You know, we always have some fun during this time of the year here at The B-Movie Catechism, but we’re hardly the only ones. Quite a few folks out there in the Catholic blogosphere are enjoying the Halloween season as well.
First off, while we’ve already mentioned Simcha Fisher’s Twelve Movies To Terrify Your Kids, a list we just had to follow up with one of our own, we thought we’d point it out again because the combox over there has filled up with dozens of great scary movie suggestions from readers. Scanning the posts, however, it doesn’t appear that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is on anyone’s list yet. Well, that is unless you happen to believe the rumors that it’s shown up on the Vatican’s “Index of Forbidden Films.” Does it? You’ll just have to go to The Catholic World Report to find out. (Here’s a hint: there is no such thing as an index of forbidden films.)
Now with all those movies suggestions, it’s easy to forget there are some spooky stories out there to read as well. Julie and Scott over at the A Good Story Is Hard To Find podcast are discussing some of the spiritual implications in the works of everybody’s favorite prophet of doom H.P. Lovecraft, while Joe Wetterling takes some time at The Baptized Imagination to revisit the novel Dracula and point out some Christ figures that appear to face the Son of the Dragon.
The classics are great, of course, but if you’re looking for something new, then how about some zombies? The Cari part of Clan Donaldson seems to love the little rotters, so imagine her delight in discovering Ora et Labora et Zombies, a “Catholic” zombie novel written by Ryan Charles Trusell. Much like Dracula, the novel is written in the form of a series of personal letters, however, what makes Ora et Labora et Zombies unique is that each letter (or chapter) is actually mailed directly to your home once a week. Neat, huh? You can find out more over at Cari’s blog. And speaking of shambling corpses, just in case you think the genre is about played out, Rebecca over at In The Tangle has a few words to say In Defense of Zombies, their appeal to Catholics, and why their current popularity spells very good things for our culture at large.
Now, based on all that, you might have gotten the notion that this time of year is about nothing more than getting goosebumps for Halloween. That’s not true, of course, but the fact is that there just aren’t that many movies about All Saints Day (at least not that many without those pesky zombies). So if you want to have a little fun with the actual Church holiday, you’re going to have to make your own. So why not head on over to Acts of The Apostasy for Larry’s first ever annual All Saints Day Limerick Contest and join in the fun? Puns are most welcome.
So get out there and haunt some other sites, but be sure to head back here when you’re done. We’ve still got some treats in store before Halloween rolls around.