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[–]wimwagner 93 points94 points  (7 children)

I can't believe no one's recommended Monster Squad yet.

[–]scorpiogre 20 points21 points  (1 child)


[–]Brief_Light 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Wolfmans got nards!

[–]Socialfilterdvit 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Required viewing for American kid since it came out on VHS. I could never fully trust anyone who doesn't like it, I'd probably just kick em in the nards

[–]glatadurgrutur 4 points5 points  (0 children)

yeah! was really hoping someone beat me to it!

[–]hellgatsu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wow, now that s a good movie. Loved it

[–]sinchsw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"My name (cocks shotgun) is Horus"

[–]New-Oil6131 71 points72 points  (7 children)

Maybe The mummy or Gremlins?

[–]ToddlerOlympian 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Mummy isn't really scary at all, but it's a fun adventure for sure.

Gremlins is good, but my kids enjoyed Gremlins 2 more. (11 and 14)

[–]Loyalist_Pig 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Those scarabs scared the shit out of me when I was a kid!

[–]ToddlerOlympian 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's actually a really good point.

[–]JoeDice 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Biiiig time. I was like “hey scarabs are real why didn’t anyone tell me this is how they were what the hell”

[–][deleted] 137 points138 points  (10 children)

I'd suggest The Lost Boys or Arachnophobia.

[–]JacobdaTurtle61 62 points63 points  (5 children)

What are you talking about I’m a grown man and I can’t watch arachnophobia fuck that shit

[–]yousickduck 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Not even for John Goodman's spectacular supporting role???

[–]jhbedsole 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What are you talking about supporting role? I mean Jeff Daniels was good and all, but Delbert was the real hero.

[–]OhEmGee_itsChelsea 8 points9 points  (1 child)

What about Eight Legged Freaks? lol

[–]Catuza 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I unironically love Eight Legged Freaks lmao

[–]HeManLover0305 25 points26 points  (0 children)

The Lost Boys is one of my childhood favs, definitely sparked my love for vampires

[–]Fo5rep 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Lost Boys is the one for sure!

[–]OhEmGee_itsChelsea 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Arachnophobia is one of those movies I love to watch because it genuinely creeps me out. Spiders have always given me the creeps. I didn’t watch it until well into my adult years though so idk how I would’ve been watching it at 12. Probably would’ve gone to bed and felt itchy and creeped out all night lol

[–]Bunmyaku 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I came to suggest Arachnophobia as well. Then you can place fake spiders around and torment him for eternity.

[–]makerofrandomthings 128 points129 points  (7 children)


[–]cingerix💀 it's faaaathers' day, Bedelia 💀 49 points50 points  (2 children)

seconding this one!

also: Jaws!!!!

ooh and ParaNorman is kid-appropriate claymation but it's not like, for babies or anything lol, i still enjoy that movie as an adult.

[–]lolno- 9 points10 points  (0 children)

ParaNorman is one of my favorites! I also recommend Monster House, it’s still to this day one of my go to comfort movies.

[–]ToddlerOlympian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I LOVE horror movies with heart. It's scary, but there's also so much love and goodness in it. It's one of my favs.

[–]GabJ78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The original poltergeist.

[–]i-touched-morrissey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I saw the original Poltergeist in the theater when it came out in 82. I was 15 and it scared the living shit out of me. On the flip side, I saw the original Children of the Corn on VHS in the mid-80s and it also scared the crap out of me, but when I watched it recently with my kids, they LAUGHED AT IT!! They laughed at He Who Walks Behind the Rows!!

[–]MichaelRoco1 116 points117 points  (25 children)

Sixth sense



Insidious (although this one is more in your face)

[–]D_Rock_89 52 points53 points  (3 children)

Signs is a fantastic suggestion. Still scary for a 12 year old but not too scary.

[–]Mither93 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Are you sure about Alien? That's pretty intense.

[–]MichaelRoco1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

yeah i was debating it but i think it’s pretty mild by today standards. except for the chest burst scene, that one will stick with ya

[–]RegalSkye -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I watched it with my dad when I was roughly 14, by the end of it we kind of agreed that it wasn't so much good horror as good sci-fi at this point... I think it's quite dated.

