Remember the Cecille D. DeMille biblical classics as “The Ten Commandments”? Or what about the William Wyler epic “Ben Hurr” starring icon Charleston Heston that captured 11 Academy Awards including best picture? “King of Kings?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ten_Commandments_(1956_film)
Hollywood has long departed from using respectful thought and unbiased commentary regarding Christian subjects and have replaced it with films that tout only the ugly side of Christian failures. Name one film produced by Hollywood mainstream that hasn’t shown religious leaders as sexual deviants, mentally ill or corrupted by money in the last forty years?
Long gone is the reverancy given to blockbusters produced in the past by DeMille and Wyler. Movies thrown out by Hollywood now could be easily categorized as blantant blasphamies of what used to be serious subjects off limits to ridicule.
The reversal of respect seemed to take place in the early 1970s as diobolical films as The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976) furiously started Hollywood’s love affair with the occult. These dark forces would typically run roughshod over forces of good 95% of the time in film with the good forces maybe ending on top at the end.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist_(film)
Director Carl Reiner produced a movie called “Oh God” in 1977 starring John Denver and Teri Garr which dealt with God being placed by George Burns. It was light and thoughtful, but presented a “universal” God which claimed Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed as His sons. Interesting, but not theologically correct since Buddhism is godless and Mohammed deified an Arab moon god that had nothing to do with the God of the Bible.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh,_God!
“Agnes of God” was a 1985 movie showing the pitfalls of a nun perhaps conceiving for the first time immaculately since Mary conceived Jesus. Unfortunately, the Catholic’s respect for life at conception was undermined by the baby being strangled and left dead in a wastebasket under mysterious circumstances. The plots and twists of other devious happenings would make it necessary to carry a scorecard.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_of_God_(film)
The ongoing theme of movies on Christianity during the 1990s from Hollywood were riddled in scandals, deceptions, susbstance abuse, money swindling and other actions ususally reserved for the political arena. There were times you could hardly tell the difference between how organized crime operated and how religious organizations worked. That was Hollywood’s style.
It wasn’t until Mel Gibson personally produced “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004 had any theatrical work been produced dispicting any reverance towards the Christian faith. Hollywood still shunned Gibson’s work since it did not follow the standard story lines expected for a theme about a Christian subject.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_the_Christ
The huge influx of movies dripping with themes of the occult are glorified to the extreme to show the power and influence evil has on the world around. No such status is given to Chrisitian films as typical happenings are exposed as fake and done with mirrors. No such loss of respect for power and authority is demonstrated for the occult in Hollywood movies. The dark arts are given thoughtful consideration.
The devil and any demonic force is given their due by Hollywood, it’s too bad the same standard isn’t given to God and the Christian faith.