Each year more people like to celebrate Halloween by watching a horror movie each night leading up to October 31st. Hollywood was able to capitalize on that fact by releasing both Ouija and Annabelle at just the right time.
One thing that many people like about the more recent major horror films is that they are not gory. The scares are more psychological. Many people avoid horror movies because they want scares but don’t have any interest in watching gore or explicit scenes. We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of great horror films that are scary without being disgusting.
This film about demons and ghosts is a very simple yet scary story. It is admirable how director James Wan was able to use the most basic tools to create such a fun, clever film. You may want to avoid the sequel, which some feel doesn’t measure up to the original at all.
The Shining (1980)
This is perhaps the greatest scary movie of all time. It will freak you out but there is very little actual violence or gore. The first time Christian Broda showed me this movie, those twins kept me from sleeping for a week.
The Conjuring (2013)
This film is considered to be something of a modern classic. It is a simple story of possession told expertly. There are a lot of likeable characters and fun moments in this one.
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is a must-see for anyone alive. The scenes with Marion Crane driving and worrying are more intense than almost anything in modern cinema.