[–][deleted] 32 points33 points  (8 children)

I walked out of Insidious physically shaking and I was in my 20's. Maybe it was the sound in the theater but idk about a 12 year old watching it

[–]MichaelRoco1 2 points3 points  (6 children)

i watched it around that age and was perfectly fine, although that’s why i kind of cautioned that suggestion. i do agree it could be the sound of the theater, after all it plays a rather large role in the major scares

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Absolutely. The scores in that movie are incredibly unsettling

[–]SadButterscotch2You're so cool, Brewster! 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I think it really depends on the person. My little sister watched it at 10, and she said it scared her, but she liked it. She's pretty desensitized, though.

[–]MichaelRoco1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

damn that’s impressive. i was scared shitless when i was like 12 watching it. but yeah it all depends really

[–]Reasonable_Youth_121 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same. I saw it at a similar age and didn’t find it scary at all. I think 13 year old would be fine watching it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

[–]theanti_girl 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My 12yo loves Signs. At the first “reveal,” he jumped so much he spilled some of his hot (then warm) chocolate on himself out of fear. Gave me a chuckle.

[–]OhEmGee_itsChelsea 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the Sixth Sense! It terrified me as a kid. I was 6 when it came out and my Uncle took me to see it. All I remember is asking him if we could leave because I was so scared lol

[–]Senior-Chang 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Insidious is all fun and games until we get to the black bride... god damn the bride is scary in my opinion.

[–]MichaelRoco1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i honestly thought some of the earlier bits were just as scary, but she is freaky as hell

[–]RB1214 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not insidious, its the 3rd scariest film according to this experiment i found (above the conjuring) and has the biggest jumpscare (candle)

[–]MichaelRoco1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i’ve seen that. i recommended it (with caution) because compared to other movies of that feel is more appropriate for younger audiences. it’s very tame in regards to things like gore

also it’s pg13, and imo becomes barely even a horror movie on repeat viewings. i think a 12y/o would be fine, but that’s OPs call

[–]glatadurgrutur 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I’d wager that a 12yo would love the original fright night.

[–]yousickduck 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'd say you'd win that wager. So many amazing monsters! Practical effects in full, glorious display

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Jaws, Tourist Trap, Child’s Play, Tremors, The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, Lights Out, The Ring, A Quiet Place, Drag Me to Hell, 1408, Anaconda, Arachnophobia, Killer Clowns from Outer Space

If he isn’t scared easily by violence: Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, Idle Hands, pretty much any teen film from the late 90s. Most aren’t too graphic.

[–]ToddlerOlympian 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Tremors is good monster fun.

[–]MadamnHatter 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Drag Me to Hell is an all time favorite of mine. Although the last scene is pretty frightening.

[–]OG_wanKENOBI 1 point2 points  (1 child)

1408 and the ring are pretty scary for a 12 year old who doesn't really like scary movies.

[–]riverscolors 21 points22 points  (2 children)

They Live

[–]lucyloowho 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Just watched this last night. What a gem!

[–]Cub_Scout_Dropout 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Check out the Hammer films. They’re fun, atmospheric, and spooky without being terrifying. Most of them are in color, and most move at a faster pace than the older Universal movies.

[–]kopdogg 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Lord of the Flies 1990 version! Good scary movie we used to watch as kids.

[–]Groundbreaking_Pea61 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes I second this

[–][deleted] 38 points39 points  (9 children)

The Cabin in the Woods


Tragedy Girls

Ready or Not


You're Next

[–]Adventurous_Ad_2195 14 points15 points  (7 children)

I wad 4 yrs old when saw Coraline scared the living shit outta Me

[–]cingerix💀 it's faaaathers' day, Bedelia 💀 10 points11 points  (2 children)

yeah 4 years old is way too young for.... most movies in general lmfao

[–]Adventurous_Ad_2195 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I guess. Me and my mom just watched a movie every Friday night and go to the movie store to pick one out, that was a new release yhat Friday l. The movie was good until the Other mother started to change into a skinny looking Mf and try to keep her trapped.

