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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse also known as “The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse,” “Eclipse,” “Twilight 3,” “Twilight: Eclipse,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The IMAX Experience,” “A Saga Crepúsculo: Eclipse,” “Alacakaranlik efsanesi—Tutulma,” “Crepúsculo la saga—Eclipse,” “La Saga Crepúsculo: Eclipse,” “Eclipse—Biss zum Abendrot,” “Epäilys,” “Saga »Zmierzch«: Zacmienie,” “Saga Twilight: Eclipse,” “The twilight saga—Ekleipsi,” “Twilight: chapitre 3,” “Videviku saaga—Päikesevarjutus,” “Zacmienie,” “Сумерки. Сага. Затмение”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Action Horror Fantasy Romance Thriller Sequel Adaptation
Length:
2 hr. 4 min.
Year of Release:
2010
USA Release:
June 30, 2010 (wide—4,000+ theaters)
DVD: December 4, 2010
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Relevant Issues
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Eternal life and eternal death in the Bible


TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

Lust

Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

My boyfriend wants to have sex. I don’t want to lose him. What should I do? Answer

How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer

Fornication in the Bible

How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer

Sin


Marriage in the Bible

Is formalized marriage becoming obsolete? Answer
Many people are convinced that traditional marriages don’t work and that this practice should be abandoned. What does the Bible say about marriage?


Teen Qs™—Christian Answers for teenagers
Teens! Have questions? Find answers in our popular TeenQs section. Get answers to your questions about life, dating and much more.

Wolves in the Bible

Blood


VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

Featuring: Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Bryce Dallas Howard (Victoria), Anna Kendrick (Jessica), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), more »
Director: David Slade
Producer: Summit Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, more »
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

“It all begins… with a choice.”

Series reviews: Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (2012)

In the third installment of the hugely successful Twilight Saga series, we find Victoria plotting to avenge her mate’s death by assembling a massive army of newborn vampires from the rainy streets of Seattle. With the ever-increasing number of deaths and mysterious disappearances, the Cullens soon realize Victoria’s intentions and become determined to protect Bella at all costs.

Even while the war of vengeance closes in around her, Bella has her own emotional turmoil in choosing between Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Both young men deeply love her and refuse to easily surrender her to the other.

With a third director at the helm, David Spade does a good job in creating a well-paced movie. Thankfully, he calmed down the pale makeup of the vampires and did not make the movie overly violent, though he easily could have. While most of the cast returns, Taylor Lautner steals the show this time around, with the other two leads looking slightly bored on screen.

The film isn’t made for newcomers, as they’d likely be confused or even bored. Not much background information is given on the Quileute wolves. However, on a pleasant note, Rosalie’s and Jasper’s background stories are told with provided flashback, giving more personality to their characters.

Objectionable Content

The violence and sensuality have increased in the third installment. While some might consider them mild by today’s standards, it’s important to note—especially considering the film’s target audience is primarily within the teen demographics.

Violence: Due to the building of the newborn vampire army, there are more instances of violence. Near the end of the film, there is battle scene between the newly born and the joined forces of the Cullens and the Quileute wolves. There are several snappings of necks, a few decapitations, and, in one scene, a vampire’s arms are ripped off. The Quileute wolves aggressively attack vampires by biting them and dragging them off. During the battle, the Cullens show mercy on an innocent girl who had been with the newborn vampires. However, she’s soon executed; she screams as the screen fades away. One person stabs herself to serve as a sacrifice.

In one scene, the newly converted vampires are shown around a body, implying they’re draining the victim. Several characters scream and writhe in pain. One vampire corpse is set on fire. With all this said, director David Slade kept it relatively tame in turning the camera away, leaving the killings mostly to the imagination. Since the vampires have no fluids, there’s very little blood shown with their dead bodies—appearing more like shattered statutes.

Sensuality: In the novels, Bella and Edward share much more attraction than portrayed in the first two films. However, in this most recent installment, Edward and Bella’s sensual tension heavily increases. Bella and Edward share extra kisses, though they mostly remain sweet, except for one which occurs in Edward’s bedroom. Alice arranges for the young couple to spend the night alone at the Cullen’s house. When Bella remains speechless, Alice mischievously smiles and says, “You’re welcome!”. That night Bella begins to kiss Edward on the bed, unbuttoning his shirt. Eventually he stops her, stating that he wants to wait until marriage. She tells Edward that she wants him and thought he wanted her to have every human experience.

While he does reveal he wants to, he feels sex would be too dangerous. While he reminisces about what his era considered appropriate standards, it’s stated or at least heavily implied that the idea of waiting until marriage to have sex is considered to be “ancient” and “not modern.”

While they do remain sexually abstinent, it’s mostly credited to Edward’s chivalry in denying Bella’s advances. If he hadn’t stopped their kissing, it would’ve likely led to their having sex. While stopping is commendable, parents should discuss with their children that all sexual immorality, even hints of it, should be completely avoided. In Thessalonians 4:3, Paul wrote:

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.”

Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

Fornication in the Bible

My boyfriend wants to have sex. I don’t want to lose him. What should I do? Answer

While it’s important to avoid too much plot revelation, some potential spoilers will be made in this paragraph, for those who have never read the books. Throughout the film, Jacob remains mostly shirtless. In one scene, Jacob forcibly tries to kiss Bella, and she punches him. On a positive note, he confesses this to Bella’s father. While hiding in the snowy mountains, Bella begins to shiver uncontrollably. Since Edward is ice cold himself, he reluctantly allows Jacob to lie down next to Bella and cuddle her. She briefly lies against his chest, and he jokingly states that it could go a lot faster if she took off her clothes. She then falls asleep next to him. Before going off to battle, Bella and Jacob share a rather passionate kiss. Victoria, also, shares an aggressive kiss with the newly converted vampire Riley.

Other potentially objectionable content: Rosalie speaks of her past and how she got attacked. In the flashback, one sees her drunk fiancée and his friends. He briefly puts her hand underneath her collar. However, it never mentions the word rape or shows any scenes of the attack. And when she mentions she got her revenge on her attackers, it only shows her evilly smiling at her ex-fiancee in a wedding dress. While speaking of his past, Jasper is shown snapping a young boy’s neck.

Marriage is discussed multiple times throughout the film. While Edward views marriage in a positive light, he’s the only one. Bella states it is simply a piece of paper and two-thirds of people end in divorce. She says getting married at her young age might mean that she got “knocked up.” When she asks her dad if he still sees value in marriage, he says he does and assumes she might be pregnant. He then tells her to be “careful” while being physically intimate. He feels awkwardly relieved, when she states that Edward is old-fashioned and that she’s still a virgin.

