Why I Don't Watch Scary Movies

Monday, March 9, 2015


When I was 11, I saw my first scary movie- I Know What You Did Last Summer.

I only watched half of that sucker before my friends decided we would turn it off and finish it the next morning. By the time morning rolled around, I was absolutely terrified. I couldn't watch the rest so I left the group watching and went outside with my friend's mom. It was a traumatic experience for me. I spent the next two nights sleeping in my parent's room and the rest of my life checking in closets and behind shower curtains for murderers.....yes, I still do it.

That one movie, watched through my own fingers over my eyes, has altered the way I live for nearly 14 years!

After that, I made up my mind that I would not watch horror movies any more. I broke that decision once in middle school. We watched White Noise...only to wake up in the middle of the night to a radio blaring legitimate white noise that none of us turned on! Talk about freaky!

Because of those two experiences (and a few others from creepy shows I had no business watching), I battle living in fear when I am home alone. It isn't right, and it isn't Christ-like, but it's true.

Fear is not of God (2 Tim. 1:7). Fear is actually anti-God because when we are afraid, we typically aren't trusting God. We see our fears as bigger than God and un-defeatable, which is just a lie!




The bible tells us over and over again "fear not" (source). I believe this is because God knows that we are a fearful race; but Christ broke the chains of all sin- including fear- so that we could be free from it. So in my mind, when I watch a scary movie, knowing full-well that I'll come away pee-my-pants terrified,  I believe that is extremely displeasing to God.

Some people don't get nearly as scared as I do. They don't worry the next day about murderers or rapists or demons; so maybe it's ok for them to watch scary movies... I honestly don't know, and it's not my job to judge that. If someone doesn't think it's bad to watch horror movies, that fine, I just won't be joining in on the festivities.

Not watching scary movies is a choice I made a long time ago. Fear is a big enough battle without adding a movie that makes me want to crawl in a hole and stay there forever...and that is why I do not watch scary movies!

Do you watch scary movies? Why or why not? Do you have anything that you abstain from for similar reasons? Comment below.

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  1. Agree completely! The word of God says, "not to even allow Satan to put his foot in the door". I believe one of his most effective tools is fear, so anything we do that invites fear into our lives, he will take full advantage of.

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  2. Girl! Let me tell you ... somehow when I was 9 I saw some movies about WWII. Then I stumbled into Schindler's List. I made it through just a few minutes but I had the worst nightmares for YEARS! Some other scary movies didn't bother me as much but the older I get the more I realize that we should really guard what goes into our mind.

    There is so much more to put into our hearts and minds than scary movies!

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    1. Exactly! If it affects you like that, it's probably not a good idea! So much more beneficial things out there!

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  3. I don't watch scary movies (much), but mostly because they're rated R and filled with gore/violence/sex/language I'd probably be better off without seeing, anyway.

    I don't have a problem with the genre in general, but I think it's important to know the way media affects you and use it accordingly. I was watching a movie with my husband once that felt (to me) like it was glorifying casual sex and violence so I puttered off to do something else, but he enjoyed the action-adventure parts and didn't have a problem with it. Go figure.

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    1. Yeah, that's how I feel too.
      I was watching Friends (for the first time ever) with my hubby recently and after we watched for about a month, I was really convicted about how numb I was getting to casual sex. I love the show, but had to step back for a while. My husband isn't affected in the same way I am though.

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  4. I don't watch horror films too because of my wild imagination. That fear feeling when tossing and turning at night just feel real crappy.

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    1. Me too, Elizabeth! It's an awful feeling!

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  5. I think it's cool that you wrote about this! I am on the same page as you and I like what you said about fear how it is anti-God. When we fear, we aren't trusting that God is able. But of course, sometimes it's just human nature. Anywho, I don't want scary movies because it's just plain disturbing and why would I want to put those images in my mind. I feel that way about too much cussing or sexual stuff. Thanks for writing this!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
      I feel that way about too much cursing or sexual content as well. I have a little bit higher tolerance for those things, but they still bother me.

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  6. I saw The Sixth Sense when I was little. Oh man. My fiance and I don't like scary movies because it just leaves an imprint in our minds. While I recognize how scary movies affirm the existence of evil and (maybe, just maybe) expresses the "monsters" of humanity, I'm not one to sit down and actively watch one.

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  7. The scariest movie I ever saw was "Ernest Scared Stupid" when I was a kid. (You can probably guess from the title that it's not an actual scary movie). It was terrifying to me, though, and I don't watch scary movies at all, although my husband occasionally makes me watch 70s-era scary movies because he likes to mock them.
    When we were first married, the husband worked night shift, and I would occasionally get a little nervous in our home alone. As a kid, I learned Isaiah 41:10 to a little melody, and to this day, when I sing it, it gets my mind focused back on the truth that I have no reason to fear. :)

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    1. I do the same with Psalm 91 :)
      I get scared when I'm home alone at night too!

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  8. I am totally with you! I do not watch scary movies (my Halloween movies consist of Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin and Hocus Pocus) :) I always check behind shower curtains, which my husband thinks is the weirdest habit! haha

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    1. Yep! Charlie Brown is my only Halloween indulgence! :)

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  9. I don't watch scary movies anymore for this very reason! Unfortunately, by the time I decided that it was enough (undergrad days), my mind had already been exposed to too much. My dad used to let me watch Freddy Krueger with him when I was little! Ugh, I still have to use a night light so that I feel a little more "safe" when I'm going to sleep. -_-

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    1. I understand completely! Even though I cut out scary movies, sometimes even crime shows are too much.
      One time I even called my hubby as soon as he got off work because I was scared that there was a serial rapist hiding in our house... yep....I'm cool :p

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  10. I stumbled across your blog and it was like reading my own story! I was raised in a Christian home with no tv and at the age of 11 started in a new school. I was invited to a slumber party and they had hired out a few horror movies, one being 'I know what you did last summer' and being the new girl I wanted to fit in and was too shy to say I wasn't keen so just watched between my fingers. Well I did not sleep well after that and to this day, 20 years later I can still remember those awful scenes from those movies! I vowed then that I'd never be pressured into watching a scary movie again. I also don't watch some crime shows as I know they'll affect me. I will protect my children from seeing certain movies for as long as I can too!

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    1. Heather, thank you for stopping by! I am so glad you can relate!
      I really enjoy crime shows, but I have to be careful...and sometimes even when I am careful it still ends up being too much.

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