LOST SOULS

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Release Date: October 13, 2000

Starring: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin,
John Hurt, Sarah Wynter, &
Philip Baker Hall

Genre: Horror/Supernatural Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Director: Janusz Kaminski

Executive Producer: Betsy Stahl, Pierce Gardner,
Donna Langley, & Michael De
Luca

Producer: Nina R. Sadowsky & Meg Ryan

Writer: Pierce Gardner

Address Comments To:

Robert Shaye, CEO
New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Blvd.
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 854-5811

Content:

(AbAb, HH, CC, L, VV, A, D, MM) Anti-biblical, humanist worldview where God, Jesus Christ & prayer are ultimately ineffectual in stopping demonic evil, so Christian heroine commits murder instead, mixed with some pro-Christian elements in a Roman Catholic, end-times setting; 4 obscenities & 4 exclamatory profanities; moderate violence & scary moments, such as man attacks people with knife, people are shot dead, people rummage through dark house, & bathroom mysteriously floods; no sex; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, betrayal, heroine uses murder to defeat evil instead of using goodness or relying upon God or Jesus Christ & unmarried couple apparently lives together but there are no sex scenes between them.

Summary:

LOST SOULS stars Wynona Ryder as a Roman Catholic laywoman who tries to foil a demonic plot to create the Antichrist by letting Satan possess the soul of a writer. The pro-Christian elements in this story are completely betrayed by the movie’s anti-biblical, humanist ending, where God, Jesus Christ and prayer are ultimately ineffectual in stopping demonic evil, and the heroine commits murder instead.

Review:

The supernatural horror thriller LOST SOULS is a perfect example of why Hollywood often does not know how to develop a truly biblical, Godly worldview in its movies, even a movie where the Bible supposedly plays such a major role in the basic story.

Wynona Ryder of AUTUMN IN NEW YORK stars as Maya Larkin, a Roman Catholic laywoman who was freed from demonic possession by an exorcist, Father Lareaux. John Hurt of ALIEN and THE ELEPHANT MAN plays the good priest, who now uses Maya to help the Church with his exorcisms. In the movie’s first scene, an exorcism of a psychotic killer goes terribly wrong, and Father Lareaux is left comatose.

Maya comes to believe that Satan has plans to personally possess a writer of true crime books. Ben Chaplin plays the writer, Peter Kelson. Maya and another priest believe that Satan will possess Peter, who will then become the Antichrist. God, Jesus Christ and prayer seem to be ineffectual, however, so Maya and the priest are forced to commit murder in order to stop Satan and his minions, who turn out to be led by members of Peter’s own family.

LOST SOULS is a fairly engrossing, pro-Christian supernatural thriller until its anti-biblical, humanist ending betrays the Christian elements in its story and reveals the movie’s existential despair. In fact, there were perplexed sounds of groans and bewilderment from the screening audience when the movie abruptly ended with a final murder. It’s almost as if the writer and director were afraid of actually having any kind of goodness whatsoever defeat evil in an uplifting manner. The existential, humanist despair at the end of this abhorrent movie makes no sense financially and surely will turn off many viewers, even those who aren’t particularly religious. This is really a crying shame because LOST SOULS lacks the kind of explicit sex, graphic violence and incessant foul language typically afflicting other R-rated horror thrillers.

In Brief:

In LOST SOULS, Wynona Ryder stars as Maya Larkin, a Roman Catholic laywoman who was freed from demonic possession by an elderly exorcist. When the exorcist is left comatose after one failed session with a psychotic killer, Maya comes to believe that Satan plans to possess a writer of crime novels. Ben Chaplin plays the writer, Peter Kelson. Maya and another priest believe that Satan will possess Peter, who will become the Antichrist. God, Jesus Christ and prayer are ineffectual, so Maya and the priest are forced to commit murder to stop Satan and his minions, who turn out to be led by members of Peter’s own family.

LOST SOULS is a fairly engrossing, pro-Christian supernatural thriller until its anti-biblical, humanist ending betrays the Christian elements in its story and reveals an existential despair. In fact, there were perplexed sounds of groans and bewilderment from the screening audience when the movie abruptly ended with a final murder. It’s almost as if the writer and director were afraid of having goodness truly defeat evil. The existential, humanist despair at the end of this movie surely will turn off many viewers, even those who aren’t particularly religious