The new movie Hereditary, in theaters now, is being called the new Exorcist. That may be because Hereditary is a downright terrifying movie, but there are a good number of past horror movies that have been compared with The Exorcist in terms of scariness as well. That's not to say that Hereditary isn't actually the new Exorcist, because it really could be the scariest movie of 2018. In fact, it might even prove to be the scariest film, well, ever — unless you believe that title truly belongs to The Exorcist.
Hereditary and The Exorcist have more in common than their level of scariness, however. First of all, they both involve a demonic possession — and don't worry because that doesn't really give anything away from Hereditary. Not only do The Exorcist and Hereditary share similar scary events, they also share the fact that they came out during shaky political times. In a Chicago Tribune column about The Exorcist's seismic effect, writer Michael Phillips said, "Opening a few months before Nixon’s resignation, The Exorcist felt like every malignant thought and half-processed rant millions of disillusioned Americans had about a craven, dishonest president on the way out." Whether or not Hereditary has a similar relation to today's uncertain political landscape is up to you to decide, but it's hard not to note that the two movies could have more similarities than just their uses horror motifs.
Hereditary isn't the only horror film that's been compared to The Exorcist, though. Here are nine others that've gotten the honor as well — just be prepared to be terrified if you give them a watch.