The writers of “God’s Not Dead” are making a splash at the box office again, but this time for a very different type of film. “Nefarious” tells the story of a convicted serial killer who undergoes a psychiatric evaluation on the day of his scheduled execution and claims to be a demon named Nefarious.
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Categorized as a psychological thriller, “Nefarious” is not what you typically expect to see from the faith film genre, but the themes of spiritual warfare in the film are as critical today as ever.
“It’s something that we felt called to do,” said Cary Solomon, who co-wrote, produced and directed the film with his “God’s Not Dead” partner Chuck Konzelman. “There’s something different now in America. There’s something different in the world. There’s some kind of dark thing going on. Just look around.”
“If we’ve done our job right then after watching this film, you will be convinced of the possibility of a personal, supernatural force of darkness who drives the evils of this world,” Solomon and Konzelman explained in a statement. “What you decide to do with that knowledge will be up to you.”
The message of the film is straight out of the Bible, which reminds us in Ephesians 6:12 that “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” But it’s recent events that inspired the filmmakers to dive deeper into this eternal truth.
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“I believe [the obsession with the occult] is a contemporary problem in our society. The occult is everywhere. [Young people] don’t understand that they’re playing with fire,” Solomon explained. “This is the time we felt called to make this movie for that exact reason, and we feel that we were told to make it for that exact reason.”
Solomon and Konzelman hope that “Nefarious” will help people better understand what is happening in our society and the constant spiritual battles that are raging around us. And if the box office numbers are any indication, the film is definitely having its intended effect.
“Nefarious” raked in over $1 million in its first week at the box office, finishing in the top 10 despite having a limited release in select theaters across the country. The film is hoping to continue its top performance at the box office and to extend its release—allowing the film to reach more people with the truth about the forces of evil that are at work in the world and the victory that can be won in Christ alone.
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