horror recommendation

horror films for people who don’t like horror films

i’ve been asked this a lot: what horror movies would you recommend to people who try to stay away from the genre in general, for whatever reason? some people don’t enjoy being scared, some people find horror too unrealistic and outlandish, and some people don’t enjoy the repetitive tropes that are admittedly often present in horror films. 

that being said, when i do give people recommendations for horror movies to dip their toe into, they’re often the same ones, or very similar ones. so i’ve gathered them here today, in case my horror loving followers have any friends who ask them the same questions, but aren’t sure of how to answer. 

Q: Why don’t you like horror?

A: “I don’t like jumpscares.” 


  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Orphanage
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Shining

A: “I can’t stand gore.” 


  • The Babadook
  • The Others
  • Ringu
  • The Conjuring

A: “I don’t like horror’s cheesy tropes.” 


  • It Follows
  • Pontypool
  • Teeth
  • A Tale of Two Sisters

A: “I don’t like the way horror treats women.” 


  • American Mary
  • Girls Against Boys
  • You’re Next
  • All Cheerleaders Die
  • Excision
  • The Loved Ones

A: “Horror is too unrealistic.” 


  • Hush
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Wolf Creek
  • Almost Mercy
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

A: “I’d rather watch something funny.” 


  • Life After Beth
  • Jennifer’s Body
  • Zombieland
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Re-Animator

50 horror movies to see before you die:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
  3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  4. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
  5. Sinister (2012) / Sinister 2 (2015)
  6. The Shining (1980)
  7. The Omen (1976)
  8. The Grudge (2004)
  9. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  10. My Bloody Valentine (2009 remake)
  11. The Pact (2012)
  12. The Gallows (2015)
  13. The Evil Dead (1981)
  14. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  15. Insidious (2012) / Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
  16. The Conjuring (2013) / The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  18. The Possession (2012)
  19. Scream (1996)
  20. It Follows (2014)
  21. The Woman in Black (2012)
  22. The Hills Run Red (2009)
  23. Psycho (1960)
  24. Orphan (2009)
  25. The Loved Ones (2009)
  26. Funny Games (2007 remake)
  27. The Ring (2002)
  28. Would You Rather (2012)
  29. Housebound (2014)
  30. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  31. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
  32. We Are Still Here (2015)
  33. It (1990)
  34. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
  35. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
  36. Misery (1990)
  37. The Collection (2012)
  38. House at the End of the Street (2012)
  39. The Seasoning House (2012)
  40. The House of the Devil (2009)
  41. Maniac (2012)
  42. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
  43. Hide and Seek (2005)
  44. 13 Sins (2014)
  45. Evidence (2013)
  46. Satan’s School for Girls (1973)
  47. Alien (1979)
  48. The Strangers (2008)
  49. The Exorcist (1973)
  50. The Babadook (2014)
Podcast Recommendations
  • Friends: Hey, can you recommend me some podcasts?
  • Me: Sure, Whatcha looking for?
  • Them: Hmm...Something like Welcome to NightVale
  • Me: No no no no. You gotta be more specific like do you want it to be queer, spooky, queerspooky, dramatic, pleasing music, characters that are abnormal, more realistic, trippy? BE SPECIFIC! I could recommend to you a small loan of five million podcasts.

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” 🔥

Finally reading this , and it’s so goooood😍

lostuntothisworld  asked:

a while back you recommended the movie Autopsy of Jane Doe and it was fantastic! Do you have any more horror movie recs that are psychological like that (with minimal jump scares preferably?)

omg yesssssssss, i sure as heck do. i looooooove recommending horror movies. kay, here we go, pychological, disturbing, and minimal jump scares: 

1. Get Out (2017) - this is a newer movie, and I’m sure you’ve heard about it (and maybe even seen it already). I finally got to see it in theaters and it was marvelous. Very tense horror, minimal jump scares. Definitely recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. 

2. The Thing (1982) - this is probably my favorite horror movie, and one I will always, always recommend to people. It’s more sci-fi/horror, but horror none the less. This is a movie that feeds on uncertainty and tension, fueled by distrust and paranoia between the characters. (There was also a prequel to this movie made in 2011, and I certainly enjoyed that one as well, but it still couldn’t quite deliver the same chills and fear the 1982 version did.) 

3. They Look Like People (2015) - this is another one that I just watched recently. Probably one of the best that fits the category of psychological horror. It’s a bit slow to start, but develops into a story that will leave you tense, unsure, and unsettled. Plus, it’s probably the only horror movie I have ever seen that manages to highlight mental illness without demonizing it. 

