Should Christians Watch Horror Movies? Thoughts On Scary Entertainment

I begged, literally begged to be allowed to watch a scary movie. I can’t even remember why I wanted to so badly. The excitement? The gore? The thrill of being terrified?

Sounded like a good time to me!

Seriously, though, I was persistent. My 11 year-old self wanted to watch a scary movie. End of story. I begged and begged and begged, until finally….

My parents approved a movie called The Lovely Bones. (How our family has changed! Rest assured, none of us watch movies like this anymore.)

I recruited my sister Maddy to watch it with me. Guys, we were excited. Finally, we were allowed to watch a “grown-up” movie!

Of course, we had to watch it in the dark. So we waited for night to fall, pulled up our chairs in front of our little bedroom TV, and shut off all the lights.

This is going to be fun! 

Well… until we started the movie.

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As far as scary movies go, I’m pretty sure The Lovely Bones was more suspenseful than scary. Nevertheless, I did NOT like it.

The movie was about a girl who was stalked by her neighbor, lured into a “playhouse,” and then brutally murdered. Even though she died, she was still able to watch over her grief-stricken family and see her killer… who was targeting her sister next.

CREEPY is how I would describe The Lovely Bones. 

Again, I definitely wouldn’t say it was a horror movie. It was definitely scary for two preteens though! Since then, my interest in scary movies was successfully nipped in the bud, and I have had no desire to watch another one.

(Side note: Partially why we were allowed to watch this is because we were also begging to be allowed to ride our bikes around the neighborhood alone. After watching The Lovely Bones, we never talked about it again. Thanks, Mom. ; ))

Should Christians watch scary movies?

Maybe you’re not like me and you love the thrill of horror movies. Since I can’t say that I’ve ever watched a “real” horror movie, I did some research and got second opinions from my favorite Christian movie reviews!

Do horror movies glorify the occult?

“There’s something fun and exciting about being scared by a movie—especially when you’re with friends or in a crowded theater. These killings aren’t real, I told myself. Why not enjoy it? So I did. My friends and I laughed at the cheesy bloody special effects. We imitated gruesome murder scenes. We even cheered Freddy on as he chased down victims.

I think that’s when I realized that something wasn’t completely right.

I never shared these feelings with my friends. But now that I think about it, I realize that part of what bothered me was the way the movie portrayed supernatural evil. I’d read about demons and Satan in the Bible, but this was my first experience with evil in film.”

-Ignite Your Faith.

As Christians, we are no longer children of darkness.

Something that really bothers me about horror movies is that they’re dark. Scary. Gruesome. Obviously, this is what the producers are going for.

But… Jesus saved us from that.

There is nothing dark or scary about God. Scripture even says that where evil resides, He is not there! Evil is the exact opposite of the Lord. As His children, this is what we should strive for too!

Also, why find our entertainment in something that Jesus came to rescue us from?

Do horror movies invite demonic activity in? 

Guys… this is a frightening thought. But the supernatural realm does exist. Demons are real.

If our TV screen is portraying evil or darkness, what do you think will want to hang around? (Especially if the movie is about people becoming possessed!)

Trust me, I’m not saying this to freak anyone out. It’s just something to make us think.

I certainly don’t want to be inviting evil presences anywhere near me. Do you?

Would Jesus find entertainment in horror movies?

Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. While TV wasn’t invented in the time He walked on earth, I think we can safely say that He wouldn’t be interested in “horrifying” movies.

Thanks for reading this post! What are your thoughts on horror movies?

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46 thoughts on “Should Christians Watch Horror Movies? Thoughts On Scary Entertainment

  1. Although I wouldn’t ever watch a horror movie (because I would freak myself out), I enjoy murder mysteries as long as they aren’t gruesome or extremely violent (like the ones on Hallmark). What is your opinion on watching/reading murder mysteries that only concentrate on the actually mystery part instead of the murder part?

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    1. Hmm… I’m not sure! I wouldn’t say that murder mysteries are definitely a no-no. Especially if it’s Hallmark. I would encourage you to pray about it and see where the Lord leads you! : )

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  2. I’ve never watched a horror movie; The Maze Runner (I’ve only seen the first 2) literally had me sleeping upstairs. (Closer to my parents) That was too intense for me. I feel like I’m pretty empathetic, which is one of the reasons I just can’t stand them?? My friends told me the story of Anabelle the doll, and I stopped sleeping with stuffed animals. (That was a few years ago) But yeah, I definitely am doubly NOT interested in watching horror movies after this!

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  3. Even though little clips or trailers for horror films freak me out, I have to admit that I’ve sometimes been intrigued by the world of horror – I haven’t actually watched any horror films (unless you count some of the stuff in Indiana Jones) but your post was a timely reminder of the dangers of horror films. Thanks so much!

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      1. Wonderful post, Melani! Oh, that does sound very creepy. 🙈 I have always found horror movies very scary, especially when, there is violence involved. I’ve never watched one to my knowledge. Even the suspense in Star Wars bugs me! 😉😂 Haha, your mom had a wise way to teach a lesson! 💞 Have a lovely evening!

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  4. I loved hearing your thoughts on this, Melani! Although, let me just say, I would TOTALLY classify The Lovely Bones as a horror movie! *shudder* The most I like to do is thrillers like Charade or the Jurassic movies!

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  5. I watched a PG-13 movie that was fine until this one scene where the characters go in a Stephen King novel! It was SOOOOOOO freaky, and I had to close my eyes for the entire thing! Yeah, when people say “It’s fun to be scared,” I’m like, “Um, no, it’s not. It’s SCARY!”

