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27 Fearsome Movies Like Insidious

27 Movies like Insidious
27 Movies like Insidious

We all are the biggest fans of horror movies, and when it comes to movies like insidious, we become fans of such movies. Scary movie is one of the genres that filmmakers take the utmost advantage of to create that thrilling vibe in a tremendously nightmarish environment.

Insidious, the film starts with the family who moves into a new house to make new memories. But exactly the opposite happens with the memory they wanted to create and the present they live with. When two of their family members get into a coma, the family starts experiencing paranormal activities in the house.

As the movie gained a lot of popularity back in 2010, two sequels were also released in 2013 and in 2015. As fans could not get over all the parts of insidious, here are 27 insidious-like horror movie recommendations that you would love to watch.

  • Poltergeist (1983 – 2015 film)

If you are a fan of 90’s horror, then this movie is for you. Same as insidious, a family movie about a new big house with new big dreams. But the same does not happen with them as the family’s innocent little girl gets possessed by the ghosts in the house.

After getting a huge response to the first part, accordingly, the second part was released in 1986, showing when a family moves into the house for the first time, paranormal activities start happening in the house; it turns out the spirit insane preacher is roaming in the house.


Poltergeist 1983

Additionally, in 1988, Poltergeist 3 was released with a new and intriguing plot. The protagonist of the film moves to her aunt’s house after facing paranormal activities in her own house. But her past does not leave her, and the spirit remains with her even if she takes therapy and leaves the house.

After getting huge success in all three parts of the film, another sequel of Poltergeist was released in 2015.

  • The Boy (2016 film)

If you are interested in Horror- Thrillers at the same time, then this movie would be a great fit for you. The protagonist of the movie moves into the big house as a nanny for the baby. She receives all the instructions, but she does not find his mom and dad. When she moves into the house and starts looking out for the boy, she is going to take care of, she turns out to be a mere doll. As she lives with him, she finds out the doll has a spirit inside of him as he starts responding to her.

The Boy

The Boy 2016

After getting scared for some days, the protagonist gets attached to the doll and starts treating him like her own son. The unique storyline of the movie gets interesting scene by scene.

  • Lights Out (2016 film)

Scariest of all, Lights out is the movie that won’t let you sleep at night. If you are a fan of extreme horror, Lights out will give you nightmares and will keep you hooked till the end. The protagonists of the movie are two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother.

Lights Out

Lights Out Poster 2016

The elder sister, when she was young, experiences nightmares and some paranormal activities that she does not believe to be true, but the same starts happening with her younger brothers as well at night when the lights are out. Both then start finding out the connection between their experiences and their mother.

  • The Ward (2010 film)

The film, which is the perfect combination of mystery, thriller, and horror, The Ward, will take you to the world of Amber, who is stuck in a mental hospital experiencing something that others do not. When she constantly tries speaking out about the same, no one believes in her considering she is just another insane woman blabbering things with meaningless bases.

The Ward

A Still From The Ward 2010

As she starts discovering more, she gets to know that a dead patient is troubling the patients who live in the psychiatric Ward. Even Though the movie did not get that famous back then, the movie follows an intriguing storyline with scary scenes.

  • Paranormal Activity (2007 film)

If you are really interested in real paranormal activities and how they get captured using various devices, then this movie recommendation is for you.

Paranormal Activity features a couple who wants to start their happy life full of love and delight, but they experience a weird vibe in the house.

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity 2007

The curious couple, when they want to know what exactly is happening in the house, install cameras inside and outside of the house. The scary appearance of the ghosts in the recorded video haunts them for the rest of their lives.

  • Oculus (2014 film)

The 2014 horror movie Oculus is more mysterious than scarier. Oculus is the perfect blend of what horror and suspense actually mean. Oculus will bring you to the world of two siblings trying to get over their parents’ unusual and scary death.


Oculus 2014

While solving the mystery behind their death, the siblings get to know about the unique and antique mirror that the couple had, and they try to discover the truth about who is behind the mirror and if the mirror really has something to do with their death. Soon even the siblings get trapped in the mirror’s vicious spell.

  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011 film)

When it comes to Horror Movies introducing a young cast, the film becomes scarier and more interesting as well. Don’t be afraid of the dark also portrays the life of an innocent shy little girl who moves into her father’s house with her stepmother.

dont be afraid of the dark

Don’t be afraid of the dark.

As her shy nature makes her get curious about a lot of things, she starts discovering the big house where her father lives in. While discovering, she finds out about the hidden basement where evil spirits are captured. When she opens a basement, that spirit comes out and becomes the greatest nightmare for the whole family.

  • Orphan (2009 – 2022 film)

Orphan is a thriller horror movie that becomes scarier scene by scene. Even if it is not a horror movie based on evil spirits and ghosts, the evil appearance of the main protagonist of the movie will create a horror vibe for you.


Orphan 2009

The Orphan is based on the life of a young girl who lives in an orphanage and later gets adopted by a nice happy family. After getting adopted, her family starts always experiencing bad happening in their surroundings with them or with other people. While discovering the truth, the mother finds out the hidden secrets behind the adopted girl’s past.

