Teenage neck-biters on the silver screen again have parents biting their lips with nervousness.
The latest installment in the Twilight Saga film series, "Breaking Dawn – Part One," will be released in theaters nationwide Nov. 18. With the film’s release comes a renewed wave of concern regarding the fascination with vampires. But added to the bloodsuckers, parents also have two new worries with “Breaking Dawn”: sex scenes and vampire baby.
"'Breaking Dawn,' the last installment of Twilight, brings up some of the most serious themes in the series," commented Beth Felker Jones, author of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Message in the Twilight Saga, in an email Thursday. "Edward and Bella marry, and Christians will want to ask good questions about the ways that sex and marriage are portrayed."
Even one of the stars leaked some information about the adult content in the new film: “There’s a lot more skin, first of all. It’s for a more mature audience. Our audience has grown up with us, and we have to grow along with them,” Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the film, told The Advocate.
The more mature content the film is rumored to contain has even director Bill Condon nervous, he admitted to Terri Schwartz and Josh Horowitz of MTV.com.
"There are big scenes – the childbirth – that you just want to make sure that it's as powerful and as complete as it could be," he told the reporters.
"It's definitely sexy," Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper, told E! News. “It's a PG-13 movie, but also it is what it is and it's a union," Rathbone said. "They (Bella and Edward) are consummating their relationship and they don't just do it once, let's put it that way. … It sizzles like bacon!”
The film’s trailer shows bedroom scenes and a water scene that shows Bella and new husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson), locked in a half-naked embrace.
“Psychologists have long understood how women in general desire strength in men, but few could have imagined how this natural and overriding need by young ladies would be used in modern times to seduce them of their innocence using mysteriously strong yet everlastingly damned creatures depicted in popular books and films like Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse,” Thomas Horn said in a statement in an Oct. 11 article in The Christian Post. Horn is the publisher behind the book Gods Ghostbusters.
Parents and Christians have had increasing concerns about vampirism, the occult and otherworldly fantasies for the last few years as the trend has given rise to copy cats.
Just recently, The Christian Post reported that a teenager in South Africa was critically burned in a Satanic ritual by a group of teens, and just a week earlier, on Oct. 13, the Daily View in South Africa reported that “the family of a 14-year-old girl fear she may be part of a satanic cult after finding evil drawings and poems in her school books.”
Back in August, a 19-year-old in Texas, claiming to have been a 500-year-old vampire needing to be fed, broke into a woman’s home, threw her against the wall, and tried to suck her blood, the CP reported previously.
Another instance occurred in Florida in September, when a teenage girl and four others, claiming to be a vampire cult, were charged with beating a 16-year-old to death. One of the teenage girls in the group called herself a vampire/werewolf hybrid.