The Cross and the Switchblade was originally a book written in 1962 by pastor David Wilkerson with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It quickly became a best seller, with over 16 million copies being sold around teh world, with it being translated into 16 languages. The book told the true story of Wilkerson's first five years living and working as an evangelical pastor in New York City. He focused his work on reaching disillusioned young people on the streets, attempting to encourage them to turn away from the drugs and gang violence. In 1970, the book was adapted into a movie, that starred the goody-goody singer Pat Boone as Wilkerson and Erik Estrada (in his screen debut) as Nicky Cruz, the teen gang member whose life was transformed by Wilkerson's ministry. Then in 1972, the Christian comic book publishers Spire Christian Comics under the leadership of Al Hartley, adapted the story as one of their many Christian comic book propaganda pieces produced during the 70s.
More Sunday sermon madness, with Christian literature from yesteryear. Featuring classic tracts from of America's most renowned pulpit pounding preachers, like C. S. Lovett and V. W. Grant. We have the satanic hell that is "modern dance", and how the devil is forcing you to eat food that makes you fat. As well as Jogging For Jesus and we are asked the question Does God Ever Talk Through Cats?
If you lose the encounter with the rats, the page seems to tear open to reveal a nasty-looking rat, and there is the sound of a scream . . . AAARRRGH!
Here's the original version of The Call Of Cthulhu (for Beginner Readers). Enjoy!
In the true style of Topor, it has darkly playful silliness at times. Giving a nod to the tradition of French farce, by playwrights likes Molière, the Comédie-Française, and the satirical elements of de Sade's own work. The movie won;t be to everyone's tastes, and an understanding of French revolutionary period France will help to understand much of the surreal symbolism in the movie. Though much of it doesn't take a genius work out. When for example the Marquis de Sade is persuaded by his self-conscious cock to screw a "crack" in the wall of the Bastille. Overall, a fun, irreverent piece of European art-house cinema, that doesn't take itself too seriously. And well worth a watch, by anyone interested in the weirder side of European cinema, and the cinematic work of surrealists like Topor.
The story flows, jumps and runs off at tangents, in a cleverly constructed stream of conscience. As if the old man must unburden himself, before it's too late. Full of wit and humour, the novel sometimes playfully drops into a nudge-nudge wink-wink level of humour that you would imagine to flow out of an old man's mouth. As for example he uses the euphemism "the European Renaissance" to referred to sex. The over-arching character of the novel and the garrulous narrator, is one of pathos. The sometimes low-brow comedy of the old cobbler continues apace, until mid-sentence and without warning the...