4. As Above So Below (2014) - this is a movie that honestly, I was very skeptical about seeing. It’s a found footage movie (which I typically hate), and it got very poor reviews, but I wound up watching it on a whim one day and found myself enjoying it a lot more than I expected. It honestly is more of a adventure/horror film rather than a strict horror film - and the reviews might have been better, I think, if its marketing hadn’t painted it as a strict horror film. There are a few jump scares in there, but not a whole lot. Much the movie relies on claustrophobia, confusion, and mystery. It’s really an interesting look at a journey into hell. I greatly enjoy it, though your mileage may vary. 

5. Event Horizon (1997) - another sci-fi/horror film. A nightmarish movie about salvage/rescue crew that goes out to salvage a ship that vanished on its maiden voyage and reappeared 7 years later missing its entire crew. This movie deals well in suspense, fear, and our ultimate terror of what evils could lie beyond the unknown. 

6. The Descent (2005) - yet another movie I recommend to everyone. Set underground in an unknown cave system, and led by an all female cast, this movie is just full of anxiety, paranoia, claustrophobia, and unease. It’ll certainly make you never want to go caving. 

7. The Strangers (2008) - a great take on the classic home invasion/slasher film. It boasts a really creepy atmosphere, an isolated setting, and has moments of genuine, realistic anxiety and terror (even the small things, like trying to find somewhere to hide and realizing you can’t fit, etc…) I saw this movie with my best friend back when it first came out, and it’s still one of my favorites.

8. The Others (2001) - this is not your typical ghost story. Honestly this one is hard to describe because I don’t want to give too much away about the plot. In the last few days of World War II, a woman and her two children wait in isolation, after the mysterious disappearance of their servants, for her husband/their father to return from the war. It’s only in the isolation of the house that they begin to realize the house might not be as empty as they thought it was. Very, very unique take on a ghost story. The case is wonderful, and the pacing and setting of this movie creates wonderfully creepy, unsettling fear. 

9. The Witch (2016) - slow-burn horror and very setting specific, this one’s focus is on religious fear and the sexual stigmatization of girls and women. It’s slow-paced, but really great at building up a sense of unease and dread, and even the small things in it, like small rabbits in the wild, can make you feel unsettled. 

10. Black Swan (2010) - not strictly a horror movie, this one is heavily psychological, and I almost want to cast it as a thriller more than anything, but some of it truly does fall into the realm of psychological horror. Paranoia, obsession, and tension, this movie is chock-full of it. 

11. Funny Games (2007) - this one is actually a remake of a 1997 movie of the same name. I feel kind of bad, but I actually haven’t seen the original, but from what I hear, the two movies don’t differ much. This one is particularly unsettling because of its constant underlying feeling of authenticity. Much like The Strangers, this feels real, like it could happen to anyone, like its psychopaths could be anybody, any well-to-do strangers. It’s a long, sometimes unbearably frustrating game of physical and psychological torture; and the few moments of well-timed 4th wall breaking really up the frustration and distress. 

12. 1408 (2007) - based on a Stephen King story, this film heavily relies on psychological and anxiety-building elements to create its tension. Every thing that happens in this room makes you question what it will do next, what trick will it pull, what hopes will it dash. There’s not much else to say about this one exept that… “It’s an evil fucking room.” 

13. El Orfanato/The Orphanage (2007) - man this one is definitely a favorite of mine. Very unnerving and deeply emotional at the same time, this one is a very well-crafted and clever take on the haunted house/orphanage trope. It’s spooky, chilling, has some moments that will genuinely crawl under your skin (the 1-2-3 toca la pared scene always does it for me…), and features a wildly emotional ending. 

14. The Babadook (2014) - this one doesn’t rely on cheap scares at all, but still features some truly creepy and unnerving moments that left me on edge. But in addition to that, this movie is about so much more than a boogeyman lurking in the shadows. Heavily psychological, this movie delves deeply into how we process loss and deal with all-consuming grief. 

15. 28 Days Later (2002) - I probably don’t need to say much about this one. It’s a movie that most people have either seen or have at least heard of. But there’s a reason it’s consistently named one of the best zombie movies around. It deals with not only the horror of the zombies (and they certainly make that aspect scary on its own), but also the darkest aspects of the fall of society. We’re given a frighteningly grim look at the degradation of humanity and the darkest aspects of human nature as society falls apart. 

15 seems like enough! And hopefully you’ll like some of those!! :D 

(also, for those reading this, please watch Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) cause it’s amazing)

anonymous asked:

I read Slasher Girls and Monster Boys and absolutely LOVED it!! Are there any books you suggest that are like it?

