June 2, 2017 4:22 pm

Some people like to be scared. Others, not so much. As the Atlantic reported, some people really get a kick out of the brain’s response to being scared or watching a horror film while other people would rather leave that feeling alone. If you fall into the latter category and would rather do anything else than watch a scary movie or a slasher flick, keep in mind that not all horror movies are the same. The five films below have a lot to offer besides a few thrills and chills.

The Babadook

“The Babadook” is a terrifying movie and regularly features on Netflix’s top scary movie lists. Let’s get that out of the way at first. But’s it about much more than being scared. The movie is an allegory. In it, a mother is dealing with grief after losing her husband, who died in a car accident while driving her to the hospital to give birth to their son. Years later, the son is a disturbed child who struggles in school and at home. You’re going to have to watch the film through your fingers. But it’ll be worth it.

The Others

Some people consider “The Others” to the be the also-ran ghost story of the late 1990s/early 2000s, comparing it to “The Sixth Sense.” There are a few similarities between the two films, from ghosts to a twist ending. But its setting, atmosphere and Nicole Kidman make “The Others” a higher quality film than “The Sixth Sense,” especially for those who don’t like horror.


Relax, “Coraline” is a kid’s movie, based on a kid’s book by Neil Gaiman. Coraline moves into a new house with her family, only to discover a doorway that leads to an alternative version of her home. At first, the alternate version seems better, but she soon learns things aren’t what they seem.

What We Do in the Shadows

Vampires can be funny too! At least that’s the premise of “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mockumentary about a group of vampire housemates living in New Zealand. Turns out the vampires have to deal with a lot of domestic drama and roommate issues too.

It Follows

What’s the “it” in “It Follows?” No one really knows, and that’s what makes the film so frightening and what elevates the movie above your run-of-the-mill horror film. “It” can take any form, it can look like someone you know, it can look like a stranger. It will follow you until you die or until you pass the “curse” on to someone else.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella