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New horror movie will outrage Christians, Catholics especially

New horror movie will outrage Christians, Catholics especially

In a scathing attack on a movie called Mother!, Kyle Smith of The National Review wrote this week that the film ‘is a macabre pastiche of people’s most cherished and deeply held beliefs.’

Deliberately grotesque and nauseating, and seemingly engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics, Mother! represents a stain on the reputation of Paramount Pictures … It may be the most vile and contemptible motion picture ever released by one of the major Hollywood studios.

Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie – described here as “a surreal nighmare drama” –  stars the filmmaker’s girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence, as a timid, frail housewife who wishes she could have a baby with her husband (Javier Bardem), an acclaimed writer.

After providing a synopsis of the plot under the headline “Jennifer Lawrence’s Grotesque Spoof of the Nativity”, Smith says:

Loud, extravagant, and obnoxious, Mother! is the kind of film that makes you want to walk out, demand your money back, then file for a restraining order that would forbid the director from coming within 500 miles of any filmmaking equipment again.

The following groups of people should take care to avoid Mother at all cost: pregnant women, those with nervous constitutions or heart conditions, and anyone who happens to be burdened with good taste.

And he concludes that it is:

A biblically-infused version of torture porn.

However, according to this report, the film, which opened yesterday, has received mostly positive reviews. The New York Post said the religious similes are “easy enough to pick up if you know in advance that they’re there,” while also noting that the film is simply “terrifying.”

It has received a 6.9 rating on IMDb.

Rolling Stone called it:

A biblical allegory, with intimations of Rosemary’s Baby.

The Associated Press said “the Old Testament crashes into modern anxiety” in the film.

Nick Vadala of Philly.com wrote:

From the religious and political imagery to its remarks on celebrity culture and the nature of creativity, Mother! is a film seemingly designed for any number of interpretations.

Meanwhile, Lawrence isn’t exactly a favourite in conservative circles these days as she recently suggested the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida were signs of “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath” at America for electing Donald Trump.

12 responses to “New horror movie will outrage Christians, Catholics especially”

  1. Broga says:

    I never watch horror films. But this one looks interesting: ” “Jennifer Lawrence’s Grotesque Spoof of the Nativity”. Can you spoof something that never happened and is a fiction claiming to be fact but whose versions vary.

  2. CoastalMaineBird says:

    The Streisand Effect probably applies to this.

  3. Angela_K says:

    “..engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics…”
    And? The religious get outraged at the drop of hat about the most trivial things so nothing new. I don’t watch horror films because I find them childish, but if this annoys the religious, all well and good.

  4. Club Secretary says:

    As Father Ted would say “Down with that sort of thing”

  5. AgentCormac says:

    ‘Careful Now’

  6. Vanity Unfair says:

    It seems that we’re all missing something. The title of the film is actually mother!, not Mother!, which is probably indicative of the director’s self-importance. I do not intend to rush out to watch it.

  7. fester60613 says:

    I’m always surprised at the “outrage” these christians show. Is their god so weak that he’s vulnerable to a movie? Pretty weak god….

  8. L.Long says:

    xtian outrage! Instant reason to watch!

  9. Broga says:

    ” ‘is a macabre pastiche of people’s most cherished and deeply held beliefs.’”

    Horror? Try this. “The bible depicts a world that …..is staggering in its savagery. People enslave, rape and murder members of their immediate families….Yahwe tortures and massacres people by the hundreds of thousands for trivial disobedience or for no reason at all.”

    Raymond Schwagwer, a biblical scholar says the Hebrew bible “contains over six hundred passages that explicitly talk about nations , kings, destroying and killing others. ” Mathew White counts about 1.2. million deaths specifically enumerated in the bible”

    I read this in “The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Steven Pinker. When he starts describing the specific tortures enthusiastically espoused by Christians you need a strong stomach. His description of being crucified is hard to read. He refers to the irony of the cross, this symbol of a loving God, being worn with pride. God, omnipotent and supposedly loving, can find no better way of saving the human species (sinners all because of Adam and Eve) than inflicting this prolongued torture on his own son.

    You can’t beat the bible for an enthusiasm for torture.

  10. Laura Roberts says:

    The movie is now guaranteed to succeed at the box office; few things spark interest like religious pundits in a huff.

    Sadly, it’s a horror flick, a genre I find tedious.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Broga: My thoughts precisely!

    When I was a boy I was given a Bible with coloured illustrations, as well as Bible Story Books. One of the illustrations depicted Jephthah being met by his daughter. I was taught to read at a very early age by my father, and new full well what was implied, and it really played on my mind. What could be more unsettling than that?

    http://www.studyjesus.com/images/046_Jephthah%27s_Promise3.jpg

  12. Broga says:

    barriejohn: Steven Pinker’s detailed descriptions of the torture and slaughter in the bible surprised even me a long time atheist. He is also excellent on the iron age tribes whose beliefs e.g. the god impregnating a virgin, the son dying and entering the underworld and then being reborn, led to the fictions relating to Jesus. He explains that much of the bible, including the cataclysmic events, have no historical support.

    Surely (don’t call me Surely) the bishops and the Archbishops must be familiar with all this, including the mad psycho God and his tortures and slaughter.