Top 16 Nightmarish Movies Like 'Us'
What Films Are Like Us?
Yet another mind-blowing thriller from Jordan Peele, who seems to be getting more comfortable in the director’s chair, Us is his second try at the horror genre. It seems like the actor and director, previously known for comic roles, has some dark storylines swirling around his head.
After Adelaide revisits her childhood beach house with husband Gabe and their two young children, she’s expecting something to go wrong as a result of a troubled past. Things really do take a dark turn after the family starts getting tormented by their evident doppelgangers and don’t know what to make of the situation. Trapped in this unavoidable duel with their clones, there is no other way but to fight back.
Peele not only wrote the story but directed this horror flick as well, which means you not only get to hear his story but gaze in excitement as he brings it out from his head onto the screen.
New research suggests that watching just 90 minutes of a suspense-filled thriller burns as much as 113 calories. Get ready to stay in shape as you go through this list of movies similar to Us.
Films Like Us
- Get Out
- The Shining
- The Sixth Sense
- Cabin in The Woods
- Don't Breathe
- Train to Busan
- Bird Box
- American Phycho
- Ex Machina
- The Silence of The Lambs
- Basic Instincts
- Source Code
1. Get Out
Let’s start the list off with none other than Get Out, Jordan Peele’s debut into screenwriting and directing that introduced the world to this amazing mystery thriller. Chris and Rose are on the often-feared relationship phase of meeting the parents. When Chris is invited to a weekend getaway at Allison’s house, it seems like a normal meet up.
Chris begins to suspect something’s up after his unusual interactions with different family members over the weekend but lets it slide, blaming awkward interactions on interracial differences. As he tries separating reality from illusion, we are forced to delve into the character’s paranoia and patiently wait for the answers.
Get Out start like a cliche teen romance movie, only to morph into a scornful nightmare in the second half. It's a ride you will not forget for some time.
2. The Shining
Adapted from the book of the same name by Stephen King, this horror flick starring Jack Nicholson is a classic that makes you want to curl up in your blankets in fear. Jack Torrance moves into an empty hotel with his wife and son after being assigned the apparently undemanding task of taking care of it, thinking the isolation can help improve his writing.
Soon the claustrophobic vibe of the hotel starts affecting all the family members, especially Jack, as he starts hallucinating and grows hostile towards his own family. It looks like history is going to repeat itself as the hotel has already suffered a similar tragedy in the past, and there’s little hope of preventing it from happening again.
This haunting flick will not disappoint those looking for some movies like Us.
Ten people are forced inside a motel after a violent storm, leaving them no choice but to wait it out and interact with others. Among them is a wounded woman who recently got in an accident and a prisoner who’s making others uncomfortable. Things take a drastic turn when people start getting killed one after another without any clue of the killer. People grow hostile amongst themselves, wondering who among them could be the real enemy.
The people who’re aware of the killer’s presence among the group are forced to work together if they want to find his real identity and survive. Would you trust the people you just met with your life? That’s what everyone has to decide.
4. The Sixth Sense
Nobody believes Cole Sear when he says he can communicate with the spirits of dead people. So, child psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe takes it upon himself to help the kid by finding the reason for his unhealthy mental state.
After one of his previous patients recently tried killing him and then turned the gun on himself, the doctor sees helping Cole as a way of redeeming himself. But on his attempts at curing the boy, inexplicable incidents occur that cannot be comprehended by his scientific expertise, as both doctor and patient try looking for answers.
Haunting yet unflinchingly poignant, The Sixth Sense is a disconcerting affair - one that'll stay with you for a long time.
James Wan and Leigh Whannell started this eight-movie franchise by renting a single room with nothing but a script and their directorial prowess. The movie starts with two people chained across a room from each other as they receive clues from the mysterious killer Jigsaw, who could help them break free. The two men try their best to escape, but with all odds stacked against them, it's almost impossible.
With creative ways of making his victims play by his rules and giving them the illusion of choosing their own fate, he makes sure there are more bodies than survivors. As the story progresses, we notice that every one of his victim’s has done something deserving of retribution and leaves us wondering if the punishments fit the crimes.
It looks like this franchise still has several movies to add, providing us with more information behind the motivation of Jigsaw’s killings. Though Saw might not exactly fit into the category of movies like Us, it's conniving, staying one step ahead of the audience and victims all the time.
6. Cabin in The Woods
It seems like a normal horror flick as five friends go to a cabin for an adventure and we expect them to eventually encounter an impending doom in some form. And that is exactly what happens, but not before we are introduced to another group of scientists who seem to not only watch the five friends but control their environment adding horror effects.
We can guess right away that both these events are somehow connected as we start coming up with theories to best explain the occurrences on screen. It looks like the lead characters are being manipulated to undergo these simulated horrors but the reason behind it seems a lot more sinister.
I will not spoil anything else for you as it will ruin all the fun. Watch this horror flick to experience the ordeal first-hand.
7. Don’t Breathe
Three teens are planning to rob a blind man in the hopes of leaving town for good and start a new life with their new found fortune. But things go wrong as it turns out that blindness has made him more aware of his surroundings. He knows every square inch of his house.
One of these robbers, expectedly, gets brutally murdered by this ostensibly helpless man. Now, the remaining two have no choice but to stay quiet and wait for the man to calm down as he storms from one room to another searching for them and closing every opening on his way.
In a situation where the heart’s beating faster every passing minute, they have to hold their breaths if they wish to avoid harm. You'll feel bad for the kids and want them to escape from this psychotic maniac, but hope turns slimmer every minute as the man squeezes their space tighter.
