Top 10 Chilling Horror Movies Similar to Hereditary

By Jessica Fontaine
Published: April 14, 2023 (Last updated: January 20, 2024)
10 Movies like Hereditary
Toni Collette in Hereditary (Image Credit to A24)

Hereditary is a 2018 horror film directed by Ari Aster. The film follows a family whose matriarch passes away, and her daughter and grandchildren learn frightening secrets about their ancestry. If you are looking for a similar fix, I’ve put together 10 horror movies like it for your terror-filled lists.

Hereditary is a dark and disturbing film about generational trauma. It stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne.

Midsommar (2019)

After losing her sister and parents in a murder-suicide, a young woman travels to Europe with her boyfriend and his friends to visit a Swedish mid-summer festival. The once calming retreat turns into a disturbing, violent competition, and the group discovers that the people they’ve befriended are in a pagan cult.

The Others (2001)

Like Hereditary, The Others is a film about the trauma and horrors our ancestors pass down to us. A woman lives in a darkened home with her two photosensitive children and becomes convinced that the house is haunted.

The Night House (2020)

A grieving widow has trouble moving on after her husband commits suicide. She starts questioning his true identity when she finds a threatening note from him and strange floor plans for their home. When she follows the clues, she discovers that her late husband was not who she thought he was.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A classic film about doing deals with the devil, Rosemary’s Baby follows a young couple who moves into a new apartment. When the woman becomes pregnant, their neighbors become obsessed with them. The woman becomes worried about their intentions with her baby.

The Omen (1976)

The Omen follows Damien, an eerie young child much like Hereditary’s Charlie. His father adopted him after his wife had a stillborn child. As people around Damien begin to die, his father investigates his past and learns that Damien may be the Antichrist.

Men (2022)

In Mena woman who mourns the tragic death of her ex-husband moves to the countryside to be alone. However, she has company as strange men in the village begin tormenting her.

Possum (2018)

Possum follows a children’s puppeteer who must confront his stepfather and childhood trauma. He is haunted by a puppet with spider legs, which he constantly attempts to get rid of to no avail.

The Invisible Man (2020)

When a woman learns of the suicide of her abusive husband, she struggles to rebuild her life. She begins experiencing strange things and believes that her deceased husband might be alive, making himself invisible to torment her.

The Witch (2015)

In 1630s New England, a Christian family’s youngest son mysteriously disappears. The family blames the oldest daughter, who was watching him at the time, and suspects her of witchcraft.

Pet Sematary (1989)

When the Creed family moves to a new home, they discover a mysterious pet cemetery in the woods. After their cat dies, the strange neighbor advises the husband to bury it there. The cat returns to life but is a more sinister version of itself.

Then, the Creeds are struck by grief when their young son tragically dies. Based on the cat’s revival, the husband believes he can bury his son in the pet cemetery so he will have the same fate. But he soon finds out that this was a horrific mistake.

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