If you’re a horror movie fan, you know the thrill of getting scared out of your wits. But what if you’re not a fan of blood and gore, supernatural entities, or jump scares?
Is there such a thing as a “least scary” scary movie? The answer is yes! Here are some recommendations for those who want to dip their toes into the horror genre without being too terrified.
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
This classic comedy-horror flick is arguably more funny than scary. Follow the misadventures of a team of paranormal investigators as they try to save New York City from an ancient Sumerian god named Gozer. With memorable characters, quotable lines, and iconic scenes, Ghostbusters is a great choice for those who want to watch something spooky but not too spooky.
2. Gremlins (1984)
What happens when you break three simple rules while taking care of your new pet? Chaos ensues in this horror-comedy about mischievous creatures called Mogwai that turn into violent monsters if exposed to sunlight, water, or food after midnight. Although Gremlins has its share of jump scares and dark humor, it’s also a heartwarming story about friendship and family.
3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Zombies have taken over London, but that won’t stop slacker Shaun from trying to rescue his girlfriend and his mom with the help of his best friend Ed. This parody of zombie movies is cleverly written, well-acted, and full of references to other horror films. While there are some gory scenes, they’re balanced out by the witty dialogue and character development.
4. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
On the surface, this movie seems like a typical slasher flick about a group of college students who go to a remote cabin in the woods and encounter supernatural forces. However, as the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. The Cabin in the Woods deconstructs and subverts many horror movie tropes while still delivering thrills and laughs.
5. Coraline (2009)
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this stop-motion animated film tells the story of a young girl named Coraline who discovers a secret door in her new house that leads to an alternate version of her life. However, things quickly turn sinister as she realizes that her “Other Mother” and “Other Father” have ulterior motives. While Coraline has elements of horror and suspense, it’s also a visually stunning and emotionally resonant tale about bravery and identity.
These movies may not be for everyone, but they’re certainly less scary than other horror films out there. Whether you prefer ghosts, monsters, zombies, or psychological thrills, there’s something on this list for you. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights (if you dare), and enjoy these “least scary” scary movies!