In the spirit of Halloween, it’s time to bring down the shades and make some popcorn because it’s horror movie marathon season. But what if you can’t handle scary movies?
No matter how high the standard has been in the previous decade or so for the horror film genre, it doesn’t really matter. Many well-written, well-acted, and well-shot horror films have been released in the previous few years, but those of us who stiffen up at the first sight of blood on screen won’t notice the difference. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to sit down and see a genuinely scary film. But not everyone enjoys it. As an alternative to giving up on movie-watching altogether, you might put together a collection of scary movies that won’t raise your heart rate.
Indeed, there are a few of Halloween-themed films that don’t feature excessive violence or gore. There are a variety of options to choose from, such as a lighthearted spoof of slasher flicks or one that is rooted in the nostalgia of childhood. Here are some of the most popular movies of the year that are both fitting for the season and gentle enough to keep you from falling asleep with the lights on later. Get together with your buddies, get out the pumpkin cider, and prepare to laugh rather than scream at this Halloween event.
1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead, by Edgar Wright, sets the benchmark for horror comedies. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is an electronic salesman whose life takes a turn for the better when a zombie outbreak occurs in London. Shaun morphs into an unexpected hero as he and Ed (Nick Frost) battle to keep the zombies at bay. Zombies don’t always have to be terrible. Shaun of the Dead has a fair amount of spooky moments, but it’s also a savagely humorous comedy.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
What is this? What’s going on here? How about a Christmas movie instead of a Halloween movie? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a little bit of both, to be honest. Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman), the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, is the star of the film, which recounts his exploits. In spite of this, Jack craves more than frights and frightful nights. In the midst of his wandering, he happens onto Christmastown, a community brimming with warmth and good joy. Santa Claus is kidnapped by him, and he assumes the mantle of the holiday season. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beautiful animated story that is excellent for celebrating Halloween and Christmas.
3. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Frankenstein isn’t the name of this creature. That’s what Gene Wilder’s Dr. Frederick Frankenstein asserts when anyone brings up his grandfather, the famed mad scientist. When Frederick discovers that his great-Transylvania grandfather’s estate belongs to him, he leaves behind his wealthy fiancée Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) to tour the land and learn more about it. Frederic soon discovers himself returning to his grandfather’s attempts with resurrection. He’s done well, but his beast still has a long way to go before he can fit in with the rest of the human race. I think Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is a perfect parody, one that borrows heavily from its source material while also making a number of comic references.
4. Clue (1985)
“Clue” is a charmingly offbeat whodunit thriller, inspired by the classic board game. Among the great cast members are Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Leslie Ann Warren, who bring the hilarious idea to life. As far as I can tell, there has been murder. Betrayal has occurred. There are a lot of situations that you won’t expect to happen. There are also lots of witty quips to keep things cheerful throughout the film. In addition, there are three different endings, just like in a board game.
5. Zombieland (2009)
Zoomedland features Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as a group of college students who find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak. To get away from the infected monsters that surround them, they take a road trip across the Southwestern United States. They are known as Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock because of the cities they lived in prior to the outbreak. While Zombieland’s undead are frightening, the film’s incisive wit more than makes up for the blood and guts. You may have to cover your eyes a few times, but you’ll be laughing again in no time.
6. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Due to home video sales and television marathons, Hocus Pocus has enjoyed an enormous comeback after its poor theatrical run. The mid-’90s fantasy comedy picture appears to rise in popularity every year. Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star in the film, which was directed by Kenny Ortega and starring an innocent teenager (Omri Katz). A whole generation of Halloween costume designs and quotable statements has been spawned by their shenanigans. Hocus Pocus 2 is currently under development at Disney and is scheduled for release on Disney+ in 2022.
7. Happy Death Day (2017)
You get Happy Death Day from Blumhouse Productions when you cross Groundhog Day with Scream and Scream with Groundhog Day. Re-watching the same day over and over is a common theme in the film, which follows college student Tree (Jessica Rothe). What’s the only issue? An unidentified hooded assassin kills her that very day. Her knowledge of the killer’s motivations, as well as her own, grows with each encounter. Although it’s technically a horror picture, Happy Death Day’s unique take on the slasher subgenre will appeal to those who aren’t usually fans of the genre.
8. Beetlejuice (1988)
Tim Burton is a master of the fantastically macabre but not very frightening film. They are, nevertheless, odd and peculiar. Take, for example, the characters from the film Beetlejuice. What we have here are two recently deceased souls (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) imprisoned in their gorgeous rural home after they died in a car accident. Then there’s Lydia (Winona Ryder), a strange character who has the ability to converse with the dead. Michael Keaton’s Betelgeuse, a bio-exorcist hired by the Maitlands, is the final character. In Beetlejuice, the film is eerie without going over the top, opting for weirdly amusing moments rather than actual shocks.
9. Ghostbusters (1984)
Before long, Ghostbusters was the most successful comedic movie ever made. The film’s unique blend of horror, action, and humor was lauded by critics and viewers alike. As time went on, Ghostbusters became a household name. Powered by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, a multi-billion dollar multimedia franchise was born out of the supernatural film. Ghostbusters is a simple story about a group of parapsychologists who launch a ghost-hunting enterprise in New York City. It’s also a great choice for Halloween because of the film’s focus on the supernatural.
10. Coraline (2009)
When compared to other children’s films, Coraline is undeniably a spooky one. Coraline’s creepiness, on the other hand, creeps up on you and sends a chill down your spine. Through a doorway in her family’s dreary home, Dakota Fanning portrays the titular blue-haired girl, who finds herself transported to a captivating world. It’s nearly too late when Coraline gets sucked into a web of lies in her other universe, but it’s getting worse all the time. For a Halloween movie that’s both visually spectacular and hair-raising, Coraline is an excellent choice.
11. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
We Do In The Shadows is a film by Taika Waititi about four vampires who live together in Wellington, New Zealand, and their daily activities. Each has its own unique set of quirks and oddities from a distinct era in history. Nick, a twenty-something hipster who’s only been a vampire for two months, is the newest member of the posse. Even though there is some blood in this vampire movie, you won’t be actually frightened by anything. Only the horrors of living with roommates, including the terrible chore sheet, can be found here.
12. Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko is more of a psychological thriller than a horror picture, although the film is set in October, so it has a Halloween feel to it. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Donnie sports a skeleton-themed sweatshirt during the Halloween party scene in this movie. ‘Man in a frightening bunny suit’ is a recurring hallucination for Donnie, an intelligent but disturbed kid. Donnie is told by the bunny, whom he refers to as Frank, that the world would end on Halloween in 28 days. Dreams become more vivid as a jet engine crashes into Donnie’s bedroom. Donnie Darko is an inventive and slightly frightening picture that combines aspects of science fiction with a love of the late 1980s.
13. Warm Bodies (2013)
It’s okay, romantic comedies for zombies are a thing, too. This film featuring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer is a must-see. Humans and zombies live in the post-apocalyptic world shown in the film, which is based on a popular video game. When it comes to Julie (Palmerflesh, )’s R (Hoult) is exceptional in that he does not wish to devour her. He even tries to save her from another corpse’s mutilation attempt. In the beginning, the two form a tenuous friendship that resembles Bella and Edward’s in Twilight. A domino effect begins to spread among the zombie population as R begins to rediscover human ways. One of the few movies in its genre that truly warms your heart is Warm Bodies, a mashup of Shaun of the Dead and Romeo and Juliet.