Horror Movies for Newbies

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When you only want to be a little scared. These are what you might think of as the beginner horror films, movies with only a lightly creepy atmosphere and minimal gore. But even some veteran horror fans appreciate the more artful approach of subtle, psychological horror over the crudeness of an ax to the brain. These are our picks of great cozy entertainment for curling up over a cup of tea on a rainy day.

  • Arachnophobia (1990)

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    • RT Rating92%
    • IMDB Rating6.4
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    A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidentally transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from …

  • The Woman in Black (2012)

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    • RT Rating66%
    • IMDB Rating6.4
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    The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease gr…

  • The Ring (2002)

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    • RT Rating71%
    • IMDB Rating7.1
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    It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until fo…

  • Carriers (2009)

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    • RT Rating66%
    • IMDB Rating6.0
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    Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back …

  • Mama (2013)

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    • RT Rating65%
    • IMDB Rating6.2
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    Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that s…

  • The Final Girls (2015)

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    • RT Rating70%
    • IMDB Rating6.6
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    A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

  • Tremors (1990)

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    • RT Rating85%
    • IMDB Rating7.2
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    Hick handymen Val McKee and Earl Bassett can barely eke out a living in the Nevada hamlet of Perfection, so they decide to leave town — despite an admonition from a shapely seismology coed who’s picking up odd readings on her equipment. Before long,…

  • Cat’s Eye (1985)

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    • RT Rating67%
    • IMDB Rating6.3
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    Three short stories by shock-meister Stephen King are linked by a stray cat that roams from one tale to the next in this creepy triptych that begins as Dick (James Woods) tries to quit smoking by any means necessary. Next, we meet Johnny, an adultero…

  • Fragile (2005)

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    • IMDB Rating6.1
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    Haunted by memories of a patient’s death, a nurse takes a job at an antiquated hospital for children. Soon she learns that the kids fear a ghost that prowls the floors and will not allow anyone to leave. Amy tries to protect them and convince the oth…

  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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    • RT Rating90%
    • IMDB Rating6.9
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    Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a ve…

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