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Horror movies to watch as you wait for Insidious 5

Horror movies to watch as you wait for Insidious 5

Heads up, horror devouts, because our beloved paranormal franchise is back! Five years after the release of Insidious: The Last Key, its fifth installment will arrive in theaters this July. Over the past decade, Insidious films have captivated audiences with their iconic horror moments and exciting world-building. We can never seem to get enough of the chronicle of the Lamberts and the mystery of the Further!

While we all know that you plan to binge-watch the entire saga before the release of Insidious: The Red Door, we also know that you’re craving even more horror movies that offer the same thrills and paranormal chills. But don’t worry because we’ve got you covered! After you’ve exhausted all four films from the franchise, here are five other horror movies that are sure to scratch that same itch.

Horror movies to watch as you wait for Insidious 5

Satan’s Slaves (2017)

Kicking off our list of horror movies to pair with Insidious is the underappreciated Indonesian film Satan’s Slaves. A remake of the 1980 film Satan’s Slave, the story follows a family disturbed by the paranormal remnants of their late grandmother. But what appears to be a simple haunting soon turns out to be something much more sinister. Soon, the family unravels their place in an intricate web of ghosts and cults.

Fans of Insidious are sure to love this film for its exploration of family dynamics, sinister hauntings, and fascinating world-building. Satan’s Slaves offers just the right amount of jump scares, nightmarish occultism, and psychological horror in the outskirts of Indonesia. And don’t think the scares will end with just seriously terrifying ghost encounters! Be prepared for an undead sequence that will surely be seared into your memory!

The Wailing (2016)

Continuing our list of amazing Asian horror films, we bring you The Wailing. Set in the mountains of South Korea, we see how their isolation from the urban city becomes violated by the emergence of a dangerous disease. In the midst of it all, a family and a stranger become embroiled in a tug-of-war of life.

This adequately paced slow-burner never shies away from delivering unexpected twists and high stakes, elevating it to a level of intensity that surpasses Insidious. Beyond its terrifying paranormal elements, what sets this film apart is the profound sense of moral defeat that permeates throughout. Additionally, The Wailing offers a captivating glimpse into Asian ritualistic culture, adding another layer of intrigue to an already thrilling movie.

Cult (2013)

Moving on to another Asian horror film, Cult is perhaps the most unconventional entry on our list, not only because of its found footage format but also due to its offbeat and quirky nature. The story follows three female idols who appear on a TV show to investigate an exorcism of a cursed family. As the exorcists attempt to free the family from the demon’s grip, things take a dark and bizarre turn.

Japanese films are known for their eccentricity, and Cult is no exception. This film offers a satisfying dose of gore and effective jump scares to please fans of carnage and cheap thrills. Additionally, it has a unique horror world-building as they discover that the ‘demonic’ possessions are part of an otherworldly presence. Cult is the perfect horror film to cleanse your palate and offer a refreshing twist to the genre.

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Metamorphosis (2019)

Before we leave the majestic Asian horror realm, let’s not forget Metamorphosis. Think about the love child of Evil Dead and The Exorcist. The film rides on distrust and paranoia, as a demon disrupts the Jung family’s daily routine by taking on the guise of one of its members. All the while, a guilt-ridden priest who must confront his past failures and protect his family from the demon’s influence.

Throughout the movie, Metamorphosis delivers well-crafted scares and insane practical effects that heighten the gore. Although it deviates from traditional East Asian horror tropes involving religion, it still makes a good supernatural horror with its intriguing portrayal of Catholicism and exorcism. However, the standout feature of the film is the demon’s ability to take over the entire family, leaving you with intense trust issues!

The Possession (2012)

We finish the list with The Possession, a lesser-known Hollywood possession film. The story revolves around a young girl, who becomes possessed by a dybbuk, a hostile spirit that inhabits an ancient Jewish artifact known as a dybbuk box. With the help of her father and some Jewish priests, they strive to liberate the girl from the grip of something sinister.

What sets “The Possession” apart is its use of Jewish supernatural lore. It gives a refreshing departure from the Catholicism and cultist religious themes that are typically portrayed in possession movies. The infused family drama surprisingly adds to the gripping personal nature of the story. It also delivers some decent scares, particularly the creepy Dybbuk box.

But before leaving us, watch the official trailer of Insidious: The Red Door here.

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