Christian novelists Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker combine with director Robby Henson to create a horror/thriller called House. The trailer was released on www.apple.com today and it promises to be a cut above the average Christian film. To those who are looking for the allegory it is obvious enough and could prove to be a useful tool in evangelism. The question is though, will Christians have to fortitude to see it?Peretti’s books are frightening enough without them being visualised on screen. The scheduled release date is 7 November, 2008 in the USA and if it makes it to the movie screen and doesn’t go straight to DVD the release date in NZ is anybody’s guess
Synopsis from IMDB
In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four. They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer’s demands aren’t met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out… is in. But going further into this house–where unknown challenges await them–is equally deadly. Written by Anonymous
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE
Another Movie that will make it to the silver screen in NZ on October 30th is Nights in Rodanthe staring Richard Gere and Diane Lane and directed by George C. Wolfe. This film is a Drama / Romance by the same Christian author Nicholas Sparks that bought us Angels in the Outfield, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. From the Synopsis it looks as if this film is more in line with his latter work with questionable ethical standards, rather than his earlier work where strong Christian values were prominent. There is little question the film will be a success with the star power of Lane and Gere and Sparks story-telling ability but it remains to be seen if it can be utilised in any effective way for evangelism or apologetics like House.
Synopsis from IMDB
Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her — a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. Written by Drew ToLoweJarrBar