Horror Movies and TV Horror Movies For People Who Don't Like Scary Movies  

Donn Saylor
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Not everyone wants to go into darkened movie theaters and be scared senseless. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of scary movies for people who don't like them - movies that just might win over the most hardened, anti-horror zealot. Indeed, some movies focus less on blood, guts, and gore and more on storytelling and character development.

With these more psychologically disturbing films, viewers are likely to identify with what's happening on the screen, no matter how eerie and unsettling. Redundant scary movie tropes are less important in psychological thrillers. You may be creeped out after watching one, but you won't have nightmares for weeks. 

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The Others


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The Others is a grand, gothic horror movie with a twist. Set in a remote manor house on the Channel Island just after the Second World War, this 2001 film follows a mother (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, who are both allergic to sunlight. There is something simultaneously old fashioned and undeniably fresh about The Others. It will both spook you and make you think.

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley, Fionnula Flanagan, Keith Allen, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

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#9 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

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Get Out


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Jordan Peele's 2017 Academy Award-winning masterpiece is so much more than a horror movie. It is also a razor-sharp social commentary - a piercing, often funny, frequently powerful meditation on race in America. Get Out centers on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend's family for the first time. From this seemingly mundane experience comes a story that is as enlightening as it is disturbing. This is the rare horror movie that has the power to change lives.

Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, + more

Directed by: Jordan Peele

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#6 on The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked

#4 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

#3 on The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

#1 on The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies

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Rosemary's Baby


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Roman Polanski's 1968 classic is legendary for a reason. Rosemary's Baby is an ingeniously executed horror movie that manages to avoid spilling even one drop of blood. Instead, it creates a long, slow burn. Viewers sympathize with a young pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) who suspects her new neighbors want to use her baby for sinister purposes. There are also rumors that a Rosemary's Baby curse follows those who made the movie, injecting a bit of real-life terror into an already disturbing plot.

Actors: Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Charles Grodin, Ruth Gordon, + more

Initial Release: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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#19 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#25 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

#22 on The Best Movies of the '60s

#10 on The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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Joss Whedon, the auteur behind such TV cult classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, brings his talents to the big screen in The Cabin in the Woods. He produced and co-wrote this 2012 hit with movie director Drew Goddard, and there is plenty of typical Whedon brilliance to be enjoyed. The plot is a familiar one; college students are trapped at a cabin in the woods. Of course, inexplicable things occur. The Cabin in the Woods is both a comedic endeavor and a reverential homage to the horror genre.

Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

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#47 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#18 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

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#59 on The Best College Movies Ever

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