Top 10 Twisted Movies Like 'Hereditary' That Will Haunt You
What Films Are Like "Hereditary?"
Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary is unarguably one of the best horror movies to come out in recent years. It’s a shame that this film didn’t garner as much noise as the likes of It and Get Out.
As tension among the family members rises, you begin to imagine all sinister consequences in your own head. And yet, when the disaster strikes this poor family, again, you’re left dumbfounded. Just when you think the situation couldn’t get any worse, it does. What starts off as a family drama slowly transforms into a harrowing nightmare that haunts you for a long time.
Being a huge fan, I compiled a list of movies like Hereditary for you to consider.
Movies Similar to Hereditary
- The Witch
- The Badadook
- The Blackcoat's Daughter
- Rosemary's Baby
- The Others
- The Conjuring
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer
- The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
- Hour of The Wolf
- The Lobster
1. The Witch
The Witch takes audiences back to the era of black magic, possession, and witchcraft in 1630. When a family members find themselves in the middle of otherworldly energies, they blame each other for the turmoil. Their youngest son mysteriously disappears, and the blame is put on their oldest daughter, leading them further to the path of chaos.
There aren’t a lot of jump scares, but the slow buildup of tension makes every scenario dreadful. The movie relies on the traditional method of slowly building up the mystery and then delivering upon its promises in emphatic fashion. Final moments of The Witch are overwhelming, even for the most hardcore fans of the horror genre.
For better or worse, this movie ends ambiguously, leaving the door open for a lot of possible explanations. Watch the movie with a friend, and see what you can make of it.
2. The Babadook
The story follows a single mother coping with the death of her husband. When her son claims monsters are lurking around every corner of the house, she doesn’t believe him at first. Soon, though, she realizes that there’s much more to his house than meets the eye.
The Badadook doesn’t focus on delivering cheap jump scares. Instead, it highlights the horrific things in life. Loneliness, grief, and depression haunts most people in life. The story focuses on these emotions, blending it with horror to prepare an indigestible cocktail.
Essie Davis’s performance as a single, possibly deluded mother is an Oscar-worthy performance. She brings the plight of single motherhood to the silver screen effortlessly.
The Badadook is one of the best horror movies of 2014. It explores the realistic side of this genre, leaving the audience with a lot to contemplate upon.
3. The Blackcoat’s Daughter
The story follows two young girls staying in an isolated prep school over a winter break. As they wait for their parents to come and pick them, they inadvertently welcome a demonic entity into their lives.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter doesn’t rely on traditional horror tropes to scare its audience. Despite the presence of all the horror elements, it cleverly builds up the dread and paranoia to the tipping point. It’s one of a kind horror movie where you have to pay attention to every little detail. If you miss out on them, all the gruesome murders and carnage occurring here will mean nothing to you.
Without going in too much detail, the whole movie switches back and forth to two different timelines, eventually converging into an ordeal of its own kind by the end. Surprisingly, the different timelines are not hinted anywhere in this film. Again, you need to be attentive and fit all the pieces on your own.
Overall, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is an unsettling experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It probably won’t make you watch over your shoulders or shudder in fear, but this great admixture of horror and suspense will be in your mind for a while.
4. Rosemary’s Baby
This is what I call real horror. Mia Farrow’s portrayal of a paranoid, potentially deranged mother elicits sympathy and dread, at the same time. The story is about Rosemary and her husband, an everyday couple, who move into a new apartment to live a quiet and peaceful life. Instead, they find themselves surrounded by strange neighbors who might plan something sinister for their newborn. She delves deep into the mystery of the house and people around her, only to make matter worse.
It’s amazing how an over 50-year-old movie has stood the test of time and stayed relevant after all these years. Everything from acting to an expertly paced plotline is dramatically disturbing that can unhinge even the best of skeptics.
Although it’s based upon a novel of the same name, the movie takes a different route to story-telling, thanks to the expert direction by Robert Polanski, the name behind spellbinding movies like Chinatown and The Pianist. Even if you’ve read the book and already know how everything pans out, Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby will shock you, repeatedly.
5. The Others
When a widowed woman moves into a new house with her photosensitive children, strange events occur, leading her to believe that others are living among them. Her world turns upside down when she comes face to face with the twisted reality and acknowledges her past, remembering her macabre past in the process.
I love how simple everything appears in the beginning. Just when you think you have wrapped your head around its intricately woven storyline, an unexpected twist sweeps you along in its current. The entire story is perched right on the edge of impending disaster. The way it changes the direction and pace on a dime is breathtaking. Brace yourself for a gasp-inducing twist, the best of its kind.
The lack of Hollywood-style over-the-top special effects doesn’t impede this gem of a movie. On the contrary, it proves that the lack of these only adds to the immersion.
Although The Others has the classic hooks of every horror movie-a haunted mansion, dark alleyways, and a few jump scares scattered throughout the film-it still retains enough originality to carve out its own distinct identity in the otherwise saturated genre.