Is marriage old-fashioned? What does the Bible say about marriage? Answer

Language: There are about seven instances of cursing with the milder profanities such as hell and d*mn.

On a positive note, Bella’s parents make several remarks about how unhealthy their daughter’s relationship with Edward is. Charlie encourages her to spend time with her other friends, and her mother states that the two are like magnets.

While lower in objectionable content than the average movie, “Eclipse” is still much more violent and sensual than its two predecessors. Parents should heed the PG-13 rating. Considering the squeals, giggles, and applause which emerged from the theatre’s female audience, one can make the safe assumption that this movie can definitely be influential on a teen’s perception of an ideal relationship, especially with the thought of two handsome guys fighting over a girl. Parents should take the time to speak with their children about the good and bad of the relationships portrayed in the film.

Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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Positive
Positive—I’ve read the book 3 times, and I had to say I was disappointed to see some of the good parts from the book not in the film. I didn’t like the passionate kissing scenes between Edward and Bella and other cast members; Jacob’s kissing was fine. Though I got used to the parts of film that were replaced from the book, however I did enjoy the action and the fight scenes.

Edward suggests a clean part to save sex for marriage, which is tough for some teens out there. This a way better movie than the first, the second film and this one is a tie. I suggest this movie to 15 year olds and up, I think you’ll like this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Stacy L., age 18 (USA)
Positive—Steamier… profaner… violent-er. Eclipse takes the dull sheen of its predecessor New Moon and adds a 55 gal. drum of turtle wax. No joke though. This movie is borderline inappropriate for its target audience: them teeny bopper fans. Yep. Those very same kids that ooh and aah whenever Edward drops the next mushy bomb or Jacob barely opens his piehole to exhaust C02.

I saw it with a packed house. I know. What in the world am I doing watching this, much less any grown man? Well, buying into the hype I assure you; I also read all the books with the onset of the first film. Like “Saw” or “Smallville” or anything else that eventually veers off the deep end, I stick with “it” for the sake of completeness. Continuity. And ya know what? That persistence paid off this time ‘cause Eclipse is much better than New Moon, both as a book and a movie.

I remember the third chapter in the Twilight universe being dark, and sure enough, the third film adaptation is faithful to preserve that morose turn of events. Having said that, this movie bogs down with way too many soap opera moments. The plot, not to mention the heat, intensifies ‘tween Ed, Jake, and Bella. The former is reserved, defensive, and fiercely loyal to his love. Jake’s just full of p*** and vinegar as the saying goes, and a bit slimmed down this time around, kinda like Craig Daniel’s Bond going from the thunderous “Casino Royale” to the routine “Quantum of Solace.”

Naturally the two dudes butt heads nearly every other scene with Bella always caught in the crossfire. Add some fight scenes, two flashbacks, and more canines than the Bumpuses’ pack, and voilà! You have the comfortable, yet not-so-groundbreaking sequel to “New Moon.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mega Tron, age 24 (USA)
Positive—I became a fan of the Twilight series after hearing people at my work talk about it. Honestly,I could not see how I would enjoy a book about vampires. However, I have been very impressed with the writing of the books and also with their corresponding movies. “Eclipse” is no exception. From a literary standpoint this film is an excellent example of complex story line. In order to achieve the full effect of the movie, it is important to not only read Twilight Eclipse but also the novella The Short Life of Brea Tanner, as both are incorporated in the film.

I am a big one for discussing ideas and thoughts presented in films with my children. Eclipse is a great opportunity to discuss the idea of premarital sex. It is important to note that as the main reviewer says, Edward wants to wait for marriage and Bella does not as she says the idea is old fashioned. Bella’s mother makes a comment in the first film about Bella “being safe” and then her father asks her about it in Eclipse. What Bella is learning from her parents is that sex before marriage is okay. Our children live what they learn. The question must be discussed with our kids, would Bella have a different idea if she has been taught differently?

As for the violence in the film, most of it is suggested. There are a few parts where it is shown but I was really impressed with the film makers on this point.

The character of Jacob is seen primarily shirtless, but if you have read the books this is true to the book. I have heard people discussing how sensual his look is, but once again I think it goes back to what we teach our children. While others teens I know walked away from the film talking about “frying eggs on Jacob’s torso,” my daughter walked away discussing the way the movie incorporated the two books so well. If you are going to allow your teens and preteens to see this movie, go with them so that you can discuss any objectionable content with them. Use this film as a way to make a connection with your kids. God is everywhere, even in movies about vampires; you just have to be willing to look for Him.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sharon, age 33 (USA)
Positive—“Eclipse” has definitely given me hope as far as teen movies go. I hold pretty conservative views, and I LOVE this movie! Not only is the filmmaking quality great, I love the message that it gives to teens. Wait to have sex. How often do we hear this in our culture? It, also, sends the message of what to look for in a mate. Someone who is going to love and respect their mate enough to be strong and say no when temptation comes. I recommend this movie for teens and young adults.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Cindy Clark, age 31 (USA)
Positive—Seattle is ravaged by mysterious disappearances and killings, graduation is nearing, marriage is the hot topic and life for Bella is going to change. In the third installment of the Twilight Saga, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her love Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), along with the Cullens (Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed), and the wolf pack (Taylor Lautner, Chaske Spencer, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Bronson Pelletiere, Alex Meraz, Julia Jones, and BooBoo Stewart) are threatened by a vampire army that wishes to destroy them. Though mortal enemies, the Cullens and werewolves must work together to keep Bella safe and obliterate the evil that has plagued Seattle for the past year.

With amazing fight sequences, a beautifully played out love triangle, and good old-fashioned values, Eclipse is one movie you won’t want to miss this summer!

One of my favorite things about the Twilight Saga is how clean the movies are, it is what a PG-13 should be. Action-packed without the gore, a touch of romance without a bedroom scene and good moral values being pushed throughout the film. Now if the idea of vampires offends you then stop reading because this is obviously not the movie for you. Now, with that said, the violence is intense at some points but never gets horribly graphic. This part of the series revolves around a vampire war so bodies will be torn apart and blood will be present but all is done tastefully and never goes overboard. The language was also kept at bay, a handful of “hells”, “damns”, and two uses of “ass”.