We’ve got a few WICKED READS you might be interested in…

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Mean girls meets Stephen King in this teen horror. Sofia Flores is just trying to fit in at a new school, but the Devil has other plans. Drawn in by her new friends, she quickly finds herself in over her head in this haunting horror that will keep you up all night…and all the nights to follow. 

Fear factor: high 😱 😱 😱

Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

How would you get rid of a murder weapon without causing suspicion? What if you found out the tattoo on your back was worth over a million dollars? Explore the answers to these questions and more in Roald Dahl’s darkly funny (and lightly spooky) short story collection.

Fear factor: low 🎃 

See our whole list of “2 Spoopy 4 Me” reads here!

Amazing Spoopy Web Shows

Halloween is approaching and some of you need a spoopy fix. Enjoy these amazingly hilarious horror/Halloween themed web-series! Most of them are literary inspired. 

 If you can think of any others, please add to this list!


Joni Murphy | Double Teenage

Ghérasim Luca | The Passive Vampire

Alice Notley | Phoebe Light

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Nina Auerbach | Woman and the Demon

Dayna Tortorici on Elena Ferrante

Foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum | Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick | Between Men

Elaine Kahn | Women in Public

Anne Carson | Men In The Off Hours

Dorothea Lasky | Two Doors To Hell | Black Life

vermillionpt2  asked:

Hey Katy! I don't know if you've done this before, but it would be so awesome if you could link your favorite creepy pasta stories! Or to a post you might have already done?

No problem! First off are the “true” creepypastas, or stories that have no known author, just like urban legends IRL.

NOTE: I’ll bold all the creepypastas I consider to be the best of the best.

And here are my favorites from the King of Creepypasta, Slimebeast. Seriously, his stories are fantastic; in my opinion (and in many others’), he’s the best creepypasta author out there.

And these are from No Sleep on Reddit. No Sleep is one of the best resources of short horror fiction and I highly recommend looking around!

WOW, this ended up being much longer than I expected it to be. Oh well, hope you enjoy!

In celebration of Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of horror films from several different sub-genres along with links to their respective IMDB pages. Please note that the films listed below may contain scenes that some find triggering, disturbing, or upsetting; if you have any concerns over a film’s content, I highly encourage you to research it prior to watching in order to make as informed a choice as possible. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR: films that inspire fear and tension by creating an unsettling atmosphere.

FEMALE-CENTRIC FILMS: horror movies featuring women in starring roles outside of the “final girl” trope.

GRAPHIC HORROR: films containing depictions of extreme acts, like heavy violence, body horror, and gore. Not recommended for those offended or disturbed by explicit, potentially-upsetting media.

HORROR ANTHOLOGIES: also known as “portmanteau films”, these movies contain multiple short segments that are sometimes connected by a main plot.

THRILLERS: scary stories with a suspenseful plot.

MOVIE MONSTERS: horror films starring a variety of creatures, from vampires and werewolves to Lovecraft monsters and evil clowns.

HORROR CLASSICS: definitive movies from the pre-1970’s horror era.

SUPERNATURAL HORROR: all things paranormal, ghosts and ghouls.

OCCULT AND POSSESSION: movies with rituals, demons, and possessed souls.

ZOMBIES: a category encompassing everything from Romero’s undead to the living infected.

FOUND FOOTAGE: movies comprised of camera footage filmed by hapless characters.


This manga is by far the best thing I’ve read in a long time. I wasn’t bored reading this no matter what page it was and it always kept me on the edge of my seat. This manga updates weekly and is definitely going to be a masterpiece in the future if it isn’t already.
Also, Ray is best character and deserves everything good in this world for all he has done and sacrificed. They all deserve everything good but especially Ray and Normon

Name: The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland)

Summary (taken from mangahere): Emma and her friends have a pretty good life at the orphanage they grew up in. Though the rules may be strict, the caretaker is kind. But why are the children forbidden from ever leaving…?

Genres: thriller, psychological, mystery, supernatural, horror, tragedy

hisanakubi  asked:

Hey Tena! I really love your blog, esp the horror movies post! :) I'm starting to get really into slasher movies and I was wondering if you maybe had some suggestions for me ! I've seen all the Screams and Friday the 13th so far and was looking for more ideas! Thank you! (:

I’ve always got horror suggestions!