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  6. I am not into scary stuff and neither is my Mom, we watch murder mysteries, but horror-no way, never, I don’t get the draw to it, haha. I can deal with violence, (especially when it si historical because it happened), but really gory…scary…horror and all that I just don’t do. Great post, this is a great topic!

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  7. I greatly dislike horror movies because well, it’s horrifying and makes me so afraid of my own shadow in the dark. Some of my friends are practically “worshipping” ghosts. I mean it like, they accept it, toss it around like a joke, etc. Not literally bow down if they see one. I feel so uncomfortable about it (I know ghosts aren’t real but evil spirits are) but I don’t know how to tell them so sometimes I feel “obliged” to go along with it or I might seem like the buzzkill. *sigh* I would really appreciate some advice.

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    1. Hey Starling! Well, I would encourage you to NEVER go along with something you feel uncomfortable with. I know it’s hard going against the crowd, but it’s better for you in the long run to take a step back and leave the situation. If I were you, I would talk to my friends and gently caution them if they sometimes seem too obsessed with the “ghostly” world.
      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      1. Yeah I tried but they’re just gonna give excuses like, “Oh this is just a joke… It’s okay…. Don’t be so ‘negative’…” etc.

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  8. I honestly hate horror. I cannot stand when I go to the theater to see a PG-13 rated movie and then a preview for an upcoming horror movie pops up. Last October when IT came out, the billboards alone terrified me (I have a vehement hatred of clowns).

    Last Fall a few of my friends and I went to a Six Flags amusement park. Since it was technically “off season” tickets were really cheap. And so, we went…during Fright Fest! There were literally clowns, zombies, and every other horrible creature imaginable roaming the entire park. Clowns would chase you with chainsaws, zombies would swing axes at you, and horrifying ghost things would jump out at you when you happened to walk through this fog stuff. I thought Fright Fest would be really cheesy, but it wasn’t. 😦 It seemed unbelievably real. It was like a haunted house… unleashed.

    All that to say, my friend and I were terrified, jumpy, and even screaming at times (I confess, when a zombie took a lunge at me, I screamed, completely abandoning my friend who was at the time holding my hand because we were both so scared! Lol!). My other friend made fun of us and tried to at least pretend that she was enjoying herself. But I don’t care what she says, it was horrifying! Lol!

    2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” I think we, as Christians, need to remember that “perfect love casts out fear.” We should not be actively searching out scary things in the name of entertainment because fear is NOT of God.

    I personally believe that horror is very Satanic– gory violence in the name of entertainment (FYI, The Hunger Games is an EXCELLENT commentary on how evil mindless violence is and how fake entertainment is in our culture), evil creatures, killing for sport, etc. Satan is the father of this world– but we are not of this world, we are instead seated with Jesus Christ Himself.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Melani! You presented this topic perfectly! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! You know, I love Six Flags, but I’m quite sure I would’ve waited in the car if my friends and I went during Fright Fest. 😂 That sounds horrible!

      I enjoyed reading your thoughts! Have a wonderful day!

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  9. I have watched horror movies before and there’s nothing bad about it until the movie is OVER! Yes, trying to sleep that same night? Good luck with that!
    God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind. So why should we incite fear into ourselves with horror movies? I totally agree with the spiritual concept about the supernatural influences we are inviting…..you are onto something there….

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  10. Yikey wikey!! To me personally horror movies have no appeal anyway – and this just makes me want to stay away more hahaha!!
    I’m asking this as an honest question, not in a condemning way, but from I read from your blog, are you saying that Christians should stay away from Harry Potter, Stranger Things, horror movies, etc. even if they just watch it for fun and still stand firm in their faith? Do you think it’s wrong and sinful to watch those movies or are you just saying to be careful?
    I hope that the questions didn’t sound condemning in any way because I didn’t mean them to! I just want to hear your opinion on the topic 🙂
    Thank you so much dear ❤ Wonderful post again!! 😀

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    1. Hey girl! Don’t worry, I didn’t take offense to your comment in the least. Thanks for asking! My main purpose in my posts is to shed light on confusing or conflicting topics. I think some things are clear to us in Scripture for what we should stay away from, but other things we simply have to take to God. We just have to seek Him and His wisdom.
      Have a great day!

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  11. Wow! Yikes. My Dad picked out this FREAKY movie called Devils Knot, And it scared me so bad. It was what I considered a horror movie. So many non God honouring things, even though it was a part of history. Great post yet again, Melani! I love checking my email and seeing another fantastic blog post.

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  12. Great points. 🙂 I’ve never seen a horror movie and I don’t plan on ever watching one. The only thing I’ve seen closest to a horror movie was the first Pirate Of The Caribbean and that was already enough for me!

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  13. I definitely agree; if Jesus redeemed us from all that darkness, why would we want to be entertained by it? It surprises me how many Christians now watch scary movies and shows like this and don’t even give a second thought about it. It’s so important what we put in front of our eyes and let our minds think on. Like it says in Philippians 4, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
    I’m SO grateful to my parents for not allowing my siblings and I to watch scary or “horror” movies growing up. I still have no desire to watch horror movies, and am never planning to.

    Great post! 🙂

    ~Faith
    http://faithygirly.blogspot.com/

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  14. Okay, I’m the weird one here–I enjoy horror movies, mostly the older ones that are suspenseful instead of gory. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, when horror films still had some kind of moral to the story. My grandparents raised me, and they would watch old scary movies and television shows, like Boris Karloff’s Thriller. I have never been scared of these kinds of films. I don’t like most of the newer stuff out there–they rely on gross and gory instead of good writing and acting. I watched The Lovely Bones a few years back–meh. I can see how it would have terrified an 11 year old however! I have asked the Lord about my watching them, and I have never had the impression that they are bad for me, although I know that many people can’t handle them, or have a vulnerability to influences from the spiritual realm.

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