Fear and faith cannot coexist.
Write what you know.
These two things have combined to inspire us to write a new feature horror film currently titled The Fallen.
Over a year ago I had a personal experience with evil forces. I don’t know how to express my experience effectively. I don’t know how to quantify it or validate it to others. But it was real. It was palatable. It was frightening. And it has been a nagging source of fear ever since.
Prior to this whole event, I used to love movies about evil forces like Constantine, but afterward, I’ve struggled. I still love suspense, even scary movies, just not demonic ones. I’ve never liked gory movies like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. Nor repulsive torture porn flicks like Saw or Hostel. But good stories about evil that also give a good scare, like the original Halloween and Poltergeist… loved ’em.
So, as I mulled over Christian horror film ideas I first had to come to terms with those things that really scare me and the first two sentences of this blog entry came to mind. In order for me to write what I know, I would have to tackle my aforementioned personal experiences with evil forces and my continuing fear associated with it. And in order to face that fear, I would have to have faith.
The best way to overcome your fear is to face it head on. So, I decided to write a feature film about demons… demonic influence… demonic possession and the impact on our spiritual lives. I have recently finished reading the book Interview with an Exorcist as well as the book Angels and Devils, so I feel the Lord has been preparing me for this already.
This story will not be about an exorcism, but will include one. It will be about faith and mistakes and forgiveness, the influence of evil, the power of good and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
As I mentioned in a previous entry about birthing a script, this upcoming writing process will not be pleasant, but it should be rewarding.
Most importantly, it will allow me to overcome my fears by indulging in my faith.