The last three movies produced by Mark Burg -- a sequel to "Saw," the remake "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and a violent revenge tale called "The Tortured" -- were all rated R for "grisly" and "sadistic" violence and were hardly pleasant experiences for characters trying to remain alive.
But Hollywood has a habit of making strange bedfellows, and with Burg's latest project, fans of the horror veteran's work may be surprised by its story: "Grace Unplugged" is a Christian drama about a church singer (AJ Michalka) whose estrangement from her evangelical father mirrors the prodigal-son parable in the Gospel of Luke.
"Grace Unplugged" is hoping to satisfy a largely overlooked segment of the moviegoing audience -- people who support family- friendly entertainment with a devotional message.
Michalka, who said she has been doing nearly as many interviews with secular-news outlets as religious ones, believes that the movie -- rated PG for thematic elements and brief teen drinking -- can appeal to mainstream moviegoers, in addition to the core Christian audience. "The movie really does plant its feet in both worlds," Michalka said. "For me, it's really, truly and purely a family film."
John Horn is a staff writer for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
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