Looking for the best movies like The Lodge?
I saw this film originally at the Calgary International Film Festival years back and I had mixed feelings. It’s a pretty freaky film that definately explores some dark themes, and it was a lot scarier than I originally anticipated.
The film’s eerie ambiance and psychological depth have left audiences craving more tales shrouded in shadow and mystery. In this exploration, we venture into the cinematic shadows to uncover movies that echo the unsettling charm and thematic richness of The Lodge.
Brace yourself as we peel back the layers of the unknown and delve into a world where every frame is a dance with the macabre, and each story leaves an indelible imprint on the canvas of fear. Which of these movies like The Lodge will you watch next?
Best Movies Like The Lodge
1. Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary explores family dynamcis and grief with supernatural elements, it’s The Lodge focused on a real hauned household.
Both films craft a chilling atmosphere, encapsulating viewers in an unnerving familial tragedy steeped in psychological horror. In Hereditary, the Graham family, led by Annie (Toni Collette), grapples with dark secrets and supernatural occurrences following a bereavement, much like the protagonists in The Lodge dealing with loss and isolation.
These films are my go-to for a psychologically tense narrative that keeps me on the edge. Annie and her family, like the characters in The Lodge, are ensnared in a web of escalating horrors. Can they escape the looming darkness? And if they uncover the truth, will they survive it?
2. Midsommar (2019)
Midsommar focuses more on the cult angle you see in The Lodge. It navigates through psychological terror and relationship strains, engrossing the audience in an unsettling narrative.
In Midsommar, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian’s (Jack Reynor) relationship is tested in a bizarre Swedish midsummer festival, echoing the tense atmosphere and isolation experienced in The Lodge.
This is a film I turn to when craving a story of psychological unraveling and cultural shock. Dani, along with Christian, like the snow-trapped characters in The Lodge, faces a crescendo of horror. Can they decipher the true nature of the festivities? And if they do, is escape even an option?
3. The Witch (2015)
The Witch is The Lodge set in 1630s New England.
Both films ensnare the audience in an eerie dance of familial distress and supernatural dread, but this one takes it from a periodic angle. In The Witch, a banished family faces sinister forces in the wilderness, paralleling the isolated, tension-filled atmosphere in The Lodge.
This is a top pick when I crave a harrowing tale steeped in atmospheric terror and historical mystique – epsecially if you’re looking for something that has a Halloween feel to it.
The family, much like those in The Lodge, confronts escalating fears. Can they maintain their faith amidst growing evil? And if the truth reveals itself, is salvation possible in the face of darkness?
4. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Goodnight Mommy is The Lodge in a secluded Austrian home.
This film features similar threads of familial tension and psychological horror, pulling viewers into a claustrophobic spiral of uncertainty. In this flick you’ll find twin boys that question their mother’s identity post-surgery, mirroring the isolation and unraveling truths experienced in The Lodge.
This film is a standout when I’m in the mood for a gripping story filled with familial suspense and twisted revelations. The twins, akin to the characters in The Lodge, face a puzzle of identity and trust – think The Changling, but mom’s the fake one.
5. The Others (2001)
The Others is a gothic supernatural film that explores isolation and the afterlife in a haunted house setting.
Both films cast shadows of suspense and unraveling family secrets, enveloping viewers in tales where every creak and whisper augments the tension. But in The Others, Grace (Nicole Kidman) wrestles with spectral mysteries and her children’s peculiar condition.
This is a favorite spine-chilling narrative filled with unexpected twists and eerie revelations. Can Grace protect her children from the unearthly? And if the secrets are revealed, will their world ever be the same?
6. The Babadook (2014)
In The Babadook, Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son confront a sinister presence stemming from a mysterious book, reminiscent of the suffocating atmosphere and unraveling mysteries found in The Lodge.
The Babadook is The Lodge in an Australian suburban home, with both films bringing forth tales of psychological horror and shadowy entities, weaving an intricate web of fear and familial strain.
This is a prime choice for a psychological horror that explores grief and motherhood. Amelia and her son are challenged by unseen horrors – can they withstand the encroaching darkness?
