The Movie IT: Christians Who Condemn All Horror Need to Grow Up

I was interviewed by John Piper’s website in response to their questions about horror movies. Understandably, and respectfully, they do not share my appreciation of horror. But they were very open-minded and open-hearted to listen to me and give me a voice.

I really think Christians need to realize the tremendous moral power of the horror genre. It’s not for everyone, but God loves the horror genre, so Christians should at least respect it.

The movie IT, is a classic coming of age horror story of a group of young misfit outcasts who must not only face the returning supernatural evil in their small town, but face the fears and evils in their own lives in order to grow up. It’s not for the feint of heart, and it’s not perfect, but I think it exemplifies moral lessons in line with the Christian worldview.

Read on for the interview…

Here is the link to John Piper’s website for the interview.

If you appreciate the biblical side of horror, you’ll be encouraged.


9 comments on “The Movie IT: Christians Who Condemn All Horror Need to Grow Up

  • Alfreda Penney says:

    I wouldn’t say God loves the horor genre.
    As a Christian I don’t feel I need to ” Grow Up ” either or respect horror. The horror to me is that we are even having this discussion about accepting horror . Anything that feeds fear and exemplifies evil has no place in the Christians life. My grandfather use to say, “don’t let the devil get a foothold in your life.” I don’t need horror to show me moral lessons there’s enough of that in real life every day around you and on the news, inside our prisons and streets. When Christ encountered horror he cast it out . He used the power of the word to show us our moral lessons! Let’s get back to the BIBLE my friend!

  • Brian, I’m very thankful that your usage of Scripture exposed many passages and their connections that others desire to avoid. I’m especially amused when Tony seemed…unnerved by the implications of what you raised. I’m not seeing biblical arguments raised by critics, as much as emotional or conscience-related objections (which are fine, but if it relates to immature conscience, let’s be real about it).
    Great conversation, very enjoyable to read!

  • David Von Schmittou says:

    I read Hollywood world views a couple of times and heard Brian’s lecture series at a local church. A morally righteous horror film will put the fear of God in you. Gods using Brian to expose that horror exists in all true story. Without horror there would be no redemption. No cross no crown. The fact that we paint Yahweh and his only begotten Jesus messiah as mambipambi g rated weak cowards, just proves evil has already defeated us, and is firmly embedded and molding our worldview. The hypocrisy is disgusting! Brian has exposed the enemies most powerful tools used to accomplish this; the entertainment media. I say keep exposing our hypocrisy and shake up the so-called believers whom the Bible might
    liken to, the ” cows of Bashan.”
    1 ¶ “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’
    2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness that, behold, the days are coming upon you, when they shall take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks. ESV BIBLE

  • Brian – on point again! While not a horror fan, I appreciate the fact that all genres of story telling are in Biblical texts. Re. the Church: so many wrap themselves in the “Bible” as insulation against reality – they never come out to fight the good fight. I see the mantra, “let’s get back to the Bible,” used avoid dealing with very real evil confronting us moment-by-moment. Jesus never ran from evil, nor did he ran ‘back to’ scripture. He wielded the power and fearlessness that comes from carrying the Word in his heart, mind, and mouth – ever ready to use it to save anyone afflicted by evil. He also knew his enemy – knew when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, and when to let Satan walk away. If horror films or any other genre of Hollywood product disturbs Christians, let them quietly stand outside a movie theatre, Starbucks in hand, and pray for movie patrons and against that which they believe violates God’s laws. It’s really simple to quietly and powerfully change things when we use the weapons of our warfare 24/7/365. If the world understood that power, they would be horrified!

  • Leslie M Bystrom Jr says:

    What if a Christian likes the moral story so much, they decide to read the book? I understand that the boys have sex one after the other with the girl to find their way out. Kids are all under 18 in book. It was cut out of both versions of the movies.

    • Leslie,
      I am not familiar with the book. I haven’t heard anyone mention that. But yeah, that can become an issue that, if true, should be discussed. But I do think it is legitimate for parents to allow a movie while not allowing a book version, since the two are often very different creatures.

    • Leslie, if you’re referring to Stephen King’s “It” in your comment, you’re right. It’s very telling that this scene was left out of both the TV miniseries, and the much darker film. I think it’s deletion from cinematic adaptation tells you everything you need to know about its gratuitous nature and relevance to the story.


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