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.
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?