The best mystical thrillers of recent years

A good mystical film excites the blood and causes a storm of emotions – these are the requirements for high-quality cinema. We have prepared for you a list of the best mystical films made in recent years.

Gretel and Hansel (2020)

A fresh interpretation of the story of a brother and sister who find themselves alone in a dark forest. Having found a nice hut with a laid table, the hungry children decide to come in for a meal. A hospitable woman meets them and invites them to stay with her. Hansel happily agrees, while Gretel suspects something is wrong and begins her own investigation.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Gretel & Hansel

Actors:
Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola…

Country:
Canada, Ireland, USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Doll 2: Brahms (2020)

The new mystical film continues the story of the sinister doll from the 2015 thriller. To survive the shock of a recent robbery, a young family decides to rent a mansion in the outskirts. On the first day, the son finds a strange doll and starts talking to her. At first, parents do not attach any importance to this, but then strange events begin to occur …

Original title:
Brahms: The Boy II

Actors:
Christopher Convery, Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.5

Age limit:
16+


Yaga. Dark Forest Nightmare (2020)

The novelty of Russian cinema in 2020 tells a mystical story about an ancient Slavic demon. It all starts as usual: the family moves into a new apartment and hires a nanny to take care of the children. The eldest son tries to tell his parents about the nanny’s strange behavior, but they do not believe him. One day, the nanny disappears, and with her the younger sister. And the parents act like nothing happened.

Actors:
Oleg Chugunov, Glasha Golubeva, Artyom Zhigulin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Doctor Sleep (2019)

The secret organization “True Knot” hunts for children with superpowers. They recruit the strong into their ranks, and kill the weak to prolong their immortality. Opposing them is the girl Abra with a unique gift and the marginal alcoholic Danny Torrance. As a child, he saw the terrible death of his father and tried to forget about his paranormal abilities. But now Danny must get together and stop the mystical hunters.

Original title:
Doctor Sleep

Actors:
Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kylie Curran …

Country:
UK, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

The next mystical thriller is new in 2019 about a group of teenagers who decide to celebrate Halloween in an unusual way. Climbing into an old mansion that is notorious, they find and take with them an unusual book with blank pages. Returning home, Stella discovers that scary stories appear on the pages of the book on their own. After each of these stories, someone must die.

Original title:
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Actors:
Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush …

Country:
USA, Canada, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Annabelle Curse 3 (2019)

The continuation of the popular franchise turned out to be no less exciting than the previous parts. Ed and Lorraine locked the sinister doll in the artifact room and left for another investigation. A 10-year-old daughter is left with a nanny when a friend visits with the intention of throwing a party. It’s not hard to guess that the real “fun” begins after Annabelle is released…

Original Title :
Annabelle Comes Home

Actors:
Mckenna Grace, Madison Iceman, Katie Sarif, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
18+

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In the tall grass (2019)

This atmospheric movie is one of the best films based on the works of the “king of mysticism” – Stephen King. Cal takes her pregnant sister to San Diego to give up her unborn child for adoption. Stopping on the side of the road, they hear the voice of a boy lost in the tall grass. Having gone to help, soon the brother and sister realize that it will be very difficult to get out …

Original title:
In the Tall Grass

Actors:
Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Pet Cemetery (2019)

Louis Creed moves with his family to the province and settles in a private house. Soon, under the wheels of a truck, a domestic cat, a favorite of adults and the best friend of Luis’s daughter, dies. The hero decides, on the advice of a neighbor, to bury the cat in a nearby animal cemetery. However, soon the pet returns, but no longer a cute harmless cat. This thriller about a pet that comes to life deserves to be included in our selection of the best films about mysticism and the supernatural.

Original title:
Pet Sematary

Actors:
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Reincarnation (2018)

Annie Graham’s mother recently died – a strange, closed old woman. After her death, the woman tries to put things in order in her own thoughts and live in peace with her husband and children. However, something frightening happens in the house. Some supernatural forces are active, and Annie feels that this is the spirit of her dead mother. As the plot of this highly rated mystical thriller unfolds, the gruesome secrets of the Graham family are revealed.

Original title:
Hereditary

Actors:
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hysteria (2018)

After a long psychiatric treatment, Tom returns to the old family mansion. He has to spend a month here under house arrest. The house awakens old and not very pleasant memories in Tom. Now the guy has to decide which of what he sees is real, and which is the fruit of his sick subconscious.

