Looking for some best spine-tingling horror movies to watch with your friends? Don’t worry we got you, we picked some of the best trilling age-appropriate horror movies for tweens that’ll sure creep them out and which have the right level of fear without giving them trauma.

So let’s get right into the spookiness and check out the list of 21 BEST HORROR MOVIES FOR TWEENS.

21. Monster Family

  • Year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 4.8/10
  • Director: Holger Tappe
  • Starring: Dirk Stollberg,  Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Jan Makino
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 33 minutes 

In an attempt to reconnect and get a sense of family, the Wishbone family attends a Halloween party. But things do not go as planned when an evil witch curses them and turns each one into a monster. The storyline of this movie was very confusing at the start and overall was a silly movie. The animations were not very good and the mouth animations were way off. from the start of the movie it portrays an image of family being your happiness, which is a great thing for children to understand and be shown.

20. Scooby doo

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 5.2/10
  • Director: Raja Gosnell
  • Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 23 minutes 

Zoinks! Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors, Scooby-Doo and his clever crime-solving cohorts Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma are individually summoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot. Even though the movie may not be well-liked by some critics and fans, but this movie is particularity memorable. Despite the adult humor jokes that were included in the film, but it brings the hilarious moments particularly with Scooby Doo and his best buddy Shaggy.

19. Goosebumps

  • Year: 2015
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Starring: Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette, Ryan lee
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 43 minutes

R L Stine, the author of ‘Goosebumps’, is shocked when demons from his books come to life and create havoc in Delaware. Later, he, his daughter, Hannah, and her friend Zach strive to put things right.

Goosebumps is a fun movie which you can enjoy with your friends and family. I enjoyed the movie throughout. The cast did a decent job throughout. Jack Black really excels as R. L. Stine. The special effects and editing are very well done. This movie is for every age group and you will surely enjoy it. Overall, a must watch.

18. Lights out 

  • Year: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Batemen, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 21 minutes

Rebecca and her boyfriend try to investigate the connection between her mother and her imaginary friend, Diana, after her stepfather is murdered by a supernatural entity. This movie will get your pulse up fast, revealing the “horror” very early on. Interestingly enough, it keeps that pulse up throughout the movie despite this. The concept of something that can only appear and be seen if it’s dark is bound to lead to a jump scare whenever it appears. Towards the end you’ve almost gotten so used to it that the scare effect wears off a bit. The characters are really good, well written and performed. The plot has some weight and emotion to it, and with a solid ending that wraps things up in a much more satisfying way.

17. Signs

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Starring: Mel Gibson, M. Night Shyamalan, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 46 minutes 

Father Graham Hess and his family migrate to a farmhouse that later becomes the site of strange crop circles that suggest the existence of alien life.

This film is a fun and creepy thriller if you can overlook the overbearing and ever-present theme regarding the goodness of the Christian faith. “Signs,” It does a superb job at telling a story by utilizing objects in the environment and concentrating on character behavior and reactions rather than including an extensive amount of unnecessary dialog. It also keeps the horror mostly hidden from the viewer to instill a degree of uneasiness and ambiguity. This restraint is far more satisfying than filling a movie with jumpscares or revealing the unknown early. It also provides more of a creep factor than the alternative.

16. Insidious 

  • Year: 2010
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Director: James Wan
  • Starring: Patrick Wilson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Rose Byrne
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 43 minutes 

Josh and Renai move to a new house, seeking a fresh start. However, when their son, Dalton, mysteriously falls into a coma, paranormal events start occurring in the house.

The film was intense and had some great jump scares! For A PG-13 rated horror they did and amazing job! It’s definitely less scary then some other horror movies, but it’s still an amazing film part of the horror genre. If you’re on the hunt for something creepy and interesting with jump scares, this is a good choice!

15. The Blair Witch Project 

  • Year: 1999
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
  • Directors: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick
  • Starring: Rei Hance, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 21 minutes

Three students decide to go into the Maryland backwoods to cover the mystery behind the Blair Witch incidents. However, they lose their map and things take an unexpected turn.

This movie chilled me to the bone with suspense and the unique way they used found footage in this movie. Every moment of the movie I was tense and the characters had a lot to do with it adding great suspense and tension. All of the performances were great and felt real. You’ll find it really funny because a lot of people thought this was real and a lot has to do with the actors and their performances because they were all great in the movie. The directors were smart in not showing the witch because it adds so much more horror to the movie.

