"Six Days in August" Will Face Tough Competition in the Mormon Cinema Market

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"Six Days in August" Will Face Tough Competition in the Mormon Cinema Market

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In turns out that the Interpreter Foundation's sophmore(ic) film effort is going to be facing stiff Mormon-related competition this coming fall in the form of a horror film called Heretic. The film stars Hugh Grant as a creepy single man who wants to test the faith of two sister missionaries who come by his housing tracting one day.

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"Shall we start with an opening prayer?" Hugh Grant in the upcoming film Heretic


Perhaps unsurprisingly, over at SeN, Dr. Peterson is exclaiming that he felt "almost physically ill" when he learned about the movie. He goes on to elaborate:
I have always deeply disliked Hugh Grant as an actor. Even when I’ve liked a movie in which he starred, I’ve had to like it in spite of his being in it. And, based purely on one old news story involving him, I don’t especially admire him as a person. I doubt that Heretic is going to cause me like him more.

I find the very idea of Heretics (sic) viscerally upsetting. But will the film give deranged people deranged ideas? Will it make missionary service, especially for sister missionaries, more dangerous? I don’t know. I hope not, but I suppose that’s a possibility. It’s certainly imaginable.
Very interesting, no? It's intriguing that this is coming in the wake of his rather rueful post the other day, where he wondered whether he'd done any "good" on his own mission. And there is certainly a lot to analyze in these comments of his. Surely part of his reaction has to do with the fact that this will clearly be a better film than Six Days in August. Based just on the promotional materials for the two movies, it's obvious that Heretic wins in terms of production design, acting, cinematography, and sheer filmmaking craft. So, yeah: I have no doubt that he's "sick" with envy.

But I'm also struck by his remark that he doesn't "especially admire" Hugh Grant "as a person." That's quite a grudge to carry, no? I assume he's referring to the 1995 incident in which Grant was caught with a prostitute. So, this was nearly 30 years ago, and Grant went on national TV--Jay Leno's late night show--and admitted that he "did a bad thing." Why is Peterson still bothered by this? Then again, it helps to justify those who continue to see problems with DCP's salivating over Jennerifer Lopez's rear end, or his telling Blair Hodges to "Go to hell!", or organizing smear campaigns against various people, etc. At least Grant had the honesty to admit that he'd done something wrong.

Meanwhile, his last observation--that the *film* will inspire people to engage in "copycat"-style activities (did he even bother to watch the trailer?) is bizarre. Is he not concerned that 6 Days in August will inspire additional anti-Community of Christ bigotry in much the same way? And besides, you'd think that he'd *like* the film's premise. The trailer shows that Grant is attempting to test the two sister missionaries' faith: "You will witness a miracle," he says, ominously.

Of course, I can see a critic pointing out that the Mopologists don't actually care about "faith," which is no doubt true. Then again, being forced to pit your craptastic propaganda film against a professionally-made A24 production is, in a sense, a "test of faith" as well.
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Well, If I recall correctly he didn't like Angela Lansbury either.

Maybe her movie about using a bedknob to navigate through various dimensions hit uncomfortably home next to his movie about a guy using a stone in a hat to channel an ancient book engraved on gold that an angel told him about.

People might think they were both fiction!
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If you only watch one Mormon movie this fall… :lol:
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This is devastating...
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I am no film critic, but I can’t see how a film focusing on such a small slice of post-Joseph Smith church history would appeal to audiences beyond some pockets of the Wasatch front. Competition from Heretic isn’t going to help at all. I plan on seeing neither one of them. One is creepy and the other is a yawn fest.
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Dr. Sunstoned wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2024 4:30 am
I am no film critic, but I can’t see how a film focusing on such a small slice of post-Joseph Smith church history would appeal to audiences beyond some pockets of the Wasatch front. Competition from Heretic isn’t going to help at all. I plan on seeing neither one of them. One is creepy and the other is a yawn fest.
A24 is a great studio producing some really original cinema. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be very good.
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I am already afraid for the welfare and safety of young missionaries, male and female. After all, bad things have happened to a few of them now and then. Here, though, I think the bigger risk is that the movie might scare a few more young people away from serving a mission. The movie’s basic premise reminds one how easy it is to take the average trusting young missionaries and put them in a vulnerable position. That’s enough to freak *me* out!

I will probably see this movie. I will also see the Interpreter film. It’s a great year for Mormon movies!
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Gadianton wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2024 4:02 am
This is devastating...
Yes: it's absolutely devastating. It's hard not to see this as a kind of karmic retribution for all the endless gloating about the Kirtland Temple getting taken away from the CoC. Now, the Exec. Prod. will get to watch as Heretic pulls in many times the box office as his stupid propaganda film. I also imagine it stings to think that the two promising young stars of the film are vocal ex-Mormons.

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Kishkumen wrote:I am already afraid for the welfare and safety of young missionaries, male and female. After all, bad things have happened to a few of them now and then. Here, though, I think the bigger risk is that the movie might scare a few more young people away from serving a mission. The movie’s basic premise reminds one how easy it is to take the average trusting young missionaries and put them in a vulnerable position. That’s enough to freak *me* out!
You make a good point, and you would think that everyone--Mopologists included--might see this as a good thing. All parties seem to be in agreement that tracting is an "abysmal waste of time," so why not ditch it altogether? This movie would therefore seem to be yet another compelling argument in favor of eliminating mindless tracting.
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And, based purely on one old news story involving him, I don’t especially admire him as a person.
*Nauvoo Expositor enters chat*
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Why would DCP be disturbed about a man interested in other women and using religious terminology to help spread his seed. It seems like this has been done before.

As to Jennifer Lopez: I've always been a fan ever since the show In Living Color where she was a dancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POwqSApRMSw
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