The rose, the exorcists and the tower are the most iconic films of the 1980s.
The films have become iconic, both because of their themes of love and their visual style.
They have become such a powerful part of American culture that, in 2017, the film director Spike Lee was honored for his work with them at the Oscars.
Lee is a self-described “Christian apologist” and he is also a major proponent of the use of religious imagery in popular culture.
But as his career has advanced, he has also become an increasingly critical critic of what he sees as Hollywood’s increasingly secularizing influence on the film industry.
In his new documentary, The Rise and the Exorcist, Lee explores these themes through interviews with film critics, actors, directors and directors of popular culture to reveal how these films have shaped popular culture in ways that are not always positive.
The Rise and Exorcism: The Story of the Rise and Rise of the Tower and the Rose premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and the BBC iPlayer.
Listen to our review of the film here