The sexuality was, also, refreshingly kept out. The wolf pack, because of their high temperatures, usually have their shirts off but it is not for a sexual reason only for a comfort reason. Bella and Edward are in love and kiss several times throughout the film but always stop when it starts to get out of hand. There is a scene where they are kissing on Edward’s bed but he lets her know that he will not sleep with her until they are married, so it is backed up with a great message. And Bella and Charlie (Billy Burke) have a comedic dialogue about her being “safe” but Charlie is relieved when Bella explains that Edward is old-fashioned and she is a virgin. Finally, Jacob gets hurt and phases to his human form, it is inferred that he is naked but nothing is shown but his upper body and legs, everything that needs to be covered is covered.

Again, this movie is about vampires so if that is going to stumble you spiritually then don’t see it. Bella and Edward’s love for each other is deeper then a mere crush. They are willing to die for one another and care about each other’s soul. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). They both also care about one another’s virtue, which is why they decide to wait to be with one another until marriage. Marriage is also portrayed in a positive light because Bella and Edward take it seriously, Bella asks her father for his advice on the subject and she really thinks it over until she is ready to decide. Edward and Bella want to be with each other forever and wish to do it the right way. What was also good was how the Cullens took mercy on Bree, a known enemy and spared her life, taking pity on her. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who hurt you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The importance of family is also shown in a positive light, the Cullens risk their lives for Bella because she is part of their family and the wolves defend Bella because she is their friend.

If the above reservations listed do not offend you, then I highly recommend that you see this movie. It is definitely for teens and adults and many great conversations can sprout from this series. Parents will have a chance to encourage this type of old-fashioned romance, where people wait until they are married and truly love each other before they decide to make drastic decisions. Parents will also have the ability to see where Bella and Edward fall short, such as kissing in secluded areas (Edward and Bella are only safe because Edward has been self-controlled for over 100 years, normal teenagers are not). This series shows youth that it is still alright to wait until marriage and not to give into peer pressure. The Cullen characters are so kind and caring, they are great examples of how a family functions correctly when love is present. This movie was very entertaining and I found few errors in it. The acting was awesome, the action sequences were believable and the moviemaking quality was superb, though I still cannot get used to the new contacts and the new makeup they use, but other than that, it’s a great movie that you don’t want to miss!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Elisa A. Walker, adult (USA)
Positive—I am a huge Twilight saga fan, so, of course, when I saw this movie, I was very excited! I have read the books, so I knew what to expect before going to see it. “Eclipse” is my favorite book in the saga. I know this film seems to have gotten a lot of negative reviews for the fact that it is more sensual than the last two films. Yes, it’s true. It is more sensual, but nothing I was offended by. In one scene, Bella suggests that they try and have sex before she is a vampire. She wants to know what it is like to have that human experience. She tempts Edward by trying to unbutton his shirt (and she, also, starts to unbutton her’s), and they kiss. However, Edward says he doesn’t want to do anything with her until after they are married, and he ends it before anything has a chance to start.

There is also one scene with Jacob and Bella when they are in a tent together, and she is freezing because there was a snow storm. So being that he is very warm (with being a werewolf), he keeps her warm by sleeping next to her in her sleeping bag. I know that these books and movies are targeted towards teen girls, and so, in that sense, I can see why most would be offended by these things. It is not right to have sex outside of marriage, and, as Christians, we know that. It is sad that teen girls will watch this film and have it portrayed to them that this is acceptable behavior.

However, I would like to point out that given all the other PG-13 movies that are out there these days for teens, this movie was fairly clean compared to others (i.e., “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Dear John,” “Juno,” etc.).

There is a lot more action in this movie, and it was great to see how they showed the background stories of Jasper and Rosalie. Overall, I really liked this movie. If you like the Twilight Saga, you will probably enjoy this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sarah, age 26 (USA)
Positive—One guy commenter here said that he was really offended that Jacob was constantly shown without a shirt. Have you ever been to the beach? It is not at ALL comparable to porn! His chest was all we saw. According to this series, the wolves are supposed to have really hot skin, so it makes sense that he is shirtless all the time, because otherwise he would be too hot. Of course, some of it was for the female teenage audience in the crowd, but seriously… he was just shirtless. The movie was really good, and only slightly objectionable. I would recommend it to anybody who can separate reality from fantasy…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Amy, age 19 (Canada)
Positive—I loved this movie! The action was sweet, the swearing—not so bad, though the kissing scenes were too much. I think the director did a great job doing the action and violence. It wasn’t even scary to me; I was hopping in my seat for more. I just wished the old Victoria was in the film, because Bryce Dallas Howard looked too pretty and nice to play the character. I, also, approve of saving sex for marriage, that was shown in the film. Although some scenes of kissing kinda heavy and frightening images for kids/teens 14 and under should watch this with an adult. I am a Twihard fan, and I suggest this film to mid-teens and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Marianna, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I really enjoyed this movie. It stuck to the book fairly well. I did like “New Moon” better, mainly because it didn’t have as many decapitations. And, I suppose, the acting wasn’t at its best either, but I didn’t mind it too much.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Kadie Joseph, age 18 (USA)
Positive—What a great movie, it was excellent! If you are not a fan of the Twilight saga, and maybe you hate it, you should still give it a try. The only thing is that I wish that they had not left out some of the scenes in the movie that they had in the book. Robert Pattinson is perfect for the part of Edward; he is so charming and old fashioned. I adore Esme in this movie, she is so sweet.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Michelle, age 18 (Canada)
Neutral
Neutral—This movie will get into your spirit depending on your understanding of relationships and life. But since this movie is mostly targeted to teens, parents should be cautious and have a discussion with their teens after the movie.

Let me say that I feel that the character of Bella is no role model for young women. She doesn’t have much of a identity or sense of self. She looks to love to fill her void and finds it in Edward. But we know the Lord wants to fill us. Lucky for her Edward has strong morals and loves her in a very pure and strong way. He doesn’t want to defile her and cares more about her happiness than them being together. I think by God’s standard Bella should be more Team Edward than Jacob. Jacob loves her in a more selfish way and would clearly defile her if he had the chance.

