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Second Criterion: Wise Blood

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“No man with a good car needs to be justified!” Hazel Motes (Brad Dourif) spits his new gospel of a world that never fell and a man that never needs to be saved in the thick of America’s Bible belt. For those unfamiliar with the theological vernacular, Wise Blood is likely a grotesque novelty. But for many people raised in such a background or familiar with its language and ideas, John Huston’s adaptation of Flanner O’Connor’s novel is steeped in a biting criticism of Southern Evangelicalism, a brand of Christianity that O’Connor finds fascinating yet ultimately unfulfilling.

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