14. Frankenweenie

  • Year: 2012
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Starring: Victor Frankenstein, Elsa van helsing, edgar
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 27 minutes

Victor invites trouble when he revives his dead pet dog Sparky after it is hit by a car. Now, Sparky looks like a monster and terrifies Victor’s neighbors.

The stop motion animation is great and amazing. The Black and White work in this movie, and makes it like the original short. It faithfully follows the original short with a few new things to make it its feature film. The character designs are nice, even know they can look sometimes creepy, especially on Sparky.

13. Hocus Pocus 

  • Year: 1993
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Director: Kenny Ortega
  • Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Omri Katz
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 36 minutes

Three witches resurrect after 300 years to exact revenge and begin a reign of terror after Max, a young boy who moves to Salem with his family, lights a cursed Candle of Black Flame. Delightful Halloween perennial. Three wonderful witches are inadvertently brought back to life by a reluctant virgin. Horror queen, Thora Birch is a tiny cutie in this flick along with Bette Midler at her best, and uncredited brother and sister Gary Marshall and Penny Marshall as Satan and his wife. As an added bonus there’s a fearless cat named Binx who is so beloved that he has entered the cat names that never die list, along with Figaro, Jinx and Felix.


  • Year: 2008
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Starring: Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miler, Odette Annable
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 25 minutes 

After a giant monster attacks New York City, Rob, Hud, Lily and Marlena form a group and desperately try to rescue their friend Beth who is trapped in her apartment.

Cloverfield is a unique and fresh take on a giant monster movie! The found footage approach is clever, as it  literally puts you on the perspective of the characters to experience it with them. And what helps is that the characters are likable, and the acting is solid. Also the monster is a nightmare brought to the big screen! So if you’re in for fear and thrills see Cloverfield!

11. The Ring 

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Daveigh Chase
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 55 minutes 

After her niece’s horrifying death, Rachel, a young journalist, investigates a mysterious videotape that kills its viewers within a week’s time. This movie takes a high pitch of note and to produce a movie like this in 2002 is exceptionally plausible. But again after seeing so many, the movie feels a little slow and it may have been very great but now it feels repetitive. The movie seems to be something more than just a horror flick. The acting and the makeup which was way ahead of its time.


  • Year: 2012
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
  • Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 32 minutes

Norman Babcock is the resident of an ill-fated town that is reeling under a deadly curse. Norman, with his unique ability to talk to ghosts, and a few companions must together save the town.

A great kid horror movie with the occasional adult joke. The ending always makes me cry. There are some dark themes though, including a fictional version of the Salem witch trials (except this time in another place). Be warned, your kids may ask you questions about the execution described in the movie. Except the movie is perfect for your kids’ sleepovers. 

9. Gremlins

  • Year: 1984 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Director:  Joe Dante
  • Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 46 minutes

Billy’s father gets him a pet from China with three very specific instructions. However, when Billy does not follow them, it unleashes a horde of monsters. A straight up classic. If you don’t like fun, do not watch this movie. This movie is for people who love fun. Those cute little evil dorks, mischief incarnates, are absolutely amazing and sometimes adorable. Joe Dante did an amazing job and should be appreciated by everyone. This movie has got cuteness, little chaotic monsters, laughs, and Phoebe Cates! The closest any movie gets to this is Robocop! Go watch it now!

8. IT 

  • Year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Director: Andrés Muschietti
  • Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhand, Sophia lillis
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 2h 15 minutes

Seven helpless and bullied children are forced to face their worst nightmares when Pennywise, a shape-shifting clown, reappears. The clown, an ancient evil torments children before feeding on them. An incredible film! The bone-chilling opening attack on Georgie is one of the most disturbing things you will ever see in a horror movie. The acting is exceptional across the board with Bill Skarsgard being the obvious standout for his unique and explosive take on the legendary Pennywise the Dancing Clown. And though It does contain plenty of heartwarming and funny scenes, it is also sprinkled with just enough genuine horror to still terrify you. This creates an exceedingly rare movie that can thoroughly frighten you while also making you laugh in the same experience. A must-see for any fan of horror.

7. Corpse Bride

  • Year: 2005
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
  • Starring: Helena Carter, Johnny Depp, Emily Watson
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 17 minutes 

When Victor is practicing his wedding vows in the woods, he accidentally gets married to a skeleton-like creature called Emily who whisks him off to the land of the dead.

