Holy Horror

Is the Holly Spirit calling you to make horror flicks? Talk to Scott Derrickson.

Here is just a bit of what he said:

To me, this genre deals more overtly with the supernatural than any other genre, it tackles issues of good and evil more than any other genre, it distinguishes and articulates the essence of good and evil better than any other genre, and my feeling is that a lot of Christians are wary of this genre simply because it's unpleasant. The genre is not about making you feel good, it is about making you face your fears. And in my experience, that's something that a lot of Christians don't want to do.

I think that the horror genre serves a great purpose in bolstering our understanding of what is evil and therefore better defining what is good. And of course I'm talking about, really, the potential of the horror genre, because there are a lot of horror films that don't do these things. It is a genre that's full of exploitation, but the better films in the genre certainly accomplish, I think, very noble things.

C. S. Lewis had that very practical wisdom, well stated, in his introduction to The Screwtape Letters, when he talks about how the two great dangers, in regard to our thoughts about the demonic and the devil, are to think too much of them or too little of them.

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David Baxley said...

I have battled with this issue at several different times in my Christian walk. First as a teenager who was being able to decided what he watched. Second as a maturing adult who was making decisions based on a little bit more maturity in life and in faith. Thirdly, I now battle with this as a parent of a 14-year-old stepdaughter. I don’t claim to have the balance answer to this. I just keep battling in my spirit with these verses:

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.

1 Corinthians 14:20
20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Romans 16:19
19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

When God says to be innocent, an infant, and avoid evil I have to question what I watch, read, think about, and go. As a believer we just have to ask ourselves what or who defines what we will take in, our desires or God desires. But God does call us to wage war against evil.

Ephesians 6:12-13
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

To fight we must know what we are fighting. But there is a difference between knowledge for the fight verse allowing evil or fear to entertain us

2 Timothy 1:6-7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Just my thoughts as I think about this more….Yours?

Tony Myles said...

This is controversial only because it's yet another step away from being in the world but not of it.

I wonder what's next...

David Best said...


I don't follow. Is being, "yet another step away from being 'in the world but not of it'" a good thing a bad thing, of something else?

Kyle said...

D, we have to see it. Andrea won't go with me.

gekke mum said...

hmmm - i'd say this may be similar to my thoughts on Harry Potter. there are christians who are pro & some who are con. personally, i know there is witchcraft in my generational history. for me & my family, we need to avoid it. i have other friends who are believers who have no issue reading it. personally, i have enough of my own & intercessory spiritual warfare to want to go see more.
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