Netflix’s ‘The Silence’ Casts Christians as the Real Monsters

NewsBusters | 4/20/2019 | Staff
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Post-apocalyptic movies have plenty in common.

The survivors feast on dwindling food supplies. Basic necessities like clean water, medicine and electricity are suddenly in short supply.

Force - Disaster - Thing

And the force that caused the disaster, be it man-made or technologically driven, isn’t the only thing to fear.

In some of George A. Romero’s Dead films, that meant your fellow survivors could kill you as swiftly as those zombies. That theme also keeps The Walking Dead afloat. Who are Daryl and co. more afraid of, a shuffling Walker or Negan?

Silence - Netflix - Shocker - Stars - Stanley

That brings us to “The Silence.” The new Netflix shocker stars Stanley Tucci as a father guiding his clan through a bleak new world. Winged creatures, trapped beneath the earth for centuries, are suddenly free to roam the skies.

They tear through humanity, killing millions while slowing modern society to a crawl. Their weakness? They can’t see, so they track their prey via sound.

Monsters - Anyone - Hollywood - Unease - Religion

The “other” monsters here are familiar to anyone who grasps Hollywood’s unease with religion.

STORY SPOILERS AHEAD.

Church - Structure - Town - Size

Next, we see an imposing church, a significant structure given the town’s size.

“Join us and survive,” the church’s sign reads, an obvious attempt to reach those who haven’t been gobbled up already. We then see a man, dressed in black like a priest, standing ominously in the distance.

Gee - Help - Heroes - Context - Clues

Gee, could they offer help to our heroes? Not likely, given the context and clues shoved in our faces.

Later, the priestly figure and his followers visit our heroes at their temporary home....
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