Conan & Fright Night – Pointing us Toward Heaven?

Posted: August 19, 2011 by jperritt in Uncategorized
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The movie Jaws [1975]  is an obvious classic.  If nothing else, it gave us the most familiar musical score in film history.  However, it truly highlights Steven Speilberg’s genius as a filmmaker.  I’ve heard reports about his desire to keep the audience in suspense by not revealing the great white in the first hour of the film.  People thought he was crazy and pushed him to show the shark earlier, but he refused.  Many said this film would surely bomb.  But one could now easily argue that Speilberg’s daring move actually cemented Jaws as a timeless classic.  Why do I say that? Because when we see the special effects of the 1975 shark in the cgi-age of 2011, it looks really fake.

Not only did Speilberg know that the absence of the creature actually heightens the suspense, but he also knew that his film would one day be outdated.  He knew that he was a pioneer filmmaker, but he also knew there would be others to follow in his footsteps that would raise the bar on the whole process.  Whether he could articulate it or not, he was striving for perfection.

I don’t believe that remakes prove that Hollywood has lost unique ideas or stories, rather I think it illustrates a deeper longing we all have and that is perfection.  We touched on this a little yesterday, but now I want us to think a bit more about this idea.

Human beings spend much time and money trying to cover up the fact that we’re not perfect.  You can see this in our interaction with each other.  We can often be fake with one another and act like we’re not troubled with anything.  I’m not suggesting that you go out and share your heart with total strangers, but our outward friendliness often attempts to cover our imperfections.  We also see this with the numerous beauty products on the market.  ‘Wipe away 10 years’ or ‘No more gray‘ are the promises of many products.  All of which are trying to cover up the fact that we’re not only imperfect, but we’re dying.

Being recreated is part of our DNA, because we know that we were once perfect.  It is only natural for films like Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian to be recreated, because they, like us, have aged.  While those films offered good scares and action, they don’t compare to the horror and mayhem that will be at the box office this Friday night.  I guarantee you, if anyone rented the 80’s version of either one of these films, you would laugh.  It would be tough to make it through without somewhat of a smile, because the imperfections are easy to spot.  However, go to your local theater this weekend and see Night or Conan and I guarantee you it will seem more perfected.  Even if the plot is weak and you don’t care for the movies, the recreation is going to be more perfected.  Could it be because we are all moving closer to perfection?

As I mentioned yesterday, both of these films have brought back feelings of nostalgia from the 80’s.  While we do look back to the garden and think of a time absent of sin, Christians must look forward.  The truth is, we too have been remade.  Paul tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” [2 Cor. 5:17].  For the Christian, we know we should have bodies that don’t have aches and pains, bodies that don’t feel the effects of sin.  With all the remakes Hollywood has cranked out, and will continue to crank out, they’re really just illustrating the desire we all feel to be recreated.

The great thing about the recreation for Christians is the fact that it is finished.  The remake of Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian will get old.  They will become less suspenseful and less action packed, the special effects will get dated, and the actors will become unknowns.  But the new creation we become in Christ is final.  Once we enter the Kingdom where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, the idea of recreating will be an afterthought.

  1. Taylor says:

    i liked Fright Night! fun movie. destroy evil with holy water, crosses, and light. The light represents good. 🙂

  2. […] craft, tell a better story, or develop a character more deeply.  As I have posted before (here and here) I think there is a deeper longing to be re-created.  Everything gets old and worn out, therefore, […]

  3. DustyOldTrail says:

    You can remake Conan a thousand times but nothing beats Arnold “Can’t Touch Face Because Of Steroid Muscles” Schwarzenegger fighting alongside Wilt Chamberlain against the evils of James Earl Jones.

    Oh and good stuff about the Bible and stuff

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