Religion Won’t Save You: Religious Tropes in Horror Films

The Omen: horror and religionAsk anyone to explain a link between religion and horror movies and you’ll undoubtedly hear a large number of replies citing the use of crosses to ward off vampires. But, the genre is so heavily laced with religious sub-plots and analogies, it goes much deeper than Van Helsing brandishing a representation of where Jesus was crucified in the face of Count Dracula. On top of this, when you really look into it, it appears that religion is one of the most impotent tropes in horror cinema, with characters putting misplaced trust into age old beliefs in the hope that they will be saved. Unfortunately, that’s just not going to work.

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