6. The Conjuring
It just so happens that every time I watch a movie labeled “based upon a true story,” it becomes twice as scary. Directed by James Wan, the plot of this film revolves around a haunted farmhouse and its inhabitants. When two paranormal investigators look inside for a better understanding of this demonic presence and possibly help the family, they get drawn into the supernatural world.
Unlike Wan’s previous movies, The Conjuring takes a tamed approach to horrify the audience, finally getting rid of the “torture porn director” tag slapped upon him. If you’re coming on the heels of his previous movies (Saw series), getting used to his new lite-gore approach might feel vapid. All the buildup, however, is worth it, as it culminates into a terrifying conclusion.
This movie won’t make you jump, but will still terrify you to the core. While it doesn’t topple the likes of The Exorcist, the undisputed king of horror movies, it comes close to delivering the same harrowing nightmares and despair.
Going down to the basement won’t sound like the best of ideas now. Even the thought of it will terrify you.
7. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Before I tell you anything about this movie, check the embedded trailer below. The trailer in itself is a piece of art. Don’t worry. Unlike most trailers and previews, this one gives nothing way at all. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what this Yorgos Lanthimos directed feature is all about.
The story follows a heart surgeon’s family who finds themselves in a world of trouble when they meet a mysterious teenage boy. He soon befriends the whole family, all the while working on his own wicked plan to punish them for their sins.
Although this film is based on a Greek tragedy, there is no clear connection. If you give it a shot thinking you’ll derive some meaning, it will most likely be a futile endeavor.
This movie can’t be ‘enjoyed.’ It’s an uncomfortable experience all the way through, never even stopping to let the audience take a lungful. However, you’ll cherish and remember its sneaky brilliance and an uncanny way to pull the rugs from under you when you least expect it to.
From acting to its unusual plot, everything about the film screams ‘unconventional.’ Not everyone will savor this experience. However, if you’re a fan of movies like Hereditary, The Killing of Scared Deer should be right up your alley. It’s a brain-teaser that will mess with you, and not in a good way.
8. The Strange Thing about the Johnsons
Ari Aster, the same bloke who directed Hereditary, has brought another one of his underrated masterpieces to the big screen that will unsettle you to the core. The mark it leaves on your conscience is permanent and can’t be undone. You’ve been warned.
It’s not your traditional horror movie. Come to think of it, it’s not even labeled as one. Yet, its disturbing portrayal of insectary will horrify and possibly disgust you, more than all the usual blood-splattering you’re used to seeing.
The Strange Thing About The Johnsons is an eye-opener wrapped in the exterior of a satire movie. While it’s a must-watch movie, I wish I had never watched it. You, however, must! It will make you wanna join a Church, if you haven’t already, to wash away your sins.
Most people will think of this movie as an oddity, but abuse and incest in a family are not as uncommon as we’d like to believe. This short movie throws light on all the awful secrets that never come to the surface, for numerous reasons.
The acting and dialogue delivery can be sub-par. However, if you’re too focused on perfection, you’ll miss the whole point of this short feature. Its bonafide intention is to open your eyes to all the unspeakable atrocities committed in the world. Enduring some cringe-worthy scenes in the process is well worth it. Thankfully, it’s only half an hour long. Try it yourself. These 30 minutes feel like more than three hours.
9. Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf is the story of an artist who visits a remote island with his wife to get away from everything for a while, only to be haunted by his past, as some of his suppressed memories surface one by one. As the paranoia intensifies, he starts believing that he’s being visited by a demon. Will he succumb this demon or find a way out of his own laid traps?
As soon as you try to simplify the storyline, you’re done. The problem with deep phycological movies like these is that you can’t take them at face value, ever. The symbolic value here matters more than the actual storytelling.
It’s a movie about two deeply troubled people, who love each other so much that one follows the other further down the path of mayhem. You can feel the pain, the plight, and the uneasiness exuding through the story throughout this movie, as it perfectly portrays the aftermath of troubled psyches in a relationship. It’s a brilliant personal masterpiece nobody should miss out on.
Being so troubling with no special effects or gore is quite a feat. It’s one of those movies that’ll disturb you more after you’re done watching it, as you dwell on all the events that transpired in the movie.
10. The Lobster
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster takes place in a dystopian future where every single person must find a suitable life partner within 45 days. If they fail, they will transform into a beast of their choosing and left alone in the wilderness.
The only complain I have about this movie is its misleading trailer. I think the marketing team missed a trick here. It makes the whole thing sound goofy and light-hearted. I went in expecting this feature to give me a few chuckles. A few minutes in, and I knew I was in for a special treat.
It starts off on a light tone and stays like that for a while. As the days pass by, David, our protagonist, gets more desperate as the 45th-day inches closer. Exactly then, The Lobster brings out its cruelly dark and suffocating side, taking the audience by surprise. The whole thing pans out like a brilliant crafted Black Mirror episode. By the way, if you haven’t watched that series, I suggest you get right to it.
Despite being a dark, twisted feature film, The Lobster is punctuated with some deadpan humor, making you chuckle, even in its darkest of moments. Imagine the amalgamation of movies like Hereditary, A Clockwork Orange, and Black Swan; the end result will be something like The Lobster.