I used to love scary movies.
Every horror movie you can think of, from A to Z, I watched it. I loved the adrenaline rush. I knew something bad was coming, but ultimately I also knew that that I was safe on the other end of the screen.
Then I realized, I wasn’t safe.
This all happened about a year and half ago when I was begging my boyfriend to go see the latest horror flick with me. He was not down with the idea, he didn’t like them. I teased him and rolled my eyes- it was all fake, how could anyone not see that? Then he said something that he had said before, but this time it stuck… “that kind of stuff can happen in real life.”
He was referring to the movie The Strangers, aka his least favorite movie on the planet. After he said that, something must have stuck with me, because scary movies haven’t felt the same since then.
I started thinking about how I was not truly safe while watching these movies. I realized:
1. I was not protecting my physical body.
My hands would sweat, my stomach would turn, my body would tense up and I’d hide behind a bucket of popcorn. I started questioning why I was physically putting my body through the stress of fear.
2. I was not protecting my heart.
Then I questioned why I was putting my heart through it… I was not protecting my heart from the evils of the world. Trust me, I have seen some pretty gruesome things on screen, and I can never un-see them. I made the choice to watch and now I have to live with it.
3. I was glorifying evil.
Finally, I questioned why I was allowing myself to glorify evil and demonic things. And I was actually paying money to see it in theaters!
Ephesians 5:11 says: Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
It is the season of scary movies. I realize a lot of people watch horror movies, and I don’t think they’re bad people for it… I am definitely not judging anyone for it. I was one of those people that loved them, I used to think it was just harmful entertainment.
It wasn’t until I took a step back and was honest with myself about what I was watching that I decided I was done. There is already so much evil in this world, do we really need to willingly stream more of it into our thoughts?
Check out my previous blog (linked below) where I list 12 of my Favorite Halloween movies that are full of much more happy hocus pocus!🎃👻