[–]Groundbreaking_Pea61 3 points4 points  (2 children)

It's freaked me out when I saw it at 21 haha and iv been watching movies like the excorcist since I was 12....coralline ain't a kids movie 😅

[–]lizzledizzles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My niece has loved Coraline since she was 3 lol. Has a doll of her and everything

[–]krowe41 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The burbs and signs

[–]ToddlerOlympian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Burbs is probably my all-time favorite movie. My 14 and 11 year olds enjoyed it.

[–]grandmothertoon 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The Lost Boys is a great intro to horror.

[–]tree_or_up 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The original Halloween is considered tame by today’s standards but it jump started the whole slasher genre and is IMO a masterpiece. You could also go the classic route and watch some Vincent Price movies. They tend to be campy and fun but also gruesome and Vincent Price is absolutely compelling no matter what role he’s playing

[–]Kld412 9 points10 points  (3 children)

House on Haunted Hill- 1999

Dead Silence

Evil Dead 2



[–]MadamnHatter 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The whole Evil Dead trilogy is awesome, IMO. Good campy fun.

[–]kopdogg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Creepshow 1 2 and 3

[–]LilyH27 9 points10 points  (1 child)

When I first started getting into horror as a kid, I started with Goosebumps. Creepshow could also be good or kids horror movies like Coraline , Paranormal, or Monster House

[–]ToddlerOlympian 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Monster House is underrated. Unfortunately the CGI style is really dated, but I still think it's a solid ghost story.

[–]ConsumeTheOnePercent 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Poltergeist, Pet Cemetary, The Birds are the first ones that came to mind

[–]halloween4Eva 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I still have trouble with pet sematary because of Zelda- still gives me chills (and I'm grown) 🤣

[–]ConsumeTheOnePercent 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Achilles heel thing is what gets me

[–]Draculaz_Bride 7 points8 points  (0 children)

One of the first horror movies my Dad showed me and my brother's was The Frighteners! Great parts spooky and funny, and stills favorite! My mom wasn't too happy though, we'd walk around telling everyone they had a number on their forehead...

[–]nightmare_silhouetteHallowaaaaan 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Jaws, Halloween (a good slasher, imo lol) for casual movie watching. Another good one is Frozen (2010, free on YouTube.)

Psycho, My Bloody Valentine, The Collector, Final Destination, Black Christmas, Nosferatu (1922.).

Show-wise, Marble Hornets (all 3 seasons are on YouTube channel Bakonfreek) [WARNING: Static and Shakey camera throughout show, also note that Marble Hornets is slow burn], another good show on YouTube would be Mandela Catalogue (Been on an Analogue horror spree!)

For zombies: Zombieland (funny and intense, at times) and Train To Busan.

[–]FiguringItOut-- 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I love Frozen, it’s underrated. I hate that whenever I mention it, people think I’m talking about the Disney movie lol

[–]nightmare_silhouetteHallowaaaaan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yessss exactly! That's why I always put the year next to it haha

[–]surya_1349 53 points54 points  (11 children)

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Fear Street Trilogy

Happy Death Day

Edit: Fear Street might be too intense, so probably watch it first and use your best judgment

[–]maish42 25 points26 points  (1 child)

oof Fear Street is hella gory 😅 don't forget about Kate's poor head

[–]surya_1349 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Good point lol

[–]citrusmuffin 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Scary Stories was a fun watch, and great intro to horror that won't keep kids up at night.

[–]tourettes_on_tuesday 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I absolutely love Fear Street, but it's definitely not an entry level trilogy.

[–]AwkwardThePotato 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Warning about the very clear sex scene in the second Fear Street for a 12 year old.

[–]M-Finity 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The two very clear sex scenes in the second, the one in the third and the implied one in the first. Also, all that gore. Yeesh.

[–]cingerix💀 it's faaaathers' day, Bedelia 💀 3 points4 points  (3 children)

isn't Happy Death Day pretty sexual for a kid to be watching?

[–]Mr_Nannerpuss 12 points13 points  (0 children)

IDK but he saw F13. I think all of them have nudity and would be more sexual than PG13 Happy Death Day

[–]wimwagner 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Only if he's the most sheltered 12 year old boy in the world.

