20 Super Scary Movies like Get Out

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I recently got into horror movies again, which led me to watch Get Out, among other films. It is an interesting psychological horror film and Jordan Peele’s directorial debut.

It is about an African-American man, Chris, and his white girlfriend, Rose. The two have just reached the stage in their relationship where they are ready to meet each other’s parents, and they travel to meet Rose’s family at their house.

At first, Chris believes that her family’s behavior is a bit odd, but he writes it off, thinking that it is just a white family coming to terms with their daughter being with a black man. However, soon, he discovers a truth he could never have imagined.

Every good psychological horror needs a dark secret, and this one has plenty. The problem is, I wanted more similar films after this, so I created a list of 20 more movies like Get Out.

Ready to get binge-watching? Here’s the 20 you should check out.

It Follows (2014)

One of the first movies like Get Out that I watched was It Follows, a supernatural horror movie in which an entity starts following a young woman, Jaime Height, after a sexual encounter.

The encounter actually passes down a curse to her, a curse that is transferred through sexual intercourse.

The troubled teen soon learns that death is creeping up as either a stranger or a friend. Meanwhile, nobody believes her, as everyone thinks that she is just being paranoid.

This changes after they too start seeing the phantom assassin, which leads them to banding together in order to stay alive.

The film has a unique story, and it will definitely make people wary of a date night for a while after seeing this horror movie. There is no masked killer to defeat, and instead, you are followed by something that you cannot explain, or stop, which is where the real fear comes into play.

The film stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary, and others.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko is another one of the movies like Get Out that I liked, although I must admit that it did get me quite confused the first time I watched it. It is a Sci-Fi psychological thriller that plays a lot on supernatural elements, as well.

It is a movie about mental instability and dissociative identity disorder, with the whole story being confusing, and it is hard to tell what is real. Audience insights are not very helpful, as the movie plays the audience as much as the lead roles.

The story revolves around Donnie Darko, a sleepwalking teen who sleepwalked out of his house one night only to see a giant, demonic-looking rabbit called Frank.

Frank tells him that the world will end in 28 days. The mystery deepens when, after returning home, Donnie finds that a jet engine crashed into his bedroom.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Seth Rogen, Patrick Swayze and others.

Hush (2016)

Another one of horror films similar to Get Out is Hush.

Like Get Out, the plot mostly takes place in one location, and the story revolves around Maddie, a deaf and mute horror author who decided to withdraw from society and the drama of everyday life, and live in isolation.

However, she quickly discovers that isolation is not such a great thing when her friend appears, chased by a masked killer.

The killer quickly deals with Maddie’s friend and then proceeds to chase her, resulting in a game of cat and mouse between the two of them.

The film stars Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan, and others.

Misery (1990)

Next, we have Misery, inspired by Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

Like Get Out, the whole film takes place in the same location, a cabin deep in the mountains. The story follows Paul, a writer of a popular series, who withdrew into isolation to finish his latest book. After he completed it, he was on his way back into civilisation, when he ended up in a car crash.

After the car accident, he wakes up in a warm bed, only to learn that a local woman, Annie Wilkes, saved him. On top of that, she is a huge fan of his work.

However, chaos ensues when she finds out that he has an unpublished copy of his new book, and she doesn’t like the direction of the plot. That’s where she comes up with the idea to keep Paul hostage and have him write exclusively for her, with her dictating the plot.

Stephen King is a master of horror, and he held the title of king for decades for a reason. The film follows his book very well, and it is definitely a great watch.

In fact, The Guardian said that “it maintains its tension well, plays enough tricks on us so that we don’t ever treat anything quite seriously and Goldman’s script has enough good lines and situations to keep one interested in exactly what is coming next.”

The film stars Kathy Bates and James Caan.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

After a young married couple moves to a new apartment in the New York City, and the wife, Rosemary, gets pregnant, a series of events makes her believe that her child is not of this world. She becomes increasingly isolated, and the true horror starts after she gives birth.

Rosemary’s Baby is an older film, and a big classic in the horror community, where the truth is a lot scarier than the mystery that came before it.

Another element that strongly affects Rosemary’s pregnancy is the neighbors, an elderly couple who seemed perfectly normal at first glance, until they get more involved, to the point where they started controlling Rosemary’s pregnancy, as well as her entire life.

The film has some elements of psychological horror, but the horror part clearly dominates. The Guardian even called it “N0 2 best horror film of all time,” and that is quite an achievement.

The film stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Charles Grodin, and others.

The Invitation (2015)

The Invitation is very similar to Get Out in certain aspects, including the fact that it is a psychological thriller that might make you question people’s true motivations behind every apparent good deed.

The film’s story revolves around Will and his girlfriend Kira. They were invited to a dinner party by Will’s ex-wife, Eden, and her new husband, David. Will and Eden split up due to certain tragedies, which he starts reliving upon returning to his former house, where she now lives.

The problems start when it turns out that Will’s ex and her new husband have rather nefarious motivations behind the seemingly innocent invitation.

