Here are some interesting takes on the cinematic sub-genre of Christian movies, a small but apparently thriving industry in the United States, largely aimed at the home entertainment market. While most of its output is fairly amateurish there have been a number of professional releases in recent years that have gained some mainstream attention due in the US to the presence of a few recognisable small screen actors and actresses, including Kevin Sorbo (famed for his roles in the television shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the sci-fi serial Andromeda before his descent into right-wing punditry) and Melissa Joan Hart (the former eponymous star of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and a libertarian-leaning Christian). The YouTube channel Renegade Cut examines the bigger-budgeted examples of these films in the videos below and also provides a thought-provoking analysis of the different presentations of Catholicism and Protestantism in the horror genre, noting the former religion’s closer association with tales of the supernatural. A look at the financial incentives for faith-based releases comes from the YouTuber Maggie Mae Fish with some solid discussion of the ethics and mechanics of it all.
Both YouTube channels are well worth subscribing to if you’re interested in popular cultural criticism.