Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.
What Films Are Like Get Out?
At a first glance, Get Out seems like a film that will delve into the usual interracial relationship issues wrapped in the exterior of a horror movie. It starts off as a normal film, slowly building up the pace while keeping you hooked. Once it changes gears, it never looks back, delivering one twist after another.
Just when you think you have wrapped your head around the plot, it pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you in shock. The seamless transition from being unsettling to becoming suffocating is masterfully pulled off. Get Out doesn’t let you settle down until credits roll.
Being a huge fan, I compiled a list of some films like Get Out that’ll haunt you for a long time.
Films Similar to Get Out
- The Invitation
- The Visit
- Donnie Darko
- Don't Breathe
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Phone Booth
Read more about these films below.
1. The Invitation
When a man gets invited to his ex-wife’s party, he suspects that there is something sinister going on in the house. His ex-wife seems too happy and forgiving. While she claims to have buried the past, he thinks she is onto something. Uncover the mystery for yourself.
I don‘t want to spoil some brilliant moments of surprise and horror. The Invitation is an intelligent slow-burn that builds up the tension in the air to the point where it gets unbearable.
The first half takes all the time in the world to introduce you to its simple setting and characters. Despite a slow first half, the story never flatlines. Although the movie never explicitly tells anything, you can sense that nothing good is going to come out of this get-together.
The second half is all fireworks. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time as one twist after another unfold before your eyes. It’s hard to keep up with it. All the buildup culminates in a wicked ending.
2. The Visit
Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Visit is an old-school horror that relies on creepy atmosphere and slow buildup for the most part. The sense of uneasiness only gets worse as the movie progresses.
The plot revolves around two teenagers who decide to stay at their grandparents’ house for a week. Since they have never met their grandparents before, they have no idea about who they are or how they look like. Little do they know that it’s going to change their course of lives.
Everything seems fine for the first couple of days. Things spiral out of control when they notice that their grandparents aren’t normal. Something isn’t right about them. Will they ever get out of that sinister house?
People get skeptical as soon as the name of Mr. Shyamalan is mentioned anywhere. I get it. His work hasn’t been up to the mark in the last couple of years. In recent times, however, he has redeemed himself with stellar hits like Split, Wayward Pines, and now, The Visit.
There is not a lot of action on the screen, but you’ll fight your own demons inside your mind. It compels you to think about various atrocities that might befall on those poor kids. It‘s a wonderfully crafted masterpiece that stays intriguing till the end.
Misery is the story of a best-selling novelist who finds himself in the care of his ‘number 1’ fan after a car crash. The mysterious lady who rescued her, claims to have read everything he has published.
Everything turns nightmarish when she learns that her favorite character isn’t going to make it in the final chapter of the story. He must rewrite the whole story to her liking, under a strict deadline.
Misery is arguably one of the best on-screen adaptations of Stephen King's novels. The movie stays true to the books for the most part. Even when it digresses from the original material, It doesn’t venture too far off.
It’s a great blend of drama, suspense, and thriller. You will root for the protagonist to make it out unscathed.
James Cann and Kathy Bates are exceptional in their lead roles. Since most of the movie stars only these two characters, they have done well to carry the whole thing upon their shoulders. Although pacing can feel a little slow, it moves briskly in the latter half of the movie.
Misery finds humor even in the darkest of moments, yet never loses its serious tone. Even if you have already read the book, check it out.
4. Donnie Darko
Words always fall short whenever I try to explain Donnie Darko in just a few sentences. It‘s not easy to sound professional while talking about this bizarre masterpiece.
Donnie Darko combines the elements of fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, and horror to prepare an indigestible cocktail. I couldn’t understand much the first time. When I watched it again, I began appreciating the sheer depth of this movie.
The plot is so convoluted and subtle, you will be better off with just going in without knowing anything. To simplify it, Donnie Darko is the story of a troubled teen who firmly believes that the world is going to end soon. He hallucinates a figure in bunny costume who helps prepare him for the doomsday.
What‘s real and what‘s not? As the protagonist descends further down into madness and chaos, you will also struggle with him to separate dreams from reality.
Donnie Darko is not for everyone. If you’re looking for a casual experience, this movie will frustrate you. It’s a demanding film that requires your undivided attention and common sense to fit all the pieces of the puzzle. If you‘re paying close attention, it will mesmerize you like no other movie.
