I penned a Halloween-inspired post for Beneath the Tangles and then failed to share it on here in a timely fashion. Oh well – it’s not quite Advent yet, so perhaps I’m still in the clear.
The 1990 NES classic Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse opens with a striking image. Our hero, Trevor Belmont, is seen kneeling in front a cross in prayer before heading off to slay Dracula. And, indeed, along with his trusty whip, an axe and a knife, Trevor also makes use of holy water, rosaries and crosses in his battle with the forces of darkness. It’s rare in pop culture – especially in video games – to see a protagonist so unapologetically identified as a Christian. And yet it feels almost unremarkable within the horror aesthetic of Konami’s franchise (imagine, as a thought experiment, the public reaction to a sports game where your character would pray before a cross in preparation for a match).