This movie is a huge opportunity to transition into a good discussion about a lot of Christian beliefs about relationships and an abundant life in Christ that only He can give.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Norma, age 28 (USA)
Neutral—This movie is far more entertaining than the last two. Although, even if it is entertaining, there are some objections, such as Bella telling Edward that marriage is “just a piece of paper.” Also, when Bella wanted to have sex with Edward, but, fortunately, Edward stopped her before it got really intense [he didn’t want to have sex before marriage]. There are many kissing scenes. And although the violence, in my point of view, was entertaining, it was heavy. But it wasn’t nearly as bad as Bella telling her dad that she is a virgin, then going to the Cullen’s house and wanting to have sex with Edward. Very hypocritical!!! Anyway, in my point of view, the most entertaining parts weren’t with Bella and Edward alone, but with the Cullens and the battle. So, the age I advise to see this should be 16 or older.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jessica, age 21 (USA)
Neutral—For me this was a difficult movie to rate. I went to go see this with my wife and teenage daughter who really liked the books. Personally I have some strong concerns with the obsession our culture seems to have currently over vampires, but decided to see it for myself after reading the reviews.

The main thing I really liked about the movie and that has stuck with me now after seeing it was much of how Edward’s character acted during the movie. In some ways he could be seen as a little obsessive for Bella, over protective and controlling, a lot of the things he said and the ways he responded really represented the agape love that I think we are called to as Christians, especially towards our wives.

I felt convicted and find myself really searching my heart in the hours after seeing the movie thinking about how I can truly love my wife more selflessly. So I would say this movie really encouraged me in that regard and in a sense helped me to be a better person in that way.

I also liked how the two sides (werewolf and vampire) worked together to achieve a common goal. In the end it seemed like there was a lot more genuine caring going on between the two sides which was encouraging.

With that said, I thought the movie had quite a few negatives. One of the main negatives for me was the almost constant scenes of Jacob without a shirt. I’m not attracted to men in the least, but it definitely struck me as essentially female porn. Based on the responses of the women in the audience, I know my feelings were dead on. I felt it was pretty close to being in the middle of a burlesque performance based on how some of the women in the audience vocalized the lust that suddenly swelled up inside. I know that the movie industry is notorious for showing half-naked women at every turn as well and I am strongly opposed to this so I’m not trying to play favorites. I really don’t think the scenes were necessary at all and were basically just thrown in essentially as a lust object for women (and probably gay men I suppose).

I also thought Bella’s views towards marriage were pretty sad (even though they are probably the common feelings among many in our culture …maybe even a percentage of those in our churches). I also noticed a heavy emphasis on things that I think are typical earmarks of Satan’s work and sin. You seem to see it a lot in movies, and often times ones that are more targeted to men. An overwhelming sense of focus on the external, everything is about looking strong and powerful, snapping necks and severing limbs without the slightest care, wearing black to heighten the sense that you are dangerous, to be feared etc…, a heavy emphasis on physical beauty oftentimes so obsessed with it that scenes are purposely created to incite lust in the viewer.

After awhile these movies just leave me really empty and miss the mark on what I think the bible says we should be really focusing on (our internal character, relationship to God and relationships with others). Bella’s father also encouraged his daughter to practice safe sex, which although it is very popular in our society, really doesn’t have biblical support.

I’m really not sure whether to recommend this movie at this point. We purposely didn’t take our younger daughter or son to see it and after viewing it I would not be excited about taking them to see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Mike, age 41 (USA)
Positive—I read on here people talking about “excessive kissing scenes”… Seriously? Kissing? I really don’t understand this abhorrence to kissing. I do agree though, Bella’s aversion to waiting until marriage bothered me, but I had to commend Edward’s high standards of morality and chivalry. Very glad that there has been no fornication in any of these films so far. Most movies these days, you can hardly find ONE out there that doesn’t have it! This movie was my favorite of the three so far. Yes, it is violent, as it does involve—Vampires—and—Werewolves-… But I liked that good defeats evil, and that is what we get to do in Christ. I love the depiction in movies where there is a battle, and Good wins. Just as Jesus will in the end! Overall, I loved it. I wouldn’t advise kids under 12 or 13 to see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Lauren, age 22 (USA)
Negative
Negative—“Eclipse” is the worst movie from the saga, and the most boring movie I’ve ever seen. I was waiting for something to happen, throughout the movie, but it didn’t. It was just a waste of my time and my money. I do not recommend for anyone this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Johanna, age 20 (Romania)
Negative—I agree 100% with Michelle! I, too, was mesmerized by not only the movie, but the books, as well. There is definitely a spirit (not of God) that draws you in and makes it hard for you to focus or think about anything else. I, too, had to ask the Lord for deliverance, and He has graciously delivered me! We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus! (Hebrews 12:1-2) STAY AWAY from this garbage. It will only become an idol which is difficult to get free of because of the very strong pull. It became a wall between me and the Lord because I was always choosing “all things Twilight” over Him. It’s very easy to do. If you truly want a relationship with the Lord, above all else, you will put all of this away from you. I do not speak in judgment but love, knowing what I went through. I don’t want to see anyone struggling with this as I did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Marnie, age 39 (USA)
Negative—“Eclipse” is definitely not a movie for teens, but when I was watching it the room was filled with teenagers. I find it dangerous that so many teens are not only familiar with the Twilight Saga, they are fans of it. It’s especially bad because Bella continually says she wants to become a vampire and because vampires are portrayed as cool and awesome (if talking about the Cullens). And then they say Bella and Edward are true love. If you love someone and are loved back, you won’t feel that you have to be different so they could love you. There is a lot more violence in this movie, but I found the sexual content much more offensive. Especially since Bella tried to have sex with Edward. Thankfully Edward stopped him and said he wanted to wait until marriage. This is definitely good from a Christian viewpoint. And since the teens are really big fans of Edward, this can definitely make them think about it.

I find Bella’s view of marriage very displeasing. Marriage for her is just “a piece of paper.” In the book she said that she wanted to get married in sweatpants and not more than in 15 minutes. Actually, that explains the view of many people in the world. Yet, in the Bible, it says so many times that we should get married, not live together without devoting to one another.

I also didn’t like that Edward and Jacob both tried to make each other jealous. Jealousy is a dangerous thing. In Song of Solomon 8:6 it says: “Jealousy is cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.” Think about that.

Besides, Bella being torn between the two, kissing one and hugging another, is very displeasing to me. What does this say to the teens? I mean, when you are with someone and kiss someone else, that’s actually cheating. Why is this then promoted in the movie and why does Edward stay so calm about it?

I, also, didn’t at all like how Bella tried to do the same thing as the third wife. I mean, suicide isn’t ever right, even if you do it to save someone else.

