10 Scary Movies (That Aren't TOO Scary)

Practical Magic (1998)

Two witch sisters like to avoid their magical family history at all costs. This includes falling in love. Why, you may ask? Because unfortunately for them, any fool that falls in love with them faces an untimely death. You would think this would stop them from dating, but one sister likes to walk on the wild side, no matter the cost.

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14. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Orion Pictures What it is: A psychological horror film about an FBI trainee working with an imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer to create a criminal profile for an active serial killer. Why it’s not too scary: “It has enough horror and thriller elements to keep you freaked out, but not so many that it’ll give you nightmares. Plus, it’s a classic!” —Mo

Knives Out(2019)

Who dunnit!?! Bring on the Halloween murder mystery party! This campy murder mystery movie has all the trimmings of one in the classic genre, but a modern, fun twist. After Harlan Thrombey, a wealthy mystery writer, dies at his 85th birthday party, his greedy, dysfunctional family (made up by an all-star ensemble cast) tries to uncover what happened — while fighting for the family fortune.

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7. Signs (2002)

Buena Vista Pictures What it is: A sci-fi horror film about an alien attack. Why it’s not too scary: “It’s got a few good, mild jump scares, and it’s not gory or graphic, but it’s creepy and unnerving. It’s a good starter horror movie for people who may not like the genre or haven’t seen many, but it does still make me jump when I rewatch it.” —strangerthanitseems

Barton Fink

The Coens have always had one toe in the horror camp (Fargo, Blood Simple). Barton Fink from 1991, though, is their most sustained exercise in creepiness: John Turturro is the playwright holed up in a hotel trying to write a film script, and John Goodman the over-friendly guy in the next room. Digital platforms (£)

9. The Sixth Sense

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Okay, this movie is *definitely* on the scary side, but nothing you can’t handle. Just a few jump scares and a general feeling of unease throughout the film until you get to the twisty ending—FYI, if you already know the spoiler, it’s still a great watch .

3. Misery

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This movie is definitely an underrated one, and Kathy Bates serves up a performance you’ll never forget. A few jump scares and plenty of suspense, I recommend watching this film with a stress ball on hand.

The Vanishing

I remember staggering out of this when it was released in 1988, sideswiped by its shattering final scene. No spoilers here, but this Dutch-produced study of a man spending years searching for his girlfriend after she disappears is really something else. Not to be confused with the unforgivable remake, with Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland. Digital platforms (£)