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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 26-min)

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June 30, 2011
June 30, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... we have become so morally numbed by the narcotics of extremes

Production (US): Rogue Relativity Media, Atlas Entertainment
Distribution (US): 20TH Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Dominic Sena
Producer(s): Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Ryan Kavanaugh, Steve Alxeander, Tucker Tooley, Alan G. Glazer, Tom Karnowski
Written by: Bragi Schut
Cinematography/Camera: Amir Morki
Music: Alti …rvarsson
Film Editing: Mark Helfrich, Dan Zimmerman, Bob Ducsay
Casting: Elaine Grainger
Production Design: Uli Hanisch
Viewed at: Fox Home Entertainment DVD

It used to be that movies portrayed violence and evil as simply violence and evil. Not 'ny more. Now everything is so graphic and extreme. I guess violence and evil in and as entertainment are like narcotics - it takes more to get the same cinematic "high" with each new exposure to keep the moviegoers coming back for more. As I have been saying for years now, we have become morally numbed by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. -- TC, 1995

Season of the Witch is lite PG equivalent in Sexual Immorality (S), hard PG-13 equivalent in Impudence/Hate (I), lite PG-13 equivalent in Murder/Suicide (M) but R equivalent in everything else. The content found by Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O) earned an area score of zero in each area. While the area score earned by the content found by Drugs/Alcohol (D) is not zero it is R equivalent. The final score for Season of the Witch is 43 which places it deeply into the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. This is solid evidence of the "R-ness" of Season of the Witch.

Also please note the Influence Density (ID) figure. R-rated films in the comparative baseline database of movies earned ID figures of 0.78 to 2.04, the higher the figure the more often the assaults on morality and decency occur in a film. Season of the Witch earned an ID figure of 3.09! One hundred and fifty two percent more dense than the highest density earned by the R-rated movies in the baseline database of movies. More evidence of the "R-ness" of Season of the Witch. It is truly another R-13. And that the MPAA slapped a PG-13 on it is more evidence of "we have become so morally numbed by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible."

Now I must take issue with the tagline on the poster: "Not all souls can be saved." That is wrong. Not all souls will be saved but any soul can be saved. Period. Anyone who confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes in his/her heart that Jesus is the resurrected Savior is saved. Period. [Rom. 10:9]

Behmen (Nicolas cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) are knights in the Crusades. But before I go any further I will let you know I do not know much about the Crusades and cannot comment whether the story is accurate to the Crusades. But I can express my appreciation for the writers having Behmen placing God above the church.

Battle after battle from 1332 AD to 1344 AD have hardened Behmen and Felton. They are undefeated master knights. (Cage and Perlman are perfectly cast for the parts of burly warriors.) One day a Cardinal scolded Behmen about serving the church while Behmen was steadfast in serving God above the church. Because of the friction between the Cardinal and Behmen, Behmen left service to the church and broke out with Felton on their own. Both are now a traitors. But because of a severe need for someone to transport an accused witch, Anna, a.k.a., the Black Witch (Claire Foy) to the Abbey of Severac 400 leagues away, Behmen and Felton agreed to take the girl to the Abbey if she would get a fair trail and they get their weapons back ... and a full pardon. Thus begins the story.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The story open with the graphic hanging by the neck of three women. This film portrays five battles, each with numerous individualized killings and impalements. And with battles the film shows fields strewn with dead bodies. The film involves the period of the Bubonic Plague and graphically portrays decimation and deformity of human tissue by the plague repeatedly. There are many impalements in the show, one in particular displays a sword penetrating a body - both sides -- then shows it being slowly withdrawn from the body - both sides -- as the victim dies. In another case of violence, a miniature demon about eight inches long crawls into the mouth of a dead man. This film is not a Saturday-night-with-the-family popcorn flick.

Because of the depth and extent of violence in this film, it provides a great opportunity to share with you again that which God AND man warn against. First, God warns that violence is "catching" and will lead one into the "way that is not good." [Prov. 16:29] Further, man has finally come around and agrees with God by four professional public health agencies announcing a finding that states "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" and "viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life."

Impudence/Hate (I) - 57 out of 100
Only seven times does someone use profanity. But that is seven times too many. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29] And I doubt that some of the profanity used was even part of the profanity of the day. But the bragging, the lying to plan murder and the assault on faith topped off the loss of more than 40% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. The assault on faith was an attack on the faithful and their effect on the non-believer, specifically the witch used "anyone who stood in their way" to describe the antagonists of the faithful. Sound familiar? [Luke 6:22]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 84 out of 100
The only matters of the sexually immoral nature were Felton's accounting of a tryst he had with a woman, the story use of women as toys/ornaments and the full nudity of Anna. After Anna dropped to the floor as the demon in her fled it was obvious Foy was nude but her positioning was successful at hiding any gender-specific anatomy. [1 Thess. 4:7] Though the positioning was successful, sometimes the suggestion of something is more influential than bold display

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 50 out of 100
The writers had the characters use booze as a reward. Drunken revelry was seen. Anna was drugged to unconsciousness (off screen) to control her. Drinking and talk of drinking were noted a few times.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
The portrayal of evil powers, unholy manifestations, demonic beings and demonic possessions are intense at times. The extent of the content found applicable to this investigation area is so extensive that I ask that you visit the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a full accounting of the findings.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 65 out of 100
There were three murders in this show: murder by neck snap; murder by incineration; murder by impalement.


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  • Rom. 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Season of the Witch (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • very graphic hanging of three women accused of being witches
  • five individual battles
  • warfare with many individualized killings
  • field strewn with dead bodies
  • images of plague infested rotting flesh and deformity, frequent
  • "police" violence to subdue
  • flashes of battle
  • woman with brutality scarring on her back
  • assault, repeatedly
  • tales of atrocities on women accused of witchcraft
  • impalement injuries, frequent
  • additional dead bodies
  • mass grave
  • dog eating human remains
  • defensive killing by sword
  • peril on crossing a rotten wooden bridge
  • dream horror and flashbacks of violence
  • attack by pack of wolves
  • killing of a man by wolves
  • long sequence of pending peril
  • lust for killing
  • flashes of violence, repeatedly
  • demon crawling into dead man's mouth
  • massive deaths
  • long series of many impalements
  • demon death by incineration

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 57 out of 100
  • seven uses of profanity
  • bragging
  • lying to plan murder
  • verbally attacking those of faith

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 84 out of 100
  • women as toys/ornaments
  • tale of sexual tryst
  • full nudity, twice, with no gender-specifics visible

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 50 out of 100
  • booze as reward, three times
  • drunken revelry
  • drugging to control
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • unholy resurrection, repeatedly
  • evil magic, repeatedly
  • long discourse of holy supremacy of one man over others
  • demon/evil possession, repeatedly
  • masochism in the name of God
  • tale of witch having power to curse
  • tale of book that can destroy witch's power
  • evil voice in image of man's daughter
  • unholy power and strength
  • unholy control of fire
  • unholy control of wolves and other animals
  • demonizing of wolves
  • woman taken over by demon, graphic
  • many flying demons
  • evil power to destroy
  • portrayal that evil can control weather
  • portrayal that evil can start a plague
  • unholy manifestations of varying natures and intensities, frequent
  • demons, repeatedly
  • battles with demons, many

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 65 out of 100
  • murder by neck snap
  • murder by incineration
  • murder by impalements

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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