I thought that since Halloween is nearing, this would be the ideal time to write this slightly controversial post. Halloween is the time when a lot of popular scary movies make their debut. I know many of my friends will be making their way to the theater or prepping themselves for a horror movie marathon. I will, without a doubt, be invited, and I will, as always, politely decline, which will without a doubt bring up the question: “why not”? While I have only ever completed one horror movie (The Witch), I have read the plots and summaries. I guess it’s just another way I am not like the average person. This is a list of reasons I don’t watch horror movies.
*I have zero judgment for people who do watch horror movies. If they truly enjoy it, I’m happy to see them happy.
The Bad Guy Usually Always Wins
I’m okay with watching some scary things, as long as there is a good balance between good and evil. However, I don’t like watching movies where the bad guy controls the whole show and remains in control even to the very end. I’m an avid The Walking Dead fan. There is a lot of gore and horror like things in that tv show, but I watch it because good is outlasting evil.
Unfortunately, in most of the modern day horror movies, the evil force easily overpowers the good people. There’s not even usually that much of a fight. It’s usually always so easy for the bad guy to win. Or worse, in a movie like the Belko Experiment, the good guy “almost” wins (I say almost lightly because he lost a lot). It looks like he wins, until the final few seconds. I would have said spoiler alert, but it’s a horror movie, so saying that it’s not a happy ending is definitely not a spoiler. Another example would be Nightmare on Elm Street. They couldn’t just let the good girl have a nice ending.
Torture and Killing Is Glorified
Horror movies make torture and murder a glorious thing. Movies like Final Destination and Saw make torture and dying seem cool, exciting, and enticing enough to cause people to be willing to pay to watch it. All the while, torture is a very horrible thing and killing as well. There’s really nothing about it that should bring people enjoyment.
“I’ve killed men. I’ve heard them dying, I’ve watched them dying and there’s nothing glorious about it! Nothing poetic!”- Hector from the movie Troy
I Have Extreme Empathy
I am sure I am not the only one like this. But I have an extreme amount of empathy, which is one of the main reasons I don’t watch horror movies. I cannot watch those gloried torture scenes, I mentioned above. Why? It’s as if can feel their pain, at least mentally. It’s like I am actually there with them, feeling it with them. And that will remain ingrained in my mind for days to come. In all seriousness, the movie The Centurion traumatized me for two weeks. I decided never again.
As soon as Mel Gibson refuses the pain medicine in Braveheart, I leave the room and blast my music. I love The Walking Dead. But I refuse to the governor kill Herschel, or Negan kill Glen and Abraham. I can’t do torture scenes. I had to stop watching Criminal Minds because of this, and that was a tv show. If a movie is built around torture, like Saw, or The Green Inferno, there’s absolutely no way I can or will watch it.
It Takes Us Back in Time in Progress
I absolutely love ancient and medieval history, hence my William Wallace reference above. I love learning about ancient Greece and Rome, and all of the old cultures. Since I have spent an abundance of my time delving into various ancient and medieval cultures, I can say with much confidence that the majority of humankind has progressed greatly since those times. For the majority of people today, human sacrifice, public executions, and packing a Coliseum to watch slaves fight to the death would be an appalling thought. Or so one would think.
On the other hand, people pack theaters to watch a crazy family terrorize a group of lost college students with a chainsaw. People pack theaters to see the gruesome and horrific torture scenes in Saw. People pack theaters to see a demonic clown eat little children. And it makes me genuinely curious why people find enjoyment (enough so to pay money) for that kind of thing, especially when in the end, the good people do not even win. It makes me question if it is an innate instinct that remains from our ancestors, who also enjoyed such spectacles. One thing that makes me glad is that we progressed from finding entertainment from those live events to being satisfied with a fake televised version.
The Greedy Person Is Made out to be Worse Than the Evil Person
This is one of my biggest pet peeves about horror movies. They take an average guy (not the nicest guy), probably a little greedy, a little grumpy, and maybe dishonest and they put the entirety of the evil person’s wrath upon that poor unsuspecting guy. People wait for it, and they cheer for it. It’s almost like being arrogant or greedy is worse than being a sadistic killer. Maybe because it is easier to say that, that guy deserves it, so you don’t feel as bad. But really, I’m not sure. And I’m not saying it’s okay to be greedy or dishonest, but everyone has flaws. And that greedy, grumpy guy does not deserve to be butchered by some wacko.
No One Is Safe
I usually feel confident strolling around town with my tall muscular boyfriend. He’s strong, protective, and he knows how to fight. When I am with him, I am that much less vulnerable. Horror movies would take that away from me. In horror movies, strength, speed, and in most cases instinct mean nothing. It doesn’t matter who or what you are; you cannot protect yourself, and much less, others. So when my boyfriend begs me to go watch a horror movie with him, pledging to me that he will protect me, I kindly remind him that in horror movies, no one, not even the big strong guy is safe.
Evil Is Represented as The Most Powerful Thing
In horror movies, generally, the evil force is the most powerful thing. The evil force is capable of overpowering good people, courage, good hearts, the most upsetting thing as a Christian, God. In all honesty, I haven’t ventured too far into the area of supernatural horror movies. The only one that I have watched is The Witch, and I’ve overheard some people talking about a few others. No matter how valiant and pure the efforts are, no matter how hard anyone prays, the evil force wins.
And the thing is, I know supernatural things happen in real life. I’ve heard stories from friends, and I’ve even seen things. And the thing that has brought my friends and me peace and relief from those things is Jesus. I have no doubt that he is more powerful, and I certainly don’t want a movie to plant a seed of doubt, through fear, in my mind.
Before anyone says I’m just a crazy Christian, yes, I am a Christian, but my dear friend who is Buddhist (from China) believes like me and has seen supernatural things happen as well in his lifetime and he agrees 100% with me on this one.
There is No Reason to Hope
I am usually a pretty hopeful and optimistic person. But horror movies literally take away any reason to hope for the best. It’s a given that most of the main characters are going to die gruesome deaths, despite their best efforts at survival. As I highlighted above, evil is represented as the most powerful thing, and the bad guy almost always wins. That takes away any reason to hope. Taking away hope takes away the reason to watch a movie, at least for me.
I Will, Without A Doubt, Dream About It
This one may just be me. But for some reason when I get into something, I will undoubtedly dream about it for several nights to come. When I started this blog I had to take sleeping meds so I wasn’t constantly dreaming about the endless amounts of thing I had to do. That’s why starting a tv show is a serious investment for me. I think it has to do with my extreme empathy, because like I said, while I’m watching it, it feels like I am experiencing it. And that causes me to relive it in my imagination and dream about it.
That’s why I choose my movies carefully. I’m not ready to open myself up to God knows how many nights filled with horror movie dreams. I know Freddy Kreuger isn’t real, but I still don’t want him showing up in my dreams.
I Don’t Like Being Scared
This is probably one the most generic and obvious reasons. But when it comes down to it, I simply don’t enjoy being scared. I don’t really like suspense, especially when that suspense usually ends in disappointment. That’s why I read the summaries of horror movies rather than watching them.
This post probably earns a great big “Bah Humbug” from all my Halloween celebrating, horror movie loving readers. Which is fine, because we all have opinions. This post wasn’t meant to convert anyone from being a horror movie lover to my favorite genre. It was meant to make you think about why you are enjoying yourself next time you see a horror movie. And also, the next time you have a friend declining to watch a horror movie with you, keep this post in mind. Also, I am planning on dressing up this year for Halloween. I’m trying to decide between a puppy and Minnie Mouse. What do you guys think?
Do you agree or disagree with me? What is your favorite genre of movies? What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Tell me about it the comments below!