Faces Of Evil
Malcolm McDowell narrates this 90-minute TNT original special which first airs 4/6/00, at 8 PM ET/PT.
What makes seemingly “normal” people commit unspeakable acts? Why is it our nature to be both repelled by and drawn to evil? Eclectic viewpoints, including those of an exorcist, a criminal psychologist, a Navajo medicine man, a female rabbi and a horror film director, explore these questions and more in this Turner Network Television documentary.
Through wide-ranging opinion, vintage clips, ordinal film footage and case studies, “Faces of Evil” probes the sinister in society in conversations with Marilyn Manson, whose rock music, lifestyle and appearance have made him one of the most controversial figures in popular music; Emmanuel Milingo, an archbishop at the Vatican who performs exorcisms by combining Catholic doctrine with traditional African faith healing; John Carpenter, film director and creator of the “Halloween” franchise; John Douglas, founder of the FBI Serial Killer Profiling Unit; and Poppy Z. Brite, a New Orleans-based fiction writer who presents sympathetic portraits of serial killers and demons.
Folks, after five minutes of this dark, unnerving program, I felt a leading to turn it off. Now, I don’t say that lightly. Nor do I do that often. So this is not a review, per say. But, it is my belief that the Holy Spirit was nudging me to turn it off. Whether it was the Comforter or not, I know I did not want to hear the morbid details of gruesome crimes perpetrated by the likes of Ted Bundy and others. Nor, after reading the biographies in my press notes, did I feel that the speakers were going to teach me anything. There is a huge section in bookstores dedicated to publications on the background and detailed acts of serial killers. There must be a readership for this kind of literature, but it escapes me. That is not a judgment call. But I already know there is evil in this world. Viewing monstrous deeds won’t help me in my spiritual walk. Spending time with God’s Word will be more insightful than with a rock musician who claims to worship the Anti-Christ, or a writer who has empathy for demons.