Best Horror Movies

Some teens just love to be scared. Check out these hand-picked movies for some jump-out-of-your-seat moments that steer (mostly) clear of gore. Some of these top-rated titles are more mature than others, so be prepared to discuss the way violence is portrayed. Make sure you read the reviews to help you choose the ones with just the right scream factor for your family -- some of these movies are very, very scary. And if you're looking for something a little tamer for younger kids, try our Scary (but Not TOO Scary!) Halloween Movies list!

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The Birds

age 13+

Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1963)
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Poltergeist

age 13+

One of the all-time great haunted house movies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Vampires vs. the Bronx

age 13+

Teens protect their neighborhood; violence, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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A Quiet Place

age 14+

Gripping monster movie has lots of tension, some blood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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A Quiet Place Part II

age 14+

Skillful monster horror sequel has blood, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Lights Out

age 14+

Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Madres

age 14+

Violence, racial slurs in message-based horror movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Sixth Sense

age 14+

Great, but sometimes scarier than R-rated horror.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1999)
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Antebellum

age 15+

Brutal slavery horror pic has cool twists but lacks depth.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Beach House

age 15+

Eerie, chilling, timely zombie/pandemic movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Black as Night

age 15+

Vampire violence, social commentary in teen horror movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Carrie

age 15+

Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1976)
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The Dark Red

age 15+

Tense psychological thriller has violent horror elements.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Insidious

age 15+

Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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The Invisible Man

age 15+

Clever, tense sci-fi horror remake has blood, gore.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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It

age 15+

Terrifying evil clown movie based on Stephen King classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Kindred

age 15+

British horror mystery has suicide, child murders, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Psycho

age 15+

Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1960)
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Relic

age 15+

Emotional slow-burn horror movie about families, dementia.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Rental

age 15+

Sharp horror-thriller about human behavior and technology.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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