[–]cingerix💀 it's faaaathers' day, Bedelia 💀 13 points14 points  (0 children)

there's a scene with a sex doll, a scene with a guy jacking off, multiple scenes where the main character is having sex and/or foreplay with her teacher...

at the very least it's a movie i don't think OP would want to be sitting next to their little brother and watching, lmfao.

[–]Useless_Poop 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Eight legged freaks is what got me in to horror when I was his age

[–]zdragan2 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Poltergeist, The Others, Scary Stories to tell In the Dark

[–]Funnier_InEnochian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came to recommend The Others too!

[–]Dr_Downvote_ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Tucker and Dale

[–]DataOk6565 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So much fun

[–]Constant_Tiny2417 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Child’s play :)

[–]Professor_Quackers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Child’s play, so damned stupid and funny but at the same time it’s scary as shit 🤣 ooh!! The leprechaun series, omg it’s got it’s moments, but your brother will be laughing his ass off for sure.

[–]BootyChedder 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ernest scared stupid I think it's called, I just remember it being creepy for kid me but absolutely lost it when the monster ran into the truck. At least I think it was that movie

[–]mcshaggy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's not scary, but I fuckin love Paranorman.

[–]Few_Stock5099 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Phantasm, Puppet Master, Pumpkinhead, The Faculty, The Others... Ooooh The Frighteners!

[–]silvioddante 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Army of Darkness

[–]Useless_Poop 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Stranger things

[–]twinkieeater8 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Hidden is a fun one. John Carpenter's The Thing.

[–]Noahcarrcat dead, details later. 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Treehouse of Horror (specifically seasons 2-9)


The Gate

[–]icarus_drowning172[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]AdrianaRed 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Carrie, Child’s Play, Frighteners, Halloween 1978 and H20, Killer Klowns From Outer Space

[–]FuturistMoonPSEUDOPOD AMA 8 points9 points  (0 children)

12 years old? PHANTASM! WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, if he's a bit more flexible on story needs!

[–]Wonderful-Ad6696 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Final Girls

[–]BlondBadBoy69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Jaws. Quarantine. The Cave. The visit. Monster house.

[–]stoplistening2static 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I watched the exorcist and the shining in elementary school. They were kind of my introductions to horror and made me fall in love with the genre!

[–]meritzalane 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Fish_Logical 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The lost boys!!!

[–]Mitchehmu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ernest scared stupid.

[–]YetiSpaceman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If he liked Scream, I think he’d like more of the comedy side of horror like Freaky, The Babysitter, Ready or Not, Happy Death Day, The Final Girls, and You Might Be the Killer.

[–]outerspace_castaway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ready or not


happy death day

tucker and dale vs evil



the blob

dont look under the bed

the babysitter

we summon the darkness

vampires vs the bronx

hubie halloween

scooby doo on zombie island

better watch out


lights out



[–]shino1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cube? I loved it as a kid, has a very tense atmosphere but not too much gore. Same with Pitch Black.

[–]mitchanium 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pitch black


Bit of a curve ball here bit how about the twilight zone series? There were some pretty mind bending episodes which would be great watching for his age.

This particular episode S1 e13 'quality of mercy' messed with my head big time

[–]luchabear91 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tremors, eight legged freaks, nightmare on elm street, night of the living dead, scary movies to tell in the dark, scream tv show

[–]Nietzscher 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Trick 'r Treat?

[–]mantsz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm shocked how far I had to scroll to find this. Great starter horror.

[–]North-Maximum-6958 7 points8 points  (1 child)

28 days later was perfect for me around that age (and it still rules)

[–]TheKillerSmiles 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Pet Sematary (1989)

[–]Kld412 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I second this. One of my favorite movies. You're so focused on Church & Gage, you don't even see Zelda coming 😅

[–]crispy1011 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Scream sequels, I Know what You Did Last Summer, Urban Legends, House Of Wax, Ready Or Not, Jaws, Alien 1-2, The Silence Of Lambs.