7. It Comes at Night (2017)
It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film about two families trying to survive a worldwide epidemic.
Both films immerse viewers in claustrophobic tension and the dread of the unknown, crafting narratives where survival is as much psychological as it is physical. In this one the two families grapple with trust and fear in a world ravaged by disease.
This is a top selection for those who crave a tale where suspense is a persistent shadow and trust is a dwindling light. Can the families preserve their humanity amidst paranoia? And if the truth emerges from the darkness, what will be the cost of survival?
8. A Ghost Story (2017)
I’m not going to lie, A Ghost Story is NOT a film that requires a re-watch. It’s probably one of my least favorites on this list, but it does share some similarities to The Lodge AND some people just love it.
Both films delve into themes of loss, time, and the haunting presence of the past, encapsulating viewers in emotionally charged atmospheres.
In A Ghost Story, a spirit remains tethered to his former home, observing the passage of time and the imprint of life and loss, a narrative mirrored in the isolated, tension-filled environment of The Lodge.
9. Mother! (2017)
Mother! is The Lodge in a disintegrating paradise, exploring both themes of creation and destruction.
In this film, the tranquility of a couple’s life, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, unravels with the arrival of mysterious guests, echoing the sinister isolation and unfolding horrors of The Lodge.
This is a prime choice for those seeking a narrative where every knock unravels sanity and every revelation is a step into chaos. Both films envelop the audience in escalating psychological tension and unraveling realities, holding a mirror to human nature and its darker corners.
10. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Gerald’s Game is a truly f*cked up film. If you’re looking for a “what would I do in this situation” thought experiment, this is the film I would recommend.
Much like The Lodge, Gerald’s Game twists the threads of isolation and psychological torment, enveloping viewers in an intimate dance with the shadows of the mind. Jessie (Carla Gugino) confronts her darkest fears and memories while bound to a bed, paralleling the emotional confinement and unraveling mysteries of The Lodge.
I’m not sure if I’d straight-up say that I “like” this film, but it’s something I put on when I want to explore the the boundaries of reality and mind. Can Jessie break free from her chains of the past? And if I was in her shoes, what would I do?
p.s. This is another horror film based on a Stephen King story, so you know how freaky it’s going to be.
11. Misery (1990)
Another Stephen King adaptation, Misery is draws viewers into tightly wound tales of captivity and psychological warfare, where the chilling atmosphere and the antagonist’s unpredictable nature keep the tension high.
Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) becomes the prisoner of his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), reminiscent of the isolation and escalating dread found in The Lodge. This is a top pick when I’m in the mood for a gripping story of survival against mounting odds.
Can Paul outsmart his captor and escape? And if he finds freedom, what will be the cost of his ordeal?
12. Get Out (2017)
Get Out is a film that seriously freaks me out EVERY time I watch it.
It’s The Lodge set within the deceptive warmth of suburbia. I find this film to be captivating – I honestly can’t look away – and relies heavy on themes of entrapment and unveil unsettling truths hidden beneath seemingly serene surfaces
In Get Out, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) navigates a web of secrets within his girlfriend’s family, reflecting the tension and revelations discovered in the isolated setting of The Lodge.
This is a film worth of a psychological thriller movie marathon. While Jordan Peele does some great creepy flicks, THIS is my absolute top pick.
13. Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island is The Lodge on an isolated, storm-wracked island.
Both movies create an atmospheric tension, where reality is a puzzle the characters — and viewers — must solve. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character investigates disappearances, unveiling disturbing secrets reminiscent of the psychological horror in The Lodge.
This is a top pick when I’m in the mood for a story that blurs the lines between reality and delusion. Can he uncover the truth behind the island’s mysteries? And if he does, will he be able to face the chilling revelations?
14. Us (2019)
Us is another spooky Jordan Peele fick. It unraveles narratives of hidden identities and buried truths, encasing the audience in a relentless tension.
In Us, the Wilson family faces doppelgängers bearing their darkest desires, reflecting The Lodge’s unveiling of concealed traumas and secrets. It’s a really weird concept, and overall creepy and spooky.
