How ‘The Vigil’ and ‘Saint Maud’ Use Horror to Explore the Nexus Between Religion, Trauma, and Mental Health

Sitting The Vigil

The Entropy of Saint Maud

She mistakes her inner monologue for a dialogue. This leaves her denying reality while worshipping an imaginary friend or God of her own design. The real horror in Saint Maud is that of a closed belief system, which can only entropy, the way closed systems do. Cut off from any other meaningful human fellowship, Maud’s belief takes the form of a festering psychosis.

Parables of Religious Horror

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