10 movies and shows to watch if you like The Devil All the Time
The Devil All The Time premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, Sept. 16. This slow-burn mystery film was based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel of the same name, which was published in 2011. While Pollock’s book received rave reviews, the feedback for the Netflix film adaptation looks a little mixed.
The Devil All The Time stars Bill Skarsgard, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, and several other notable cast members. It was directed by Antonio Campos, who was previously known for producing the 2011 drama/thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Whether you loved it or hated it, there’s no denying that The Devil All The Time was a wild, unforgettable ride, with some blatantly unnerving moments.
If unsettling psychological thrillers are your thing, here are some similar movies and TV shows that might be worth checking out.
1. The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019. It starred Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson and premiered at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. It was picked up by A24 and later released theatrically in October of 2019. This atmospheric thriller isn’t your typical horror film; rather than relying on jump scares, The Lighthouse crawls under the viewer’s skin and looms in their mind long after the credits have rolled.
The Lighthouse is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Shutter Island
For fans of the mystery genre, Shutter Island is a well-known slow-burn film that offers a gradual build in tension and a satisfying payoff. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this psychological thriller is set in 1954 and relies heavily on its eerie, indelible setting. Shutter Island was released theatrically in 2010, and today, it’s known as a classic in its genre.
Shutter Island is available to stream on Hulu.
3. The Shining
One of the most famous horror films of all time, The Shining was Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece that, as far as many fans are concerned, has aged like fine wine. The film spans a runtime of two hours and twenty-six minutes and uses every second to intricately build up to its unforgettable conclusion.
The Shining is not available to stream on any of the major streaming services right now, but you can find the film in various places online and on cable/satellite.
4. Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders premiered in 2013 and stars Cillian Murphy as its lead. Peaky Blinders tells the story of a violent street gang from Birmingham, England. The series is set in the early 1900s.
There are five seasons of Peaky Blinders on Netflix. The sixth season has been delayed because of the pandemic.
5. The Sinner
The Sinner is a 2017 mystery anthology series that stars Bill Pullman as a detective named Harry Ambrose. Harry Ambrose breaks the mold by digging a little deeper and examining the reasons and motives that seemingly ordinary people have for committing heinous crimes. The series has three seasons and has been renewed for a fourth.
The Sinner is available to stream on Netflix.
6. The Haunting Of Hill House
Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House was one of the most popular series to come out of 2019. It’s created by Mike Flanagan – who was previously well-known for directing films such as Hush (2016) and Gerald’s Game (2017).
The first season of The Haunting Of Hill House was majorly successful, and the anticipation is high for its second season, titled The Haunting Of Bly Manor, which is slated to premiere on Netflix on October 9, 2020.
7. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994 to critical acclaim. The crime/drama film starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was directed by Frank Darabont, who would go on to direct The Green Mile, another Stephen King adaptation, in 1999. The Shawshank Redemption is praised for being one of the most stylish interpretations of one of King’s novels, and definitely one of the most memorable.
The Shawshank Redemption is available to stream on Hulu.
Premiering on AMC in 2016, Preacher saw immediate success and was quickly renewed for a second season. The series was unfortunately canceled by AMC, and it ended with its fourth season, which aired in 2019. Though it has concluded, Preacher is still worth a binge. The series starred Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun, and was as riveting as it was completely bizarre.
Preacher is available to stream on Hulu.
In 2017, director Zak Hilditch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2010 novella, 1922, premiered on Netflix. This story is not one of King’s most popular or successful, but the Netflix film is undeniably an accurate interpretation of the novella. The film follows the story of a man and his son who are forced to come to terms with the terrible time they’ve committed.
1922 is streaming on Netflix.
10. In The Tall Grass
In 2019, Joe Hill and Stephen King’s 2012 novella, In The Tall Grass, was adapted into a film by director Vincenzo Natali. The supernatural drama received mixed reviews from critics but is still a must-watch for many King fans.
We shared the synopsis of the movie below, via Netflix:
"When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found."
In The Tall Grass is available to stream on Netflix.
What do you think of these good movies and shows? Share the titles you’ll be watching in the comments!