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    So several of my friends are really excited about this movie and LOVE "horror" movies. Most of them are Christian friends too. Me, on the other hand, I find these types of movies very disturbing and it even troubles me more that people would consider watching people being brutally tortured as "entertainment".

    So I wanted to see what the consensus was around here on the forum. For those of you who love horror movies like my friends, can you explain how you find pleasure in watching human beings suffer?

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    Movies that rely on gore and such for their effect, don't mark very high for me. I do, however, enjoy Japanese-style horror and the like. A properly executed psychological horror is a thing of beauty. The type of horror you're talking abut...not so much.

    IMO.
    Jeremy, a bondservant of the Lord.

    Today is a good day to die for Christ.

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    • #3
      I love horror movies. I'm the biggest Michael Myers fan ever. Me and my bestfriend from high school can have hour long conversations about it. My favorite movie, since I was eight-years-old, is Village of the Damned from 1995. It's more sci-fi than horror, but close enough.

      I like gore, but I love good old school horror: deep in the shadows, crazy music, psycho killers without faces, relying purely on your emotions kind of stuff.

      It's not so much the blood and torture or whatever that's awesome, but it's the thrill of being scared. It's an adreneline rush. But there are some people enjoy being grossed out and seeing what kind of crazy stuff people can come up with (i.e. Saw). And they're fun to watch in a crowded theater. When I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacure, the remake, in theaters it was around Halloween and it was a FULL theater. When you first saw Thomas Hewitt, everyone in the theater went "WHOA!!"

      The Saw series are just pure genius. It's sick and twisted, but it's brilliant. They're not quite horror, they're psychological thrillers with blood. They mess with your head and make you sick, and people love it.
      Romans 8:11

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      • #4
        I hardly watch horror movies.But I guess people like them because it has lots of suspence and can really scare people.My friends(the non christian ones) always bets when a new horror movie comes out.When they go see it the first person to chicken out or jumps when a scary scene comes out has to owe the winner $5.00.

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        • #5
          For me, nothing beats the first 2 Hellraiser movies and the original Halloween. Those movies relied more on storytelling than gore. The Omen 666 was a decent remake too.

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          • #6
            The first saw is brilliant. The second Saw is really good. The third and fourth just stink in my opinion because instead of suspense they went just for gore and torture porn. Saw 5 looks like more of the same and I find it disappointing. When a movie crosses over from horror/suspense to torutre porn, that's where I draw the line.
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            • #7
              It is beyond my grasp, how anyone finds enjoyment in human suffering. It is so disturbing to my spirit, I leave immediately if someone turns on such gore.

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              • #8
                i like gore. but i don't think God does, so hence i don't watch it anymore, to a certain extent.

                i still watch starship troopers or dead alive, but saw and the like, not for me anymore.

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                • #9
                  I normonaly find ive fallen asleep by the time it gets scary . Resident evil video games are another story, scares the living daylight out of me but there really fun as well, just dont play them in the dark. Evil giant teddy bear, super hardy super gory.. ilove that boss .
                  my friends parents never cared about pegi so we played games that scare me even now... i still love zombies thou.

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                  • #10
                    My girlfriend has laughed all the way through every Saw movie...

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                    • #11
                      What's that phrase I heard recently?

                      Oh, right: torture porn.

                      Movies like this are intended to get the viewer a psychological high off of watching people brutally killed or tortured. As in, the intent is to make the viewer entertained from horrifically violent deaths.

                      Anyone who enjoys watching such things I would say has an incredibly low level of spiritual health. Would they enjoy watching such things happen to Jesus when He was tortured first, then killed in the ancient world's most feared method of execution? (Hopefully and) obviously not - in that case, why in the world would they take enjoyment or entertainment in watching people being maimed and brutalized in movies like Saw?

                      Slasher flicks (Saw, Scream, other stupid movies) are probably in the lowest of my movie-genre ratings. Just because a movie that features horrific deaths might be "artistically" done, or have a "complex" story to it, doesn't mean it's a good movie. Just because you came up with a plot about "death's design" doesn't mean your movie is suddenly awesome for showing people get hit by buses or heads cut in half by trains (Final Destination). In that case, any movie of "artistic" or "complex" proportions could be considered good, despite how much violence it uses to get the audience excited. Throw caution to the wind then! Any movie that is "artistic" or "complex" and features a bunch of sex is good too! And drug movies!

                      Of course, I don't believe they're good movies.
                      To This Day

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                      • #12
                        theres one coming out soon. not a horror movie. a movie about vampires in love. its originally a book being made into a movie, a big hit with young adults and teens. its called Twilight. has anyone heard about this movie?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HisLove View Post
                          theres one coming out soon. not a horror movie. a movie about vampires in love. its originally a book being made into a movie, a big hit with young adults and teens. its called Twilight. has anyone heard about this movie?
                          i have.
                          it's awsomeness is to be determined....

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                          • #14
                            I wouldn't put Twilight anywhere near the horror genre.

                            Lol my cousin is tryin to hook me up with one of her friends and we're supposed to go see this movie.
                            Jeremy, a bondservant of the Lord.

                            Today is a good day to die for Christ.

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                            • #15
                              To cast some scripture on the subject:

                              Philippians 4:8

                              Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

                              I cannot see how any horror movie can honestly fit into any of these categories. Besides, they are certainly not pure or lovely, and I (personally) consider it a sin to subject myself to things like horror movies.

                              Originally posted by the inside out View Post
                              It's not so much the blood and torture or whatever that's awesome, but it's the thrill of being scared. It's an adreneline [sic] rush.
                              Since when was fear something to be desired? I don't want to judge, but I think that something is seriously wrong with your walk with the Lord if seeing death and violence and being frightened by the unknown are your ideas of a good time. We are called to be holy, set apart from the world we live in. All around us lost people are finding pleasure in sex, drugs, money, power, fear and horror movies. It breaks my heart as friends and relatives dwindle their lives away finding pleasure and meaning in death and blood. Our only hope is that we find our pleasure in Christ, His light and purity. The world loves death and destruction, we love life and healing.

                              Romans 12:2

                              Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

                              If you enjoy these kinds of movies, I beg you: examine your heart, and bring this before the Lord. He can fulfill the areas in which these things bring you pleasure. Don't accept the products of the world at face value; be critical and examine them to see what is profitable and what is not. Love Jesus in what movies you watch and which you refuse to see.

                              Sincerely,
                              Levin
                              “The Bible is essentially an open, artistic, imaginative narrative of God’s staggering care for the world, a narrative that will feed and nurture into obedience that builds community precisely by respect for the liberty of the Christian man or woman.”

                              -Walter Brueggemann

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