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17 of the Best Not Scary Horror Movies to Watch

Do you like cinematic thrills and chills but can’t stand a really scary horror movie? If yes, then you are among many Hollywood fans who like to watch horror flicks but only the ones that are just a little bit scary. 

So, how about we prepare a watchlist for you that is packed with the cinematic entertainment you’re looking for? Sounds cool, doesn’t it? In this article, we are going to list down and discuss 17 of the best not scary horror movies that are best enjoyed when watching with like-minded friends and family members.

Cloverfield (2008)

In the movie, New York City is attacked by a giant monster. Amid the attack, a group of people desperately try to rescue their friend “Beth” who unfortunately gets trapped in her apartment. The entire movie has a hand-held camera feel that gives it a more realistic field.

Genre: Horror/Mystery

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Child’s Play (1988)

According to the plot of the movie, a single mother buys a much sought-after doll named “the Good Guy” for his son’s birthday. The twist of the story is that the doll that she gifts her son has been possessed by the soul of a serial killer. It is a very famous American horror franchise and many sequels and different versions of the movie have been released so far.

Genre: Horror/Mystery

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Monster House (2006)

Monster House is a finely crated animated comedy horror film, perfect for the Halloween season. In the movie, three teenagers get curious about their neighbor’s house that looks spooky, until they finally discover that it is actually a scary monster that lives, breathes, and hates children. It is one of the best not scary horror movies that you can add to your watchlist.

Genre: Family/Horror

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Beetlejuice (1988)

The story of the dark comedy movie from the ’80s is about a ghost couple Adam and Barbara who get unsuccessful in scaring away a family that is living in their old house. They then finally seek help from the main evil character who is also a bio-exorcist named “Betelgeuse”.

Genre: Comedy/Horror

Audience Rating: PG

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

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Coraline (2009)

It is a very famous stop-motion animated movie. According to its plot, an adventurous girl (the name character of the movie) discovers a secret door in her new home. She walks through it only to discover a strange new version of her own world, but it has dark and sinister secrets.

Genre: Family/Horror

Audience Rating: PG

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Scream (1996)

The revolves around Sidney, the main character of the movie. According to the plot, only a year after her mom is killed, more murders start to occur. She tries to identify a pattern in all the murders and make all possible efforts to find the killer but her quest seems to get harder and harder with time because everyone seems like a suspect to her. It is one of the most famous not too scary horror movies. After the original flick, many sequels and TV series have been made under the title of “Scream”.

Genre: Horror/Mystery

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Us (2019)

According to the story of this not-so-scary horror flick, a family is attacked by mysterious people dressed in red. Upon getting face to face with the intruders, the family discovers that they look exactly like them. This is the whole twist of the movie. We hope you are going to like it.

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Signs (2002)

Grab your popcorns and get ready for showtime because we have found the right not-too-scary movie for you. Have you ever heard of about horror movie named “Signs”? It is about the story of a priest and his family who migrate to a farmhouse but something doesn’t feel right about that place. The strange signs like crop circles hint towards the existence of alien life.

Genre: Sci-fi/Horror

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Final Destination (2000)

The story of the movie is about a teenage boy who saves his school friends from dying in a plane crash after he gets spooky visions that tell him about the accident that is about to happen. Soon after this incident, they all start dying in mysterious ways and it seems like death is hunting them one after another. It is one of the most famous not-so-scary horror movies to watch. Five parts of Final Destinations have been released so far, each having different characters and stories.

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The story of the movie is about an FBI agent. She seeks help from a former psychiatrist, who apparently is now a psychopathic serial killer, in order to stop another killer who is specifically claiming the lives of women one after another. It turned out to be a blockbuster movie, which had won 5 Oscar awards. 

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

The Addams Family (1991)

Based on a very famous cartoon series, The Addams Family should be on your watchlist of the best not scary horror movies. It is about an aristocratic family living in a bizarre and macabre setup. According to the plot, The Addams Family found its long-long relative and tries to reconnect with them. It turns out to be that the long-lost relative is actually a crooked accountant, trying to find his way into the family’s treasure vault.

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Ghostbusters (1984)

The movie is about three scientists who have recently lost their jobs. Together, they work on an establishment and call it Ghostbusters with an aim to fight the evil ghosts lurking in the dark alleys of New York City. As of now, four films have been released and announced under the name of Ghostbusters, which has become a very famous American dark comedy franchise.

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

Audience Rating: PG

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Happy Death Day (2017)

If you are looking for a really ‘not so scary’ horror flick, then watching “Happy Death Day” could be your best bet. The story is about a college student who is shown reliving the day of her murder multiple times. She stays in the time loop until she identifies her killer.

Genre: Comedy/Thriller

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place is a perfect suspenseful thriller, categorized as a ‘not-so-scary’. According to the plot of the movie, a family struggles to navigate save their lives by staying silent because of the mysterious deadly creatures that hunt people by tracking even by the slightest noise they make.

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The movie is about a child psychologist who treats a young boy with some sort of special power. The boy can communicate with spirits and forms a bridge of connection between the living and the dead. You won’t regret adding it to your watchlist based on the best not scary movies of all time.

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Paranorman (2012)

As the name of the animated movie implies, the main character of the story is “Norman Babcock”. He lives in an ill-fated town, which has been cursed, using his unique ability to communicate with ghosts. Norman along with his companions on a mission to save the town.

Genre: Family/Comedy

Audience Rating: PG-13

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The movie is about a salesman “Shaun” whose life has no direction. However, as a result of a chain of unwelcoming events, his life takes an unexpected turn. He then has to face and fight the entire community of zombies singlehandedly. This is why the movie has been titled “Shaun of the Dead”. It is surely among the best not-too-scary horror movies that you should watch.

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Audience Rating: R

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

There you have it — a detailed roundup of the 17 best not scary horror movies to watch. We hope the flicks we have listed above will provide you the cinematic entertainment you’re looking for. 

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