For many people, there's no genre more exciting than horror. Whether a teen slasher movie, a ghost story, or something featuring zombies, a horror film can thrill its audiences, keep them guessing, and provide a lot of fun entertainment.
But how do you figure out which film to curl up on the couch with (maybe with some popcorn or potato chips... or leftover Halloween candy)? Read on to find out which horror movie you should watch, based on your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type.
10 ESTP: Scream
The classic horror movie Scream tells the story of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), a teenage girl whose mother was horribly raped and murdered. Now her small town is on edge because of a serial killer wearing a black and white mask, known as Ghostface.
Sidney is a nice, logical, girl next door type of character, and the movie is known for being campy and not taking itself seriously. If your MBTI is ESTP or "Energetic Problem-Solver," then you should definitely watch Scream the next time you're in the mood for a horror movie. Your personality traits are "fun loving" and "easy going" and you have "good humor." You'll root for Sidney, try to figure out who the killer is, and enjoy the movie-watching experience.
9 ISFP: I Know What You Did Last Summer
If your MBTI is ISFP or "Versatile Supporter," you're "caring" and "gentle." You're also on the "sensitive" side and you're "observant." You're the perfect person to watch the 1997 slasher horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The film stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James, another girl-next-door type who just wants to celebrate her high school graduation and move on from her small town when she and her best friends accidentally kill someone. She wants to go to the cops and confess, but the others convince her not to. This is a great horror film for ISFPs as Julie is exactly this personality type. She cares a lot about her friends, especially about her on-again, off-again love interest Ray Bronson (Freddie Prince Jr.), and even though she's running from a serial killer the entire movie, she's still looking out for her pals.
8 ISTP: Halloween
Although there has been a recent sequel and the franchise has several movies, the 1978 film Halloween is, without a doubt, the most well-crafted one. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is babysitting on October 31st when Michael Myers, the kid who murdered his sister and traumatized the town, returns 15 years later.
This is the horror movie that you should watch if you're an ISTP or "Logical Pragmatist." The movie follows a pretty realistic, simplistic storyline: Laurie's at school, then she's babysitting, then she realizes that something weird and sinister is happening, then she investigates. ISTPs "can remain calm while managing a crisis, quickly deciding what needs to be done to solve the problem" so you'll appreciate that Laurie is the hero and she manages to essentially solve the problem of how to survive. (Let's ignore the subsequent movies where Laurie's story changes quite a bit.)
7 INFJ: The Conjuring
The Conjuring is the first of the franchise, and it's especially scary because the characters actually existed: the film tells the story of married couple Lorraine and Ed Warren, who helped people with paranormal happenings and also wrote about it. The couple is played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
People who fit into the INFJ or "Insightful Visionary" framework would really like this horror movie. This means that you have a big imagination, which would definitely be necessary because otherwise, you might be a skeptic. You're someone who "motivates others" and because you "seek meaning," you would be really interested in learning more about the supernatural.
6 ISFJ: A Quiet Place
Every member of the Abbott family in the incredible 2018 horror movie A Quiet Place seems like an ISFJ or "Practical Helper." Since they have to assist and look out for one another in order to survive in a world where creatures hunt sound, they sound a lot like ISFJs: they are "responsible, loyal, and traditional and enjoy serving the needs of others and providing practical assistance."
ISFJs are also "devoted" which definitely describes Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) who are trying their best to take care of their children amidst the chaos and horror.
5 ENTJ: The Cabin In The Woods
It's hard to think of a more fascinating, thrilling horror movie than The Cabin In The Woods. The 2011 film, written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, features college students who, well, go to a cabin in the woods... but nothing is what it seems. And to say more would be a huge spoiler that would ruin the viewing experience (even if it's been out for years).
This is the horror film that you should watch if your MBTI is ENTJ or "Decisive Strategist." From the very beginning, you'll be on the alert for clues, trying your best to make sense of this crazy, wild, amazing story. You "usually see the big picture and think strategically about the future" and you're "theoretical." Since you "prefer new challenges," think of this horror movie as a great, fun challenge to solve.
4 ENFJ: Unfriended
An ENFJ or "Compassionate Facilitator" is someone who likes to "get the most out of teams by working closely with team members." If this is your MBTI, your personality traits are "verbal" and "expressive" and "sociable."
The horror movie that you should watch is Unfriended, the 2015 Blumhouse movie about friends who are chatting with one another online. As the movie progresses, they realize that something really scary is going on and that someone is watching them and part of their group video chat. In fact, someone knows their deepest, darkest secrets, and wants them dead. The fact that this movie is about a friend group will appeal to you as the movie makes a good case for what true friendship is and isn't.
3 ESFJ: The Ring
ESJFs or "Supportive Contributors" who are "sympathetic" and "organized" and "cooperative" should watch The Ring the next time that they want a horror movie to check out.
The 2002 movie finds Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) working hard to discover why teens are being killed after watching a mysterious short film. As she dives deeper, she learns the heartbreaking story of a young girl named Samara, and she realizes why she's haunting people. She cares a lot and wants to help and stop the tapes from killing people.
2 INFP: Sinister
The 2012 horror movie Sinister stars Ethan Hawke as a true-crime author who moves his family into a new house, thinking that he has the scoop of his life. But it just might cost him his life as he learns more about the terrible murder that took place there.
This movie will interest you if your MBTI is INFP or "Thoughtful Idealist." You'll agree with Hawke's character, Ellison Oswald, that his work is a worthy cause as he wants to stop more innocent families from being killed. INFPs "enjoy devising creative solutions to problems while making moral commitments to what they believe in" which describes this character.
1 INTP: Happy Death Day
Do you like some comedy with your horror? If you do, then Happy Death Day should be your next watch, especially if your MBTI is INTP or "Conceptual Planner."
The movie tells the story of Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) who is killed and keeps waking up in a kind of Groundhog Day-like scenario. She needs to discover who killed her and that will appeal to you since you "like to devise innovative solutions to complex problems." You're also "insightful" and "deliberate" and you'll spend the whole movie trying to see if you can guess what happened.