  • Get Out (2017 film)

Get Out is the 2017 horror thriller film based on the life of a man named Chris, an African American man. He has a beautiful white Caucasian girlfriend. As Chris is already in worry about being black, his girlfriend assures him that her parents do not have any problem with their interracial relationship, so he agrees to meet her parents.

Get Out

Get Out 2017

When he meets her parents, at first, things seem pretty normal, but later, he discovers that there is something off with her parents. After researching a lot, he finds out the scary truth about his girlfriend’s parents.

  • The Messengers (2007 film)

In another world-famous insidious- like a movie, the messengers introduces a family that moves into a house to live a normal and happy life. They go to North Dakota and find a big house to live in. The couple in the movie has two children.

The Messengers

A still from The Messengers 2007

After some days, the younger daughter and her brother of the family start experiencing paranormal activities in the house. When she tells her mother and father about the same, no one believes her. She knows that she has to fight alone and tries to survive alone.

This movie is a great recommendation for those who want to watch extreme horror with a mysterious touch.

  • Sinister (2012 film)

To experience horror filled with a ghoulish vibe, Sinister is the best movie to go for. The main protagonist of the film is a writer who writes crime stories. He publishes as many books as he can, but no one takes an interest in them. So, he decides to move into the house where one family has died in a terrible way.


Sinister 2012

To do his research work, he decides to live for a few days in the hose with his sweet family, but things don’t go in that way when he and his family start getting victimized at the hands of horrifying evil spirits who go after them to kill them.

  • The Unholy (2021 film)

With such a unique concept, The Unholy has won the hearts of the viewers. The Unholy, 2021, horror and thriller film is filled with full of suspense. When a little deaf girl starts hearing, speaking, and healing sick people after having visions of the virgin Mary, people start believing that the goddess has come back to solve their problems of people.

The Unholy

The Unholy 2021

However, when unusual things start happening all around the town, the journalist visit town to investigate what exactly is happening. Apparently, he discovers the horrifying truth.

  • Chhorii (2021 film)

An Indian horror film, Chhorii comes into the category of extreme horror depicting Indian traditional beliefs. When a pregnant woman is forced to leave her house, she lives in a remote area with her husband. The woman, with no idea in what village she is, also starts experiencing supernatural activities around her.


Chhorii 2021

With the traditional beliefs, when she starts experiencing something weird around her, she discovers the scary truth. Struggling to save herself and her unborn child, she strives for life.

  • Dead Silence (2007 film)

Dead Silence will take you to the world of a man who wants to discover the truth behind his wife’s mysterious death. When his wife finds a package, she dies mysteriously. The protagonist, in search of what exactly happened to his wife, visits the town again.

Dead Silence

Dead Silence 2007

When he discovers that there is a spooky connection between the ventriloquist and the death of his wife, he too starts experiencing paranormal events around him. Striving for his life, he uncovers horrifying truths.

  • Hide and Seek (2005 film)

The psychologist, whose wife died in a terrible suicide. Having seen the body of her mother in a bloody bathtub, their daughter, still in trauma, makes an imaginary friend Charlie. The schizophrenic daughter of the psychologist then moves into a house away from the city they used to live in.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek 2005

As the little girl always finds herself and her father in trouble when she listens to Charlie, the suspense remains till the end, whether Charlie is real or just a mere imagination of a little girl. Hide and seek is a world-famous film depicting a unique storyline that keeps viewers hooked till the end.

  • Veronica (2017 film)

Veronica is an orphan girl who tries to summon her father through the Ouija board. A 15-year-old girl who takes care of her siblings all by herself once decides to talk to her dead father. As she knows that the Ouija board is the only way to summon her father, she calls others to join her.


Veronica 2017

They start the process during a solar eclipse and find themselves caught at the hands of evil spirits who want the feed on Veronica’s soul. Soon after, others who summon the ghosts, instead of her father’s soul, get victimized at the hands of the evil spirits.

  • Grave Encounters (2011- 2012 film)

The Grave Encounters franchise consists of two parts. The first one was released in 2011, and the second one was released in the year 2012. Grave Encounters 2011 follows the story of a ghost reality show production team who locks themselves into an abandoned psychiatric ward to capture the paranormal activities happening there. Apparently, they get victimized at the hands of spirits and lose their sanity.

Grave Encounters

Grave Encounters 2012

Grave Encounters 2 takes you to the world of the group of students who lock themselves in the asylum to learn about the paranormal activities happening there. Seemingly, they find themselves in trouble when they encounter the paranormal events happening in the asylum.

  • The Possession (2012 film)

Again, the extreme horror category movie ‘the possession’ depicts the story of a possessed girl who gets entirely obsessed with the box that her father buys for her in a yard sale. The possession is based on a true story, so it becomes scarier and won’t let you sleep at night.

The Possession

The Possession 2012

As the evil spirit possesses her that comes out of the antique box she buys, her parents try to save her from getting killed by the evil spirit that possessed her.

