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My 12 year old daughter has a love/hate relationship with being scared. She's recently become more interested in scary movies, particularly in watching them at sleepovers with her friends.

I've got a pretty hefty collection at home but most of it is way beyond being appropriate for her. She says she prefers ghosts to slashers but is open to both. She is very uncomfortable with sex and nudity. I'm having a hard time finding the right films to present to her, partly because my tastes are so different from hers.

We showed her an edited for tv Scream and she liked it. Her favorite so far was Ouija. I gave her The Ring to watch at her last sleepover and they were bored. I thought about trying The Conjuring next. She's definitely not ready for The Exorcist (and if she was bored or hated it, it might break my heart.) I think Elm Street might be a bit much, too, although the first one is in play. I wonder if lighter fare like Child's Play, Candyman or I Know What You Did Last Summer would be better. I also can't recall if there's any sex/nudity in those first 2.

What recommendations do you have for her?

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The Frighteners and Sleepy Hollow were a couple of the first ones I let my kids watch.

Some other ghost stories she might like/would probably be okay: The Others, The Ring, The Woman in Black, or Lady in White

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PostPosted: 08 Jun 2015, 18:50 
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The Frighteners and Sleepy Hollow were a couple of the first ones I let my kids watch.

Some other ghost stories she might like/would probably be okay: The Others, The Ring, The Woman in Black, or Lady in White

Woman in Black was another one I considered. The Ring bored her.

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Sheila liked the Babadook. It's straight up ghost stuff, no nudity or sex. (SF gave it 2 1/2 stars) I saw it. It was creepy.

She also suggested The Horror Show. It's a little bloody but not too bad.

"Drag Me To Hell is kinda fun."

How is she with zombies? Dawn of the Dead

Fire starter? The Dead Zone? The Shining?

Mirrors. Case 39.

She also include The Notebook and Titanic. "That is some scary shit."

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I really like the Drag Me to Hell suggestion. I haven't seen either of those first two, so those would be more interesting for me, too.

Avoiding nudity is going to keep the Shining out. Plus it will make me sad when it bores her.

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2009s The Hole I thought was great with scares.
Gremlins maybe? Jeepers Creepers? Joyride?

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My daughter suggested The Sixth Sense. I concur.

I think Tremors might be a good indulgence. It's more of a monster movie, yes, but it's lighter, and a bit more fun. And the sexuality is all surface level, the kind she might be able to relate to.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not the movie, the show. It's scary, funny, and empowering for girls of all ages.


And of course, Showgirls. My favorite scary movie ;)

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Sheila liked the Babadook. It's straight up ghost stuff, no nudity or sex. (SF gave it 2 1/2 stars) I saw it. It was creepy.

That I did; thank you for noticing. I will readily admit that horror isn't my genre and I know a few who LOOOOOOOVE Babadook.

And have you considered Insidious? Spooked the heck out of me. Not sexual at all, IIRC.

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I always thought the original Poltergeist was scary as hell. That's a movie that made me retract my legs off the floor of the cinema just to ensure no monsters got me while I was watching it.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not the movie, the show. It's scary, funny, and empowering for girls of all ages.




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You have to get her to watch Hush definitely!

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I'll throw in an echo for Lady in White. That one crept me out, as a kid. I watch it now and it's sorta silly.

While I'm mentioning echoes... Stir of Echoes. What Lies Beneath. The Lost Boys. The Scream Franchise.
The Paranormal Activity films should sufficiently creep out teenage girls as well.


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ooh... The Skeleton Key. I would also adding Sinister to the mix. Mama was sufficiently creepy with a happy-ish ending, so viewers weren't left feeling uncomfortable.


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How could I forget The Lost Boys!

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Children of the Corn, Village of the Damned, the original Night of the Living Dead...


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Kinda irrelevant, but ... I hear that thar Stephen King can write a little.

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Kinda irrelevant, but ... I hear that thar Stephen King can write a little.

A Little? I think you're confusing him with E.B. White.

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Steel Frog wrote:
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not the movie, the show. It's scary, funny, and empowering for girls of all ages.




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You have to get her to watch Hush definitely!

I've got the whole series on dvd but the one disc that doesn't work has Once More With Feeling on it. :(

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A² wrote:
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Steel Frog wrote:
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not the movie, the show. It's scary, funny, and empowering for girls of all ages.




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You have to get her to watch Hush definitely!

I've got the whole series on dvd but the one disc that doesn't work has Once More With Feeling on it. :(


Once you get that far in the series you're just going through the motions :o

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Dawson wrote:
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Steel Frog wrote:
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not the movie, the show. It's scary, funny, and empowering for girls of all ages.




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You have to get her to watch Hush definitely!

I've got the whole series on dvd but the one disc that doesn't work has Once More With Feeling on it. :(


Once you get that far in the series you're just going through the motions :o

Losing all your drive ...

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I always thought the original Poltergeist was scary as hell. That's a movie that made me retract my legs off the floor of the cinema just to ensure no monsters got me while I was watching it.


Showed this to my niece (age 13) before she could be corrupted by the remake. She was bored. :(
Kids these days just don't understand. :Puts on cardigan sweater, and grabs cane:

I was going to suggest The Lost Boys but Scruluce beat me to it.

Maybe the Final Destination movies, The Faculty, The Thing, Oculus, Arachnophobia: if she is at all freaked out be spiders, The Mist: although it is kind of a mood killer for a sleepover.

Freddy Kruger scarred my childhood, but I was 6 when I was accidently exposed to him. 12 might not be too bad an age. I recommend Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 3 as the best in the series.


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What about Silent House? For jumps it is up there, just don't let her see the awful ending

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may be a little old school, but The Changeling is an excellent ghost story

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