I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m a weenie when it comes to horror movies. If you’re like me and get curious about horror movies, but still want to be able to sleep at night, here are three Weenie Approved recommendations.

This photo accurately shows how I am after watching a genuinely terrifying movie. I try to fall asleep upright with my eyes open, but for some reason it never works.
This photo accurately shows how I am after watching a genuinely terrifying movie. I try to fall asleep upright with my eyes open, but for some reason it never works.
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Creep (2014) is a suspenseful horror movie that felt more like a dark comedy

Upon the recommendation of one of my fellow horror writers, I decided to watch the found footage film Creep, and boy was that a fun movie. I honestly found it really funny, which was a new thing for me; finding a horror movie humorous. Even 2012’s Mama unsettled me at the time.

Mark Duplass plays Aaron, a man who hires a videographer to film his day, and his acting delivery felt comedic at times. I know I’m not painting it as a scary movie, but it is marketed as a psychological horror. I mean, there are a few good jump scares and horror elements at the end of the movie, but nothing to sweat about.

Gerald’s Game (2017) is based off a Stephen King novel, but it didn’t scare me like It did

What occurred on screen was disturbing at times, but not because it was overly gory or made you jump out of your seat. The “scary” parts illicit more of a “WTF?” reaction than a heart beating out of your chest effect.

This is a movie based on a novel about abuse. The way Jessie’s husband, Gerald, and her father treated her was without a doubt horrifying. And I can’t say I loved the way the Moonlight Man looked, but it was a thought-provoking movie more than anything. I was honestly surprised to see it under Netflix’s horror category, but hey, if they say it’s a horror movie then I watched a horror movie.

I hope horror film fanatics don't come for me.
I hope horror film fanatics don’t come for me.
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Train To Busan (2016) is a zombie horror movie that left me feeling sad

Train To Busan is a Korean horror movie that follows a father and daughter who are trapped on a train amid a zombie outbreak. It’s engaging from start to finish, but I didn’t lay asleep at night terrified a zombie would bust through my door.

Now, I’m someone who likes many zombie horror movies and TV shows. This might be why Train to Busan didn’t creep me out like It did. Either way, Train To Busan is a unique, thrilling and bloody adventure. That being said, the father and daughter dynamic also takes you through an emotional finale.

There you have it. Three horror movies that aren’t so scary that they will keep you up at night. I mean, I hope they don’t. Everyone is different, but as I’ve mentioned, I’m pretty wimpy.

What other horror movies give you the scary, but not too scary fix?