BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a romantic fantasy about a girl with magical supernatural powers who shakes up the life of a teenage boy in South Carolina. The movie has a convoluted plot and a strong pagan worldview with many occult themes.
Ethan Wate wakes up every night from a dream with a girl running in a Civil War field. Being from the tiny town of Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan is used to being involved in Civil War reenactments. What he doesn’t know is that there is a new family in town with a curse on it that started during the Civil War, the Duchannes family. All Ethan thinks about is Lena Duchannes, the newest citizen of Gatlin, who has just moved in with her uncle, Macon. He realizes Lena’s the girl in his dreams, and he wants to spend every moment with her.
The townspeople aren’t so accepting of Lena, calling her a witch. Lena admits to Ethan she has supernatural powers, but she is called a Caster who is able to change the weather and project poetry onto the walls. Many of the girls in the town pray over Lena, and the Christians are shown in a very negative way.
Lena decides to allow Ethan into her life even though she isn’t supposed to fall in love with a mortal. On Lena’s 16th birthday, she is going either going to be claimed by the dark side or the light. She will still be a Caster, but she will either do harm to mortals or live among them. According to a curse cast upon the females in her family, she will be claimed by the dark side. This curse was cast during the Civil War when one female Caster fell in love with a mortal. When he died, she cast a spell that was never supposed to be spoken. Therefore, a curse was put on her family. However, Lena’s uncle Macon believes Lena will be able to fight the curse and choose her own destiny.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a convoluted story that takes place in the modern day but has flashbacks to the Civil War. These flashbacks add to the convoluted plotline, but easily could have been removed entirely. The movie’s dialogue is on the nose, where the characters state what’s going on during the scene. This may be the fault of the screenwriter trying to add most of the content from the book.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has very blatant occult themes. Also, the Christians in town are primarily seen in a very negative way, though there is one positive scene where the pastor preaches about sacrifice. One character talks to the dead but also goes to church every Sunday. Another character says humans make up God, and many other scenes depict the church and Christians as the villain.
Based on a series of magic novels called the Caster Chronicles, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has very strong occult content that’s abhorrent. As Moses proclaims in Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord….”
(PaPa, OOO, FRFR, AbAb, C, B, LLL, VV, SS, D, MM) Strong pagan worldview with very strong occult themes such as character conjures up the spirit of her dead uncle, curses pronounced, magic is real, and spells are performed, plus Anti-Christian content where Christians are the villains in many of the scenes, townspeople pray to “Jesus” against the witches in the town, Christians hold crosses, church decides if heroine can go back to school, and character says humans make up God, but pastor preaches a positive sermon on sacrifice and a moral theme of good versus evil; 25 obscenities, five profanities; strong violence includes girl with super power who gets angry and can create tornados, thunder storms, and fire that sometimes can lead to destruction, woman with supernatural powers that controls others leads one man to step in front of a train and be hit; implied fornication, seductress has supernatural power over men; no nudity; no drinking; smoking; and, lying and a mother is a villain.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES begins with a teenage boy, Ethan. Ethan lives in a small town in South Carolina. He longs for an adventure. When Lena Duchannes comes into town, Ethan’s life is shaken by her supernatural powers. He’s drawn to her and realizes she is the girl he dreamt about for so long. The two fall in love, but Lena reveals that on her 16th birthday she will either be claimed by the forces of Light or Dark. What Lena doesn’t know is that there is a curse on the females of her family that started during the Civil War. This curse means she will be automatically claimed by the Dark forces. Once Lena learns this, she must learn how to change the curse and ultimately make her own choice.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a convoluted story. The movie’s dialogue is on the nose, where the characters state what’s happening during some scenes. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has blatant occult themes. Also, the Christians in town are primarily seen in a very negative way, though there is one positive scene where the pastor preaches about sacrifice.