As we approach All Hallows' Eve, the Shadow side of the Collective Unconscious (especially in Christian cultures) begins to churn and move, and increasingly, the Shadow becomes manifest and apparent in our love of creepy and spooky things.
Watching horror movies isn't just a matter of having fun or a good time or what have you; it's also a method of relating to the personal and cultural Shadow.
My husband has been watching a lot of slasher films. These can be pretty freaky, and they affect me more now than they did when I was younger.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time watching scary movies knows that some of the older films that were meant to be scary now look incredibly cheesy. The fear factor disappears when everything is bad special effects and overacting that's incredibly obvious by today's super special-effects standards.
But the super special-effects also create their own problem, which is sometimes, it's just too much, and that creates a separate kind of cheesiness.
Some people can't handle scary films. I get it. Truly, I do. The supernatural tends to terrify me less than the more realistic but unlikely situations. The supernatural doesn't tend to mess with me too much, and for that, I'm thankful.
Let us embrace the Shadows and not chase them away. Halloween will arrive soon. Let us relate to God through Halloween.