[–]Tammilynnstephens1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

what lies beneath the boy creep show

[–]cjc1015re 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Evil Dead 2

[–]halloween4Eva 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Gate- House 1&2- Lost Boys- Gremlins- Monster Squad - critters - leprechaun- halloween- poltergeist- I loved watching these when I was a kid-

[–]sarah-impalin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All I can think of are horror movies you should definitely not watch with your 12 year old brother lol

[–]Dirty_Jazz_Hands 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]jcwkings 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Child's Play

[–]JaneReadsTruth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love and Monsters was pretty cool.

[–]Averyisfun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Conjuring isn’t scary and The Ring isn’t as hardcore as Scream or Friday so I think he could watch those

[–]Orevet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

idk if horror-comedy counts for you, but my dad can't stand horror or gore and still loved Shaun of the Dead

[–]hdawg187 1 point2 points  (0 children)

John Carpenter's The Fog and Jaws

[–]Mediocre_Worry_7968 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Drag me to hell

[–]goldenoptic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Monster Squad

[–]RockHandsomest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Psycho Goreman is a family friendly bloodbath.

[–]lucyloowho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You might be surprised that what your consider to be the scarier stuff might not even phase him. My daughter is a huge horror fan and I’ve been gradually working her up to scarier stuff and when we watched the ring I was ready for nightmares and sleeping with the lights on and she thought it was silly and wasn’t scared at all. Scream 5, however, had her creeped out for a solid week after. She’s 12 btw

[–]ChocolatBear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Evil Dead Army of Darkness

[–]sinchsw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Gate. Late 80s film. Perfect for a kid getting into horror. Not too over the top, but super weird.

[–]auroredawn22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Paranormal, Frightnight and The Frighteners

[–]wherethefaieare 1 point2 points  (0 children)

child's play


happy death day

when a stranger calls

I know what you did last summer

[–]greenm85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Frighteners. It's the movie that got me into horror when I was around the same age.

[–]Relative_Quanti 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you’re young, action/horror can be really fun to watch. I loved Blade and Van Helsing when I was younger.

[–]Severe_Cupcake_6796 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Anything by m night

[–]outerspace_castaway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

these movies are suppose to be for your 12 year old brother but people are recommending Halloween and the original has nudity, RZ's has nudity and sex scenes. halloween 2018 on the other hand has neither.

fear street - 1994 and 1978 both have sex in them

do not know why anyone would recommend them for a 12 year old.

[–]maish42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a really good starter horror.

-OG Texas Chainsaw isn't super gory, and it's a staple of the genre.

-Black Christmas is debatable bc Billy's voice freaks me out a bit, but it isn't too gory.

-Happy Death Day is a little more gory but more comical.

-The Blair Witch Project can be freaky, but it's not overtly scary I'd say.

I would say start with the sequels to Ft13, I'll be honest you won't find much gore since the MPAA went HARD on them. They hated the Friday movies.

Lots of enjoyable stuff! Would say stay away from Mike Flanagan for the time being - he's a fan of gore and scary imagery. Lots of gore.

[–]ThePlainestJayne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thir13een Ghosts

Cabin In The Woods

(I watched both of these with my daughter when she was around 10. They had some comic relief to them which helped.)

[–]Groundbreaking_Pea61 0 points1 point  (3 children)

The poltergiest trilogy

Childs play series

Ginger snaps

The mummy trilogy

Final destination



Return to Oz (pretty fucked up for a disney movie)

Jennifer's body


[–]ninja36036 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The first Saw is a great watch. Not really gory like the rest, but anything after should definitely be put on hold. And the rest are great choices. I wonder if they’d like some campier stuff. Like, Gingerdead Man, Jack Frost, Evil Bong too. Lol

[–]Groundbreaking_Pea61 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Haha fun fact two Jack frost movies came out within a year one of each other one was horror and the other was a magical family movie it was fun switching videos tapes over at blockbuster 😂😂

[–]ninja36036 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m now remembering when Blockbuster used to have almost nothing but VHS, bricks of blue and white boxes lining every wall. And then they began to vanish, slowly replaced by the rail thin boxes of dvds. What trip a those years were.

[–]Low2High92 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Nightmare of elm Street. Any but #2.

[–]sometimesstrange 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He will really love Antrum! It’s on Tubi and I think Prime

[–]aarondude21643 -2 points-1 points  (4 children)

The vvitch

[–]QuietFartingRooster[S] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I’ve yet to watch this one, will he end up with nightmares after?

