Ya know what? Sometimes you just want a little, teensy taste of horror without going all the way into nightmare territory.
We get it. That’s where most of us are most of the time. And yes, every once in a while we enjoy looking up some crazy-intense horror flicks that will get us standing next to the window with a baseball bat for 5 hours a day, but that’s a very specific mood.
If you and your buddies are looking for some new horror that won’t get you all jumping out of your seats, then you have come to exactly the right place. Welcome!
We’re looking at not too scary horror movies on Netflix that will let you have the fun and laughs of a horror movie, all without giving yourself something new to worry about in daily life.
Ready? Let’s take a trip into mild fright and discomfort!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
If you haven’t already heard of this movie, then you’re in for a real treat. We won’t say that Killer Klowns has been completely forgotten in the 20+ years since its release, but it’s definitely not one of those movies that tends to get brought up in very serious conversations about horror.
It would be safe to say that Killer Klowns is technically a horror-comedy, since it can switch pretty quickly between genuinely creepy imagery and some solid 80s laughs.
The effects team behind the clowns themselves are famous in the world of puppetry for movies, and the clowns here and some of the best possible clown-alien-hybrids you can imagine.
Sure, they kind of look like big mascots that escaped from some terrible alternate-reality high sports team, but they can get fairly creepy in the right light, especially if you already have a fear of clowns, in which case, maybe put this movie on the backburner for a while.
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Well, what should we say about The Bye Bye Man that hasn’t already been said by legions of online movie critics?
Hmmm. There’s not a lot left to say, actually. But here’s why we included it in this list.
The concept behind this movie is actually not that bad. It’s about an entity who gets in the minds of different people and makes them do bad things.
That’s solid. We could definitely see that concept being shaped into a really effective horror movie. But as it stands, Bye Bye Man isn’t really the best horror movie you’re going to see this year, and that’s exactly why it made the cut.
We won’t say for sure that you and your friends will end up laughing at this horror movie when you pull it up to stream on Netflix, but there’s at least a chance of that happening.
Still, you’ll get a decent balance between AAAHHHH and WHY.
Winchester is yet another modern horror movie that sits on top of a neat concept, and this time around, the basis for the movie is a fun tidbit of history.
If you’ve never read about Lady Winchester and her very famous house in California, then we highly, highly recommend you go and check it out right now to get all the juicy details. Otherwise, here’s a condensed version.
Lady Winchester was the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. On the one hand, that was a huge bonus because it meant she had more money than she would ever need. Pretty cool, right?
Thing is, she started losing her mind a little bit later on in her life, and more specifically, she became convinced that she needed to hide from the ghosts of all those who had been killed by Winchester rifles through the years.
Her plan? To add more and more additions to her house over the course of many years. Well, that’s not too scary, right?
Unfortunately, Ms. Winchester felt the need to add all the time and without the aid of an architect who could have given these additions a cohesive plan.
What she ended up with was a massive house that’s unlike any other in the world. There are staircases that go to nowhere, secret doors, and plenty of oddly-shaped rooms that she just didn’t use.
As the story goes, the point was to confuse the ghosts so they couldn’t find her. The house is still standing today and you can even take a tour if you want.
But when it comes to this movie adaptation of the story from 2018, there are a handful of creepy moments, but nothing all that horrifying.
But hey, that makes it perfect for this list. So as long as you’re OK with some loud noises and jumpscares, you should be able to get through this one just fine.
Bird Box (2018)
One of the great things about Bird Box, and the number reason it made the list here, is that it’s guaranteed to always be on Netflix. Why? Because it’s a Netflix original, and in fact, it even earned a ton of attention for the brand when it was released.
The Bird Box challenge took the world by storm, for a few days at least, and millions of people checked it out within the first month.
Best of all though, it’s really not that scary. The underlying idea is definitely scary, and the performances are definitely convincing, but you should be able to get through this one without earning yourself any new nightmares.
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead is one of director Sam Raimi’s most famous movies, although it was eventually surpassed by its direct sequel, The Evil Dead 2.
But if you’re looking for a spooky monster/zombie movie that you’ll be able to get through with relative ease, then the first movie is definitely a good bit.
There’s a bit of body horror in here, as well as some frantic pacing that might keep you on the edge of your seat, but it’s also just a legitimately funny movie that’ll keep you smiling, even if what you’re seeing on your screen is more than a little gross.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)
This one requires a little bit of an explanation. While a good number of the movies on this list are not so scary simply because they weren’t executed all that well, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is actually a very good movie all around.
However, if you’re new to intense horror, this movie is a great way to train up for something a little wilder in the future.
The scares in this movie come more from tone and atmosphere than creepy visuals. In other words, if you don’t mind an unnerving overall tone in a movie, then this one won’t be very challenging for you.
Unfriended gained a lot of attention when it was released for being one of the very first features to show nothing onscreen but webcam feeds and computer desktops.
A few years later, it’s definitely not the most inventive idea in the world, but here it still works very well.
At the same time, this is another horror movie that keeps itself from being too scary by implying a lot of things rather than showing it all.
Yes, there’s a bit of gore, and characters will definitely scream from time to time, but in the end, Unfriended probably won’t make you too scared to hop back on your computer after the movie’s over.
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