‘Brightburn‘ is easily among the most awaited horror films of the year for me, not just because of its instantly innovative premise and promising first looks, but also because it puts a horrific twist on the origin stories of one of my favourite superheroes — Superman. Patrons have often complained about Superman being too overpowered, too simplistic, and too idealistic, the comparison mostly drawing from the emotionally as well as psychologically twisted story of Batman, often forgetting that the boy scout is all of that by design. Therefore, in all his goodness, an evil Superman has always been a huge draw for writers and filmmakers from the beginning, and despite numerous comic book incarnations of the same and a brief glimpse of similar darker shades in the currently ongoing DCEU, ‘Brightburn’ would be the first film that would put a twist on his origins altogether, making him evil from the very beginning.
The audience has always had their fun seeing idols fall, but this should be on a completely different level altogether. While the twist on the Superman lore is bound to have its own lure, there have been several horror films in the past that have explored similar themes and “what ifs”. With that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Brightburn’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Brightburn’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Case 39 (2009)
This movie has infamously been under the radar even when it was released back in 2009, despite having some credible names in the cast to boast of, including Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger. ‘Case 39’ is a story that has been done before: a social worker saves a seemingly ordinary 10 year old from her abusive parents only to discover that the girl herself houses the evil. Even the treatment isn’t particularly refreshing or original. It is perhaps the under the radar nature of the film and the low expectations with which I stepped into it that led it to being a mildly pleasant surprise. If anything, it is still better than a lot of the current instalments in the ‘Conjuring’ universe.
9. The Thing (1982)
‘The Thing’ is perhaps the last film on this list that I would suggest to anybody as a must watch, and believe me when I say that it is one of the film’s merits. To make sense of that absurdity alone, I urge you to watch it and form your own opinion. Aliens are among the most popular “vast unknowns” for humans, and naturally so, a number of filmmakers have offered their take on the unknown, especially in the horror genre, given that you are often most afraid of what you don’t know. Offering an all evil take on the alien mythos, ‘The Thing’ too is about a shapeshifting alien that arrives on Earth, and infiltrates a US research station in the Antarctic. The film throughout manages to maintain an atmospheric kind of horror solely through anticipation of the next attack, and more importantly, through paranoia, and the feeling that people around you may not always be the ones that they claim to be.