If you’re a teen and want to see “Eclipse,” I’d advise you to read some of the comments before seeing it. There is violence, sexual content and remarks etc. The lessons that the movie teaches are mostly bad. Talk to your parents before going to the cinema. I would advise you not to see the movie. If you are older and know you won’t be influenced by it, you can watch it. But I advise you to at least pray before you do.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Gerda, age 22 (Estonia)
Negative—As a follower of Christ, I am not making any plans to see the movie Eclipse. Christians, before you decide to see this movie, please take a moment and ask yourself the following three questions. First, would Jesus approve of you seeing this movie? Second, can you realistically picture Jesus himself watching it in the movie theater? Lastly, does viewing the movie bring honor, praise and glory to God, the creator? If you answered no to any or all of these questions, then I think it is clear now as to what you must do.

Even though they are fictional beings, and nowhere are they mentioned in the Bible, it is clear that vampires and werewolves are not creations of God, but are creatures of the darkness. No matter how one may sugarcoat them as being moral and ethical in their views on such issues as chivalry, love, sex and marriage, a werewolf is a werewolf and a vampire is a vampire. No matter how Hollywood has tried to make them more acceptable to movie audiences, they cannot change who and what werewolves and vampires really are, namely creatures who are in bondage and not of Christ. As the old adage goes, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then you must conclude that it is in fact a duck. Edward, despite his feelings toward sex, namely that it should wait until marriage, and his own personal view of the importance of marriage, unlike Bella, Edward is bound by what he is, a vampire. He craves human blood.

It takes practically all of his will power to resist the longing that he has to attack Bella and drink her blood. Leviticus 17:10-12 states that we are forbidden to consume blood for life is in the blood and it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. As children of the light, we are commanded to not to have anything to do with the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 states that “you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled.” Unlike some of the reviewers here, I don’t think there is any justification to have the male characters in the movie, Jacob and the wolf pack, to have their shirts off during the course of the movie.

Although they explain that the reason why they have their shirts off is because of their high temperatures, I think the true purpose is more to increase the temperatures of the female movie going audience. Sex sells. It is a myth that men are the only ones who have to deal with the area of lust. Women and teenage girls also lust for the opposite sex, maybe not as openly or to as great a degree in some cases as males, but it still happens. Lust is a problem whether you are male or female.

It doesn’t discriminate. As followers of Christ, we are to resist temptations of the flesh and instead follow the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom we received from God. We are not our own, but were bought at a price. We are to honor God with our bodies. Lusting after other people in our minds is offensive to God.

Although the following scripture focuses on males, the concept is still applicable to females. Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). The character of Bella sets the wrong example for teenage girls on what love really means. She lusts after Edward and constantly pressures him to have sex. She is even willing to give up her immortal soul just to have the opportunity to be together with him. As Christians, we are not complete by having a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a wife or a husband. We are complete in Christ. We don’t need another person to be whole.

Sex is not love, but is an act of love in the proper context and that is within the institution of marriage. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 states that among other things, love is patient, is not self-seeking, does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. In conclusion, I will not be watching this movie and I encourage other Christians to do the same. Don’t be tempted by this movie’s flashy special effects, the physical attractiveness of the characters, the hype of the popularity of the Twilight books and the high movie theater box office numbers. Instead, honor God by filling your minds by what is good, just, pure and holy.

Watch movies that bring praise and glory to God and that will mature you in your walk with Christ.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Les, age 39 (USA)
Negative—I’ve seen reviews on even Christian sites, as well as other places, praising both Twilight movies for the lack of sex. I will give due credit for this, as it is rare in these times to see a romantic movie, even one geared towards teens, that does not involve sexual immorality. However, my concern lies in what we are teaching young people, especially girls, about what to look for in a partner. Bella’s love interests are vampires and werewolves. Much of both Twilight films revolve around being wooed by supernatural powers, Edward and Jacob protecting Bella from dangers that were brought into her life by them, co-dependent “love” to the point of being suicidal if it is interrupted, and so on.

Many young girls have said that Edward’s chivalry and gentlemanly behavior is what attracts them, but I do not believe he would be as attractive without his darkness, his supernatural powers, and the mystery (danger) surrounding him, not unlike the bad-boy-turned-good-by-her-love storyline common to soap operas and romantic movies. We are teaching young girls the absolute wrong circumstances for a relationship and qualities to seek, and more importantly to tolerate from a man.

While many Christians are understandably praising the absence of sex in the Twilight saga, we must not lose sight of the fact that sex is not the only destructive relationship decision one can make.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jay, age 36 (USA)
Negative—I really do not know how anyone with any moral standards who has any idea what this series is about can possibly say that this, or any of the films in this series, are anything but Negative and Extremely Offensive. The whole basis of this series is about a girl lusting after “the forbidden fruit” and sexual deviance, in general. Necrophilia—love (lust and/or sex with) of the dead (the “undead,” in this case), bestiality—sex or lusting after animals (Jacob the “werewolf”), and, as will be seen in the final film, pedophilia—the “love” of children (the child of two characters will be “claimed” as a mate by another character). This film series exalts lust, and not just lust, but lusting after “the beast.”

Most of the ideas have been stolen from other things. A prime example is the premise of a human girl falling in love with a vampire (that she knew was a vampire) was stolen directly from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Nearly every basic plotline is stolen as well: werewolves and vampires at odds—taken from the “Underworld” films, good vampires fighting bad ones—also “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Underworld” and to a lesser extent the “Blade” movies, etc. Even the main character’s name, Isabella Swan, is stolen! It is clearly a rip-off from “Pirates of the Caribbean”’s Elizabeth Swann (considering when translated from Spanish to English, Isabella IS Elizabeth).

As to the quality of the film, in general, I have seen low-budget films with less sub-par acting. Not that the leads are talentless, far from it, however it is wasted on this piece of junk. The writing and the lack of effort put into these films by the actors (more than likely because of the laughably ridiculous elements) is so terrible, I was finding myself nearly laughing out loud in the theater at moments that were supposed to be serious.

Don’t waste your money on this. There are plenty of unperverted and good stories of true love in films. Go see those instead, and help preserve good cinema that people, such as I, enjoy so much!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—DJ, age 21 (USA)
Comments from young people
Negative—I was thoroughly disappointed in Eclipse. The last two movies, Twilight and New Moon, were corny but cute. Eclipse was not only boring but offensive. It has the same predictable plot: Edward loves Bella, Jacob loves Bella, and someone is trying to kill Bella. Also, the other movies were not nearly as sensual as Eclipse. In Eclipse, there are several make-out scenes and at one point Bella tries to “get in bed” with Edward. She says she wants to experience everything there is to experience as a human… thankfully all clothes stay on. I felt very uncomfortable watching all the kissing and touching. Bella has no regard for marriage; she says that marriage is just a piece of paper. The movie is very enticing. I regret seeing it.

