Happy Halloween – Horror Movies Provide Release For Sexual Guilt?

Happy Halloween – Horror Movies Provide Release For Sexual Guilt? October 31, 2018
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Happy Halloween everyone, or not depending on if you celebrate it. That is one of the best things about leaving Quiverfull, the power to decide your own choices and beliefs.

Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog is taking the opportunity this holiday to necro up one of his old posts where he states he has no scientific evidence of why people love horror movies, but he thinks he’s cracked the code. It’s guilt, sexual guilt in particular.

Here I thought that studies had determined that people tend to like horror movies because they provide the viewer with a release of scary emotions and fears. A healthier release than dealing in other ways. But after reading this article by Psychology Today it looks like there are many complex reasons these films are so popular.

“Girly magazines”? I thought this post was written in 2012, not 1912?

Oh silly Doug, not everything in this world revolves around penises, not even horror films. Every single time a Evangelical Christian drags sex into something pretty non-sexual I’m surprised. But what they don’t get is that the rest of the world isn’t so damn dirty minded. Everything does not automatically lead to thoughts of sex.

I can see that going to see a horror film with the opposite sex in a dating relationship might lead to some clutching and groping during the scariest sequences. Harmless fun.

Not a horror movie fan here at all. Many years ago I worked as a projectionist in a movie theater and sat up in the projection booth yawning as Freddie Krueger and Chuckie did their worst on screen. I don’t get the need for that release, but if it fulfills a need in people then also don’t get why this is a problem for guys like Doug. The solution is simple. If you object to horror movies just do not watch them.


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