Incantation is the latest horror movie on Netflix, taking the found footage concept and absolutely running with it, delivering a film full of scares and nail-biting tension.
If you’ve finished streaming this one and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks.
Of course for all the movies we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Incantation.
Paranormal Activity is one of the better found footage movies out there, with the first film in this long-running franchise the best of the bunch.
The premise is simple and revolves around a couple moving into a suburban home. Filmed entirely through security cameras and handheld footage, Katie and Micah find their world turned upside down as a paranormal entity takes over their home.
Creepy, unsettling and with some genuinely good scares throughout, Paranormal Activity is a must-watch for horror fans.
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum
If you’re after hidden gem horrors, look no further than Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum. With a simple premise and a likable cast of characters, this found footage thriller is absolutely dread-inducing.
The premise revolves around the crew of a horror web series who travel to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. Only, when they enter this asylum, they descend into a nightmare for which there seems to be no way out from.
There are some genuinely scary moments in this movie and the pacing is perfect across the 90 minute run-time.
Noroi: The Curse
Much like Incantation, Noroi: The Curse is a movie that relies on the found footage genre, and centers on a documentary filmmaker. Here, our protagonist begins to explore seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the “kagutaba.”
Unfortunately, as Masafumi descends deeper into this investigation, she finds herself slipping further away from safety. There’s a lot of neat inclusions in here too and learning about the Kagutaba is incredibly unnerving.
Although the American remake is decent, it’s the original Japanese version, Ringu, that deserves all the plaudits here.
Based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki, Ringu centers on a reporter called Asakawa Reiko, a Japanese single mother. She releases a story about a strange tape that kills whoever watches it 7 days later. Only, she soon learns that 5 teenagers recently died from a heart attack after watching it.
So naturally, Asakawa begins to investigate, roping her ex-husband along for the ride too. What she finds though is far more terrifying than she could have ever imagined.
If you’re looking for something with a similar investigative vibe and plenty of scares, Ringu is well worth a watch.
Blair Witch Project
The one that started them all; The Blair Witch Project is perhaps dated by today’s standard and not overly scary. The movie does have its moments though, and it’s undoubtedly iconic for what it’s brought to the genre. Furthermore, there are some really nice moments of tension dotted through the run-time.
For those unaware, the story centers on 3 film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend. The only thing left behind is their camera footage, which is what this movie focuses on.
The Medium could potentially work as a double-feature to Incantation, such is the way this movie is structured. Set deep in the heart of Thailand, the movie follows a small documentary crew who interview a local healer and devoted shamaness called Nim, who’s convinced that she embodies the spirit of benevolent deity Ba Yan.
When Nim’s niece Mink starts manifesting signs of divine awakening, Nim believes that the young woman is about to become the goddess’ new conduit and inherit the challenging role of the medium. When Mink’s mental health rapidly deteriorates, it would appear that something evil has plunged deep inside her. But can any of our characters survive this horror?
This question forms the crux of The Medium, which plays out as a creepy and unnerving horror.
Although this isn’t the strongest movie on the list, The Tunnel is still worth checking out if you’re looking for a similar movie to Incantation.
The story’s premise centers on an investigation into a government cover-up. This journey leads our journalist and her crew down to a network of abandoned train tunnels, deep beneath the heart of Sydney. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that the hunters have become the hunted, as someone – or something – is stalking our protagonist.
It’s a simple set-up in truth but The Tunnel does a pretty good job pulling it off, with some nicely tense scenes throughout.
Speaking of compelling found footage movies, REC should 100% be on your watchlist. The movie is simple enough, revolving around a television reporter and cameraman who follow emergency workers in a dark apartment building. Once there, they find themselves locked inside with something terrifying.
To reveal what this is would be a disservice to the movie but suffice to say, it’s pretty horrifying. There’s a lot of dread and unnerving segments here too and it’s testament to this movie that it keeps things nail-biting right to the end. Too often these found footage movies run out of steam – but REC is not one of those. This one’s a must-watch!
Trollhunter is another intriguing found-footage movie, taking inspiration from Cloverfield and absolutely running with it into this wildly different – and memorable – road trip.
The story follows a group of students who investigate a series of mysterious bear killings. Only, they soon learn that there are much more dangerous things going on. As they follow a mysterious hunter, they soon find themselves caught up in a deadly game where they’re hunting a troll!
Lake Mungo is a psychological horror that does a lot with very little. The film has some thrilling stand-out moments and while it’s a ghost story at heart, there’s much more under the hood – including an excellent and memorable ending.
The story is incredibly simple but sometimes that’s all you need from a horror. Here, we follow the Palmer family as they deal with the loss of Alice. Filmed in a documentary style, family and friends are interviewed by an unseen documentarian, with pictures and video footage shown too.
As the movie progresses, we soon learn that Alice had many secrets. To give much more away would be a disservice to this one but it’s definitely worth a watch.
So there we have it, our 10 Movie picks to keep you busy after watching Incantation on Netflix.
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