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Scary Movies for Scaredy-Cats

Do you want to like horror movies but always end up sleeping with the lights on? We're here to help! Check out our list of thrilling and fun scary movies that won't give you nightmares.
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Last spooky season, we brought you a list of classic horror that everyone should see at least once. Now, we’re giving you a list of not-so-scary “scary” movies for those that don’t like horror.

The movies on this list have been approved as “scaredy-cat-proof” by me, a certified scaredy-cat who can’t even ride rollercoasters. I’ll try to avoid spoilers, so any plot points mentioned can be found in the trailers.

‘Ready or Not’ (2019)

samara weaving in ready or not
Fox Searchlight Pictures | Mythology Entertainment | Vinson Films

Ready or Not is probably my favorite horror movie because it feels like it could actually happen in real life with some out-there families. Definitely be careful who you marry. You don’t want to go through this kind of game.

Everything from the costuming to the scenery to the casting was perfect. My favorite detail of the movie comes from the wedding dress. The costume designer created 24 versions of the dress. Each iteration symbolizes Grace’s journey from her happy wedding to a blood-soaked fighter.

The house in the film gives off Haunted Mansion vibes but also reminds me of the Clue house. If I was offered the chance to stay there overnight, I would consider it, but not for too long because the movie kind of ruins it for me.

Oh, and the groom does not deserve Grace. I will put that out there right now. He didn’t warn her of his family, and that’s probably one of his biggest mistakes. They didn’t even have to get married if he was so worried about it.

The ending is one of the most satisfying endings I have ever seen in a movie, and it will live with me forever.

‘Truth or Dare’ (2017)

cassie scerbo in truth or dare 2017
Syfy | CineTel Films | Angel Cake Truth

Truth or dare was one of my favorite games growing up, but this movie might have stopped me from playing that for a while.

Eight college students play a game of truth or dare and get haunted by a spirit that lost its life in a past game. They must choose to play the game or face the deadly consequences.

The first of two truth-or-dare-inspired films, this movie was better in execution, story, and lore. The second one was released in 2018 and had creepy smiles that made it a little scarier than this one and knocked it right off my list. Like I said, my fear threshold is low.

This movie had me on the edge of my seat every time someone chose dare. You never know if they’ll be able to complete it. Despite the spooky premise, most of the problems the characters have away from the game are relatable to most viewers. In fact, that makes it that much scarier.

But not too scary to skip.

‘The Final Girls’ (2015)

the final girls death scene
Stage 6 Films | Groundswell Productions | Studio Solutions | Ulterior Productions

The Final Girls is the perfect mix between 80s slasher film and modern-day thrillers.

Five teenagers are sucked into an 80s-style slasher film and have to find a way to survive to get home. It’s even more intense because they don’t know what happens if they die in the film.

When the final fight scene came on, I was blown away by the mixture of 80s cinematic shots and modern special effects. It was absolutely beautiful, and if I could watch it a million times and not get tired of it, I would.

If you’ve seen Taissa Farmiga in American Horror Story, then you already know she does a great job with horror. And she proves it yet again in this movie.

Taissa’s character, Max, has to let go of her mom’s death to get out of the movie alive. It’s a long journey for her to go through in about 90 minutes. And if you’ve lost a parent, it will definitely bring a couple tears to your eyes like it did mine. It’s a heartbreaking arc, but it makes the ending even more satisfying.

An added bonus was the bloopers at the end of the film. They are definitely worth watching because they are hilarious and filled with laughs from both cast and crew. Bloopers, for me, always add to the film, and this was no exception.

‘The Babysitter’ (2017) and ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ (2020)

the babysitter killer queen emily alyn lind judah lewis
Netflix | Wonderland Sound & Vision | Boies/Schiller Film Group

This Netflix-original duo may not be the best horror films, but they are fun watches regardless.

The first film follows a young boy who battles his babysitter and her friends as they try to sacrifice him to the devil for their own gain. The sequel follows the same boy, plus a new friend, as he battles yet another group of teens trying to sacrifice him to the devil. This kid can’t catch a break.

There’s another film in the works that follows the same boy, but I don’t know how that will pan out since the second film wrapped everything up pretty nicely. Whatever they come up with, though, is something I’ll give a watch.

‘Happy Death Day’ (2017) and ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ (2019)

happy death day jessica rothe babyface
Universal Pictures | Blumhouse Productions

Imagine living the day you die dozens of times, and you can’t figure out how to stop it. That’s just what happens in Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U.

Happy Death Day follows Tree as she relives her birthday because someone keeps killing her. The only way to stop it is to find the killer and stop them.

The sequel again follows Tree, this time as she gets stuck in another universe and must solve the same mystery. However, it’s not the same killer, and she’s not the only target on Babyface’s hit lit.

I originally watched the first movie because I was a fan of the cast, and I immediately fell in love with the film. Usually, when there’s a time loop in a movie, it’s a romance or comedy, so being able to watch someone try to figure out their murder in that format was interesting.

You can feel the desperation and annoyance with Tree as she relives the same day over and over. It’s easy to imagine being in her shoes.

There’s currently a third movie in production entitled Happy Death Day to Us. This means you could spend a whole day watching the series in one long, not-too-scary marathon!