The 10 Most Thrilling Horror Movies With Very Little Violence
The Halloween season is just around the corner, and many fans will be eager to watch horror films, even if they are not fans of blood. There are plenty of movies that have pulled off being frightening without involving too much blood.
There does not need to be blood and guts for these horror movies to deliver plenty of thrills. Instead, these movies seem more interested in inducing a sense of fear using psychological scares.
The Others (2001)
This film, which was set post-World War II, follows a woman and her two children whose home seems to have been invaded by some otherworldly power. Ghost stories seem a perfect format for horror movies that don’t rely on violence.
There are plenty of bone-chilling sequences leading up to the clever twist ending, and Nicole Kidman gives an excellent lead performance that grounds the movie while still being a supernatural thriller.
The Orphanage (2007)
A creepy little kid and a masked horror movie killer are two of the most unsettling antagonists in the genre. With its gripping Spanish-language horror story, The Orphanage fulfills both expectations. After her son begins communicating with a new friend unseen, a woman returns her family to the orphanage where she grew up.
While audiences might be anticipating blood to start flowing, The Orphanage makes it appear that danger lurks everywhere, putting them on edge and delivering plenty of scares.
The Conjuring (2013)
Many audiences probably assume that The Conjuring is filled with startling gore because of its popularity. In truth, the first movie is quite bloodless, yet remains one of the most terrifying horror movies in modern times.
Despite a lack of violence, the movie always has the feeling that something terrifying will happen, even without much violence. It follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they attempt to help a family who believe they are being targeted by some dark force in their farmhouse.
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The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A found footage horror movie that helped popularize it proved that the public is able to be thrilled even if there is no violence in it. A documentary crew explores a folk tale in a local forest and finds themselves trapped in a nightmare in The Blair Witch Project.
A lot of the story is left as a mystery, yet the format of the movie makes the audience feel as though they are watching this unsettling story unfold in front of them.
The Babadook (2014)
In horror movies, it is very impressive when a villain makes a significant impact on the audience even though he or she has limited screen time. A good example of this is The Babadook, whose titular monster has already become an enduring part of the genre.
In this Australian horror movie, a widower deals with her troubled young son when a book reveals a creature known as Mr. Babadook is looming over her. The movie tackles many themes beyond the scares in order to deliver real terror.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Fans may prefer to stay away from the Nicolas Cage remake, but The Wicker Man is an excellent horror film in its original form. During the investigation of a missing girl’s case, a detective is confronted with bizarre cult-like residents of an island community.
The Wicker Man’s first half is a creepy and somewhat surreal look at this unusual community, but its third act grips the audience with its amazing twists and memorable conclusion.
It Follows (2014)
One of the best examples of paranormal movie villains is It Follows, which proves that they can be the scariest. As a result of a curse passed through sex to a young woman, she becomes the target of an evil entity that she can only see and who relentlessly pursues her.
It is scarier to see how emotionless and persistent this entity is in making its way towards its target than how grim the aftermath can be if someone is caught by it.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
It is set in a small town that is invaded by aliens who can take over and replace humans. While the original is a wonderful movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a rare horror remake that might be an even better one.
The takeover is more non-violent than you’d expect for a horror movie and the visitors even see themselves as helping humanity with its flaws. Overall, it’s a wonderful, slow-burn movie that’s a thrilling and chilling ride.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bruce Willis stars in The Sixth Sense as a child psychologist who helps a young boy who is haunted by ghosts. The film is known for its brilliant twist ending, but it’s much more than that.
It is an engaging, suspenseful experience that relies just as much on its eerie tone as on its gore, is enhanced by terrific performances, and is the kind of movie you’ll love rewatching once you find out how it ends.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A lot of nonviolent horror movies succeed because the audience does not know if they are scared. In Rosemary’s Baby, Mia Farrow plays a pregnant woman who moves into a new apartment building with her husband only for the other tenants to take an unusual interest in her.
Rosemary’s Curse is an unsettling and thrilling horror story that builds to a thrilling conclusion, despite the lingering question of whether there is actually a threat at hand.
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