Corpse Bride is an animated delight! It’s a film packed with gorgeous animation, terrific storytelling, incredible music, and the weird but lovable style of director Tim Burton. The animation has some great designs, and the metaphor that life is very dreary compared to the afterlife is clever. The animation will creep you out and you’ll have the best experience with better story. 

6. A Quiet Place 

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: John Krasinski
  • Starring: John Krasinski, Emily blunt, MIllicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 30 minutes 

A family struggles for survival in a world where most humans have been killed by blind but noise-sensitive creatures. They are forced to communicate in sign language to keep the creatures at bay. A great movie with a new take on the cliched but entertaining doomsday genre. Surprised by John Krasinsky’s phenomenal work. This movie was gripping right from the very beginning. It depicts just how far parents will go to keep their children safe in a world of such uncertainty. I thought everyone performed extremely well in this film. one of the creepiest and quite terrifying movies I’ve ever seen. It was mostly because with all of the silence in most of the movie I was really nervous about what would happen

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Year: 1984
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Starring: Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 31 minutes 

A young girl realizes that she has to stay awake at any cost to avoid the clawed killer who is butchering her friends one by one in their dreams. It has been said that it is a horror classic, Freddy Kreuger is iconic and it is an all round great film. I have to say, I agree. The music also helps to enhance the mood without being too obvious, the script is smart, the story is compelling but what Nightmare on Elm Street really succeeds in doing is how it incorporates its scares. The ending is surprising and very shocking. The acting is good, this is all about Nancy and she is very believably played. Johnny Depp went on to do better things but he’s also fine

4. Ghost Busters

  • Year: 1984
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Starring: Bill murray, Dan AyKroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 45 minutes

When Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler lose their jobs as scientists, they start an establishment called Ghostbusters to fight the evil ghosts lurking in New York City.

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The special effects look a little dated, sure but the effects used make the actual ghosts look that much scarier if you ask me!  The on screen chemistry between all the characters is clear from the get go – they seem so natural together. An interesting and unique plot, and an adorable puffy villain, Ghostbusters exceeds all expectations. It easily wins the hearts of all who watch it, introducing creative paranormal equipment and instantly recognizable personalities.

3. Coraline

  • Year: 2009
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Starring: Stephanie Zimbalist, Patricia Neal, Dorothy McGuire, Shawn Phelan
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 40 minutes

An adventurous girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Superb movie, well written, beautiful, great cast. Scary for young children but my 5 year loves it (we watch it together, I explain any concerns). Any uptight insights written by other critics are written by adults that think 2 retired eccentric actresses reading tea leaves amounts to condoning witchcraft. This is an example of a movie that entertains adults and kids alike on 2 levels. Children pick up on what is good and bad while adults pick up on more menace. Coraline is selfish and she realizes not only are the people around her great, but she defeats scary challenges to save them.  For someone who enjoys beautifully written and animated (sorry if animated is not the correct word for this technique) artistic movies, I wouldn’t dare miss Coraline.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Year: 1993 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Starring: Tim burton, Danny elfman, Chris Sarandon 
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 16 minutes 

Jack Skellington, a being from Halloween Town, finds Christmas Town and is instantly enchanted. The situation becomes riveting when his obsession with Christmas leads him to abduct Santa Claus.

This movie is perfect for Halloween lovers, stop motion lovers, or anyone in general. Everything about it is just amazing. The stop motion looks wonderful and shins creatively. The songs are very well writing and super catchy. The characters are well written with goals that are easy to understand. The story is also just so creative, Halloween and Xmas are both almost opposites so seeing them clash together is just so good.

1. The Shining

  • Year: 1980
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Starring: Jack Nicoleson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd , Scatman crothers
  • Language: English
  • Runtime:  2h 24 minutes

Jack and his family move into an isolated hotel with a violent past. Living in isolation, Jack begins to lose his sanity, which affects his family members. The best movie ever made about writer’s block and one of the scariest tales ever made regarding cabin fever, The Shining took a simple concept of a haunted hotel and built it up into an unforgettable, psychological horror that will withstand the test of time despite being slated by its original creator. What makes it so frightening and endearing, is the fact that it never played into the traditional horror movie tropes, and it is a testament of how Kubrick was a filmmaker way ahead of his time.

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