Why do movies often misrepresent or misinterpret pagan symbols as evil or demonic? ?

I love horror movies, but oftentimes pagan symbols or rituals are depicted as evil or demonic, despite the gross misrepresentations or misinterpretations depicted in the movies. Are they generally targeted towards a Christian audience? 

16 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    According to the Bible, the gods of the pagans are demons. Pagan symbols often reflect those evil demigods.

  • 2 months ago

    Historically, it comes from the Euro-centric tradition of appropriating other culture and customs, and redefining the meaning to suit their own ideas.  It seems to be an effective way of gaining "perceived power" over the the masses who are largely ignorant to the original meaning of ideas and the symbols intended to represent them.  Using "relativism" is an age old tactic that is still used today in society.

    When we trace the origins of certain symbols, rituals or holidays, we often find that they don't represent what we take them to be in modern times.  One notable example of this is the misinterpretation of the symbol "666" (or "mark of the beast"), which calculates to the name, "Nero", in the Hebrew numeric code.  The author of the Book of Revelations, John of Patmos, was known to openly have a bitter rivalry with the Roman Emperor, who exiled him.

    Hollywood, which is pretty open about it's secular culture, likely uses these distortions as a way of taking power away from Christian values, which they perceive as "authoritarian", and a threat to permissive lifestyles.  Whether Hollywood takes the occult and demonic literally, is beside the effort to use it as propaganda to subvert and influence the principles and virtues of society. 

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Paganism is simply ignorance of the reality of God, and worshipping something else, usually something imaginary.

  • How can you say that they are addressed to Christians?


    It is you atheists, or agnostics, who try to see these horror films, that sometimes something is true, other times No!

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  • 2 months ago

    cuz pagans dk the TRUE GOD!!

  • 2 months ago

     the same reasons they do not use fat actors for bedroom scenes

  • 2 months ago

    Horror movies aren't exactly a modern source of truth in anything.  Did you need Freddy vs Jason to be factually accurate?

  • 2 months ago

    In a lot of cases, no actual thought is put into what the symbols mean - and they are just used for how they look.

    I've seen crucifixes used for effect in horror movies as well.

  • Carmen
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    They are targeted to an audience in a Christian culture, not necessarily Christians. The upside-down cross is the symbol of St. Peter. When he was crucified, he told the guards that he was unworthy to be executed in the same manner as Jesus Christ, so they crucified him upside-down. This is from sources outside the Bible.

    The pentagram is a symbol of the 5 wounds of Christ. The head, hands and feet. 

    I don't watch much horror, so I don't what symbols are commonly misrepresented in horror movies. 

    No relation to Christianity, but the swasticka was a Buddhist symbol and was used as a good luck charm in western culture until WWII. 

    But as for Christian symbols, the modern rise of Satanism and people like Alistair Crowley have tainted the meaning behind such symbols making them recognisable images of satanism. 

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because most people really don't know much about those symbols, the writers of the movie can make them mean anything that will generate fear or increase ticket sales.

    The number of people that actually understand pagan symbols is quite small, not much of a market for horror movies.

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