The Invitation is a social thriller, and an interesting movie to watch that I can recommend if you enjoy movies like Get Out.

The film stars Thomas Doherty, Natalie Emmanuel, Stephanie Corneliussen, Hugh Skinner, Alana Boden, and others.

Us (2019)

Moving on, we have Us, another film by Jordan Peel released in 2019 after the sucess of Get out. The film plays with the idea of doppelgangers, an entire family of them, in fact, which conducts a number of psychotic attacks.

In the movie, an ordinary family is visited by a group of people who look completely identical to them.

Soon, the two families will clash in a fight for survival, while the mental impact of, essentially, having to fight yourself weighs hard on regular humans.

The story is quite interesting, with the motivations of the doppelganger family being a complete mystery, which makes their actions and their very existence that much more frightening.

The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elizabeth Moss, and others.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Up next, we have one of the very old Sci-Fi films, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. While the titles of the old movies were made to spoil the story a bit, I assure you that this is still a film worth watching.

The story follows Dr. Miles Bennell and his ex-girlfriend Becky, who are trying to understand the so-called “epidemic of mass hysteria,” as the psychiatrists call it, where people become convinced that their loved ones were replaced by imposters.

While at first, these people seem like they belong in a mental institution, it eventually becomes clear that the fears of the people are true, and that alien body snatchers are replacing humans with their own doppelgangers, grown in special pods.

This is a horror movie, but also a movie about saving the world, as the stakes are much higher than they are in typical horror films.

The film stars Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, King Donovan, Larry Gates, and others.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Another movie that I was pleasantly surprised with is Don’t Breathe. It is one of the more suspenseful movies that I watched, and it revolves around the fate of three thieves.

After they identify a house of a blind man as a good target, they decide that they could use some quick cash. However, the horror starts when they realize that the man is not as helpless as they expected.

So, clearly, the mystery is there, and the truth of the man is something that the audience is expected to wonder about. My one issue with this film is that it is pretty predictable, and you can guess the end long before it comes.

Of course, this is not an isolated issue with horror, and all the other films, or at least the majority of them, can have you guess the ending if you think about it a bit.

Even so, it has suspense, mystery, horror, and all the other elements to keep you at the edge of a seat for an hour and a half, and that’s all that any horror fan can ask for.

The film stars Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, and others.

Escape Room (2019)

Now, Escape Room is one of the horror movies that I really liked a lot. It follows a group of people who believe that they are locked in some sort of game experiment, where they are expected to “solve” different escape rooms in order to win and walk away.

However, it soon becomes clear that their life is in danger, as each room is full of deadly traps.

So, their task is no longer just to reach the outside world, but also to survive the horror of the escape rooms. Ideally, they want to escape with their life, but the mystery of what is really going on still remains to be solved.

All in all, the movie itself is not bad, and the reviews were fairly average. It is a horror that will offer some level of thought, which makes it an enjoyable movie in my book.

The film stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Nik Dodani, and others.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead is another classic that has been around for decades. Considered gory at the time, these days, the movie would likely be considered fairly tame, given everything that we’ve seen over the years.

Still, it is a classic that is definitely worth watching, even today. It is a ghoul-fest that gave birth to modern zombie movies and shows.

Furthermore, with Duane Jones being the lead role, this was one of the bold movies that dared to cast a black actor as a lead, thus making a racially charged statement.

Like most zombie movies, it follows a small group of people who managed to survive the initial onslaught. Now, it is time to try and survive, or end up like all the others, a monstrous cannibal with zero intelligence and only hunger as their motivator.

The film stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Tony Todd, and others.

Split (2016)

Moving on, we have Split, another movie written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

If you enjoyed Get Out, then this is definitely a film for you to watch. It doesn’t focus on body-snatching either. Instead, it is the best original screenplay by Shyamalan, featuring a man with 24 different personalities.

The plot of the movie really kicks off when one of the personalities decides to kidnap teenage girls and keep them locked away for “The Beast.”

Meanwhile, other personalities are also trying to emerge, locked in an endless fight to be in “the light.”

Different personalities have different motives, some of which are quite evil. The movie is definitely a horror, although it can be viewed as a drama, exploring an over-exaggerated mental illness that has made many lives difficult for people around the world.

The film stars James McAvoy, M Night Shyamalan, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, and others.

The Invisible Man (2020)

I feel like I can say with certainty that everyone thought about being invisible and what they would be able to do if they were, at least once.

Well, The Invisible Man takes that concept and shows what some people might do, particularly if they happen to be an abusive, controlling, and simply bad person.

Simply put, the story follows a woman who just managed to leave an abusive boyfriend, only to learn that he presumably died. However, it later turns out that this is not the case. Instead, she believes that he managed to become invisible, and is now stalking her.

The movie is filled with drama, mystery, and also horror, as you can hardly fight against something that you cannot see. In a way, it can also be considered a Sci-Fi movie to an extent, but in the end, no matter how you try to label it, you should definitely watch it.

The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, and others.

