Adam Wingard’s The Guest isn’t necessarily a horror film. Strictly speaking, it’s more of a suspense thriller in the 1980s fashion. However, when one contemplates the themes of the film, a decidedly horrific element emerges. Dozens of movies, books, and televisions shows have explored the idea of allowing evil into your life. And, yes, some of the most frightening works of art are about evil being forced upon you. But there’s just something about the idea of welcoming it in that just sends shivers up our spines.
I made a rare opening night visit to the local theater a few weeks ago. As is typical now for a father of three, it was to see the latest animated kid’s movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2. It’s tough to take a moral look at animated films. Most of the time they’re poking fun at many of our shortcomings which, in reality, are quite difficult to cope with. The rest of the time they’re highlighting some pretty typical familial themes. Continue Reading