It also gives false hope for girls. As young Christian girls, our hope should not be in seductive boys but it should be in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will satisfy us, not vampires or werewolves. I would suggest not seeing this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Corrin, age 14 (USA)
Neutral—I guess I was just a little disappointed in this movie. I just had really high expectations and was thinking that it was going to be the definite best of the three. It was much better than the first, but I think it tied with New Moon. This movie was also way more violent and sensual than the other two… definitely more sensual! Overall, I liked this movie, but I didn’t LOVE it, like I thought I was going to. I was also really shocked when I saw really young kids walking out of the movie. I would say, the audience of this movie should be at least 13.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Laurie, age 16 (USA)
Neutral—I am a huge fan of Twilight Saga (but not of the first movie). I’ve read the first three books more than 3 times. But I believe that they went too far with the kissing scenes, my sister counted the kissing scenes; almost 10! I think Rob Patz’s and Kristen’s acting wasn’t that great, the rest of the cast were good. They left some stuff out of the book,which made me a little disappointed. I didn’t like the “marriage is a piece of paper” bit, but I did like that Edward wanted to save sex for marriage. Though I think the kissing scenes in New Moon is a little cleaner, but the violence and action in Eclipse is better! Although the violence may seem heavy or extreme to some people but there wasn’t a lot of blood, just ice. The movie wasn’t so bad. I did like this film, but I prefer this movie to older teens who are mature because of the kissing and swearing.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Anna, age 17 (USA)
Positive—“Eclipse” definitely lived up to the hype. I walked in excited, and left extremely satisfied. Eclipse is my favorite book in the Twilight Saga, and I was prepared for everything in the movie. There was one scene of sensuality, where Bella attempted to have sex with Edward, but fortunately, Edward, being old-fashioned, wanted to wait for marriage. The violence wasn’t heavy, although there was the ripping of limbs, but there was very little blood.The language wasn’t heavy either. This movie should be seen by teens and adults, but I do not recommend this for kids. All in all, this movie was a perfect way to start off summer!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Chloe, age 15 (USA)
Positive—This movie was more entertaining than I thought it would be. I liked it [Eclipse], but I didn’t like it when Bella said, “Marriage is just a piece of paper.” She said this when Edward said he wants to marry her and she didn’t want to. But I thought it was good that Edward wanted to wait to have “it” before marriage. Unfortunately, there was more than five kissing scenes. Some would say I can’t handle it or that I am immature, but I know when enough is too much. Also the violence was heavy but bearable [that is if you are 15 or older]. But this film is an improvement to the first and second film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jessica H., age 16 (USA)
Positive—I really liked this film! I am a huge fan of “The Twilight Saga,” and I love the books. They did try hard to fit some of the stuff in this film. I think Rob, Kristen, and Dakota’s acting needs some work. I didn’t feel comfortable watching the kissing scenes; the Jacob and Bella kiss was fine. The swearing wasn’t so bad, and the violence was entertaining. I didn’t like the “no to marriage” talk from Bella, but I liked the fact Edward told her “no” to go any further. I would see this movie again, but I suggest this film to teens 14 and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Stacy S., age 17 (USA)
Positive—I’ve seen the first two installments of “The Twilight Saga” movies and read all of the books, and the 3rd movie trending now (“Eclipse”) is made exceptionally well, like the others. The PG-13 rating pushes no boundaries. Stephenie Meyer did the right thing by having Edward and Bella save sex until their marriage.

Some Christian parents may not be letting their teens get into the whole Twilight Saga ordeal, because of the vampires alone. The Cullens make it clear that they did not want or choose to become what they are and are doing their best to be good vampires by only drinking animal’s blood and defending the humans of Forks (especially Bella) when bad vampires come along. It’s basically your average Good vs. Evil storyline and some romance to go along with it.

There is a lot open for discussion! My mom and I really had a great conversation while we were driving home from seeing “Eclipse.” For concerned parents reading this, it is your call on whether or not you give Twilight a try.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 12 (USA)
Positive—I went to see this movie with my friend, and both of us absolutely loved it. Not only did we like it because of the plot, but the movie was very well acted out and the special effects were amazing! There was only a bit of swearing, but it wasn’t bad at all. There was a lot more romance in this one then the last one, but I thought it was all-in-all extremely cute. I loved this movie a whole lot!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alyssa, age 15 (Canada)
Positive—This is definitely the best Twilight movie yet. I might be a little bit bias because Eclipse was also my favourite book, but still it was amazing. I rated this movie as better than average because it really was only slightly objectionable. I think that people are making waaay to big a deal out of the kissing scenes. People kiss, it’s not a big deal. The one where Bella was trying to sleep with Edward may be uncomfortable for younger people to watch, but it really wasn’t bad. Nothing happened, Edward said no, I actually think that it was a positive scene overall because it shows the audience a real life situation, where you will be tempted with sex, but you have to stand up for what you believe in and say no.

There wasn’t too much swearing, any at all is bad and offensive don’t get me wrong, but it was a lot lighter than most movies today.

The violence wasn’t bad at all! Vampires don’t have blood, so there was hardly any shown. I agree with the reviewer that most of it was left to the imagination as the camera would look away from the violence most of the time. Overall, this was a really good movie. In almost every movie there is a bad guy and a good guy. People get so hung up over the fact that there’s a vampire in it. But we know that vampires aren’t real, and the Cullen family does the best they can given their situation, so I think that people need to let that go.

Anyway I would recommend this movie to anybody twelve and up. I also think it’s worth noting that the acting was so much better in this film. Bella and Edward were not near as awkward as they usually are, and I think this movie had the best acting of all the Twilight movies. It really was the best Twilight movie yet!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Melissa, age 17 (Canada)
Negative—I must admit that I am a Twi-hater. I hate the characters (except for the Volturi, because they are the only REASONABLE characters in this series), and I hate the plot. I mean—it’s SO predictable! The only reason I go see the films is because I am forced to. The film teaches occultism and that “your lover should be the center of your life.” There are better things in life than a boyfriend, Bella! Get a life already!

