Is watching Action, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror Movies harmful if you indulge in them all the time?

I’m a movie buff and I love to watch these movie genres in the cinemas especially if they’re shown in different formats - IMAX, 3D, D-Box or Dolby Atmos? What’s the harm that it could do to you?

Lots of things are harmful if one engages in them all the time. There’s nothing wrong with donuts, but eating them all the time could be bad for you.

The spiritual dangers of excessive movie-watching, off the top of my head, could be:

  1. Putting a form of entertainment above God and our duties.

  2. Spending excessive amounts of money on one’s hobby.

  3. Constant exposure to the violence, sex, and other stuff that Hollywood includes a lot of (provided you don’t filter for that).

That’s pretty much all that I can think of. I guess I would ask if the movies are bringing you closer to God or farther away, whether they make you a better person in the long run, or whether some of the money you’re spending on movie tickets could be better used for some other purpose. I’m not one to go on and on about the dangers of media (OK, maybe a little, :p), but too much of even a good thing can be bad if it gets in the way of serving God.

I think anything you watch should be somewhat moral…there isn’t anything wrong with Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Action, or Horror Movies, but when you add sex and immoral situations with them, it’s wrong…same with violence. Why? We are what we do…if you continue to engage in shows that go too far, you start to believe it’s okay and the bar is lowered.

I love movies as well. I could go to the movie theater every day and not get tired of it.

Just like any form of recreation, going to the movies should not take precedence over any of your other responsibilities. If your movie watching is getting in the way of your work and religious obligations, you need to reevaluate your priorities. If you are spending an unreasonable portion of your wages on entertainment and not taking care of important personal needs, you are probably overindulging.

Use prudence when making purchases and when spending time. You know in your heart how much is too much.

An obsession with media entertainment, perhaps especially fantasy/sci fi, can be harmful because it can ingrain wild expectations into what life is suppose to be like. A concern for the affairs of town, friends, family, church etc., can diminish and wrongly be seen as mundane or even beneath you. You start to view the entire world as a different person and you become more narrow-minded (even though you’ll think you’re becoming more open-minded).

I would just be cautious with what place you give it. A Christian should view themselves as #3. God comes first. Your neighbor comes second. You come third.

What do you mean all the time? 5 movies a day??

If you mean whenever you go to the cinema these are the only type of movies you watch then there is nothing at all wrong with that.

Don’t forget some fandoms and the damage they can cause, for example, the horrible stuff at certain site that begins with T.

T… T… T…

OH THAT. I like that site! :stuck_out_tongue: (If I know which one you’re referring to.)

And anyway, that’s more a danger of fandom than of media itself.

T ? T ? T ? ? ? :confused:
I can’t think of any sites that start with “T”; and I’ve seen some horrible stuff at some sites!!! :stuck_out_tongue: :smiley:


Oh, the other “T” site. I thought you meant TvTropes. “TvTropes will ruin your life”, after all. :stuck_out_tongue:

Basically the same idea, though. The OP didn’t ask about the harmful effects of frittering away his day on Tumblr (or TvTropes), he asked about going to the movies. Didn’t say anything about fandom.


That site is something to be read on moderation! and not something to be menctioned so freely! :slight_smile:

I think that today fandoms are getting more and more linked to watching movies, series, etc. Is easy to search info about our favorite productions and suddenly be involved in fandom antics and problems. So I think is important to prevent people about that.

Can we stick strictly to the OP’s thread topic.

The answer is that it is not sinful to watch the type of movies the OP asked about assuming he means those are the only types of movies he watches at the cinema or on tv.
Of course he still has not defined what he means by “all the time”.

It could be sinful or an ocassion of sin depending on the content of the productions.

I think that by all the time, he means relying on these as a main pastime.

It didn’t even occur to me that he might be asking if he needs to watch other kinds of movies. It’s not like we have a moral obligation to enjoy diverse genres of film.

Either way, yeah, I think he’s fine unless he’s spending really excessive amounts of time and money on this hobby.

nothing wrong with watching movies (as long as they don’t display morally questionable things, nudity, lots of talk about sex, sexual situations etc. many movies do now of days :frowning: )

but as long as they don’t take away from your time with God and your daily requirements.

Nothing wrong with watching movies in and of itself, but the “all the time” part worries me. Lots of things can be sinful if done in excess. I guess I’m wondering if it’s interfering with other responsibilities you may have.

Try to honestly assess if the time spent watching movies go beyond just a “hobby” and start affecting your spiritual life or your other responsibilities. It’s difficult to say for sure based on your post.

You might consider talking to a priest about it and see what he says.

The only movies we are forbidden to watch are pornographic movies.
We are allowed to watch all other types of movies and it is not sinful to do so.

Thanks a lot for your advice. I reckon I was overdoing it - engaging in movie marathons on the weekends. Anyway, the 3D was giving me and my son headaches and the D-Box moving seats were making us feel sick. Even the much- touted Dolby Atmos surround sound was also deafening at times. I might as well stick to the regular 2D versions rather than settle for those movie gimmicks.

What about movies with sexual content, anticatholicism, innuendo, etc?

Is not as simple as to avoid only pornography.

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