Top Ten Horror Movies For The Faint-Hearted

Olympia Rodriguez, print editor-in-chief

The world consists of two types of people: those who can handle horror and those who cannot. For those of us who suffer chronic insomnia following a scary movie, this selection of films steers clear of the fine line between terrifying and traumatizing. Perfect for viewers who prefer more entertainment to gore, the following films are better recognized for their brilliant storytelling rather than their ability to paralyze you with fear ‒ we can leave that up to The Ring (2002).


  1. You’re Next (2011)

Directed by Adam Wingard and starring Sharni Vinson of Step Up 3D, You’re Next tells the story of an affluent family turned into home invasion victims when their celebratory dinner becomes a struggle for survival. But unbeknownst to the violent gang of attackers sporting animal masks with bows and arrows, one particular dinner guest refuses to go down without a fight.


  1. Would You Rather (2012)

You might recognize Brittany Snow from her dashing melodies in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, but her acting strikes a different chord in David Guy Levy’s Would You Rather. Trying to provide for her deathly ill brother, Iris (Snow) agrees to attend a dinner party among other individuals desperate for money in hopes of winning a game of would you rather that turns from sweet to sinister.


  1. Circle (2015)

Awaking in a post-apocalyptic chamber, a group of contestants must vote and choose the one individual that will make it out alive and onto earth once again. The film, more stressful than scary, places values upon each of the players lives: a child versus a pregnant woman, a cancer survivor versus a college student.


  1. The Sacrament (2013)

As one of the greatest found-footage films this century, The Sacrament follows three brave Vice reporters in their venture into Eden Parish: a cult-like commune isolated from suburbian society. Initially appearing like a utopia, the reporters see through the peaceful facade to uncover a more ominous truth.


  1. Hush (2016)

Directed by Mike Flanagan, Hush follows a deaf woman’s fight for her life after a bloodthirsty intruder sets his sights on her secluded home in the woods. Tackling themes of disability, sacrifice and sensory deprivation, the exclusive Netflix release keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


  1. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

From the mind of Yorgos Lanthimos, director of The Lobster, comes the story of an ordinary family placed amidst a supernatural ultimatum that threatens the harmony of their domestic life. Colin Farrell, playing a loyal father and rusty surgeon, must make a decision that will compensate for a grave mistake in his past.


  1. The Babadook (2014)

As a marvel of Australian horror, The Babadook reinvents the typical monster movie genre and presents a haunting spirit manifested by Samuel, son of Amelia, after the violent death of his father. What begins as mere childhood delusion quickly turns into a menacing presence throughout their broken home.


  1. The Witch (2015)

Starring up-and-coming horror heartthrob Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch follows the story of a devout Christian family in 1630s New England who becomes haunted by the disappearance of their newborn son. The division created by the baby’s vanishing only begins the family’s downward spiral as evil takes many forms in their own home and the terrifying worlds surrounding it.


  1. It Follows (2014)

As one of my personal favorite films in history, David Robert Mitchell creates possibly the scariest monster of all time: a murderous entity that steadily lurks behind you at all hours of the day, planning to take your life as soon as it catches up. Nineteen-year-old Jay becomes the target of this monster after a seemingly innocent act and must now, with the help of her friends, figure out a way to pass it on.


  1. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

When the coy and selectively-mute Angela gets sent off to a children’s sleepaway camp, things begin to go awry as bodies come up missing. Camp horror strays far from scary but the presumably cheesy film earns its spot as one of the most petrifying with its final shot: the ultimate reveal of the killer.