15 Best Movies To Watch if You Like The Ring, Ranked
Just in time for Halloween 2023.
Here are some of the lesser-known movies with those unforgettable The Ring vibes you should definitely add to your watchlist.
15. Noroi: The Curse (2005)
This Japanese found-footage horror film is nothing short of creepy. It revolves around a documentary filmmaker, Masafumi Kobayashi, who disappears while investigating a curse. The film presents itself as his lost footage. Kobayashi explores strange occurrences linked to a malevolent entity called Kagutaba. He encounters multiple characters like a psychic girl, a disturbed man, and an actress plagued by the curse.
14. Session 9 (2001)
Ever heard of an asbestos cleaning crew uncovering something other than hazardous material? In Session 9, Gordon and his crew are hired to clean an abandoned mental hospital. Things get wild when they discover old session tapes of a patient with multiple personalities, one of which hints at a murderous past. Members of the crew start experiencing disturbing visions and one by one meet their tragic ends.
13. Lake Mungo (2008)
This Australian mockumentary-style film will mess with your head in a subtle way. When 16-year-old Alice drowns, her family starts experiencing paranormal activity at home. They consult a psychic and even set up cameras, capturing images of Alice's ghost. However, it turns out the images were staged by the brother to help the family find closure.
12. Pulse (2001)
In Pulse, technology becomes a conduit for spirits to invade the world of the living. It all starts with a guy named Taguchi, who mysteriously commits suicide. His friends start investigating and stumble upon a forbidden website that asks, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" From there, it's a descent into chaos. People start disappearing, leaving behind black stains. Our protagonists try to escape the city as it descends into darkness.
11. Oculus (2013)
Nothing says horror like a cursed object, and in Oculus, it's an antique mirror. Tim and Kaylie are siblings who experienced their parents' violent deaths as kids. Tim is convicted for the crime, but upon his release, Kaylie is adamant that the mirror is responsible. To prove this, she sets up an elaborate experiment to document the mirror's malevolent effects. However, the mirror manipulates their perceptions, leading to a final plot twist.
10. It Follows (2014)
In It Follows, the monster is… a sexually transmitted curse. After Jay sleeps with her new boyfriend, she learns that she's the newest recipient of a curse where a shape-shifting entity follows you. It walks straight toward you, wherever you are, until it catches you and kills you. Jay and her friends try every trick in the book, from fleeing by car to setting up traps.
8. Coherence (2013)
In Coherence, eight friends gather for a night of food and chatter, but a comet passing overhead messes up everything. Cell phones crack, the internet's down, and there's a weird house down the street that looks just like the one they're in. Soon they realize they're dealing with alternate realities. As they venture between these realities, they encounter different versions of themselves, and mistrust starts to brew.
8. Triangle (2009)
Jess, the protagonist in Triangle, end up on a boat trip that turns into a time loop filled with her murderous doppelganger. After a storm overturns their yacht, she and her friends board an eerily deserted ocean liner. Soon they're being hunted by a masked killer. Jess discovers that she's stuck in a loop and that the killer is another version of herself.
7. One Missed Call (2003)
In this Japanese horror film, people receive voicemails from their future selves that capture the sounds of their own deaths. Our heroine, Yumi, tries to get to the bottom of it after her friends start dying. She learns that the cursed calls are tied to a woman who was abused and died, her anguish living on through the calls.
6. Martyrs (2008)
This French-Canadian horror is not for the faint of heart; seriously, consider yourself warned. Lucie escapes from a facility where she was tortured as a child. Years later, she hunts down her captors and kills them, only to be haunted by a creature that cuts and beats her. Turns out, the creature is a manifestation of her own guilt. Her friend Anna discovers that this is all part of an experiment to create "martyrs", people who are driven to the edge of suffering to glimpse into the afterlife.
5. The Witch (2015)
Set in 1630s New England, The Witch gives you historical horror at its finest. A Puritan family is banished from their community and tries to go it alone in the wilderness. The eldest daughter, Thomasin, is watching her baby brother one day when he vanishes. The family descends into paranoia, blaming witchcraft and each other for their misfortunes.
4. REC (2007)
Zombies in an apartment building: this Spanish horror film locks you in, literally. Reporter Ángela and her cameraman are covering the night shift at a Barcelona fire station when they follow firefighters to an apartment building. A routine call turns nightmarish when they find themselves trapped with residents and something that turns humans into violent, zombie-like creatures.
3. Don't Breathe (2016)
Breaking and entering is a bad idea, especially when the homeowner is a blind, trained killer. Three Detroit teens break into a blind man's home, thinking it's an easy score. Wrong. The man is terrifyingly capable and viciously defends his home. They discover he's hiding a woman in his basement who is carrying his child in hopes of replacing his deceased daughter.
2. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Su-mi and her sister Su-yeon come home after a stay in a mental institution, but home is not what it used to be. Their stepmother is abusive, and strange occurrences begin to rattle the family. Eventually, it's revealed that Su-mi was suffering from dissociative identity disorder – Su-yeon had died and the stepmother was a manifestation of her guilt.
1. Dark Skies (2013)
The Barrett family experiences a series of strange events – blackouts, weird markings, and a flock of birds crashing into their home. As they dig deeper, they learn that they're being targeted by aliens for abduction. Despite their best efforts to thwart the extraterrestrial menace, their youngest son is taken away.