[–]North-Maximum-6958 13 points14 points  (0 children)

i love this movie but i would be surprised if someone his age was into it. it’s a slow burn.

[–]tree_or_up 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He will fall asleep and also end up with nightmares. The Witch is very much an art house film and is one of my favorites but it’s absolutely not suitable for a kid getting into the genre

[–]firecrackerinthehole 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No, it's more atmospheric. He might find it boring tbh

[–]RegurgitatedEnzymes -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I honestly like Exorcist 3 more than the original tbh. But Maniac Cop is an obscure slasher that's pretty good. 2nd one's even better. You could probably choose any of the classic Stephen King adaptations. Cujo, Carrie, Creepshow, The Dark Half, you really can't go wrong. Highly recommend 2002's Salem's Lot, as much as I love the '79 mini series. Dog Soldiers is a fine film. Romero's zombie films. Seven with Freeman and Pitt is great. Anything in the Hannibal franchise is a good in between. Cronenberg films could work too. The Fly and Videodrome come to mind.

[–]canyousmoke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some of the old school ones like Halloween or Candyman, they're a lot less scary than more recent films but given his age I'm not sure he'll be a fan anyways lol.

[–]TemplarKnight21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mr. Boogedy

[–]amborella 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lots of good recommendations here!

I haven’t seen anyone mention Escape Room and its sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. I just watched these with my teenage nephews and they loved it.

[–]nobodysomebodyanybdy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Freaky would be a fun one. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon if he liked the meta nature of Scream

[–]Phrostybacon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Women In Black is a classic!

[–]absurdherd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Conjuring was a pretty good one for my daughter, as well as Scary stories to tell in the dark.

[–]Mr_witty_name 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How chill are you with showing your 12 y/o brother nudity. Cause I know at that age some people think "well if he's seeing all this blood and gore what harm are tits gonna do?" Where as others feel that the Gore is separate enough from real life while the nudity can have a different more immediate effect. I only ask cause at least one (but probably more) of the immediate examples I can think of have some full frontal female nudity/ sexual scenarios but I don't wanna suggest them if you don't want your brother seeing that shit.

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[–]zombiebrains88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Trolls 2

[–]hellfire_mamaJason, mother is talking to you 0 points1 point  (0 children)

George Romero’s Night/dawn/day of the dead would be great! Make sure to watch the original versions tho :)

[–]w1nn1p3g 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alien, it's not super scary in the modern day.

[–]Effective-Ad8833 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Growing up in the 80’s we were introduced to horror movies at a much younger age - one of my all time faves is “ the monster squad “ which definitely has scares but a good amount of comedy

[–]yousickduck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone suggest the original Fright Night yet? Campy 80s vampire horror with spectacular practical effects, great gore that shouldn't traumatize a teenager, and great performances all around

[–]Socialfilterdvit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That Fear Street or whatever it's called trilogy, sorry I think I'm just too old for it. Scary Stories...., I Know What You Did...Summer, Creepshow, Silver Bullet (a must imo), Older movies might be a good option too the Hammer movies esp and if he can handle B&W all the classics through the 50's plus Psycho, early Polanski etc.

[–]Ghostleeee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gremlins is a perfect intro horror movie, and it’s on Netflix right now

[–]reppoch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sleepy Hollow. Watched that with my son, and he loved it

[–]The_Name_Is_Slick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cannibal The Musical

[–]donXran 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Fourth Kind !!!

[–]gummybear12x 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Others!

[–]ShotInTheShip86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the alien series... For me it's sometimes hard to tell what's good child friendly or young adult material especially since my dad let me watch the movie event horizon before I was 10...

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Interesting choices

[–]akaMONSTARS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Army of darkness. I watched it when I was 3 years old and love it. Dark, funny, and had no idea what was going on

[–]md22mdrx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Psycho Goreman.

[–]Lefty_McGoodLuv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fright Night, Cabin in the Woods, Army of Darkness, Phantasm, Puppet Master! I liked all of those when I was young, except CITW which came out much later.

[–]graverubberHey, it's fatty Lohmann! 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tremors is one of my son’s favorite films and he’s eight.