"The Conjuring"- Christian conservative propaganda flick

So, after recommendation from a friend, I decided to watch the horror flick "The Conjuring", thinking that if it was decent, I may go see Pt 2 (in theaters now).

Well, after watching the first one, I picked up what seemed like a very blatant (in my opinion) agenda.

First off, for a movie that gains some appeal off being a supposedly "true story", the main evil character or spirit seems to be a fictional character based mostly off of ignorant Christian conservative stereotypes that never actually existed.

A "Salem witch" who sacrificed her baby to Satan, whom she loved.

More than a few issues with the "truth" claims here. One, most "witches" do not worship Satan (Most do not even believe he exists). Hell, even people who call themselves "Satanists" generally are not about human sacrifice, or harming innocents, even if they do have an "eye for an eye" mentality often times. The Satanic human sacrifice crap is a myth that is usually portrayed by a particular demographic. Not to mention there being no evidence that any of the victims in Salem were actually "witches".

Cut to the movies end, and it closes with the following nauseating quote:

“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.”

A lot of movies have Christian themes in horror, but I don't necessarily think have an agenda (other than selling tickets). But this movie.....I don't know. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Am I the only one? I feel like Kirk Cameron could almost have had a hand in this. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they're trying to pass it off as "true" despite having the aforementioned ignorant stereotypes of the type that so often pander to the fearful-of-differences Christian theocrat demographic. That and the combination of the quote/indirect threat at the end.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2016 at 12:50pm

I'm with Loren.  I have zero interest in horror flicks.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2016 at 9:13pm

Hmph ... yet one more reason why I'm glad horror flicks aren't my thing.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2016 at 8:07pm

I'd been forewarned that this movie was an Xian propaganda film, so didn't bother with it.

I agree with Kelly that horror movies glorifying the devil/evil powers normalize degeneracy.

The only kind of horror I enjoy is that similar to Grim or Being Human (especially the British version), because it normalizes sentient being differences. I enjoy tolerance.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 10, 2016 at 8:00pm
More Christian propaganda.
Comment by Michael Penn on July 10, 2016 at 7:41pm

Keep in mind that many Christians eat this stuff up because they think it depicts things that might really exist in the devil/demon world. Their bible told them about witches and sorcerers and even  mentioned a unicorn, so it all must be true. In the movie "The Exorcist" a demon goes out of its way many years later to get a priest for something he didn't do many years before.

Believers think that "what goes around comes around." Somehow they equate that with there scriptures like in the sense of "an eye for an eye." Throw in hell and the concept of tortured forever and you see how Hitler has to burn for eternity. It isn't good enough that Hitler dies, he has to scream in agony forever. If that doesn't happen it just isn't fair.

Thank Caesar, I no longer believe. I still say that my lifetime of horror, sci fi, and supernatural movies and stories has forever been ruined. A good film with one unbelievable premise is OK, but most of them today make me laugh myself silly.

Comment by Craigart14 on July 10, 2016 at 7:02pm

I couldn't get very far into this, either.  Y'all might like The Last Exorcism.  Or Troll Hunter.  Hilarious.

Craig

Comment by Brad on July 9, 2016 at 10:03pm

Also, I hope there was no confusion as to the fact that I think Wicca, "witches", theistic Satanism and magic are just as silly as any religion. The stereotypes presented here (about groups to which they don't belong) seem to rank about just as high on the ignorance scale as Christians who stereotype all Muslims as ISIS supporting terrorists. (I don't like Islam but I won't make ridiculous claims like that while holding my own beliefs to ZERO criticism.....as do the typical target audience parts of this flick seem to be aimed at)

Comment by Brad on July 9, 2016 at 9:04pm

@Michael Penn, I'm an atheist, but I'm also a fan of fantasy and science fiction, so to me, a story doesn't necessarily have to be believable for me to enjoy it. That said, I still love horror (moreso comedy horror like Evil Dead though), but I have not been frightened by a horror flick since at least age 13.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 9, 2016 at 8:20pm

Keep in mind that the Warrens are also responsible for "The Amityville Horror," god and satan come out of the same book, and there is no more proof for the supernatural than there is for gods.

Becoming atheist ruined horror films for me and today I cannot watch them for fear of laughing out loud.

Comment by Brad on July 9, 2016 at 5:51pm

@Michael Penn, I generally agree. Most "supernatural" claims seem to have logical explanations, in my limited experience. Anyways, I gathered from a few google searches immediately after watching this crap that the Warrens were frauds. lol. If they profited off people who were gullible enough to believe them, more power to them, though.

@Kelly, I don't think the horror flicks would be glorifying "Satan", as much as being preachy about NOT believing in him. Cautionary tales or some bullshit. I kinda get the notion that this film may have been used in this manner. Fear tactics. Emotional appeals. It's all silly to me, though. Especially when their "facts" are insulting stereotypes void of real world logic.

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