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Anti-porn horror movie continues to spread message

In a soon-to-be released film, a group of teenage boys are terrorized by a demon. Sounds cliché and familiar, right?

Well, this film’s a little different. It’s not a satanic cult or a dead relative that unleashes the demon — it’s a dirty magazine.

That’s the plot for a new anti-pornography film, titled “The Lock In,” which will be available for downloading and streaming on Jan. 9.

In the film, three teenage friends decide to bring a dirty magazine, which unleashed the demon on them and their friends, to an all-night bonding event at their local church, according to The Christian Post.

Similar to horror films such as “Paranormal Activity” (2007) and "Quarantine" (2008), this found-footage film links “the dangers of porn consumption to demonic activity,” The Christian Post reported.

"Movies have always been a good medium to highlight social issues. Pornography is a growing epidemic in the church community for men, women, and children with most of the underage victims being exposed in a place thought to be safe," according to The Christian Post.

Producers said in a statement that the film is meant to entertain and spread the message about the dangers of pornography, according to Metro.

“‘The producers of the film hope that not only will it be entertaining, it will also be used as a tool for conversations about the dangers of pornography and the importance of being aware,” the Metro reported.

This is just the latest anti-porn film to make its way into the Christian community. Last year, a similar film, “Harmless” was released and told the story of a family terrorized by a spirit after opening a box of pornographic materials, according to Dread Central.

The anti-pornography movement has reached new levels across the pond in the United Kingdom where voters recently approved a change in parental controls that allows parents to block and filter out adult content on their Internet browsers, according to Mashable. British Telecom (BT), the largest Internet provider in the UK, was one company to announce it will “turn on porn filters by default for all new customers,” Mashable reported.

One writer for Wired said pornography filtering and anti-porn movements should find more methods than just filters to be effective.

“There is enough research to suggest that pornography in teens still undergoing neural pruning can lead to issues later in life for some,” wrote Alan Martin for Wired. “But just as prohibition in alcohol and cigarettes has never been effective, it's going to need more than an opt-out filter to solve.”

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