  • The Conjuring (2013 – 2022 film)

The world – Famous film gained so much popularity when it claimed to be a real-life story, and The Conjuring will give you nightmares and probably won’t let you sleep at all. The movie features a family who moves into a big house and gets victimized at the hands of an evil spirit. To save themselves, they get a consultation from demonic experts but the intensity of demonic powers increases.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring 2016

In the conjuring two, the single mother again gets consultation from the same demonic experts when a single mother and their daughter move into a new house and starts experiencing paranormal events.

  • The Amityville Horror (2005 film)

The classic horror movie of 2005 depicts the story of the family. The couple with their kids dreams of having peace and delight while living happily in the new house located in Amityville, New York. As they move in with lots of dreams and desires, things change for them. Gradually they start feeling something off with the place they live in.

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror 2005

As the paranormal activities start increasing in the house, the family finds out that the place is haunted, and they seek the help of the priest to save themselves from the demonic spirits.

  • The Ring (2002 film)

Another classic movie filled with mystery more than horror will play with your mind till the end. The ring depicts the story of people who die after watching a videotape. The main protagonist of the movie wants to know the truth after her niece’s death, and watches the videotape.

The Ring

The Ring 2002

When she gets to know that the person who watches the movie dies exactly after seven days, the protagonist finds herself caught in a seven-day period to discover the truth while saving herself from getting killed. The mysterious plot and shocking end of the movie make this film more interesting and become one of the best horror movie recommendations.

  • Saw (2002 – 2021 film)

Saw is a horror/ mystery movie that gained so much popularity that around nine parts of the saw franchise have been released, starting from Saw I to Saw spiral. All the parts depict the story of the serial killer called Jigsaw.

Jigsaw is the serial killer who locks up his victims in a room and does heinous atrocities on them. Is he a human or a ghost?


Saw 2002

Since all the parts of the Saw franchise revolve around the Jigsaw killer, the Saw – spiral, the last part features the copycat of Jigsaw doing the exact same things that Jigsaw used to do. The Saw is filled with full of suspense and horror and will give you thrilling vibes.

  • The Babadook (2014 film)

The Australian thriller/ Horror movie, The Babadook, will fill you with the change of emotions from horror to despair. The Babadook is considered to be one of the scariest movies that will give you nightmares. The Babadook is a story of a boy and his single mother.

The Babadook

The Babadook 2014

Both of them live in a big house alone, and the boy starts having monstrous visions that lead him to lose his sanity. Apparently, it all happens after they both read the book called The Babadook. When the mother gets to know about it, she tries every way possible to destroy the book but always fails.

  • The Orphanage (2007 film)

Laura, an orphan woman who was born and brought up in an orphanage, decides to have her own orphanage. She asks her husband to buy the same orphanage where she lived and converts it into a home for sick children.

The Orphanage

The Orphanage 2007

Apparently, Laura’s sick son disappears for several days, and she starts hearing voices of spirits who want to help her find her son. As a loving mother who cares a lot about her son falls prey to the voices she hears and does what the spirits tell her to do. However, no one knows if the spirits are actually good or evil.

  • Case 39 (2010 film)

Emily, a passionate social worker, always works hard to save people from atrocious abuse. While working, she comes across a 10-year-old girl getting abused by her parents. Emily saves her from her parents and takes her home. At the same time, she wonders if the little girl will make her happy, but things just do not happen as she imagined.

Case 39

Case 39 2010

Emily finds herself in the biggest nightmare as the girl has some weird problem with her that welcomes supernatural forces. Emily, when she tries to save her, gets into more trouble. Case 39 is a horror as well as thriller movie that you would love to watch if you want to enjoy a bit of horror filled with lots of mystery.

  • House at the end of the street (2012 film)

The perfect blend of horror and suspense, House at the end of the street, portrays a story of a girl who starts a new life with her mother, who just got divorced. When the girl finds out about the terrible murder that has happened at the house, which is at the end of the street, she gets curious.

House at the end of the street

House at the end of the street 2012

When she starts discovering it, she finds the only survivor of the incident, and later they become friends and fall in love. As both of them wants to know what exactly happened with his family, they start their research and uncover the horrifying truth.

  • The Awakening (2011 film)

The world-famous horror film filled full of thrills, The Awakening, will take you to the world of a ghosthunter. As she goes and lives in a boarding school with children, she starts experiencing some paranormal activities. At first, she doesn’t believe it, but when she does, she knows that children’s lives are in danger.

The Awakening

The Awakening 2011

The ghosthunter then tries every way possible to save herself and the children from the evil spirits wandering around the boarding school. The awakening is considered to be one of the best horror inventions in history that scares the viewers while keeping them hooked till the end.

Horror movies are best if you want to experience how getting scared feels like. As filmmakers are always engaged in making classic horror movies for the viewers, movies like insidious are the best ones to go for.

As there are a lot of movies that are considered to be the best and are exactly like insidious, the aforementioned movies are the best ones if you are a fan of horror movies.


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