10 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘The Conjuring’

Horror movies like The Conjuring aren’t a rarity. What is rare though is how well The Conjuring pulls off an age-old horror formula. I mean haven’t we seen a family, a haunted house, paranormal investigators/priests, exorcism and all in many previous horror movies. But the difference and the originality lies in its execution. The Conjuring, which claims to be based on true events, is one the few movies in this genre where no bloody violence, obscenity, nudity or foul languages are used and still manages to thoroughly entertain you.

So, if you have come looking out for movies like The Conjuring, then worry not! We are here to do exactly that: list down 10 movies like The Conjuring. Remember these movies are similar to The Conjuring in one of the following three aspects: 1. similar premise (of exorcism); 2. claim to be based on true stories; 3. have a troubled family at its center


10. Observance (2016)

Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Australia’s Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, but who reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness and reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s ‘The Tenant’.


9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The character of Emily Rose was inspired by the story of Anneliese Michel, a young German Catholic woman who died in 1976 after unsuccessful attempts to perform an exorcism upon her with psychotropic drugs. One of the better aspects of this film is that it mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares.


8. The Amityville Horror (2005)

On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonial house in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November 1975. In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there. Talk about paranormal and this movie epitomizes that.


7. The Others (2001)

This gem of a movie from the vision board of Oscar winning film maker Alejandro Amenábar set new highs in terms of story presentation and using of top rated actors to add a slice of realism to the otherwise full on imaginary narrative. Apart from being genuinely scary ‘The Others’ manages to be poignant and stands out as a human story despite being touted as a horror film. Never in your wildest dreams could you have guessed the twist that unfolds towards the end. The film is so original in its treatment of the age old subject matter of horror that it would be unreasonable to remake it once again. Although a Bollywood remake came out in 2004 by the name of ‘Hum Kaun Hai?’ but it was so horrible that it should hardly counts as one.


6. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

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This film, as many might know, is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made. Karen Davis moves to Tokyo. Here, she encounters a supernatural spirit who possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start occurring which cause Karen to put an end to them. The blighting inspiration for the American franchise, ‘The Grudge’, the film witnesses an iconic main character, who has been the despise of many-a younger brothers and sisters. This birth of an extra-ordinarily haunting character, and her heart-breaking story, changed horror cinema as we know it.

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