Horror & Faith

In the first chapter of my book I share how I’ve never been a lover of horror films.  Namely, because I was scared out of my wits when I was nine after watching The Amityville Horror.  Who wouldn’t be at that age, right?  So, from that day forward I opted to find my entertainment in comedy, sic-fi, and fantasy.  However, these genres frequently feature elements of horror.  You’ve heard of “dark comedy” haven’t you?  Also, sci-fi and fantasy share a long list of grisly villains too numerous to list.  In time, I found avoiding all things that “go-bump-in-the-night” to be a daunting, impossible task.

My experience has taught me to appreciate the thriller types for the part they play in portraying the struggle between good and evil.  After all, if you’re going to make a movie about the good overcoming the bad, someone’s gotta play the bad, right?  And the more convincing they are, the better – i.e. Darth Vader, Wicked Witch of the West, Loki, Joker, Hannibal Lector, Norman Bates, Tommy DeVito, Terminator, Lord Voldemort, Agent Smith, Jaws, Sauron, Nurse Ratched, Dracula, etc.

The clash between the horror genre and the faith crowd has always been verbally violent.  Ironic, isn’t it?  Recently, I was introduced to an actor, Bill Oberst Jr, who is a deep man of faith and just happens to play very dark, horrific roles in Hollywood movies… a contradiction in most people’s minds.  It wasn’t for his gory roles that I recognized him.  Rather, it was for his portrayal of General Sherman in a 2007 History Channel Civil War series.  If you’re interested in how he reconciles his faith with his career, click on the interview link below.  By the way, don’t think I’m going to rush out and watch horror movies.  I’m fine just skipping the gore.  However, I personally found Bill’s story very intriguing.

INTERVIEW WITH BILL OBERST JR.

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It won a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award.