Before putting any top-ten list on the internet, I need to make two distinctions. First, these are carols, not just Christmas songs. Carols have more to do with Christmas itself and the religious significance than the seasonal trappings. For example, "The First Noel" is a carol, while "White Christmas" is a Christmas song. I'm only … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 1)
We've all got 'em. From black-and-white classics like Miracle on 34th Street to it's-set-on-Christmas-so-yes-it's-a-Christmas-movie Die Hard, each of us has at least two or three Christmas specials we can't do without each year. So I'll keep this blog post short because I want to hear your answers more than mine: what are the Christmas specials … Continue reading What Christmas Specials Do you HAVE to Watch Every Year?
Happy Halloween and welcome to the conclusion to my list of movies and shorts that try to literally scare the Hell out of you. All great horror writers know that humans fear the unknown. Great scares work because we don't predict and don't understand them. And nobody grasped that better than the 1930 cartoon short … Continue reading Top 5 Hell Scares #1–Swing You Sinners!
When you're talking about Hell Scares, you have to include Christians. Up until now, I've just showed depictions of Hell meant to frighten children to insomnia, but this is the first bona-fide scare-you-into Heaven tactic. And it comes from one of Christianity's most prominent and bold singers, Carman. https://youtu.be/cJiheZ3aEug Carman became most famous for his … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares–#2 A Witch’s Invitation
If you're just joining, a Hell Scare is any depiction of sinners getting their just deserts, lightly toasted. It can be an actual attempt to scare people into Heaven or just a freakish image of the unholy afterlife to make this list. While I don't condone fear tactics alone in Christianity, I admire creativity. And … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares #3–Disney’s Totally NOT Satan
Despite the cutesy title, not all dogs go to Heaven. The bastard Dalmatian that chased me on my bike is an example. Or those Rottweilers that used to scare me. Or that massive Weimeraner that-- Ahem, but we're talking about the Don Bluth movie. If you can't see the picture, the quote at the bottom … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares–#4, A Dog’s Death
What's a Hell Scare? An old-school Christian tactic that won souls by literally scaring the Hell out of someone. Hey, don't wanna burn in the lake of fire, right? Better become a Christian, or Jesus gon' getcha! As a result, generations of Christians and non-Christians alike grew up terrified of the notions of Hell. Now Jesus … Continue reading Top 5 Hell Scares–#5, Toasty Christmases