URBANDALE, Iowa – On April 14, a widely released new movie called “Nefarious” will launch spiritual discussions across America, says the principle mind behind the film.
“Nefarious” is based on the book “A Nefarious Plot” by Christian talk show host Steve Deace, which brings to light the devil’s dark work in destroying lives, written in a style similar to C.S. Lewis’ tale, “The Screwtape Letters.”
The “Nefarious” movie, however, wasn’t written for Christian audiences. It is a contemporary thriller, an R-rated film with a poster and marketing campaign targeting fans of horror movies.
But as Deace explains, “Nefarious” isn’t just a scary movie – it’s a deliberate conversation starter. Some will see it as the kind of film to invite non-believing friends to watch, in order to follow up with a discussion about the merciless reality of evil, our need for a savior, and Jesus’ victory on the Cross.
TFL’s preview of the film revealed “Nefarious” was made with Hollywood-quality production values exceeding most “Christian” films – one of the reasons this movie will be widely distributed in thousands of theaters across America. Thus, this movie has the potential to penetrate deep into the wider culture and the conversations of the people all around us.
In fact, “Nefarious” won’t be advertised as a “Christian” movie at all. The filmmakers’ goal is to avoid being limited to the faith market, but rather to bring faith discussions to a much wider audience.
TFL sat down for an exclusive interview with Deace to ask him about why the movie is being marketed the way it is, why Christians will nonetheless want to know about it, and how the Church can make the most of this moment to talk to others about Christ’s victory over the darkness (John 1:5):
Watch TFL’s interview on “Nefarious” with the mind behind the movie, Steve Deace:
Curious to know more? Watch the official movie trailer for the film below: