There was a time in my life when I was attracted to anything which might be described as horror.
Books, movies, even theatrical performances (yes-there are spooky plays). If there was a “thrill factor” involved you could count me in.
What people want to know is this. Is it wrong (or sinful) to enjoy scary stuff?
However, as Christians we do need to consider what is allowed into our hearts and minds through the movies, television programs, books, and music we experience. All of these things do have an effect on our spirit (whether we realize it or not).
How? Some people may become desensitized (this is also witnessed with certain video games, erotic materials, etc) to what they habitually read or watch. Others may be creating a foothold of fear within which demonic spirits can operate.This can open doors into lives (and families) which may be difficult to close.
Additionally, what we watch, read, or hear has great potential to inform our spiritual beliefs (or create curiosity which can lead to sin) if we are not firmly grounded in scripture. This is why our relationship with Jesus Christ must come first. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit (and our obedience to Him) we can know what we should (or should not) be doing.
For a long time, I never consulted God about what kind of movies I watched or the books I would read. While these may seem like small or trivial decisions, should I not seek God in ALL things in my life? I have found it’s better to be proactive and seek His will first, rather than trying to clean up the (spiritual) mess when I neglect to listen to His voice from the get go.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV