Today I’m joined by first-time guest Charlie Backer: entrepreneur, musician, and horror aficionado.
With only a few days until All Hallow’s Eve, we discuss a Catholic perspective on the horror genre. Why is it acceptable (and good, even?) for a conscientious person to watch a horror flick? Plus, we give a run-down of our favorite preternatural-focused scary movies for your viewing discomfort.
As referenced on the podcast, here are some of my favorite articles on the subject:
For our Halloween episode of the Catholic Movie Guy Podcast, we tackle the classic horror film The Shining, by master director Stanley Kubrick. Content cautious types beware: one of my favorite priests is not a fan; nor is the USCCB. But the discerning viewer willing to take the plunge should be rewarded. The film contains incredible directing, luscious cinematography, and iconic performances. TheTimMan and I discuss just what exactly happened in the movie, on and beneath the surface. Was Danny possessed? Is the shining a gift or a curse? Was the hotel the problem, or was it the father? Is Shelley Duvall attractive? We also discuss a couple crazier theories of the subliminal meanings of the movie. Finally, there’s even a connection to Dante.
I owe a large debt on this one to the Catholic Cinephile, whose review prompted me to revisit the film.
For more on the interesting (and/or crazy) theories on the hidden meanings of the movie, check out the documentary Room 237 (available right now on Netflix – same content warnings apply).
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As always, the show’s intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA.
Image above By Carlos Pacheco from Toronto, Canada (Redrum door – The Shining) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.