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.