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The Unholy Trinity and Beyond

In today’s episode, Robin and Debra continue their conversation with Steve Wiggins, a theologian, scholar and author who has written extensively about the abundance and significance of biblical and and religious symbols and themes in horror movies. Today’s episode focuses on what he calls The Unholy Trinity: The Exorcist, The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby. Listen in to explore how religious symbols and themes are manifested in those three classics and how the Bible generally is translated through popular culture, notably horror movies.

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • The significance of movies that Wiggins describes as The Unholy Trinity
  • How American horror movies use biblical and religious symbology
  • What the priest in The Exorcist found in Iraq, and what it means
  • The symbology of 666
  • The omen in The Omen
  • The sacrifice scene in The Omen
  • The American cultural and political scene when Rosemary’s Baby was released in 1968
  • The Children of the Corn and the Bible verse: “And a little child shall lead them”
  • The religious symbology in The Shawshank Redemption
  • What stigmata is and how it’s portrayed in the movie that bears its name
  • Wiggins’s favorite horror movie
  • Studying horror as a spiritual practice

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