The thought of being followed is a terrifying one that resonates with everyone – which is why it forms the basis of so many nail-bitingly tense thrillers. Inspired by the release of Steven Soderberg’s psychological thriller Unsane, we’ve rounded up some of the very best thrillers that deal with the terror of being- or thinking you’re being- followed.
When Sawyer leaves her life behind to start over in a new city she finds she is still plagued with reminders of her past. But are they just reminders or has her biggest fear followed her? When she unintentionally commits herself to a psychiatric hospital and becomes a victim of disbelief, she must do everything in her power to make people realise that it’s not all in her head. Or is it?
Talk about tense! Hush is somewhat of a hidden Netflix gem, but it is 80 straight minutes of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat intensity. In the film, we follow the story of Maddie, a deaf author living on her own in a secluded house in the middle of the woods. Maddie is writing her latest novel, but is interrupted when an armed, masked intruder attempts to break in. Hush provides a totally fresh take on the home-invasion genre.
You cannot—and should not—make a list of stalker films and not include It Follows. After a sexual encounter leaves her plagued by horrifying visions, nineteen-year-old Jay must find a way to escape the menacing terror that constantly follows her. Critics and fans alike agree that It Follows is wildly fun, tense and original.
The Babadook is more of a psychological horror than a stalker film, but audiences definitely feel the sinister presence lurking around a troubled widow Amelia, her son Samuel, and their home. Avoiding jump scares in favour of slow, creeping intensity, The Babadook is one of the scariest films of recent years.
With its clever take on subverting the slasher genre, 1996’s Scream is perhaps THE original stalker/slasher film. A crazed serial killer in a white faced mask and black robe terrorizes Sydney Prescott and her high-school friends as part of a twisted game in a movie which spawned a thousand sequels.
The Roommate is the perfect film for a fun and self-indulgent night in with your friends. The film tells the riveting and somewhat overly dramatic story of college roommates Rebecca and Sara. As Sara and Rebecca get closer, Rebecca develops an uncomfortable obsession with Sara that develops into something more extreme and sinister. Make sure to grab the popcorn!
Unsane is in UK cinemas 23rd March 2018