If you’re like me, you get the urge to watch scary movies in October and November. It’s Halloween, it’s Fall, the days are turning darker, and for some reason it just seems like the perfect time to watch scary movies.
However, there’s one caveat: I don’t actually want to watch a really scary movie.
Any R-rated horror flick is something I want to stay as far away from as possible. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be R-rated: The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe was way too terrifying for me. There’s no way I’m ever watching The Grudge or The Shining. Even It is probably more horror than I want in my life.
So here are five movies that are just scary enough but not actually that scary. They might make you afraid of the dark for a few days, but they won’t get you hospitalized or anything.
1. The Village
This is my all-time favorite Halloween movie. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, it’s incredibly well-constructed and atmospheric. It will make you jump, but in the end, everything is logically explained. Shyamalan’s alien movie Signs is also a great one. And aliens aren’t too scary, right?
2. Jurassic Park or Godzilla
You can watch any Jurassic Park film, but in my opinion the scariest (and best, although Jurassic World was pretty great) is still the first. You can’t get any scarier than being trapped in a car lodged in a tree with a loose T-Rex on the ground. Except maybe hiding in a kitchen from Velociraptors who have suddenly developed the ability to use doorknobs.
However, when you’re walking down a dark alley at night, there’s about a 1% chance you’re suddenly going to freak yourself out with the thought of a T-Rex sneaking up on you.
The 2014 Godzilla film was also pretty good. And while the action is tense, the prospect of a sudden Godzilla attack doesn’t keep me up at night.