Top 10 “Not So Scary” Horror Films - Raindance


Halloween: A time for people to dress up, go trick or treating, and a time to scare and be scared. I must come clean and let you know that I am not the biggest Halloween fan. I know, let out your gasps, seek to scare me, I have gone through it all. In the spirit of Halloween, rather than go with the obvious and pick my top 10 scary films, I went with the “not so scary” films. “Not so scary” meaning the films we all love and laugh at despite how “scary” and sometimes outrageous they may seem. I went to Facebook to ask for everyone’s favorites and got some really great responses! They are listed in no particular order and I made sure to give credit where credit’s due. So get ready to take a walk down memory lane. This is my Top 10 “not so scary” Horror films!

Hocus Pocus (1993)

suggested by Wally Nies

Every time Hocus Pocus comes on TV I can’t change the channel. Trust me, I try, but I simply can’t resist this hilarious Halloween classic! Hocus Pocus is outrageous, fun, and totally timeless. If you have yet to see it, turn on your TV sometime this week; I am sure you will catch it playing.

 Casper (1995)

suggested by Kelsey Bennett

As a little girl I couldn’t stand the sight of movies filled with ghosts, monsters, or anything else that screamed scary. However, Casper was one of my absolute favorite films! A movie with huge characters and laugh out loud scenes, Casper is way too cute and sweet to be scary.

Gremlins (1984)

suggested by Cecilia Zoppelletto

Let’s be honest, Gremlins are super adorable in a really cute and creepy way. This movie is definitely one of those timeless classics that will never be forgotten. A film where you can truly go along for the crazy and unforgettable ride and in the end, for some odd reason, wish your parents would buy you a Gremlin for the holidays.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

suggested by Anoushka Bonwick

At least one zombie movie had to make the list and Shaun of the Dead is a worthy choice! Zombies have been a Horror movie staple for as long as I can remember and this film does a great job of bringing a new twist to what can be a rather predictable genre. It’s the perfect black comedy zombie spoof.

The Burbs (1989)

suggested by Chris Bonnar

We can all relate to having creepy new neighbors come to town, right? The Burbs is an absolutely entertaining and over the top film that fits perfectly into the comedic/ horror movie genre. Plus Tom Hanks is the lead, and well, he’s kind of sort of brilliant.


Beetle Juice (1988)

suggested by Niko Jones

Oh, Tim Burton, teach me your ways! A classic Burton fantasy film filled with quirky, memorable characters and a hilarious plot. Beetle Juice is yet another fun filled ghost movie that I believe will live on forever.

Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

suggested by Alex Bailey

There is something about Leprechauns that really gets under my skin and gives me the creeps. That being said this movie is filled with crazy antics and Ice-T and it is much more of a comedy than it is scary.

Scooby-Doo (2002)

suggested by David Vassall

Filled with characters we know and love, the Scooby-Doo movie is definitely a whole lot funnier and quirkier than scary. While the giant Scrappy still makes my skin crawl, Scooby Doo and the rest of the gang keep me smiling and laughing for near the entire film.

Ghostbusters (1984)

suggested by Auriette Lindsay

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Another film involving ghosts, you can’t help but to grin while watching this movie or when hearing its infamous theme song.  Ghostbusters is definitely a Fantasy film that everyone in the family can sit back, sing along, and enjoy.

 Jennifer’s Body (2009)

suggested by Meagan Brown

Megan Fox plays a demon possessed girl who eats men to maintain her good looks, need I say more? While this movie seems as though it is supposed to scare you as well as make you laugh as Megan Brown wrote on Facebook “I laughed through the whole thing.”

Any “not so scary” films that you felt should have made my list? Please comment and let me know. Have a happy and safe Halloween!