I may be a very weird person
but I never, not once, allowed my children to watch a horror or slasher film. Gratuitous killing was and is not welcome in my house. Now…on the other hand, if there was a good film that included sex and/or adult language, that was a different story. By a certain age, after discussion, my kids were allowed to watch a movie that contained sex.
I have never understood the appeal of slasher/torture/horror films. Yes, I know…studies indicate that in the same way amusement park thrill rides appeal to us, we like scary movies. We like to be scared out of our wits. We love that adrenaline rush. But I have never understood how a society can accept and even glorify violence on the one hand and be so incredibly prudish about sex and nudity on the other. Not talking about porn here – not in any way shape or form. I will not even go there. Porn, in its various manifestations, is another subject altogether and I am not a fan.
I flat out don’t get it. Allowing small children to immerse themselves in violent movies, television shows and video games is okay, but a naked body is not?
My children are now adults. Young adults, but adults. I am pleased to say that none of them has any interest in slasher films. They read, they play computer games that do not involve murder, mayhem and violence against women and they watch great cinema. I’m not the perfect parent, but in this one thing, I did achieve my goal.
I repeat, I really don’t get it. Violence good. Sex bad? Don’t. Get. It.