8. Train to Busan
It’s an emergency state when the passengers in a train start biting each other, turning into absent-minded zombies. Seok-Woo, a father whose only priority at the moment is protecting his daughter against these monsters, contradicts with Sang-Hwa, a compassionate man who’s willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good despite having a pregnant wife.
The zombie genre that’s already been exhausted by its numerous portrayals on movies and TV shows hold strong on this movie because of non-identical storytelling and mind-boggling visuals. We see the true nature of individuals as they face life threatening danger and have to choose between saving themselves and letting others take their place.
9. Bird Box
The movie that became the prime subject of gossip for weeks, this Netflix adaptation of the book of the same name took viewers by storm when it landed on the steaming platform in early 2018.
An unknown force is causing people to kill themselves and the remaining survivors are left to speculate it. They figure looking at this unknown being has something to do with the mass suicides. We see Malorie, a pregnant woman, trying to survive amidst all this chaos and the two other kids in the foreseeable future whom she tries to protect, as we interchange between the two timelines.
We wonder what victims really see when they look at this dark entity, as the remaining people are forced to remain blindfolded if they want to avoid the same fate. The whole movie permeates with a mysterious vibe, making us question as to what lengths we would go to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
If you're looking for some horror flicks like Us, Bird Box should be right up your alley.
Another movie on the list that's based upon Stephen King’s book of the same name, It is the long-awaited thriller and a remake of its 1990 counterpart made exactly after 27 years, just enough time for the scary clown, Pennywise, to feed on the fears of newer children.
After a young boy, Georgie, goes missing, his brother goes on a search with the help of his friends, but they come across unforeseeable circumstances no one could have expected. These kids who’re already facing social challenges come in contact with a much greater threat that seems unavoidable. Everyone is afraid of something and that’s never more apparent than when you’re a child.
If these kids want to survive, they have to let go of these fears, which is the only thing keeping them away from the murderous hands of Pennywise. You give in to your innate fears, you lose the insidious game, and quite possibly, your life.
11. American Psycho
Adapted from a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, this crime thriller focuses on Patrick Bateman, a businessman by day and serial killer by night. A simple glance at Bateman couldn’t tell you about monstrous thoughts running around his head. In an attempt to fit in, he does everything he can to improve his appearance and social interactions to match with that of an ideal person.
The movie also showcases how class affects the judgment of people as Bateman drops several hints of being a killer, but no one takes notice. Is every madman just born the way he is and there’s no other way around it? The answer to this question depends on your own subjective morals and thus can’t have a definite conclusion.
12. Ex Machina
The best way to test an AI is with the help of another intelligent being. So when Nathan invites the lucky contest winner, Caleb, to test the capabilities of his robot, Ava, it seems like the only logical move. Being the human element in the Turing test, Caleb tries finding out if Ava can prove her intelligence from beyond the glass barrier by talking to her, but instead they start getting closer to each other as she opens up to him.
As days go by, it becomes more apparent that Ava is truly self-aware and far more deceitful than either man could have imagined. It might be too late as they try figuring out if Ava is really curious about the outside world or is just planning an escape as Caleb starts falling for the robot.
13. The Silence of The Lambs
FBI agent Clarice Starling has the challenging task of interacting with a murderous cannibal, who was once a brilliant psychologist, after one of his former students is suspected of going on a horrific killing spree. Every interaction with Hannibal Lector, the cannibal, slowly starts taking a toll on her as she tries solely focusing on catching the killer to end this everyday visit.
The Silence of the Lambs has brilliant moments and great acting from the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, as they keep you glued till the end. If you're looking to catch a haunting movie like Us that toys with you, Silence of The Lambs should be right up your alley.
In this American remake of the even grittier South Korean movie, Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, a man who seems to be wasting his life away. Things, however, turn unpleasant when he gets kidnapped and is forced to live his life in a small room. Shortly after, they kill his wife and frame him, ensuring there’s nothing he can do about it.
After suffering 20 years of hell, he finally breaks out with only one thing in mind: to hunt down the man who stole his life. With the help of a friend and a newly acquired associate, he gets closer to the truth, thanks to his violent investigating methods.
The closer he gets to the truth, the more audiences realize that he's not free after all. Unflinchingly creepy and nightmarish, Oldboy's shenanigans will haunt you for a long time.
15. Basic Instinct
Catherine Tramell is under investigation following the death of a rock star after precisely writing about the events of his death in her book before the incident. The police is sure it’s her, but have to let her go after finding no concrete evidence linking her to the crime.
Detective Curran is convinced she has something do with the murder and starts investigating her by himself, but he slowly gets seduced by the beautiful woman who wants Nick to be a character in her new book.
Will the detective survive what’s evidently coming for him or will he solve the case and prevent any future homicides? Watch this capricious flick to find out. Unlike Us, there are no supernatural elements at play, but Basic Instinct is a thrilling ride nonetheless - one that'll make adrenaline junkies happy.
16. Source Code
This movie fuses mystery with sci-fi where time is presented as a bendable entity, which can be used to avoid future catastrophes by learning from the past. Colter Stevens is on a mission to find a bomber aboard the train that has already been destroyed, but technological advances can mimic the events before the tragedy so that future disasters can be avoided.
As Colter investigates people on the train for the limited time he can, he needs to hurry to prevent others from facing a similar fate. Whether he manages to save the people makes up for the rest of the tale. Source Code might not be billed as a horror movie, but it will have you on the edge of your seat all the same.
I realize that some of the movies I have mentioned here, especially at the end, might not be exactly like Us, but I'll urge you to give them a chance nonetheless. Let me know if there are some other good movies like Us. I'll be more than happy to check them out and update this list.