I am not a big fan of the Horror genre of movies. I don’t find them particularly helpful or entertaining for my thought life and would generally prefer to put my entertainment budget elsewhere. That being said, this article has piqued my interest in the movie The Witch because of the authors’ contrast with the famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
The essay is from a book the two authors are writing on horror and theology. The point of the essay, in short, is that by and large we have dramatized and "comedy-ed "fear clean out of our existence. Most dark comedies make fun of things that they shouldn’t and most of the horror genre is so unbelievable that space isn’t left for real fear. The goal then of the makers for the movie The Witch was to transport the view back to the position and time of people who lived with real fear in their lives. It is a sobering cogitation to consider that many of us, for lack of fearing hell due to desensitization, are less likely to share the only way of escape with those en route there.
If you are going to watch the movie, may I also encourage you to read Edward’s sermon.