Well, this is definitely one of the most specific lists we’ve ever made, but ya know what, plenty of people on the internet apparently search this exact phrase, and we’re more than happy to help those people out.
We will now take a moment to speculate as to the kind of person who might be looking for horror movies on Netflix that are well-suited to pre-teens and early teens.
We could see a parent Googling that phrase for sure, wanting to let their child take a step into the realm of horror flicks without starting them out on the heavy stuff that would give that child everlasting nightmares.
Or maybe you’re a genuine, bona fide 13-year-old, in which case, please let us know in the comments what all you darn kids are into these days. Are fidget spinners still a thing? We genuinely have no idea.
Or maybe you’re just a person who doesn’t like their horror to be all that spicy. We get it. It’s fun to get scared just the right amount, in a Goldilocks kind of way.
But no matter where you’ve come from and how old you are, we know that you all share two very important traits:
1. You have access to a Netflix account (we assume).
2. You’re going to enjoy our picks for horror movies on Netflix that 13-year-olds in particular would probably like pretty well.
Hush is actually a pretty famous horror movie. It released around the same time as Don’t Breathe, which features a fictional blind man who’s nonetheless very good at defending his property.
Hush, on the other hand, is about a deaf woman who has to fight off a probably murderous weirdo who’s creeping around her isolated woodland living space.
At least for the moment, Hush is hanging out on Netflix, so watch it there while you can.
Is it a great horror movie? Eh, maybe not great, but it’s definitely well-constructed and worth a watch, so give it a looksee.
The Conjuring (2013)
Long before director James Wan turned his attention to weirdo projects like Malignant (you’ve gotta check it out if you haven’t yet), he was building an entire horror universe, and it all started with The Conjuring back in 2013.
Based on real-world paranormal investigators, this is a pretty classic haunting movie. There’s a house where some strange things are happening, and our heroes need to figure out exactly what’s going on and how to fix it.
Definitely not the most original horror movie in existence, but absolutely worth checking out, especially if you’re trying to dip a toe into horror movies without completely diving into the deep end.
For the younger readers out there, Unfriended might actually seem pretty dated at this point, and it’s not even that old.
The big reason this movie got a lot of press around the time of its release is that it was the first movie to be “shot” entirely on computer screens and via video call services.
We’ve had some similar movies since then, and 2020 even featured a horror movie captured entirely on video conferencing software Zoom.
But Unfriended is actually a pretty decent watch, especially if you’re hoping to not get too spooked.
Unfriended is really not that scary, and we’re not trying to be mean here. It’s just a pretty basic storyline with some outright goofy jump-scare moments that can even become funny, especially on repeat viewings.
The Influence (2019)
We actually really like the trailer for The Influence (originally released as La Influencia). It gives viewers a pretty good idea of what kind of scares are going to be in the movie, but it does this without giving away what the movie is all about.
Think of this movie as a kind of standard haunted house setup. A family checks out this old house where there’s all kinds of family history, and things kind of go South from there.
This movie gets a big recommendation for entry-level teenagers, not because it’s the best horror movie ever made, and not even just because it’s an OK horror movie. However, it’s a fun and easygoing horror movie with visual effects that are low-budget while still being at least kind of convincing.
Ok, the creepy doll movie is nothing new. The Chucky series alone has eight movies at last count, and it just got a franchise reboot a couple of years ago.
But Sabrina isn’t ashamed of taking that same basic creepy image and wringing it dry for some somewhat-fresh horror scenes.
Unlike The Influence, the trailer for Sabrina kind of gives away quite a bit of the plot, but that’s ok by us.
Watch this movie if you don’t want to worry about keeping up with the plot. You’ll understand what’s happening; just tune back in for the tense and spooky moments.
The Platform (2020)
This is a pretty recent high-concept horror movie and one of the only entries on this list that we recommend just about everyone watch.
It’s a good movie, period. The social commentary is brazen but it still works well. In fact, this movie even got a lot of attention in the festival circuit when it was first released.
The premise: a whole bunch of people are trapped in this shaft, each person on their own platform. Food travels from the top down.
If everyone only took the food they needed, everyone would have enough, but instead, people tend to take way more than they need, and this causes some rather understandable problems between the prisoners.
Remember that social commentary we mentioned? Well, here it is on a silver platter, so to speak.
The Ritual (2017)
Ok, so The Ritual is a Netflix original movie, which means that it should be sticking around on Netflix for a very long time.
The premise of the movie is actually quite similar to a video game from around the same time, called Dead By Daylight.
But basically, a group of friends who are still mourning the death of their friend go out into the woods, which is a pretty classic horror movie set-up.
But oh no! There’s something bad out there in the woods and they have to survive!
Fairly predictable, but it’s a fun little horror movie regardless.
That’s All For Now
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