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Valley of the Shadow: The Spiritual Value of Horror

USA 2021
produced by
Wally De La Fuente
directed by Tyler Smith
starring Bill Oberst jr
written by Reed Lackey, Tyler Smith, music by Amsi Hernandez

documentary

review by
Mike Haberfelner

While general audiences have gradually warmed up to the horror genre, religious circles still tend to see horror movies as outright evil - so who better to host this documentary about horror and spirituality than Bill Oberst jr, who hasn't only been one of the busiest actor in indie horror for the last two or so decades, he's also a man of strong faith - which is not at all a contradiction for him. And as this movie covers the separate themes of horror as compared to themes in the bible, horror quickly loses its "evil" sting. Some of the topics covered then are unstoppable monsters, man made creatures, nature gone wild, killing for sport, the undead, post apocalypse, man turned monster, either willing (Jekyll & Hyde) or unwilling (werewolf), self-righteous revengers and serial killers, cannibals and vampires, and whatnot, but also the ability of the genre to make subtle social commentary, tackle big issues in a symbolic way, and spread hope along with fear. Now naturally, not for all this topics it's possible to find one-on-one equivalent in the bible, and to the film's credit it doesn't try to hard to force analogies where there are none, but in all, the film is very successful in making its point, and with its utter richness in snippets from pretty much all genre classics (and quite some non-classics on the side), it's sure to entice the casual viewer to give horror a chance while it's sure to re-ignite the love for the genre with horror fans.

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