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24 Horror Movies For People Who Don't Like Horror Movies

Finally, you can watch horror without getting scarred for life.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best horror movies for scaredy-cats and horror newbies. Here are the thrilling results:

🚨 Warning: Some minor spoilers ahead! 🚨

1. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz looking suspicious in The Cabin in the Woods
Lionsgate

What it is: A satirical slasher film about a group of college students on vacation in the woods when zombies attack. Well, that's what the engineers want them to think is happening.

Why it's not too scary: "It definitely has some really scary moments, but it intentionally sticks closely to a very specific horror film trope before turning everything upside down, which provides a lot of genuinely funny moments. Plus, it has one of the most unpredictable endings I've ever seen — I genuinely did not see it coming!"

fredzesty

2. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in Tucker and Dale Versus Evil, both wearing overalls and covering in dirt and maybe blood
Magnet Releasing

What it is: Another satirical slasher film about a group of college students on vacation in the woods, but this time, the villains are two friendly hillbillies who just happen to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Why it's not too scary: "Does it have some kind of scary, gory moments? Yes. But the heart and the humor more than make up for it. I'm a horror fanatic, and it's the kind of movie that I recommend to everyone, even those who don't care for horror. Everyone I know who has seen the movie absolutely loves it."

fredzesty

"And if you like it, try Jason X."

mistersoak

3. Us (2019)

Lupita Nyong'o smiling creepily in Us
Universal

What it is: A horror film about a family having to fight off murderous doppelgängers of themselves.

Why it's not too scary: "It started off creepy and so ominous, then became funny."

Phoenix

4. Little Evil (2017)

Owen Atlas in Little Evil with a horned sock puppet
Netflix

What it is: A horror-comedy film about a stepdad struggling to connect with his stepson, who happens to be the Antichrist.

Why it's not too scary: "It’s a little scary, but ultimately a funny take on The Omen and surprisingly heartwarming!"

Karina Adler

5. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Ella Hunt in Anna and the Apocalypse singing with the aftermath of chaos behind her
Vertigo Releasing

What it is: A zombie-slasher Christmas musical-comedy film.

Why it's not too scary: "It's a really fun watch with catchy music, and the zombie-slashing scenes are really action-packed and hilarious."

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6. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle in Ginger Snaps
Motion International

What it is: A horror film about two teen sisters obsessed with death who find something that starts a beastly transformation in one of them.

Why it's not too scary: "It's got a bit of gore but not too much, a jump or two but nothing terrifying, and unlike psychological horrors or ghost stuff, it doesn't get under your skin and follow you home to give you nightmares."

rumadeclothing

7. Signs (2002)

Rory Culkin, Mel Gibson, Abigail Breslin, and Joaquin Phoenix in a cornfield in Signs
Buena Vista Pictures

What it is: A sci-fi horror film about an alien attack.

Why it's not too scary: "It’s got a few good, mild jump scares, and it’s not gory or graphic, but it’s creepy and unnerving. It's a good starter horror movie for people who may not like the genre or haven't seen many, but it does still make me jump when I rewatch it."

strangerthanitseems

8. Scream (1996)

Drew Barrymore on the phone in Scream
Dimension Films

What it is: A classic, but also kind of a satirical slasher film about teenagers trying to identify and stop the mysterious killer targeting them.

Why it's not too scary: "There's a slight chance you might jump at the scenes when Ghostface is coming out of nowhere, but it's definitely good for people who don't want to be too scared after the movie."

nicole

9. Paranorman (2012)

Norman talking to a ghostly, knitting old lady in stop-motion animation
Focus Features

What it is: An animated horror-comedy film about a boy who can speak with the dead.

Why it's not too scary: "I'm personally a horror film lover, but I always watch this with my family. Even though it starts off as a slightly ominous Disneyesque film, it definitely gets serious near the end. I even regret to say I shed a tear at the end. Fantastic film for the Halloween vibes without any of the jump scares."

ytoyou982

10. The Woman in Black (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe looking out a window in The Woman in Black
CBS Films

What it is: A horror film about a widowed lawyer investigating a village haunted by the ghost of a vengeful mother.

Why it's not too scary: "It's creepy and has loads of jump moments, but no violence or blood, if that freaks you out."

kinkywench41

11. Final Destination (2000)

Devon Sawa looking out a window in Final Destination
New Line Cinema

What it is: A horror film about a bunch of high schoolers who narrowly escape death, only for death to try to reclaim them all one by one.

Why it's not too scary: "All the Final Destination movies have a sense of impending doom and gore, but they’re not scary enough to stop you from ever sleeping again."

Rachel

12. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Columbia Pictures

What it is: You know. It's Dracula.

Why it's not too scary: "It’s rated R, but more so for being raunchy than scary. It's actually delightfully campy!"

eviec3

13. Monster House (2006)

An animated, run-down house with kids and dead trees in the yard
Sony Pictures Releasing

What it is: An animated horror-comedy movie about a group of kids investigating a supernatural house while its owner is away.

