Halloween Film Guide For Scaredy-cats 1984 – 2019

Not everyone likes being scared poop-less by horror films so, in the spirit of things (see what I did there lol) I’ve compiled a list of not-too-scary scary films from the year I was born up until this year.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Atmospheric, with some gruesomely realistic transformation scenes but also very tongue-in-cheek and funny in places.

Gremlins (1984)

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Cute, adorable and deadly if you feed him after midnight

Ghostbusters (1984/2016)

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These films are a massive amount of fun! A group of guys or girls dealing with ghost and slime in New York city.

The Lost Boys (1987)

An absolute creepy-cool YA classic

Beetlejuice (1988)

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Fantasy horror at it’s craziest. If you happen to find you are dead or your horrible parents buy a haunted house, then you might need the help of crazy-as-a-box-of-frogs Beetlejuice – I say might.

The Addams Family (1991)

Even though every member of this family has a line or a scene that will make you grin. I’d watch it solely for Wednesday Addams!

Braindead (1992)

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Zombie babies anyone? I think this film still holds the award for most amount of fake blood used in a film. It’s gory yes, but every seen is played for laughs and it’s too ridiculous to be scary. Directed by Peter Jackson before he found Hobits.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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If witches and fantasy films are your thing you will love this.

Casper (1995)

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Yes, this is a kids film with lots of CGI but it’s also a family drama and unexpectedly romantic.

Scream (1996)

I’ve always thought of the Scream films as enjoyable who-dunnits, rather than horror films but looking back on them, there are some genuinely creepy and shocking moments.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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In the days before Johnny Depp played rather annoying characters he was perfectly cast as geeky investigator Ichabod Crane in this film based on a real folk tale.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

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This cult series of three films get progressively darker but the first is the least creepy. How would you help your sister if she were slowly turning into a teenage werewolf? Nothing like Teenwolf I assure you.

Ghost Ship (2002)

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Kinda creepy with some unexpected twists but a lot of expected one’s as well to be honest.

Dog Soldiers (2002)

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A lycanthropic psychological thriller!

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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More of a zom-rom-com obviously.

My Dead Girlfriend (2006)

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So if you ran over your other half with your car you’d naturally turn to the occult to bring them back right?

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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So your beautiful best friend has an insidious appetite for men, literally.

Fright Night (2011)

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I loved the original film from 1985 and had a huge crush on the vampire neighbour. It looks quite dated now so I’ve included this remake in the list instead. This feels more like a sexy psycho thriller than a horror film, somehow.

Dark Shadows (2012)

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More of a character driven fantasy than a horror. Slow start but stick with it.

Warm Bodies (2013)

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Just because he’s a zombie doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel sympathy or love even?

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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This is just so much fun!

Scouts Guide to te Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

There are a lot of zomb-rom-coms out there and this is one of the better ones. Think, Superbad with relatable characters but the shared goal is to kill and escape the undead, rather than bring beer.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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These five sisters have been preparing to date and do battle all of their lives.

Alien Vs Zombies (2017)

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An alien teen comes to earth only to find it’s in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Bring it on dude!

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Four strangers who have move to middle America to battle against evolved zombies and find other survivors, create a wonky makeshift family.

To watch the night before Halloween

The Crow

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People make the mistake of thinking this is a horror film but it’s actually a beautiful tragic love story. A heartbroken man returns from the grave (the night before Halloween) to avenge his fiancés murder. A poignant, violent, noir-fantasy with dark humour.

Before we share the popcorn, which ones are your favourites on this list?

<Chrissie <3

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16 thoughts on “Halloween Film Guide For Scaredy-cats 1984 – 2019

  1. I also hate true horror movies (most of them I feel like I’m just watching people suffer for most of the movie..) but love an adventure or fantastical story with dark and/or supernatural elements. The Crow is one of my favorites, although knowing that he actually died during the filming made me distractingly sad for a long time. I’d also add Underworld for it’s gorgeous vision of a vampire society (I’ll even admit to enjoying some of the sequels) and Sleepy Hollow as well.

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