Let’s start with a few proto-slashers (i.e., those films that helped mold the formula for the modern slasher.  They may not be as gory, but they’re important to what the slasher film would eventually become):

  • M (1931) - Fritz Lang
  • Peeping Tom (1960) - Michael Powell
  • Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock
  • A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971) - Mario Bava (I could have placed this in the next category, but the influence of this film in particular on the Friday the 13th franchise is quite noticeable)
  • Torso (1973) - Sergio Martino
  • Axe (1974) -  Frederick R. Friedel
  • Black Christmas (1974) - Bob Clark
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Tobe Hooper
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) - Charles B. Pierce
  • Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) - Alfred Sole
  • Massacre at Central High (1976) - Renee Daalder
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - Wes Craven

Giallo films (personally recommended in order to best understand the genesis of the slasher subgenre):

  • Blood and Black Lace (1964) - Mario Bava
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - Dario Argento
  • Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) - Mario Bava
  • A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) - Lucio Fulci
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971) - Aldo Lado
  • The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971) - Dario Argento
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) (Dario Argento)
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972) - Lucio Fulci
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) - Emilio Miraglia
  • What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) - Massimo Dallamano
  • Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye (1973) - Antonio Margheriti
  • Eyeball (1975) - Umberto Lenzi
  • Deep Red (1975) - Dario Argento
  • The House with Laughing Windows (1976) - Pupi Avati
  • Tenebrae  (1982) - Dario Argento
  • Delirium: Photo of Gioia (1987) - Lamberto Bava
  • Stage Fright (1987) - Michele Soavi

Basic list of slasher films (as in, the most commonly-cited examples of the subgenre):

  • Halloween (1978) - John Carpenter
  • Terror Train (1980) - Roger Spottiswoode
  • Prom Night (1980) - Paul Lynch
  • Maniac (1981) - William Lustig
  • My Bloody Valentine (1981) - George Mihalka
  • The Burning (1981) - Tony Maylam
  • The Funhouse (1981) - Tobe Hooper
  • Hell Night (1981) - Tom De Simone
  • Just Before Dawn (1981) - Jeff Leiberman
  • The Prowler (1981) - Joseph Zito
  • Happy Birthday to Me (1981) - J. Lee Thompson
  • The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Amy Holden Jones (this was allegedly a feminist parody of slasher films, but ends up being more excessive, and less entertaining.  Noteworthy only for this information)
  • Sleepaway Camp (1983) - Robert Hiltzik
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Wes Craven
  • April Fool’s Day (1986) - Fred Walton
  • Child’s Play (1988) - Tom Holland
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) - Jim Gillespie
  • Saw (2004) - James Wan 
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) - Scott Glosserman
  • Hatchet (2006) - Adam Green

Other slasher films:

  • Motel Hell (1980) - Kevin Connor
  • Mother’s Day (1980) - Charles Kaufman
  • Nightmare (1981) -  Romano Scavolini
  • Madman (1981) -  Joe Giannone
  • The New York Ripper (1982) - Lucio Fulci
  • Curtains (1983) - Jonathan Stryker
  • The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Mark Rosman
  • The Initiation (1984) - Larry Stewart
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) -  Charles E. Sellier Jr.
  • Blood Diner (1987) - Jackie Kong
  • Slaughterhouse (1987) - Rick Roessler
  • Satan’s Little Helper (2004) - Jeff Leiberman
  • Hostel (2005) - Eli Roth (I’m not a fan, but you may feel differently)
  • Them (2006) - David Moreau and Xavier Palud

Standout slasher films (those of exceptional quality, or with traits that set it apart from others):

  • Tourist Trap (1979) - David Schmoeller
  • Alone in the Dark (1982) - Jack Sholder
  • The Stepfather (1987) - Joseph Ruben
  • Candyman (1992) - Bernard Rose
  • Dr. Giggles (1992) - Manny Coto
  • Wolf Creek (2005) - Greg Mclean
  • High Tension (2006) - Alexandre Aja

LGBT slasher films (because I felt like it):

  • Make a Wish (2002) - Sharon Ferranti
  • Hellbent (2004) -  Paul Etheredge-Ouzts
  • You’re Killing Me (2015) - Jim Hansen

Additionally, you could look into German krimi films, which are essentially the sister subgenre to the giallo (and which I unfortunately do not have much personal experience with).

Hope this helps! :D

LGBT Movie Reviews: Recap

So, I’ve watched quite a few queer-related movies in the past few weeks. Here’s a recap of the ones I’ve watched (and ones I’m going to watch) and how I’ve rated them.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour: 5/10 Brownie points for Lea Seydoux being Lea Seydoux, but it’s a no-go for the male gaze-oriented sex scenes. And Adele’s snot-crying at the end. And for Emma calling Adele a slut… I love and hate that scene both at the same time. But mainly hate. Also, it’s long and in all French, so you better put on the subtitles and have a good 3 hours to just chill.