Directed by Marc Foster and written by David Benioff, Stay is one of the most underrated thrillers of 2005. It’s a shame that this movie didn’t get the recognition it deserved upon release. Critics and fans were quick to dismiss it as a poorly articulated movie that wasted a plot with tons of potential. I ask you to give this movie a shot and be the judge for yourself.
The plot revolves around a psychiatrist's relationship with a suicidal patient. When the patient tells him he will commit suicide. In an attempt to dissuade him, he starts losing his own grip on reality.
Although there is a surprise at the end, if you’re paying attention, you can figure it out for yourself. Thankfully, there is much more to this movie than its twisted ending. It’s a masterfully crafted experience that instantly immerses you in its surrealistic world. Stick to it, even if the film doesn’t make much sense for the first few minutes.
Stay, by no means, is a perfect movie, but it’s worth a shot if you like dreamy stories. If you're looking for a good trippy movie like Get Out, Stay should be your best bet.
The story revolves around David, the sole survivor of a fatal train accident. He soon becomes the talk of the town. When a mysterious man tracks him down and explains that his survival was more than a coincidence, he starts suspecting that all the accidents occurring around him are more than just bad luck.
If you have watched Shyamalan’s movie before, you already know the drill. It follows the typical Shyamalan’s formula. That’s why some people don’t like this movie much. Personally, I think it’s unfair if we expect him to create the magic of The Sixth Sense everytime. Try not to compare it with his more successful movies, and it will be a wonderful experience.
If you’re looking for some nail-biting movies like Get Out, Unbreakable should be right up your alley.
7. Don't Breathe
Directed by Federico Álvarez Don’t Breathe is a captivating thriller starring Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy, and Stephen Lang.
The story revolves around a trio of thieves who break into a blind man‘s house to make some quick money. It doesn't take them long to realize that the blind man isn’t as helpless as he seems. Will they escape unscathed from his wrath?
The movie tries to build suspense from the start, but you can guess the ending from a mile away. It becomes too obvious by the end.
Nonetheless, it’s still an enthralling experience that will keep you at the edge of your seat. All the scenes are masterfully captured, making you feel claustrophobic and trapped. If narrow, dark places scare you, brace yourself for some genuine horror. It’s a breathtaking (no pun intended) experience.
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
After an accident, a woman wakes up to find herself in a mysterious underground shelter along with some other people. The owner claims that a chemical attack has made the outside world inhabitable. To survive, they must follow the strict rules and not even attempt to look outside. Chaos ensues when she defies the rules and listens to her gut feeling.
10 Cloverfield Lane is at its best when you have no clue about anything. It does a great job of clueing you in on everything bit by bit, yet keeping you in the total dark.
Its twisted sense of humor will certainly appeal to a lot of Get Out fans. Unfortunately, the sequel didn’t live up to the expectation, but let‘s save that sad story for another day.
9. Phone Booth
The plot follows Stu Shephard, a New York City publicist, whose life revolves around spinning a web of lies to further the careers of his clients. Everything is going fine until one day he picks up a random call in a phone booth. He must not hang up the phone if he wants to live. If he attempts anything silly, he will sniped. The captor‘s demand is simple; confess to all the sins, and he will let Stu go.
I might sound biased talking about this movie. Joel Schumacher has always been one of my favorite directors. If you have not seen some of his previous work (Tigerland, The Lost Boys), I urge you to check those out while you're at it.
Phone Booth is arguably his best work till date. The majority of the film takes place inside a phone booth. To tell a mind-boggling story like this in such a constricted space is a testimony to authentic acting and a brilliant direction. Considering that Phone Booth was shot within 10 days with a strict budget, what they have achieved here is remarkable.
Collin Farren has done a marvelous job of portraying the gravity of the situation. As an audience, you‘ll also feel trapped with him as his life hangs in balance. Despite being a greedy manipulative punk, his precarious situation elicits sympathy.
It’s a masterfully directed experience, supported by an exceptional plot that keeps you hooked throughout its run. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to sell the idea of this movie. It sounds cliché on paper but comes to life on the screen. Check the embedded trailer below to see for yourself!
It's entirely possible that I might have missed a few other movies like Get Out. If you have any suggestions, please mention them in the comment below.