Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy here!

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy now!

  • Films
  • About Nicole
  • Press

    Should Young Children Be Exposed to Horror Movies–Even Animated Ones?

    When my young son saw the preview of the animated movie Frankenweenie, he sat bug-eyed and then covered his face with a cushion. I wish I’d known the movie’s content before allowing the trailer to play. That night, he couldn’t sleep. The images of a sewn-together dog, albeit animated, was keeping him awake.

    ParaNorman is another new animated, 3D horror-comedy. It’s about a young boy who communicates with the dead and is called upon to fight ghosts and zombies who threaten his town.

    I know that scary movies for kids is not a new phenomenon. Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and Gremlins are just a few examples of horror movies that cater to a young audience. But because they’re animated, are Frankenweenie and ParaNorman being marketed to an even younger audience–possibly as young as preschool? And if this is the case, is such exposure to the dark and paranormal inappropriate or just a bit of fun?

    Frankenstein is definitely not a movie for children, so why would Hollywood make a child’s version of the story? I don’t know the content of the whole movie, but when I saw the preview, I found it disturbing for a young child. And the idea that a boy brings his dead dog back to life is just horrible.

    Critics of these movies are questioning whether they’re actually child-friendly. Not only because of the content of the movies, but also because of the themes of talking to the dead, or bringing a dead dog to life. Some have gone further and think these types of movies desensitize children.

    Advocates for kids’ horror movies suggest that children should be exposed to these kinds of films because they reflect the realities of life–not that the themes are real, but that life can be horrific. Children shouldn’t be sheltered, they argue.

    When I was a child, I used to watch horror movies out of curiosity, but they would haunt my dreams night after night. I’d be afraid to go to the bathroom and sometimes stepping into a dark room would cause heart palpitations.

    Even as an adult, scary movies had a negative effect on me. I have a vivid imagination. For this reason, I stopped watching scary movies about 10 years ago. One day I just decided I didn’t want that kind of stuff contaminating my subconscience. I didn’t want the images replaying in my mind. And in turn, I don’t want my children carrying those images in their minds, either.

    I also agree with some of the critics who suggest that these movies are desensitizing. I’m really not comfortable with the idea that my children are used to watching horror movies, or that they won’t feel the need to cover their eyes when ghosts or zombies or demonic creatures present themselves on the screen.

    I don’t want my children feeling that way. And I don’t believe that watching scary movies made me a stronger person. In fact, I think they made me more fearful.

    For the record, both these movies are rated PG. The Dove Foundation reviewed them, giving Frankenweenie a four-dove rating and recommending it for ages 12 and older. ParaNorman, however, was rated “Not Dove Family-Approved.”

    Ladies, do you believe that these movies are appropriate for young children? Do you enjoy watching scary movies?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .


    Project Inspired

    Hey there, welcome to Project Inspired. We're here to inspire you to know that God created you for a wonderful purpose. We are a community of believers who love God. You have gifts and talents from God that are unique to you, and we're here to guide you along the way.

    Read On

    5 Ways to Stay Consistent With Devotions During a Schedule-Less Summer

    Is it just me, or is it harder to stay consistent with devotions during the summertime? Although summer is often laid-back, there’s something about...

    ‘We Have the Peace of Jesus’: Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Faith In Their New Facebook Watch Series

    Justin and Hailey Bieber have been increasingly vocal about their faith since they got married in 2018. The two consistently talk about their decision...

    5 Ways to Avoid Social Media Envy

    Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You wake up in the morning, pick up your phone and begin scrolling through your Instagram feed. After...

    5 Ideas to Help Strengthen Your Prayer Life

    I recently received my favorite weekly update: an email about morning routines. Being the productivity nerd that I am, I love reading through the...

    ‘He is Now with Jesus’: Ravi Zacharias, a World Renown Christian Apologist Dies at 74

    Beloved Christian apologist, author and speaker Ravi Zacharias, 74, went to be with the Lord on May 19.  Over the past week, the news, social...


    Stay connected with Project Inspired.