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7 Movies like The Conjuring: Chilling Horror Stories

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Rich MasonWhat’s that over there? Did the door just move? Why is the doll looking at me? It’s rare to find horror movies like The Conjuring that are actually scary. Hopefully, though, with these suggestions, you might find something that’ll make you think twice before turning out the lights tonight! ~ Rich Mason

When the music stops, you’ll see him in the mirror standing behind you.

I’m a big horror fan, and I’ve been searching for years to find a movie that would genuinely scare me. There’s something about ghost stories that just set the spine tingling; maybe it’s because they might be real? These stories have to come from somewhere, right?


One of the best horror flicks in recent years was The Conjuring, which comes directly from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, professional paranormal investigators. So, in the same vein, we’re going to be looking at movies like The Conjuring that give me the willies!

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Movies Similar to ‘The Conjuring’…

‘Insidious’ (James Wan, 2010)

It’s not the house that is haunted. It’s your son.

For Josh and Renai Lambert, the joy of moving into a new house is shattered when their son, Dalton, has an accident in the attic and is rendered comatose.

Dalton recovers in due time, but what caused his accident in the first place? What’s causing the strange activity in the house? And why do the Daltons feel increasingly sure that they are not alone in their new home?

Insidious is a strong, suspense-filled horror movie. The main cast give strong performances but it’s the bumbling sidekicks played by Angus Tucker and Leigh Whannell (who also wrote Insidious) who truly steal the show.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 90%
Created by the same team, with a similar premise and even having Patrick Wilson as the lead, Insidious is scarily good!

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‘The Amityville Horror’ (Andrew Douglas, 2005)

Houses don’t kill people. People kill people.

In 1975, when the Lutz family move into their new house (what is it with people moving into haunted houses?), they are unaware of its sordid history. Previous owners, the DeFeo family, were murdered by patriarch Ronald, who claimed that it was the voices in the house who told him to do it. Are these the same voices that seem to be talking to the Lutz children?

This movie is a remake of the original 1979 version, but I chose this version simply because Ryan Reynolds plays George Lutz. It’s rare to see him in such a role, and he pulls it off very well, as does Chloe Grace Moretz, star of Kick-Ass and Let Me In.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 75%
The Amityville Horror was inspired by the case files of the Warrens, and could easily be viewed as a sister story to The Conjuring.

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‘Phantoms’ (Joe Chappelle, 1998)

Show yourself. Gods have nothing to fear. Or, do they?

Based on the novel by acclaimed horror writer, Dean Koontz, Phantoms finds sisters Jennifer and Lisa Paige in a seemingly abandoned Colorado town. Nothing is as it seems, though, and the creepy atmosphere slowly gives way to full-on horror as we find out the secret.

Phantoms features early roles for stars Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan and Liev Schrieber, as well as an appearance from the late screen legend, Peter O’Toole.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 70%
Phantoms may not be as creepily tense as The Conjuring, but its horror moments work well. You’ll never look at a moth the same way again!

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‘Banshee Chapter’ (Blair Erickson, 2013)

Blair Erickson’s directorial debut finds reporter Anne teaming up with crazed novelist Thomas Blackburn to uncover the horrifying secret behind the drug DMT-19.

I stumbled across this low budget gem the other day on an OD movie station. It’s equal parts intriguing, horrifying, and, surprisingly, rather humourous. Ted Levine’s character steals the show as an ersatz Hunter S. Thompson.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
Less about haunted houses, and more about haunted people, Banshee Chapter still bring the frights!

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If You Like ‘The Conjuring’, You Will Like…

Not all scares are confined to haunted houses.

There’s a wide world of fright out there, so it’s time to looks at other films, like The Conjuring in tone, but with a slightly different edge.

‘Event Horizon’ (Paul W. S. Anderson, 1997)

You can’t leave. She won’t let you.

In 2040, the starship Event Horizon disappeared on its maiden voyage. It’s reappearance seven years later is just as unusual, but that’s nothing compared to what it brought back with it.

I have to say that this is one of my favourite films of all time. It’s effectively a haunted house in space, and it really works!

They say, in space, nobody can hear you scream – but this movie changes that!

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‘Halloween’ (John Carpenter, 1978)

It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

What do you do when a masked maniac comes at you with a knife? Run! Hide! Panic!

There has never been a better use of a Captain Kirk mask in screen history.

The quintessential slasher movie. Whatever you do, don’t watch it if you’re babysitting!

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‘The Evil Dead’ ( Sam Raimi, 1981)

We’re going to get you. We’re going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.

The sequels went for laughs, but the original is pure horror.

Creativity flows best on a low budget and Bruce Campbell shines in his first starring role.

Effectively creepy. You won’t want to venture into the woods again!

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Frightfully good!

Some say people watch horror movies to enjoy the thrills and chills whilst in the safety of their chairs, others are looking for genuine scares, and I’m sure that more than a few like getting close to someone and sharing the jumps.

Whatever your reason, hopefully you’ll have a few hair raising encounters with these titles!

Something missing?!

Your favourite ghost story not on the list? Have you had enough of Bruce Campbell’s chin for one lifetime? Maybe I got it just right, or maybe these movies just don’t do it for you. We want to know! Just jot down your thoughts in the comments section!

**For a video playlist of the recommendations, please click here.

Rich is an action and horror aficionado with a love for pizza and nachos. When not writing you′ll likely find him either playing video games or hard at work as singer of the rock band, Silent Jack!
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