Can the Wilsons outsmart their ominous twins? And if they defeat their shadows, what revelations will surface from the darkness?
15. Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan is The Lodge in the claustrophobic corridors of a dancer’s mind.
Both films pirouette through psychological horror, where perfection and madness dance a tantalizing tango. Natalie Portman’s transformation mirrors the atmospheric and mental unravelling found in The Lodge.
This one holds a special place when I crave a ballet of psychological twists. Will Nina conquer her dark alter ego for the perfect performance?
16. The Shining (1980)
Another Stephen King classic, The Shining has the same isolated feel.
Echoing with chilling corridors and haunting visions, both films navigate a labyrinth of psychological terror. Jack Torrance’s spiraling madness mirrors the unraveling tension and distrust seen in The Lodge.
This film is a go-to when I’m in the mood for a haunting masterpiece with an ever-present sense of dread.
17. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby is a classic psychological horror film about a pregnant woman suspecting an evil cult wants to take her baby.
The creeping sense of paranoia and the unraveling reality in both films spell an unshakeable dread. This classic horror flick sits high on my list when I want something with a slow burn of terror.
Can Rosemary uncover the truth behind her baby’s conception? And if she discovers the dark secret, will she be able to protect herself and her unborn child from the lurking evil?
18. Don’t Breathe (2016)
Don’t Breathe is a terrifying film. It takes place in a shadow-filled house with seemingy no escape.
A group of ameature thieves is alerted to a big catch in a house with a blind man who has dark secrets. The tension is suffocating, the danger ever-present, making it a top choice for those who love horror filled with suspense and dread.
Young burglars who think they’ve found an easy target realize their mistake a tad bit too late. Can they navigate through the darkness and survive against a blind man with sinister secrets? And if they find a way out, will they escape the horrors within the house?
19. The Invitation (2015)
The Invitation is The Lodge in an eerie, suspense-filled dinner party.
A gathering among old friends quickly turns sinister, making this film a nail-biting experience for fans of psychological horror. The protagonist, Will, navigates through a labyrinth of tension and paranoia.
Can he uncover the truth behind the unnerving atmosphere before it’s too late? And if he unravels the mystery, will he be able to confront the terror that awaits?
This film has the added interest of rival exes because the dinner party is being hosted by Will’s ex-wife and her new husband. Every revelation in this movie is a step closer to a shocking, unforgettable climax.
20. Funny Games (1997/2007)
Funny Games was recently remade (2007 for an English version) but either films are a decent pick.
This is The Lodge tohrough the lense of a home invasion. During a serene family vacation two young men take everyone hostage. This tranquil atmosphere becomes a do-or-die story when the group is forced into a series of sadistic “games.”
Can the family endure the torment and outsmart their captors? And if they manage to turn the tables, what will be the cost of their survival? This film is a relentless exploration of violence and psychological terror that keeps the audience on the edge, questioning every move.
21. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
If underground bunkers are your thing, 10 Cloverfied Lane is the film for you.
The uncertainty is palpable as Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up confined, with the outside world allegedly uninhabitable. The ticking clock here is survival – can she trust her captor Howard (John Goodman), who insists he saved her life? If she escapes, what world awaits her?
This thriller hooks viewers with claustrophobic tension and the constant question – is the true horror inside with them, or outside waiting to be discovered?
Final Thoughts: Movies Like The Lodge
If you’re looking for movies like The Lodge there are plenty of great choices.
This film has a very atmospheric sense of horror, and my top picks that parallel that are probably Hereditary and Midsommar. If I’m being totally honest, BOTH of these films are considerably more disturbing than The Lodge.
These films, steeped in psychological terror and unsettling visuals, engage viewers in a macabre dance of fear. Both movies masterfully explore family dynamics and the human psyche, leaving audiences pondering long after the credits roll.
For aficionados of The Lodge, Hereditary and Midsommar are stellar picks, promising a hauntingly exquisite cinematic experience that lingers in the shadows of the mind. But there are plenty more if you want a similar look and feel.