The Night House is a brilliant psychological thriller. A wife mourns her husband’s death in a lonely lake house. But, soon enough, mourning turns to hallucinations and the witnessing of unnatural beings at work. Despite the sheer horror she witnesses, Beth is determined to find out what really happened to her husband. The clues lie in his many belongings and the insidious incidents that happen around her. Rebecca Hall as Beth is simply sensational in the movie. If you liked how the movie kept you on the edge of your seats, you will love these 6 movies like The Night House. Psychological horror thriller movie making at its best!
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6 Psychological Horror Thrillers Like The Night House (2021)
1 Gerald’s Game (2017)
Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia
Gerald’s Game has somewhat of a similar plot to what you saw in The Night House. Only here, Jessie (Carla Gugino) kills her husband by accident. To make matters much worse is the fact that the couple were engaged in some kinky play on the bed that leaves Jessie handcuffed next to her dead husband.
As time passes, she begins to see things and hear strange voices. There’s nobody around to rescue her from this living nightmare. If you are looking for a Netflix movie like The Night House, Gerald’s Game should be your first stop! The movie had a rousing reception at movie sites, especially at Rotten Tomatoes. With an audience score of 70% and a brilliant 91% on the Tomatometer, there’s little chance for this movie to disappoint! The movie is based on a Stephen King’s bestseller. And, this is one of those rare movies where fans of the book don’t say ‘Oh, the book was so much better!’.
2 Nocturnal Animals (2016)
IMDB 7.5 | 251K Ratings
Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Director: Tom Ford
This isn’t a horror movie. But, it is a brilliant psychological drama thriller. And, what better cast to pull of a psych-drama than Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal at the lead. Amy Adam’s character is an elite proprietor of an art gallery. She’s in her second marriage. But, out of the blue, she receives a manuscript from her first husband that she hasn’t seen in years. The script is a chilling retelling of a teacher’s horror story while on vacation with his family.
But, Susan’s (Amy Adams) life is about to take a tumultuous visit to a dark past. And, it all seems connected to the strange script that she has received so suddenly. A movie that will keep you guessing, without you having much success. But, that’s a good thing when you are watching a psychological thriller! This is another Netflix movie like The Night House if you like to keep things inhouse with just your Netflix subscription.
3 The Invisible Man (2020)
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson, Harriet Dyer
A scientist feels scorned by his girlfriend. What does he do? He stages his death and scientifically experiments with himself to become invisible. He then makes it his sole mission in life to terrorize his ex-girlfriend.
But, little does he know that his girlfriend Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) is not going to be terrorized, even by something she can’t see. But, Cecilia is all on her own as the police won’t buy her story. After all, who is going to believe a story about an invisible ex trying to kill his girlfriend. A very unusual and rather unbelievable plot but the movie brilliantly pulls it off. Elisabeth Moss is brilliant. The movie grossed an impressive $64 Million at the box office. A fantastic horror mystery thriller.
We would say that this is the perhaps the scariest movie on this list. Well, when you literally can’t see what’s coming, it is bound to happen!
4 Hush (2016)
IMDB 6.6 | 114K Ratings
Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Hush is an intelligent psychological thriller. A deaf woman is stalked and terrorized in a lonely home that she thought was safe. The stalker doesn’t want to just harm her. He wants fear first. It’s a deadly game of cat and mouse. Imagine not being able to hear and always terrified about when, where and who is after you, not even knowing why.
That’s Hush for you. Kate Siegel is simply brilliant. She actually co-wrote the movie’s script and you can see why she thought she will be a good fit. This comes to you from the directing of Mike Flanagan, the same Director who made Gerald’s Game, the first movie on this list of movies like The Night House!
5 I See You (2019)
IMDB 6.8 | 41K Ratings
Stars: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Owen Teague
This movie doesn’t really share the kind of husband-wife theme horror plot that you see in some of the other suggestions on this list. But, it does a fantastic job of slowly building up an enormous amount of psychological tension to then pull it all out from under you like a rug, when you least expect it.
Set in a small town, its about a detective investigating the disappearance of a young child. But, his investigations offer him anything but clues. Just unexpected mystery and horror that all seems to make no sense, until it all brilliantly comes together in the end.
6 It Follows (2014)
IMDB 6.8 | 221K Ratings
Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Can a horrific curse be passed on through sex? In “It Follows”, it can. Maika Monroe’s character is a teenager exploring the prime of her life. But, when she sleeps with a new boyfriend, she finds out that she has inherited a fatal curse that is passed on by doing the deed. What is the price she will pay? Death will come to her, either in the form of a stranger or a friend.
At first, none of Jay’s (Maika Monroe) friends believe her wild story. But, soon, they witness the terror first hand as well. An unexpected plot with a lot of scary scares. If you are bit on the younger side, this teenage psychological thrillers will nicely serve as the last movie on our list of films like The Night House!