Top 15 Movies Like Doctor Sleep

Top movies like Doctor Sleep
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Events in his past haunt Dan, and he falls victim to his father’s pattern of alcoholism to suppress his abilities. Dan gains some closure when he visits the hotel where it all began. The following fifteen movies revisit past issues, prevent catastrophes, and expose hidden abilities similar to Dan’s shine.

15. The Shining

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The Torrance family struggles in the hotel Jack is hired to look after. His son, Danny, learns of a unique ability, which brings him closer to the hotel’s past and his own future. As madness consumes Jack, his family must find a way to escape the hotel and the ghosts it contains. 

Stanley Kubrick also wrote and directed 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other iconic films.

14. Hereditary

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A tragedy befalls the Graham family, and Annie searches for spiritual closure. She meets a woman who assists her connection in the afterlife, but she hesitates. Once Annie musters up the courage to perform the ritual with her family, things do not go as planned, and they wonder if Annie has finally gone mad.

In the 2019 Fangoria Chainsaw awards, the film won five out of the seven awards it was nominated for, including best screenplay. 

13. Before I Wake

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A couple’s dream comes true when they care for young Cody. Little do they know every dream can turn into a nightmare after he goes to sleep. Cody is haunted by a malevolent being, which only haunts those around him while he sleeps. 

The film was originally titled Somnia.

12. Insidious

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Some kids use telepathy to communicate, while others communicate through their dreams. In Dalton's case, he gets lost in his dream state and becomes a portal for spirits to travel between our world and theirs. With psychic help, the Lambert family must bring their son back from "the further" before he is possessed by something evil.

Insidious grossed over $99 million worldwide in 2011.

11. Us

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All the Wilson family wanted was a nice vacation, but a gruesome scene at the beach sends them packing. Waiting for them is a strange family with revenge on their mind. Wait, it’s the Wilson’s. But who are they really, and what do they want?

Jordan Peele stated in an interview with Vanity Fair, and the movie speaks about privilege at the cost to others. 

10. The Omen (1976)

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Robert Thorn, his wife, and their son, Damien, are the center of peculiar events. Everyone except for the family notices that bad things happen around Damien. A priest urges Robert to look into his son’s birth parents. If he doesn’t hurry, more people will die.

CBS News highlights some unexplainable events surrounding the making of The Omen, one of which involves Gregory Peck and his son’s suicide. 

9. Poltergeist

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A family experiences a supernatural occurrence in their house. Their daughter becomes obsessed with a staticky television and warns the family of their impending doom. Soon after, she is dragged into a portal, and they call on a few ghost hunters to help bring their daughter back to the physical world.

Four cast members died on Spielberg’s set, and other strange events added to the film’s supposed curse. 

8. What Lies Beneath

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Visions of a dead woman haunt Claire. She is compelled to solve this woman’s murder but has nowhere to start. She attempts to conjure her spirit and unlocks the secret to the dead woman’s demise.

Harrison Ford stars as Norman Spencer, a research scientist.

7. The Sixth Sense

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Cole is a young boy who has a unique, yet terrifying gift. With the help of a psychiatrist, Cole uses his ability to see dead people by helping the deceased's families in various ways. Cole unknowingly helps the psychiatrist in the process.

M. Night Shyamalan, writer and director of the film, appears as Dr. Hill. 

6. Carrie (1976)

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Carrie lives a sheltered life, and her classmates make fun of her for it. They decide to prank her after an embarrassing incident at school. This plan backfires on them, and Carrie uses her newfound telekinetic powers to slaughter her tormentors. 

The film is Stephen King’s first screen adaptation of his first published novel.

5. Push

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The government is experimenting on people with psychic abilities hoping to develop a drug that enhances their powers. The psychics retaliate and escape the division; one of them steals the drug in development. One of the psychics, Nick, meets the girl in his father’s vision and decides to help her on her journey.

Push caused a change in another film title to Precious.

4. Brightburn

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Brandon may have a superman origin, but he is not a hero. This alien boy possesses evil intent and wreaks havoc on his entire town after learning of his abilities. His mission is to take over the world, and nothing can stop him.

The middle school in the film is the same school used in the production of Stranger Things.

3. The Dead Zone

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Johnny is a coma patient who gained an amazing ability. The police get wind of his psychic power and recruit him to help solve murders, but he is reluctant. He discovers a loophole in his ability and realizes he doesn’t just see the past; in fact, he can change the future. 

The film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and the first novel of many set in the infamous town of Castle Rock.

2. The Gift (2000)

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The only person who can solve Jessica’s murder is the neighborhood psychic, Annie. Her visions guide her through the investigation, and she gathers clues to put the killer to justice. Though she did not witness the murder, she is Jessica’s only hope in finding the truth.

Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson wrote the script, which was directed by Sam Raimi.

1.The Haunting (1963)

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Hill House is the epicenter for paranormal activity, and Dr. John Markway wants to investigate it. He enlists a few psychics to aid in the investigation with the approval of the house’s current heir. The house takes ahold of its inhabitants, which drives them to the edge of madness. 

The film was an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel The House on Haunted Hill.


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