Culture 5 Great Horror Movies For People Who Don't Like Scary FilmsSharon Chidra JonahMay 24, 2022

While we will never understand the concept of deliberately walking into a cinema or a dark room–where it is so dark you can barely see your fingers–to watch a horror movie that paralyzes you with fear, we can’t deny the thrill and adrenaline these movies fill people with. In fact, it has been observed that the scarier the movie, the more interested people are. Which is satanic behaviour if you ask me. While these movies make people lose sleep, and start to feel apprehensive, threatened, and frightened out of their skin at the slightest movement, they enjoy the in the moment feeling of the horror movie. For them, it’s worth it.   Over the years, we have had the scariest, soul-leaving and teeth-clenching movies and TV series come to our screens.  From The Conjuring to Insidious, The Turning, and the call, there are people who jump on horror movies like it’s the best thing since rice and beans and, there are also people like me who wouldn’t poke a horror movie with a 6ft long stick and yet we are curious about them. I only recently started watching horror movies and I have compiled a list of horror movies that have less gore, less scare, and less dream haunting for you who would love to watch a horror movie and retain your sanity and mental health. The movies on this list will send a thrill through your spine, fill your skin with creeping goosebumps, and leave you speechless over the mind-blowing plot twists but you will at least live through them. 

IT (2017 film)

I hate clowns, and I unashamedly admit that I fear them. If you hate clowns, you might twist your face and run away from this movie. But hear me out, it is truly not that bad.  IT follows the adventure of seven bullied children who are forced to face their worst fears when Pennywise, an ancient shape-shifting clown, appears after twenty-seven years to torment children and feed on them. Pennywise is a trans-dimensional evil creature with supernatural abilities such as reality manipulation, possession, and shapeshifting. Bill Skarsgård played Pennywise and honestly, if only you could focus on the beauty–Bill Skarsgård while you watch, it may just be less scary to you. Another reason I believe IT to be an excellent pick is the cast. Not only do we have talented and relatable characters, but the cast includes kids and with kids come funny moments and comic relief from scary movies. They also bring qualities and lessons like courage and the power of friendships. IT stars other impressive actors like Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.


Starring Lupita Nyong’o, US is an American horror-thriller film that tells the story of Adelaide Wilson and her family as they get attacked by their mysterious doppelgangers. I know, the synopsis sends shivers down your spine, but US is more psychologically daunting and creepy than horrific. It doesn’t focus on the horrifying part of things but on the context and the storyline and how it affects the viewers mentally. The most important thing about this movie is the ‘Why’ Why was it created? What does it mean? When you figure that out, that’s where the real adrenaline rush begins. It is filled with symbolism and metaphors and can be attached to political, cultural, and societal issues. Therefore, bringing so many interpretations to the movie. Us has to be one of the most brilliant, unexpected movies I’ve watched, with the biggest plot twist. And here’s something to take away, watch out for the ending, you will be mind-blown.

A Quiet Place 

If you are looking for something that will leave you at the edge of your seat at every scene, have your heart in your throat while biting your fingers in anticipation and suspense, yet, not give you a heart attack, A Quiet Place is the movie for you. A Quiet Place features real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinki as their family struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where blind but noise-sensitive monsters have killed most humans. Now, like some post-apocalyptic movies, the story comes with one simple rule. Make a sound and you die. It’s called A Quiet Place for a reason, throughout the movie, you can count the number of times words are spoken which makes it a brilliant and an incredible watch with top-tier acting.


Bird Box

Just like A Quiet Place had the rule to not speak, Bird Box also came with a rule, “Don’t look”. Honestly, I thought Hollywood was running out of ideas with their monotonous storylines, but Bird Box made it clear that wasn’t the case and they still had a lot under their sleeves. The movie stars Sandra Bullock as she and her children fight to survive when a mysterious force drives the population to commit suicide. This force is invisible and takes the shape of the affected worst fears, which only they can see. Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) goes on a dangerous journey with her children through the woods and down a river, in search of hope and a new beginning. The challenge is, that they will have to go through this journey blindfolded. 

Train to Busan

This is me recommending one of my all-time favourite zombie movies. If you consume a lot of Korean post-apocalyptic films, you will know that these guys know what’s up and they never disappoint. It stars A-list Korean actors like Gong Yoo, Don Lee, and Choi Woo-Shik, and if anything, the cast should tell you the movie is in the hands of talented people, and you should expect nothing less than outstanding. Train to Busan is a South Korean action horror that follows the story of Seok Woo (Gong Yoo) and his daughter on a train to Busan when a zombie apocalypse breaks out. Most of the event of the movie takes place on the careering train as it goes from Seoul to Busan, who knew so much could happen on a train? Another reason I love Train to Busan is how heart-warming it is, with a brilliant script too. It easily makes one of the best Zombie apocalypse movies in world cinema in my opinion. Did I mention the excellent casting?