Is watching science fiction or horror movies a sin?


#1

i was wondering because i watch them a lot.


#2

Depends on the movie. :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

no

however… watching horror movies because you enjoy watching others in pain, is at least a minor sin, and could lead to worse…
watching, say, the “golden Compass” because it promotes an anti Catholic world view is certainly highly questionable… watching it because you like fantasy movies, isnt.
the big question is always
why do you do it
what is the actions effect on you

and finally
does it incline you to other sins, or promote a bad impression of Catholics and the church?

as a friend put it… going to a bar isnt sinful in and of itself. going into a bar KNOWING that you will likely drink to excess and do things you should not do… is sinful.

oh, and for the record? i am a SF fan and have been for some time. i am also a Catholic Convert.
cant speak to the Horror movies, i have no stomach for them… but i know many people who go because “they like being scared in safety” and i dont notice it having too bad an effect on them…although i suspect a roller coaster is less questionable to me


#4

Well they certainly don’t bring me closer to God. I’ve been trying to examine my intentionality in making the choice of which movies I watch. It can be tough sometimes and there are indeed times where I knowingly watch some mind-numbing 50’s horror flic in order to escape for a bit. Then the guilt sets in. I coulda/shoulda been making a Holy Hour or praying the Rosary or something more productive and live-giving then watching that movie.

A sin? Not in itself. But definitely the first steps on a slippery slope, IMHO.

Peace

ps: Have you ever checked out the reviews at the USCCB website? (usccb.org/movies/)


#5

I agree. In my opinion, I don’t think it’s a sin, though I do believe that certain ones can be “morally dangerous” as it were. Granted, I’m a HUGE horror/sci-fi fan speaking here. I agree with the Golden Compass one. I wouldn’t touch that one, that’s some bad hat.


#6

I’ve been trying to understand why everyone feels the Golden Compass is bad. I have the movie and have seen it and never thought anything bad of it. My friend who is Protestant refuses to watch the movie cause she said the people’s spirits were called demons but I never felt that’s a good reason. I believe it’s just a movie, it doesn’t make me think of Catholics differently…I just see it as a fantasy movie and entertainment. Same with horror movies.


#7

[quote="sweetangel2128, post:6, topic:171625"]
I've been trying to understand why everyone feels the Golden Compass is bad. I have the movie and have seen it and never thought anything bad of it. My friend who is Protestant refuses to watch the movie cause she said the people's spirits were called demons but I never felt that's a good reason. I believe it's just a movie, it doesn't make me think of Catholics differently...I just see it as a fantasy movie and entertainment. Same with horror movies.

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The issue is that it came from the novel. The writer of the novel himself came out and said that he did it to brainwash children against religion. This mostly stemmed from the fact that the author had a healthy hate (if not hate, then extreme dislike) of C.S. Lewis, because the author was severely Atheist, and hated that Lewis wrote Christian morals into his novels. (Because, ya know, THAT hasn't been done throughout history with Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and every other culture's religions before.)

The movie is going to be different from the novel, because movies always have to change, at least a little. So, while the movie might be kind of different, the fact remains that the author himself admitted, and took pleasure in the fact, that he did it to "brainwash", out of malice to C.S. Lewis and religion overall.


#8

It is absolutely NOT a sin to watch such movies.
The only movies we must not watch are pornographic movies.


#9

[quote="JustHaveFaith, post:1, topic:171625"]
i was wondering because i watch them a lot.

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I don't think so. I do find that, as time goes on, I have lost my tolerance for the horror movies that seem to have been made only to see how much gore they can splash around. :-(

But there's nothing wrong with watching a movie just for entertainment.


#10

I watched “The Exorcist” last night again after not having seen it for a long time. It was icky, of course, (with the pea soup, spinning head, etc.) but it was also somewhat inspiring to see priests battling the enemy and fighting for the little girl’s soul to the point of sacrificing themselves.
It reminded me that the enemy is very real. :sad_yes:


#11

I don't think they are inherently bad, as long as you guard your mind and stay aware of the line between reality and fiction. I would think sci-fi would be a little bit better than horror, on average, because there's probably less likelihood of violence, and sci-fi often has good messages (defending humanity, what is the proper way to make use of technology, etc.).


#12

I'm fairly certain watching sci-fi or horror movies is not a sin. Personally I prefer sci-fi over horror, but I did like Rec 1-2.


#13

not as long as their content is not immoral or does not glorify immorality, or does not attack Church teaching deliberately. Can you think of a reason why such a film might be sinful, or an occasion of sin?


#14

[quote="RosalieM, post:10, topic:171625"]
I watched "The Exorcist" last night again after not having seen it for a long time. It was icky, of course, (with the pea soup, spinning head, etc.) but it was also somewhat inspiring to see priests battling the enemy and fighting for the little girl's soul to the point of sacrificing themselves.
It reminded me that the enemy is very real. :sad_yes:

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I saw it too last night and thought for the first time it misrepresented Church teaching. Then I feel a sleep and dreamnt of a new chainsaw and a full wood pile. lol.


#15

It may have misrepresented church teaching when the priest took on the enemy into himself then jumped out the window. That's when I felt it was "off". Was that what you were referring to? The story kind of reedemed itself when that priest had a last confession before he passed away.
I lost some sleep after seeing the film.:D


#16

[quote="RosalieM, post:15, topic:171625"]
It may have misrepresented church teaching when the priest who took on the enemy into himself then jumped out the window. Was that what you were referring to? Because he did have a last confession before he passed away.

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Hi, I meant about the part where he met the lady on the bridge over the canals in Georgetown. She asked "how does one go about getting an excorsism?" and he responded "go back to the dark ages" and said how the Church doesn't do it anymore. It's still a scary movies none the less. :)


#17

[quote="Samson01, post:16, topic:171625"]
Hi, I meant about the part where he met the lady on the bridge over the canals in Georgetown. She asked "how does one go about getting an excorsism?" and he responded "go back to the dark ages" and said how the Church doesn't do it anymore. It's still a scary movies none the less. :)

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Right! I remember thinking it was odd when I saw that; but then he changed his tune later in the movie. Probably a screenwriting glitch. Yes, it's one of the scariest movies I've ever seen.:eek:


#18

I sure hope Sci fi is not a sin! I'm doing a Stargate Atlantis MARATHON here and yes...SG Atlantis is the best of the SG run! Saying otherwise borders on sin!!!:D


#19

Others have answered your question very well.
For me, after 40 years away from the Church, the challenge is to avoid filling a large part of my life with junk and trash. I used to love the early Star Trecks and Hammer House of Horrors, but my conscience now tells me I am wasting precious time.
Please do not be offended by my comments as they are personal.
Mike


#20

[quote="RosalieM, post:10, topic:171625"]
I watched "The Exorcist" last night again after not having seen it for a long time. It was icky, of course, (with the pea soup, spinning head, etc.) but it was also somewhat inspiring to see priests battling the enemy and fighting for the little girl's soul to the point of sacrificing themselves.
It reminded me that the enemy is very real. :sad_yes:

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I still have never seen The Exorcist all the way through. A friend and I went when it first opened, and made it up to the point where her head spins around and she does the thing with the crucifix, and then we went running from the theater, to laughter from our fellow patrons. My friend said she watched almost none of it, she was looking down at my knees most of the time. Neither of us slept that night.

It still scares the heck out of me. I guess because I know that demons are only too real and nothing to be taken lightly.

Thank God for our priests who still do exorcisms!


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