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5 Movies like The Awakening: Old Time Horrors

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘The Awakening’, ‘The Witch’ and ‘The Others’ are certainly enough to keep you awake at night.

Maybe it has something to do with the historical setting that makes you feel as though the unlucky chaps in these scenarios are even more isolated than usual, left to their own devices as ghouls, monsters and witches crawl ever closer.

Whatever the reason, you’ll love the following period horror suggestions! ~ Dale Barham

Movies Similar to ‘The Awakening’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘The Others’ (Alejandro Amenabar, 2001)

‘The Others’ is one of those films that exists in many people’s conscious, but doesn’t crop up when you talk about the best recent horror films. Its inclusion on this list goes towards rectifying that.

This calculated and deeply atmospheric chiller stars Nicole Kidman as a woman living with two children with a rare condition that makes them avoid sunlight. She slowly begin to suspect that there’s something ghostly living in their house.

Maybe it has something to do with the creepy groundstaff working on the premises?


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Unsettling and spine-tingling little ghost story. 



‘The Witch’ (Robert Eggers, 2016)

For me, horror does’t get much better than it does in David Egger’s stunning debut, ‘The Witch’.

Set around a puritan family living in New England, this movie like ‘The Awakening’ examines the effect on their psyche when their youngest child is taken by a witch.

As the family are slowly driven mad by the stange events occurring on their isolated farm, you’ll wonder whether there actually is a witch in the woods… or if they’re all just going a bit insane.


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A deeply unnerving and abstract paranormal account.



‘Black Death’ (Christopher Smith, 2011)

When word reaches a monastery that there’s a necromancer living in a far-off town who is bringing corpses back to life, a monk and a band of Christian knights set off to put an end to the witchcraft.

As they travel across a Britain struck down by the Black Plague, they must battle with savages, sickness and each other, all for the sake of doing what they believe to be God’s work.

Gory, violent and brutish, this is one dark movie that refuses to crack so much as a smile.


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No amount of armour can save you from the plague! 



‘Stonehearst Asylum’ (Brad Anderson, 2014)

Ben Kinglsey and Michael Caine are just a few of the famous faces who crop up in this underrated period mystery.

Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, it tells the story of how a new employee at a mental asylum gets more than he bargained forwhen he discovers the hospital is the setting for ‘inhumane’ practices and other fiendish things.

To say any more would spoil the fun – just check it out!


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A gothic thriller with a brain and plenty of twists and turns. 


If You Like ‘The Awakening’, You Will Like

‘The Woman in Black’ (James Watkins, 2012)

Daniel Radcliffe shrugs off the ‘Harry Potter’ label with this solid little horror movie based on the seminal book and play of the same name.

Radcliffe stars as a young lawyer who is sent to a remote house on the outskirts of a quiet village to settle the legal affairs. He opts to stay in the building while completing his work, but it’s not long before things start to go bump in the night – and by that, I mean there’s a demented killer ghost who’s picking off the town’s children in revenge.

There’s plenty of genuine suspense and an abundance of well thought out jump scares here, making it a must-see for any and all horror fans!


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A demented horror mystery that'll stick with you long after the final credits. 


Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Are there any other films like ‘The Awakening’ that’ll spook you out with an old-timey setting?

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Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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