10 Creepy Films That Prove Fear Doesn't Require a Drop of Blood

By Maya Capasso · May 8, 2023, 4:00 PM EDT

1. 10 Creepy Films That Prove Fear Doesn't Require a Drop of Blood

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One of the great things about the horror genre is that there are many ways to scare the living daylights out of people. Some movies rely on jump scares and suspense, others rely on gore and blood, and others focus on the terror in the story itself.

But many horror movies aren't gory and still terrify their audiences. From Orphan to The Conjuring, plenty of films exist for movie-goers who want the fear without the blood.

2. The Babadook (2014)

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When a grieving mother and son discover a strange children's book in the child's bedroom, they start noticing strange and eerie things around the house. This film had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, but the gore is minimal.

3. Orphan (2009)

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Orphan is about a family who adopts a kind young girl from a nearby orphanage, only to learn that she has more problems than they could have imagined. As their new child becomes violent and sexually inappropriate, the parents wonder if they made the wrong choice for their family.

4. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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Paranormal Activity follows a young couple who move into a new home only to realize that it's haunted by an evil spirit that wants them dead. This film is terrifying, using its found footage to build suspense rather than rely on blood and gore.

5. It Follows (2014)

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When a young woman has adult relations with her boyfriend for the first time, she soon realizes she's now the target of an entity that's haunting gets passed through victims through intercourse.

As the spirit hunts her down, possessing the figures of people she knows, walking slowly and eerily toward her, she and her friends band together to search for an end to the curse.

6. Train to Busan (2016)

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This Korean zombie horror film is about a father and his young daughter traveling on a train when the zombie apocalypse begins. While there is a lot of violence in this film, there is hardly any blood. And the zombies are some of the best I've ever seen.

7. Lyle (2014)

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Lyle is a psychological horror that creates terror through the protagonist's delusions, making the audience question the line between reality and psychosis. When a young mother's daughter dies in a tragic accident, she starts to believe her neighbors and a satanic cult were involved in her child's death.

8. The Conjuring (2013)

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When a family moves into a remote home on a farm, they're haunted by a supernatural entity and seek the help of paranormal investigators to learn more about the spirit. This film is terrifying because of the strange happenings and the story's suspense rather than gore and violence.

9. Insidious (2010)

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The terror in Insidious comes from the primal fears of parenthood and the excellent filmmaking and storytelling. In this paranormal horror film, a family's worst nightmare comes true when they move into a new home, and a demonic spirit possesses their young son.

10. The Ring (2002)

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In this eerie paranormal horror film, a journalist discovers a tape claiming anyone who watches it will die in seven days and receive mysterious phone calls to remind them of how long they have left to live. After she watches the tape, she's surprised that the spirit is real and does everything she can to prevent her impending demise.

What other creepy movies would you add to this list?

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11. The Woman in Black (2012)

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When a young lawyer visits a small seaside village to sort through some paperwork of a deceased woman's home that is about to be sold, he learns that kids keep dying in tragic accidents around the town. But are these deaths truly accidents or the work of something more sinister?