Say Cheese

Posted: September 3, 2010 by Jim Killam in church culture, Idiot Friday, movies, pop culture, television
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Decades before Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye wrote their “Left Behind” series, there was “A Thief in the Night.” (Enjoy this batch of clips.)  The film series from Mark IV Pictures featured cheap production values, cheesy acting and some of the worst haircuts ever captured on film. It was designed to scare the hell out of those crazy 1970s teenagers with their flowered shirts and their rock music.

“A Thief in the Night,” “A Distant Thunder,” “Image of the Beast” and “Prodigal Planet” followed the tales of people, um, left behind by the Rapture.

The scene above is from “Image of the Beast,” when the antichrist is revealed to be a 60-something, big-headed dude in an ill-fitting polyester suit. He sits on a throne that, come to think of it, looks a lot like the sets on one of those awful TBN programs.

So anyway, this week’s question is: What’s your most memorable scare-them-to-Jesus product that years later only unleashes a plague of ridicule? Comic books? Novels? Videos? Church dramas? Something else? What makes you cringe when thinking back on it?

  1. Rachel says:

    oooh Thief in the Night… I remember we watched that one at school in either Junior High or 9th grade… and as usual, with young teenage boys, they mocked the oldness of the film and the cheesy hippie music in it… lol…

    • Jim Killam says:

      For unexplainable reasons I still remember the name of the hippie musical act in the original film, “A Thief in the Night.” It was The Fishmarket Combo, singing “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” Which, incidentally, was written by the late Larry Norman and later covered by DC Talk.

      The 1970s were a regrettable decade for culture.

  2. Burl says:

    Jack T. Chick tracts… “This Was Your Life” is a good example.
    Link below;

  3. Jim Killam says:

    Good one. Someone still hands out those campy Jack T. Chick tracts periodically on the college campus where I work. I guess they have an appeal to somebody somewhere.

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