Why it's not too scary: "It's a cartoon I grew up watching and loving every Halloween season. As an adult, the movie still scares me at a few moments (and there is a really tragic backstory thrown in there), but the movie balances fear and fun fairly well."

hiitsnicetomeetyou

14. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins in a prison cell with Jodie Foster outside in Silence of the Lambs
Orion Pictures

What it is: A psychological horror film about an FBI trainee working with an imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer to create a criminal profile for an active serial killer.

Why it's not too scary: "It has enough horror and thriller elements to keep you freaked out, but not so many that it'll give you nightmares. Plus, it's a classic!"

Mo

15. Addams Family Values (1993)

Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd, Carel Struycken, Raul Julia, and Anjelica Huston in Addams Family Values
Paramount Pictures

What it is: A comedy film about a spooky and fantastical goth family.

Why it's not too scary: "It's not a scary film as such, but it definitely has Halloween all over it — not to mention the great dark humor and how relatable Wednesday is."

hobbitgirl96

16. Deathgasm (2015)

Milo Cawthorne. James Blake, Sam Berkley, and Daniel Cresswell wearing black and white face paint in Deathgasm
Dark Sky Films

What it is: A horror-comedy film about a bunch of teenagers who accidentally summon a demon through the power of heavy metal.

Why it's not too scary: "I found it super entertaining, funny, and lighthearted, though there is some gore."

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17. Corpse Bride (2005)

Victor and Emily, the living groom and corpse bride, playing piano in stop-motion animation
Warner Bros. Pictures

What it is: An animated musical film about a dead woman who claims a living man as her husband and pulls him into the underworld.

Why it's not too scary: "It's more likely to make you cry than scare you."

goosethekitty

18. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Nathan Baesel talking to camera in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Anchor Bay Entertainment

What it is: A comedic slasher mockumentary about a guy who's planning a killing spree in the style of a classic slasher-movie villain.

Why it's not too scary: "It gets intense at the end, but most of the movie is just a really brilliant, hilarious deconstruction of slasher-movie tropes."

mcrivellokhan

19. Detention (2011)

Marque Richardson, Shanley Caswell, Travis "Organik" Fleetwood, Aaron David Johnson, Tiffany Boone, Jonathan "Dumbfoundead" Park, Josh Hutcherson, and Spencer Locke in Detention
Samuel Goldwyn Films

What it is: A black-comedy slasher film that somehow combines The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, and Scream into one movie.

Why it's not too scary: "It is wildly fun, goes a mile a minute, and is definitely more comedy than horror."

surfingrockets

20. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Brandon Adams and Ving Rhames in The People Under the Stairs
Universal Pictures

What it is: A horror-comedy film about robbers who discover something terrifying in the basement of a wealthy family.

Why it's not too scary: "It's more about socioeconomics and gentrification than horror."

ellie

21. The Exorcist III (1990)

Jason Miller and George C. Scott talking in a cell in The Exorcist 3
20th Century Fox

What it is: A psychological thriller about a serial killer possessed by a demon.

Why it's not too scary: "It is way less hardcore than the original and has little to no gore or swearing. It is more of a mystery-thriller that really keeps you on your toes. It also includes the most unique jump scare that gives you that '*gasp* Oh my god' feeling."

ultravioletrice

22. 28 Days Later (2002)

Cillian Murphy in scrubs, carrying a plastic bag, and standing on a deserted, trash-filled bridge in 28 Days Later
Fox Searchlight Pictures

What it is: A horror film about the aftermath of a global zombielike virus pandemic.

Why it's not too scary: "It's got some scares (fast zombies!) but nothing over the top, and it has some really great themes around family and critiques of toxic masculinity."

marieannmarie

23. The Babysitter (2017)

Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Hana Mae Lee, and Andrew Bachelor in The Babysitter
Netflix

What it is: A horror-comedy film about a murderous babysitter.

Why it's not too scary: "They mixed comedy and horror seamlessly without seeming to be making fun of the genre, like Scary Movie. The sequel also held up really well and gave a twist you didn't see coming!"

katieharnettd

24. And It Chapter One (2017) and Chapter Two (2019)

Chosen Jacobs, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in It Chapter One
Warner Bros. Pictures

What it is: A horror film about a murderous clown monster who attacks children.

Why it's not too scary: "I’m a real scaredy-cat, but I was fine watching It. Yes, parts scared me, but it definitely wasn’t as scary as some people say it was. It perfectly mixed scary moments with levity and fun moments between the kids. The usually horror-hating me loved it."

linn line

"Chapter Two had a few jump scares, but I actually found it more funny than scary."

nicolel49f9bfac8

"Both movies are spooky with some jump scares, but the lead characters are very wholesome and adorable. Same vibe as Stranger Things."

catherinelanglois

Got any more suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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