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Celluloid SermonsThe Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986$
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Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753248

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753248.001.0001

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Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film

Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film

(p.171) 7 Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film
Celluloid Sermons

Terry Lindvall

Andrew Quicke

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Russ Doughten and Don Thompson, who are credited with developing a whole new genre, the apocalyptic or Christian horror picture. Some of their successful works include Future Tense (1990), End of the Harvest (1995), The Gathering (1998), The Moment After (1999), and Escape from Hell (2000). The popularity and originality of the Thief films inspired Christian film school graduates to enter the field, particularly those from Pat Robertson's Regent University. The trend would continue into the next decade, with Hollywood blockbusters like the Arnold Schwarzenegger's End of Days (1999). Rapture fiction appealed not only to fundamentalists but to Roman Catholics as well. However, with the dramatic tendency among end-times filmmakers, exploiting John Nelson Darby's 19th-century notion of the Rapture, this apocalyptic genre also attracted an anxious and gullible audience.

Keywords:   apocalyptic genre, Christian horror picture, Russ Doughten, Don Thompson, End of Days, Rapture, John Nelson Darby

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