers controlling their writing
80:20 Walking Dead part 2
Are zombies real or just something Hollywood is into nowadays? If you’ve ever seen the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow, you know the question is legitimate. That movie was based on a book by Wade Davis, who earned his PhD in part on the basis of his research into “zombification” in Haiti. Davis and others theorize that zombies are real, and that they are the result of specific drugs given to individuals against their will that produce zombie-like states and behavior.
The modern drug Flakka is a current, frightening example. Other researchers disagree, noting that zombie lore is very old and encompasses notions that sound a lot like demonization and possession.
This episode of PEERANORMAL explores the topic just in time for Halloween.