Why did we make a suspenseful short film? Fear is an emotion we all experience, and yet we have a Good Shepherd who is our protector and is trustworthy to deal with our fears. (I used to have a printout of Isaiah 41:10 up on my wall: ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’)
So, when some colleagues learned of the appeal of the horror/suspense genre from women while in the Middle East, we saw a way to connect. Our desire is to make compelling films that spark spiritual conversations—to touch on a deep felt need that points to one’s need for the gospel. The end result is “Nightwatch,” a short film intended to appeal to a Middle Eastern audience. Watch it for yourself—in it, a boy has a book in which he sees a picture of a lion mid-leap, apparently attacking a man, and he also happens to have a toy stuffed lion nearby. The power goes out and he grabs a flashlight as it looks like the stuffed lion is moving closer to him… The tagline is “Not everything scary is bad.” It has a surprise ending.
(You can also see it via the “Jesus Film” app for Apple and Android devices.)
We’ve gotten feedback from staff who are excited to use the film to naturally lead to talk about fear, and how to deal with fear with others.