Original title:
Delirium

Actors:
Topher Grace, Patricia Clarkson, Genesis Rodriguez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Steven is the best cardiac surgeon in the area. He is happily married to his wife Anna and has two children. The hero and his family are close friends with 16-year-old Martin. The guy’s father died on the operating table during Stephen’s operation. One day, supernatural events begin to take place in Steven’s house, and the children suffer from a strange illness. This mystical thriller is one of the best films in our top, which is worth watching for every fan of the genre.

Original title:
The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan …

Country:
Ireland, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Thelma (2017)

Thelma is a devout Christian, brought up in the best traditions and does not tolerate excesses in any manifestation. She goes to study in Oslo and moves to the capital from the provinces. The girl carefully avoids all sorts of weaknesses and entertainment, and calls her parents every day. But Thelma could not resist one temptation – she falls passionately in love with her classmate Anya. Soon the heroine of this mystical thriller begins strange seizures and nightmarish visions.

Original title:
Thelma

Actors:
Ellie Harboa, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen …

Country:
Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Demon Inside (2016)

In a quiet town, a terrible gang murder takes place: on the lawn near the house, the police discover the torn bodies of the owners. During a further inspection of the scene in the basement of the house, the body of a girl is found, the cause of death of which is unclear. The body is taken to the local morgue, where Tommy, the city’s top pathologist, and Austin, an intern, begin the autopsy. Due to the urgency, the work is carried out at night and leads to mystical incidents.

Original title:
The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Actors:
Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
18+


House of the Damned (2014)

A young psychiatrist named Edward arrives to work at Stonehurst Psychiatric Clinic. He studied at one of the best universities in the world – Oxford, and intends to successfully apply the acquired knowledge. The director of the hospital, Charles Graves, brings the young doctor up to date. Soon, a chain of mystical deaths begins to occur in the hospital, which Graves qualifies as suicides. The hero of the thriller doubts this and begins his own investigation.

Original title:
Stonehearst Asylum

Actors:
Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
18+


Conjuring (2013)

Lorraine and Ed Warren are not only spouses, but also the world’s most famous paranormal investigators. When a family from a remote farm turns to the detectives for help, the spouses perceive it as just another case. But the reality turns out to be much worse. This time they will be confronted by the most powerful demon. This highly rated mystical thriller was based on a true story.

Original title:
The Conjuring

Actors:
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Red Lights (2011)

Margaret is a skeptical scientist who does not believe in otherworldly forces. Together with her assistant Tom, she is engaged in exposing charlatans posing as magicians and psychics. They do it perfectly well until the moment when Margaret’s longtime opponent Silver appears in public. Further events of the thriller are reminiscent of how closely mysticism is intertwined with reality.

Original title:
Red Lights

Actors:
Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver …

Country:
Spain, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Asylum (2010)

Kara followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming, like him, a psychiatrist. The woman believes that a split personality is a myth, and is trying to prove it to the whole world and to her father. In response, he introduces his daughter to one mysterious patient who has all the symptoms of a split. But upon closer acquaintance, it turns out that the patient’s personalities are much more than two …

Original title:
6 Souls

Actors:
Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMann …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Shutter Island (2009)

The mystical events of this thriller take place in 1954. Two federal marshals, the best specialists of the US Department of Justice, Edward Daniels and Chuck Ole, come to a psychiatric hospital for criminals. It is located in a place remote from civilization in the state of Massachusetts. The hospital is well guarded and located on the island. The task of the detectives is to investigate the mystical disappearance of one of the patients, Rachel Solando.

Original title:
Shutter Island

Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Dorian Gray (2009)

Young handsome Dorian Gray moves to London from the provinces. He meets the playboy and adventurer Lord Wotton. He inspires Dorian that one must use one’s beauty to achieve all earthly blessings. The young man follows the advice and makes a deal with the devil. Gray commissions a portrait in which his sins will be displayed, and the hero’s face will still be young and beautiful. But nothing is eternal – the hero of this mystical thriller was convinced of this.

Original title:
Dorian Gray

Actors:
Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Ben Chaplin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Case No. 39 (2007)

Emily is a very kind and helpful girl who works as a social worker. Once she happened to save a girl named Lilith Sullivan, who was almost killed by her parents. The baby begs Emily to take her to her, and she agrees. After some time, terrible events take place in the house, and the heroine begins to suspect that Lilith is not a victim of violence at all.

Original title:
Case 39

Actors:
Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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