Let this Hell be Our Heaven: Richard Matheson’s Spirituality and Its Hollywood Distortions

  • Author(s): Christopher M. Moreman
  • When: 2012-03
  • Where: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, I Am Legend, has inspired three official, and other unofficial, film adaptations. Hollywood has, however, consistently altered key elements, severely distorting the novel’s themes. Where I Am Legend is predictive of the anti-authoritarianism of the counterculture, Matheson’s later work aligns closely with spiritual elements of the so-called New Age. This article will show how Hollywood adaptations increasingly promote distinctly Christian symbolism in opposition to Matheson’s own spirituality, nascent in I Am Legend.

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