Even though I love horror movies, I do realize that, that isn’t the case for everyone. Some people hate horror, or maybe you do like them, they just aren’t good for your heart. Still, some may want to be apart of the Halloween spookiness with the rest of us and try to give some horror movies a try. I thought because I love the genre, I could recommend some horror movies for non-horror fans who want to dip their feet into the genre. So here are some horror movies that I think are perfect for non-horror fans.
Starting off, fairly light here. I loved the original Goosebumps show as a child, even if it did freak me out. The movie isn’t as wacky or weird as some of the episodes of the show were, but the movie is technically horror and more importantly it’s a fun horror movie at that. This is the one movie out of the bunch I have chosen that I would definitely recommend watching with your kid, or kid in your family. It will be entertaining for the both of you.
The Final Girls (2015)
The Final Girls is one of my favorite underrated horror comedies in the past decade. This movie blends some pretty good horror moments with laugh out loud moments the next. It’s really underappreciated in my opinion and I believe more people should check it out. Especially if you’re anything like me and loved the Scream franchise, then you’re going to really want to check this movie out. Overall, I think The Final Girls is the perfect horror movie if you like more comedy in your horror, than actual horror.
Happy Death Day (2017)
Speaking of movies you will like if you loved Scream. Happy Death Day is definitely more horror than The Final Girls, so it’s more like Scream in that regard. Actually, Happy Death Day is better described as a horror-comedy Groundhog Day. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, now then I don’t know what to tell you then. Happy Death Day can be somewhat scary if you aren’t well versed into the genre, but it has plenty laughs in between the parts where you might feel like your heart may explode from shock. So, it balances out pretty evenly.
Night of The Creeps (1986)
Taking things back to the 80s with the Night of The Creeps. If you’re into 80s nostalgia, zombies, and Tom Atkins. Oh boy, do I have a movie for you. Night of The Creeps is a wild, 80s nostalgia trip and I mean that in the nicest way. There’s nothing to be scared of here, because it’s basically a 80s slasher with less gross kills and besides they become zombies anyways and then at the end Tom Atkins comes and saves the day. What more could you want?
The Craft (1996)
Witches! I love me some witches in movies and TV and The Craft isn’t any different. Though, The Craft may be a horror movie, it’s not very scary. It’s more about how these witches goes in over their heads with their magic. So no, your blood pressure is not going to be raised while watching this movie. It’s a clever and charming (see what I did there?) movie that I adore. Not only that, but the soundtrack is incredible and is worth watching the movie just see where each song to paired to.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Jennifer’s Body was ahead of it’s time and won’t be hearing any arguments against that a fact. There were many problems with how the film was handled like being promoted to guys when at it’s core it’s about a female friendship that caused it to trashed by critics and fans alike. There’s a great article I read recently about Jennifer’s Body that goes more into depth with the issues surrounding the movie if you would like to read more about it. Either way I’m here to tell you that this a great horror movie (not too scary) that’s way more smarter than people give it credit for. If you never seen the movie because of negative reviews from a decade ago, give Jennifer’s Body a another chance with 2019 eyes and see what many critics couldn’t then, that this is actually a pretty great movie.
The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Last, but certainly not least, I’m recommending The Cabin in the Woods. If you have somehow managed not to have seen this movie or better yet not spoiled about this movie, you’re in for a treat. Sure, everything seems pretty scary in the beginning of the movie, but you should know not everything is what it seems. It being a movie from Joss Whedon should give the hint that there’s going to be a twist of some sort. Even when all is revealed, you’re probably going to confused on whether you should laugh or be scared. Either way you’ll have fun watching The Cabin in the Woods, along with all the movies I mention above.