If you enjoyed It Follows, you might enjoy these other slow-burning dread films with creepy stalking killers.
It Follows, the supernatural chiller from 2014, has a slow-building suspense and an oddly psychological plot that appeals to horror fans.
These ten terrifying horror films are similar to It Follows in numerous ways for those wondering what else is out there in the genre that can match its most terrifying moments.
1. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Director Sam Raimi returned to his horror roots after the global success of the Spider-Man trilogy, telling the story of a woman cursed to be tormented by a demon and then dragged to Hell.
Dragged Me to Hell, though it isn’t marketed as an arthouse film, is revered by horror fans for its unforgivingly grim premise, intriguing subtext, and parodying of Jacques Tourneur’s classic film Night of the Demon’s style.
2. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Stephen King’s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game, the sequel to The Shining, was adapted by director Mike Flanagan into an engaging–or even just coherent–cinematic experience before taking on the similarly-herculean task of adapting it into its own film.
A survival thriller in the vein of 127 Hours, the plot follows a woman who is handcuffed to a bed with no hope of rescue but delves unflinchingly into the deepest parts of her psyche, particularly her sexual anxieties and the origins of them.
3. Split (2016)
As a result of the success ofIt Follows, director of photographyMike Gioulakis was hired by director M. Night Shyamalan to work on his second hugely successful psychological thriller, Split.
The film’s distinctive look gives it a memorable personality, and the strong characters keep the story feeling alive beyond just being a high-concept setup.
4. The Witch (2015)
Robert Eggers made his feature debut in 2015 with The Witch, a smartly-crafted, off-kilter film that stood out from the vast majority of other horror films released at the time as one of the most exciting in the new millennium.
The plot revolves around a small family of settlers in 17th-century New England who are plagued by the fear of an evil presence following them around at all times. The suspense builds over time, reaching a crescendo of terror.
5. Under the Skin (2013)
Even though Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi alien invasion film may be even more out there than The Witch, its horror is no less potent for it. If anything, the impact of Jonathan Glazer’s film may be greater.
A man-eating extraterrestrial lures men to their slow and horrible deaths with the promise of a sexual encounter, and Scarlett Johansson gives an incredible performance as her.
When it comes to the prey-predator dynamic that is so often explored in the horror genre, like inIt Follows, Under the Skin does exactly what it says on the tin.
6. The Invitation (2015)
After years of being estranged, a man and his ex-wife reunite at a dinner party to mourn the death of their son. The awkward conversation between old friends and new acquaintances, as well as the grief of the parents, pale into insignificance in comparison to the growing realization that the hosts have joined a dangerous cult.
In this claustrophobic modern horror masterpiece, slow-burning anxiety is abundant, and fans of It Follows will not be bothered by the lack of supernatural elements because the invitation’s reality is far scarier.
7. Ring (1998)
Hideo Nakata’s adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s novel, arguably theJ-horror classic, quickly became an international sensation and one of the few Asian horror films at the time to have a genuinely worthy Hollywood remake. Hideo Nakata.
After a killer videotape curses you with death after seven days, a new generation of contemporary horror films explores the darker side of modern life. It’s safe to say that It Followsowes a lot to its plot and the increasing sense of inescapable doom it creates, as do countless other films. It’s safe to say that
8. Shutter (2004)
It follows a couple who discover they are being stalked by a supernatural presence, which is similar to the ghosts seen in Japanese horror films likeRingor Ju-On:The Grudge, but, as always, the real horror is the story at the heart of why the haunting is taking place.
Many remakes of Shutter have appeared since its initial release, including an American version. However, none of them can match the creeping dread of the Japanese original.
9. Halloween (1978)
It Follows, John Carpenter’s brilliantly understated masterpiece, is still an unnerving cinematic experience, and it does so with little blood or money.
One of Halloween’s greatest strengths is its ability to make an impact with seemingly insignificant details. In the case of the killer, the use of a William Shatner mask painted white over a clown mask perfectly exemplifies this.
10. Halloween (2018)
Jamie Lee Curtis still captivated audiences 40 years after the original film’s release with her portrayal of a woman engaged in an eternal battle with Michael Myers, a supernatural force.
A contemporary reboot of the franchise, Halloween2018 has a comedic edge compared to the original, but that’s not really a bad thing when talking about a horror sequel, and it brings the stalking terror of Carpenter’s “The Shape” to a new audience, with music from the man himself and his son, Cody.