Honestly, there is nothing good worth saying about this idiotic excuse for a film and the acting sucks eggs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Koi, age 14 (USA)
Negative—I watched this and couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to puke. Seriously, I wanted to puke, but I didn’t have the heart. The movie was poorly cast, as well as acted… The creators couldn’t make the movie without injecting a kissing scenes every five minutes. People may say that they were only trying to show each other how close they are, but a relationship isn’t based on kissing and touching.

Rosalie, a vampire, warned Bella not to become a vampire, not because it could damage her soul, because it could ruin her life, and she’ll be miserable. Bella isn’t at all concerned about her soul. And when Edward proposes to her, she turns him down, at first, saying marriage is just a piece of paper. When she did except his proposal, it was only because Edward wouldn’t have it any other way, but still was hesitant.

This movie sends a lot of wrong messages to girls who are “looking for their Edward.” …I wouldn’t recommend Twilight to anyone.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Regina, age 17 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I have not seen this movie, nor do I plan to. However, I want to comment on the influence this movie has had on my 13 year old niece. She does go to church, had recently professed faith in Jesus. Since she is a young believer without much time to learn and grow, it saddened me to see what this movie has influenced her to believe. A couple of weeks ago when I saw her, she was wearing a t-shirt that read, “Only a vampire can love you forever.” Churches and parents need to step up and teach the real truth about this movie. Seeing that comment seems blasphemous to me, because it attributes to Satan’s evil what only God can do. No vampire, or devil or demon can love you… only God and Jesus can love you forever. Satan does not love, only destroy, and since vampires do not lead young people to the Lord, how can this whole thing be anything less than from Satan himself? God’s message of love is clear in the Bible.

This whole movie series is deceptive and leading young minds to compromise the truth that God wants them to know—that only He can love them forever. I did talk to my niece that day, and told her that only Jesus and God can love you forever, but she was hesitant to talk to me, and I hope to have another opportunity to talk to her about this series, and about God’s love for her. It is sad to think that young minds are being drawn to this belief—what is going to draw them back to Jesus?

I realize this t-shirt may not be being marketed by producers of this movie, but the whole sensationalism of vampires has led to such marketing, promoting this kind of view. I would not pay for a ticket to let someone teach my child an untruth.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Patty, age 49 (USA)
Negative—I didn’t see this movie, and I’m not going to. Vampires are terrible creatures, and Bella sounds like a horrible person, she was something of a dupe in the first movie, as I recall. It’s obvious that Jacob is the best character in the film, but I still don’t want to see it. Sorry.
—Elaine Dalton, age 17 (USA)
Negative—…Philippians 4:8 (King James Version)—Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. We are living in days when good is thought to be evil and evil thought to be good. It does matter what you hear and see. What really matters is what does the Savior think and say about what we set before our eyes?

Joshua 24:15 (King James Version)—And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

John 6:66 (King James Version)—From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

If, on the other hand, you are not a Bible reading, Jesus believing Christian, Jesus loves you and wants you to know it Romans 15:13
—Maureen, age 50 (USA)
Negative—I believe these movies have a spirit of mesmerization about them. I watched the first one and enjoyed it. However, I couldn’t seem to shake it from my mind. It was emotionally overwhelming. It was all I could think about. I had to pray and ask God to take it away. He did. I would not recommend this series to anyone. I also believe the makers are trying to take what we know to be evil and make it seem good. Deception. We are called to walk in the light… not the darkness.
—Michelle, age 35 (USA)
Negative—As a follower of Christ, I am not making any plans to see the movie “Eclipse.” Christians, before you decide to see this movie, please take a moment and ask yourself the following three questions.

First, would Jesus approve of you seeing this movie?

Second, can you realistically picture Jesus himself watching it in the movie theater?

Lastly, does viewing the movie bring honor, praise and glory to God, the creator?

If you answered no to any or all of these questions, then I think it is clear now as to what you must do.

Even though they are fictional beings, and nowhere are they mentioned in the Bible, it is clear that vampires and werewolves are not creations of God, but are creatures of the darkness. No matter how one may sugarcoat them as being moral and ethical in their views on such issues as chivalry, love, sex and marriage, a werewolf is a werewolf and a vampire is a vampire. No matter how Hollywood has tried to make them more acceptable to movie audiences, they cannot change who and what werewolves and vampires really are, namely creatures who are in bondage and not of Christ. As the old adage goes, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then you must conclude that it is in fact a duck.

Edward, despite his feelings toward sex, namely that it should wait until marriage, and his own personal view of the importance of marriage, unlike Bella, Edward is bound by what he is, a vampire. He craves human blood. It takes practically all of his will power to resist the longing that he has to attack Bella and drink her blood. Leviticus 17:10-12 states that we are forbidden to consume blood for life is in the blood, and it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. As children of the light, we are commanded to not to have anything to do with the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 states that “you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled.”

Unlike some of the reviewers here, I don’t think there is any justification to have the male characters in the movie, Jacob and the wolf pack, to have their shirts off during the course of the movie. Although they explain that the reason why they have their shirts off is because of their high temperatures, I think the true purpose is more to increase the temperatures of the female movie going audience. Sex sells. It is a myth that men are the only ones who have to deal with the area of lust. Women and teenage girls also lust for the opposite sex, maybe not as openly or to as great a degree in some cases as males, but it still happens. Lust is a problem whether you are male or female. It doesn’t discriminate.

As followers of Christ, we are to resist temptations of the flesh and instead follow the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom we received from God. We are not our own, but were bought at a price. We are to honor God with our bodies. Lusting after other people in our minds is offensive to God. Although the following Scripture focuses on males, the concept is still applicable to females. Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

The character of Bella sets the wrong example for teenage girls on what love really means. She lusts after Edward and constantly pressures him to have sex. She is even willing to give up her immortal soul just to have the opportunity to be together with him.

As Christians, we are not complete by having a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a wife or a husband. We are complete in Christ. We don’t need another person to be whole. Sex is not love, but is an act of love in the proper context and that is within the institution of marriage. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 states that among other things, love is patient, is not self-seeking, does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.

