Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Zombies and Scary Movies

Dear Marty,
I love scary movies! Really I do! I love things jumping out and lots of blood. And, while we are on the topic....I love things that blow up and chase you around! I have bad dreams sometimes, but that isn't because of the movie! Duh. My mom says that I am polluting my brain. My dad doesn't say much of anything. What's your take on the "PG" - perfectly great or parental guidance?
Signed, Zombie wanna be

Dear Zombie,
Well, first of all, I think it is - PN - perfectly normal for you to like the scary and action type films. You sure never get bored watching them! The thing is sometimes too much of the scary and otherwise gory is over kill (ha ha). What I mean is, sometimes it starts to take over your thinking and get in the way of your relationships with others and with God. If you find yourself sitting in front of the TV for hours on end and ignoring your responsibilities and lessons, well then maybe it's time for a break. If you find yourself thinking about the movie characters and stories even when you aren't watching them...well then maybe you are not spending enough time in the real world. Parental guidance is about your good welfare not about a punishment. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between a story and real life. When you really get scared - for yourself - well then I would say it is time to shut the show off!

Signed, Marty Rambo