[Question] Rationalist horror movies

I like horror movies with smart, agentic protagonists, while staying in horror genre rather than thriller or action. These are rather thin on the ground. In the spirit of Scott Garabant’s Puzzle Game post, here is my list of favorites and an invitation to add yours.

My favorites:

  • Oculus.

  • Hush

  • Green Room

Honorable mentions. These aren’t quite the total package, but are close and extremely good such that they still seemed worth including:

  • The Ring’s protagonist is not dumb, but it’s more “solving a mystery” than “well does this weapon work?”

  • Tremors would need to change very little to be a horror movie, but it is in fact an action movie.

  • It Follows spends a little too much time denying the problem