In conclusion, I will not be watching this movie, and I encourage other Christians to do the same. Don’t be tempted by this movie’s flashy special effects, the physical attractiveness of the characters, the hype of the popularity of the Twilight books, and the high movie theater box office numbers. Instead, honor God by filling your minds by what is good, just, pure and holy. Watch movies that bring praise and glory to God and that will mature you in your walk with Christ.
—Les, age 39 (USA)
Negative—Why are movie series Twilight… and Harry Potter satanic? This is such a very serious issue. Even if you do not think this is spiritually dangerous for you or your family, it is deadly—Beware! I have recently talked to more professing Christians, even pastors not just young people, but adults that partake of these evil movie and book series. So, I must address this issue of satanic movies once more. The movie series Twilight… and Harry Potter are designed to hook the human mind on the series, as they expose and numb your mind to demonic influences in them, but with Twilight a sweet love story twist is the theme, so a person can keep viewing them thinking because it is a love story; they feel they are doing nothing wrong to themselves by viewing it. Here is how it works.

First of all we are all carnal and are born with the urge to look at or view or sample the unknown, spectacular, unexplainable, and, yes, even evil things; it’s our sinful nature of our Earthly body. That’s exactly what these movies are designed to draw you to them with. Everyone loves a good love story or a good action/mystery plot right? So the writers make up this wonderful love story, and then add very wicked forms of evil to it.

Let’s just really look at what vampire’s evil characteristics are and what they represent. The myth started somewhere in Transylvania with a mysterious ancient curse of some person that then becomes a vampire. They all have eternal life, as long as they have a fresh supply of human blood, which they murder to get. This eternal life can then be given to another person by transforming them into a vampire, by sucking a lower amount of their blood, until they somehow become one. They are dead corpses by day, in complete Darkness, usually in a coffin, and, with blood sucking fangs, a murdering vampire by night. The only way they can die is no more fresh human blood, or exposed to sun Light with no way to get away from it, or a special wooden stake drove through their heart. And they can’t stand the cross of Jesus in their presence. I wonder why they wrote that into the mix?

Let’s look at a werewolf’s character, as well. They are a human, at first, either cursed and or usually bitten by some super Evil wolf—then becoming a werewolf themselves. They murder humans, as well, especially every full moon and always at night, it seems. They have eternal life, as well, because nothing can kill them but a silver bullet.

Now did you hear anything good or right or moral about those characters? Nothing! That’s right; they are pure Evil imaginations of hell put in the minds of men with not a single thing to justify anyone, let alone a Christian putting those things into their minds or homes.

Harry Potter is the same, more subtle, evil assault on children and adults alike. The wizards and warlocks, spells, magic, and darkness are all of the same evil. It just looks a little different, but just as addicting to the carnal human mind. I believe that any person who buys or pays to watch these types of movies or TV programs (which is bad stewardship of funds, as well)… they need to repent from putting that stuff in their minds and look deep and hard at what they think they really believe in and WHY they have no discernment of such spiritual things?

If asked, Jesus would truly come into their life and give them Light and truth, if they make room for him and ask Jesus to help remove all the Dark things in their lives that force the Holy spirit and Jesus out and away from our lives. Light can never reside in or with any darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-23—Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. ABSTAIN FROM ALL APPEARANCE OF EVIL. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray to God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. May Gods will be done in our lives, So Be It, A servant of God through the Christ.

Although I have not seen these movies, because they are evil, and I am commanded to abstain from the appearance of all evil. 30 years ago I went to vampire movies and werewolves and other evil movies and know the general plots and direction of them, and I bear the mental scares from those things I put into my mind then. I have seen the TV commercials of these and interviewed people who have seen every one of the movies and read the books.
—Miles Clark, age 53 (USA)
Negative—I work with children, and always admonish them to refrain from seeing movies and reading books that have evil themes, such as this movie does. I have not seen it, nor will I ever see it. I applaud those who have been honest enough to disclose that this evil does get inside of you, and how the writers have used “a love story” as a “hook.” God does not “hook” or trick us into receiving Him. It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance, not trickery. That is the devil’s work. God draws us to Him with His love. Quite different!

Just as what we take into our bodies in the way of food becomes part of us (only a portion is eliminated), likewise with what we listen to and watch. Depending upon how open we are to these elements, the evil gets inside of us and begins to make us question our convictions about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Some will immediately reject it, and close themselves to that which contradicts their convictions about the Lord. It is the ones who are “pulled into it,” seemingly without their consent, for whom we need to pray.

The enemy presents us with “reasonable doubt,” about movies and books like this, just as he has done since the Garden of Eden. He wants us to question, “Hath God said?” making us doubt God’s holiness, love and goodness.

Lara posed a good question about the “danger” of kissing, and I would like to specifically comment about that. Just as we have an appetite for things that we like, and want more of them, kissing leads to more than just kissing. The first time I tasted a chocolate chip cookie, I didn’t say, “Now that was delicious! But I will never eat another one.” I wanted more. And I have eaten many other kinds of cookies, as well. Our fleshly appetites are insatiable, unless and until we submit them to God. And we have to keep submitting them to God! Kissing will lead to more kissing, and then to more than JUST kissing.

Parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, pastors, etc., our young people should be cautioned along these lines. To Lara and others like her, please consider reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. It will open up a whole new world of truth about dating to you, if you will let it. Then, consider walking in its truths.

Please, PLEASE dear ones… be careful what you listen to and watch. Know that just as the appetite for your favorite foods is not satisfied with “just one,” your fleshly appetites will not be either. If you partake of evil, and continue to partake of it, you will become dull to the Lord and His truth. You will question Him. You will doubt Him. And if it isn’t addressed, you may turn away from Him.

Remember, the evil becomes a part of you. But also remember that there is no darkness so great that God cannot shed light upon it, expose the lies and open your eyes to His truth. He is able to restore you to that “right place” in Him, if you’ll confess to Him.

May God set those free who have realized that they made a mistake in viewing this movie, or others like it (Harry Potter series, etc.), and want to be set free from what it has done and is doing, to them. I believe hears your heart’s cry, and He will answer. Thank you, exceedingly, to the creators and contributors of this Web site! May God bless each and every one of you!
—Dianne Givens, age 50 (USA)
Negative—I want to ask this question: what person would watch this or any other film or television series that is about Vampires and Werewolves? I am not trying to say I am so good—but my conscience would not allow me to view any of this series or any other. It is very obvious that demonic influence is involved. (Deut. 18:10-12) Satan, the deceiver keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. Characters are charming to be sure, otherwise no one would be seduced and drawn into this movie or others like it. He keeps slowly numbing the hearts and minds of would be sheep, to transport them from doing God’s will. I base my decisions on the basis of faith in God and the one whom he sent forth: Jesus Christ—our exemplar.
—P.P., age 58 (Canada)