We here at Grindhouse Theology want to manifest graced solidarity with our readers and fellow horror fans by sharing some of the films that have kept us sane during the current quarantine period. The social distancing protocols we’ve all had to put into effect have been hard on us all, but the remarkable thing many […]
“Daddy … whose child am I?” That gutting question cuts to the existential heart of The Bad Seed, a 1956 dramatic black-and-white thriller starring Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack known to many now for its camp quality. An adaptation of a book by the same title, the film is one of the earliest to shape […]
Climax is a vision of hell, more or less, and arguably a much better one than those ubiquitous productions of Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames that played in churches throughout America at the tail end of the 20th century. “One’s neighbor is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who […]
“There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became.” – Walt Whitman “We come to see ourselves differently as we catch sight of our images in the mirror of the machine.” These opening words to Sherry Turkle’s 1995 book Life on the Screen highlight a […]
Which brings me back to the topic at hand—that Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) is a dramatic and distinctively American re-imagining of the Garden of Eden story that reveals how our progressive age is just as barbaric as the antediluvian world we encounter in Christian Scripture. And part of what drew my attention to this was the strange fact that Jessica (Zohra Lampert) reminds me so much of my own mother! The suffering of the former compelled me to revisit the situation of the latter. So the question I want to wrestle with here is what does Jessica have to do with Eve?
***SPOILER ALERT*** Continue at your own risk. God brought them together. The Messiah taught them the glory of the light. The Messiah taught them how to live in the light. The Messiah taught them how to kill their old selves and take their place in the world as newly born. The Messiah brought them […]
For Ander, who is growing into a lion that knows the lion who is good but not safe Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground (2019) opens with an extreme close-up of the protagonist, Sarah (Seána Kerslake), and her glowering expression sets the tone for the slow-burn, surreal horror flick produced by A24. Similar to Jordan Peele’s Us, the […]