Whether you’re trying to get someone who doesn’t like horror to get into the Halloween holiday spirit with you or you’re delving into the genre of your own volition, we have you covered.
When helping someone find a good book to read, it’s useful to know what a person doesn’t like as well as what they do like. The same applies to movie suggestions.
“I don’t like the predictable cheesy tropes.”
Cargo (2017) – After a zombie outbreak sweeps over Australia, a father races against time to find someone to take in his daughter after he is bitten. Keeps you on the edge of your seat but has very little gore (or zombies) involved.
Maggie (2015) – A father and daughter must come to terms with the fact that she has been bitten and will eventually become a zombie. It’s less of an action flick and more about character introspection. Like with Cargo, very few zombies actually make an appearance in the story.
It Follows (2014) – After a one-night-stand, a young woman discovers she has been “gifted” a sexually transmitted curse, where she is now being followed by a shapeshifting creature who can look like anyone.
“I’d rather watch something funny.”
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – A dark comedy spoofing the popular (serious) Dawn of the Dead zombie movie.
The VelociPastor (2018) – A pastor is cursed to become a velociraptor when angered. A must-watch for fans of bad B-movies. Cheesy and over-the-top, this movie knows exactly what it is and embraces it.
The Mummy (1999) – When a mummy with the power to destroy the world as we know it is awakened, the people who accidentally awoke it must find a way to stop it from fully regaining human form. Though not exactly a comedy, the film also doesn’t take itself too seriously, with plenty of laughs to break up the tension of the scary moments.
“I just wanna watch something with my kids, man.”
The Witches (1990) – A boy accidentally comes across a witches’ convention at the hotel he’s staying at and is turned into a mouse. Shenanigans ensue as he tries to find a way to turn back into a boy and stop the witches’ dastardly plans. There’s a remake of this story coming out this year too!
Goosebumps (2015) – A film based on the book series by the same name, it’s great fun for both fans of the books and those who have never read a single line of the books. There are two R.L. Stine tv series they can watch as well: The Haunting Hour (2010) and the 1995’s Goosebumps tv series, both of which are anthology series of scary stories.
Note: Stine’s work is for slightly older kids (Grade 4 and up), so give preference to the final suggestion if you have some very young family members.
The Corpse Bride (2005) –Victor accidentally marries an undead bride and is taken to the Land of the Dead and must find his way back home to the woman he loves.