Representing Evil as "Possession"
Green Mile (1999)
- "Wild Bill = the evil that can and does possess
anyone." (see review at Hollywood
- Galaxy Quest (1999)
- Sarris disguises himself
as one of their own (Tommy) in order to attack the Galaxy Quest crew.
- Hallorann's talk with
Danny about the evil in the Overlook. Sometimes when people do bad
things, something is left behind - kind of like burnt toast.
- Jack is
"possessed" by the evil of the Overlook because he is
particularly susceptible to it. The evil that possesses him there is not
particularly foreign to his character.
- Fallen (1998)
- Demon possession is spread by touch.
- The Africans are
captured and "possessed"/colonized by others who attempt to
strip them of their humanity.
- The townspeople feel 'bentover/crippled' and see only a
dry future. They are awakened to a living
spirit--set free from their ailment by the
outsider-renewer-forgiver. They learn to live in a new way--a new
'sabbath' spirit of excitement. It is planted among them before they
realize it and may only recognize what they have been given as they
look back--many with joy for who came to their
town. (Dennis Sytle)
- Out of Africa (1985)
- The "possession" of people by people in this
film mirrors the "possession" of countries by countries.
- Tron (1982)
- The movie "Tron," which came out sometime in
the 80s, is the story of the Incarnation. A man has created a computer
game; in it, characters ask one another, "Do you believe in the
User?" The warriors in the program are trying to resist an evil
being, but they're losing because REAL evil enters the being and he
begins to take over computers in the real world. The "User,"
watches the game in anguish, saying, "Don't give up guys! You're
the best program in the world! I wrote you." Finally, he realizes
there's only one remedy: so he becomes one of the characters in the
game, in order to overthrow evil. I've used this as a retreat
centerpiece several times. (submitted by Kristen Ingram)
- The Exorcist
- "Innocent" Regan (or Regan on the cusp of
maturity), is possessed in order to attack Father Merrin.
- "I noticed that there are two pictures that Regan
draws. The detective in the movie picks these pictures up and examines
them. I noticed that one of them was a lamb with spots and a lion with
wings, these are both beasts in Revelation. One of the priests asked
Regan's mother that if they had any religious beliefs, and she said no.
I took that into conclusion thinking that if she didn't have any beliefs
she would have never thought about what Regan was drawing."
(Patrick, Memphis TN)
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