High Tension: 7/10 Cecile de France is amazing in this film (read: her haircut is hot), and I’m sad her character had such a bad ending. The gore is slightly over-the-top, but terrific in its execution (so many bad puns. I apologize). Although most of it is in French and dubbed in some places, I would still watch it again in a heartbeat. The suspense and the tension were high (again, I’m sorry, I can’t help it) but the ending does not bode well for LGBT folks. As is such with many films in the horror genre, the concept of sexuality is a misused and abused one.. but it makes for great fanfiction (mine, since it’s one of the only TWO fanfics posted on the internet from this fandom). 

But I’m A Cheerleader: 6/10 Too campy for my taste, but I shipped Megan and Graham from the moment Graham said “I like girls” while staring at Megan. It’s a very good film to watch if you need to distract yourself from the reality of living at the Pray The Gay Away summer camp your parents just sent you to “for your own good.” Also, Natasha Lyonne plays Nicky Nichols in OITNB, so… yeah. Brownie points all around.

Imagine Me & You: 11/10 Yes, I gave it an eleven. (These go to eleven.) I absolutely LOVED this movie. Luce, The Florist, is amazing. Rachel, The Married Woman, is adorable. Heck, The Token Male Character, is… awkward and sweet and a necessary evil for the plot. But the romance! Literally, kids, I’m never watching The Notebook during a sleepover as long as I’ve got this movie. It’s fucking adorable and British and the witty dialogue is on point.

The Runaways: 7.5/10 I didn’t know I shipped KStew and Dakota Fanning until I watched this movie. And the portrayal of Joan Jett was amazing- the old middle-school me that was obsessed with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (and My Chemical Romance… we all have our punk phases) was amazed at how Joan Kristen was. Even down to their hair-flip thing.  I mean, Kristen should sing more. And wear tighter t-shirts more often, you know what I’m saying?

Better Than Chocolate: 8/10 This movie would be a seven, if I hadn’t loved the trans* character of Judy so much which added a brownie point. It was a cute comedy, and I liked the friendship between Judy and  the mom, Lila. Also, Christina Cox as Kim (girlfriend goals second only to Luce The Florist)… and the sexy painting scene around 20 minutes in… yep. Except for the random scary break-in near the end, this movie was sweet and definitely better than chocolate.

Pending reviews: 

The Kids Are All Right; Lost and Delirious; Bloomington; Loving Annabelle; My Summer of Love; When Night Is Falling; Mulholland Drive; Heavenly Creatures; Bound; Room In Rome; Cracks; Itty Bitty Titty Committee; Martyrs; The Moth Diaries; The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister; Tipping The Velvet; Desert Hearts; Go Fish and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Anyone have any other suggestions? I’ll try and watch Affinity and Fingersmith (or better yet, read them) if I can find any copies of them lying around the library. Sadly, no luck so far.

Consider this my pseudo-”summer reading” assignment, although I can’t buy lesbian-themed books (aside from The Price of Salt that I bought and have hiding in the bottom of my dresser to read at night with the door closed- it’s so good!) or else my mother will find them and ask too many questions. I feel like I smuggled in drugs or something, when I went to buy the book at Barnes and Noble. It was the fastest I’d ever been through a checkout. :)


(vía https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK4wiyMKzDA)

For all the Marble Hornets fans out there feeling nostalgia! This was composed by Robert Panico, the same person who composed and performed the Marble Hornets season 3 DVD menu theme! He has some other MH related compositions.

For those who don’t know what Marble Hornet is: MH is a mystery/horror series on youtube with some ARG elements such as an alternate Youtube channel that posted really interesting video-responses. If you’re in for a little bit of mystery and the spooks, check that out!

Marble Hornets channel


🎥 My Favorite Short Films: Dead Hearts (2014) 🎥

A young mortician will give his heart away to find true love.

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Comedy

Country: Canada

Language: English

This is soooo cute :) For people who like quirky stuff!

Don’t you hate it when you finally get accepted into a closed Creepypasta Facebook group and all you see on its page are pictures of fan art. 


Cringy drawings of Laughing Jack and Slenderman and Ben Drowned and other godawful characters in scene clothing. 

Along with a grand total of 0 creepypastas. 

What an absolute let down. 

If anyone knows any decent Facebook groups that actually devotes its space to discussions and recommendations of creepypastas, please comment below.