Hereditary (2018)

When it comes to Hereditary, it is difficult to define how I feel about it. At the same time, you will both enjoy it and not, as it is quite unique, and not at all what you might expect from the genre.

It gives you small hints at what is going on throughout the film, granting you a chance to try and figure it out for yourself, but it still holds your attention for the full duration of the movie.

The movie follows the Graham family that lost their grandmother. Soon after that, however, their behavior starts to change, as something is affecting their lives. The mystery deepens when they discover that their house is haunted by a strange presence.

The drama continues and everything gets revealed in the end. However, while some may be satisfied with how things turn out, others might not, but in the end, it is still a decent movie to watch.

The film stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and others.

The Skeleton Key (2005)

Then, we have The Skeleton Key. This is another film involving mystery and drama in a house of a good-natured nurse who decides to quit her job and work for an elderly woman whose husband requires special care following a stroke.

Once the nurse starts exploring the house, she keeps discovering strange artifacts, deep mystery, and a sinister past of the elderly couple’s home.

Not only that, but she also discovers that the woman who hired her is keeping a secret regarding her husband’s illness, and the true cause behind it.

The film stars Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Gena Rowlands, and others.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Another film that I found interesting was 10 Cloverfield Lane. It follows a woman who woke up after an accident, only to discover that she is now locked in a mysterious underground shelter, with a number of other people.

The owner of the shelter explains the situation, stating that the outside world is uninhabitable because of a chemical attack. The ones in the bunker are the only known survivors, and they now have to follow strict rules and never attempt to go, or even look outside.

Of course, eventually, she does look outside, and that’s when the fun starts. For the viewer, at least.

All in all, it is a fairly amusing film, with a twisted sense of humor, and I expect that fans of Get Out will like it fairly well. Universal Pictures liked the film so much that it decided to set 10 Cloverfield Lane scribes to adapt another YA novel, Scythe.

The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. Bradley Cooper, and others.

Black Swan (2010)

Next, we have a psychological horror from 2010, called Black Swan. It is a film filled with tension and suspense, which is something that it shares with Get Out.

The film revolves around a young woman called Nina, played by Natalie Portman, who won Best Actress at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for this role.

Nina is involved with the production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. However, when a new arrival, Lily, threatens to steal her role, Nina starts losing her connection to reality.

Things soon start spiraling out of control, leading to a rather unexpected turn of events. The film was very popular when it first came out. Initially, it was briefly attached to Universal Pictures, but later on, it was produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures in New York City.

Apart from Portman, the film stars Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, and others.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Moving on, we have Gerald’s Game, a 2017 psychological horror thriller where the majority of the film revolves around the main character’s psychology. It is about a woman who has to fight to free herself from restraints in a room in which she is trapped.

Like Misery, this film was inspired by Stephen King’s book of the same name. It is about a married couple that goes on a holiday to an isolated house.

However, things took a bad turn after the husband dies of a heart attack, while the wife is left handcuffed to the bed. Now, she has to find a way to free herself, or die of starvation.

The film stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, and others.

The Visit (2015)

Nearing the end of the list, we have The Visit. Another film by Shyamalan, this one plays out as your typical old-school horror that revolves around a slow buildup and creepy atmosphere, and just when you think that there is no real danger apart from the creepiness, the movie starts properly.

The plot follows two teens who decide to go to their grandparents’ house for a week.

However, they never met their grandparents before, so they are essentially going to meet two people that are completely unfamiliar to them. With that being the case, they decide to document the experience, which allows this movie to play out in the found footage form.

At first, everything seems fine, but after a while, the teens feel like something isn’t right about the grandparents. They tried to write it off as old people behavior, but before long, they start fearing for their lives.

The film stars Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn, and others.

Shutter Island (2010)

Finally, we have Shutter Island, which may be one of the best psychological thrillers that Leonardo DiCaprio ever made.

The film is about a Deputy US Marshal, Edward Daniels, who was sent to investigate a psychiatric hospital on Shutter Island. He and his partner were called after a patient had gone missing.

However, Daniels’ investigation soon starts uncovering suspicious things about the hospital, leading to a rather eerie atmosphere. However, things escalate significantly from there, and the ending leaves even the audience confused, while Daniels himself starts questioning his own sanity.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, and others.

Conclusion

Get Out is a great film, and if you ended up liking it as well, there are plenty of other similar movies in the horror and psychological thriller parts of the movie industry.

The movies featured on the list are not the only ones worth watching, and I like the horror genre, in particular, because it offers so many ways to inspire horror.

In fact, if you’re looking for more horror specifically, check out our round up of the scariest horror movies ever or these 12 horror movies on Disney Plus, surprisingly.

The horror industry also had a number of great actors and actresses over the years, including everyone starring in the mentioned films, but also major names like Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Kaluuya, Sue Ann, and many more.

In the end, don’t stop with this list, and explore even further on your own, but if you want some good recommendations to get you started, please, refer to the list above.

I would love to know what’s your favorite from the list above or if you think I missed one that should definitely be there, let me know in the comments section below.

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