Movies Like 'Rosemary's Baby' to Watch Next

'Rosemary's Baby' has a terrifying cult and themes of body autonomy. If you're looking for more horror films in that vein, try these 10.
by Amber Dowling — 

Mia Farrow in 'Rosemary's Baby'

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There are few scary movies as beloved by filmmakers as Rosemary's Baby. The 1968 flick, directed by Roman Polanski and based on the novel by Ira Levin, still holds up as one of the greatest psychological horrors of all-time and is the second-highest rated horror film, based on Metascores, with a 96 (only behind Psycho, with a 97). And it's no wonder: this movie has everything.  

A satanic baby? Check. A terrifying cult? Check. A mother and wife dealing with body horror, autonomy, and the patriarchy? Check, check, check.  

For those who need a refresher, Rosemary's Baby stars Mia Farrow as an expecting mother named Rosemary Woodhouse. When she and her husband, Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) move into an old apartment by Central Park, their elderly neighbors (including Ruth Gordon in an Oscar-winning performance as Minnie Castevet), turn out to be next-level weird. So weird that Rosemary suspects them of being members of a satanic cult that alienates her from others and gaslights her to no end — with the shocking help of her husband.  

By the surprise ending, viewers and Rosemary learn that she did indeed carry the spawn of Satan. It's a tragic and unsettling conclusion meant to leave viewers with chills, especially considering how much of a fight the protagonist put up throughout the movie. In the end the film won quite a few awards, and Polanski was nominated at that year's Academy Awards for best screenplay adaptation (he lost to James Goldman and The Lion in Winter).  

Rosemary's Baby is always worth a re-watch, especially around Halloween. But if you're plotting an all-out marathon or just looking for something else that may give you the same feels as that film, there are plenty of options.  

Here, Metacritic offers 10 movies like Rosemary's Baby to cue up next.


Catherine Deneuve in 'Repulsion'

Columbia Pictures


Metascore: 91 
Best for: Completists and Polanski fans 
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Runtime: 105 minutes 

It's no secret Polanski was obsessed with small apartments and hauntings back in the day. This Rosemary's Baby precursor from 1965 is considered the first in the director's "Apartment Trilogy." While there's no tangible thread tying this and Rosemary's Baby to The Tenant (more on that below), all three films are spiritually tied. This one stars Catherine Deneuve as a young woman who becomes haunted while staying at her sister's flat in London, rolling out a dark and sometimes hard-to-watch story. 

"If hell is in the details, Roman Polanski has captured it here in his disturbing portrait of falling into psychosis." — Kim Newman, Empire


Toni Collette in 'Hereditary'



Metascore: 87 
Best for: People who like other people's family drama 
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Runtime: 127 minutes 

Grief quickly turns to terror in this 2018 multigenerational story from director Ari Aster. When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter (Toni Collette) and her family start uncovering a string of terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they uncover, the more they become fearful of a fate that the entire family seems to have inherited.  

"Creepy, creepy, creepy. Writer-director Ari Aster makes an impressively unnerving debut with Hereditary, a meticulously crafted horror thriller." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post 


Daniel Kaluuya in 'Get Out'

Universal Pictures

Get Out 

Metascore: 85 
Best for: Lovers of psychological horror with strong social commentary 
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Runtime: 104 minutes 

Writer/director Jordan Peele was inspired by Rosemary's Baby when he brought his 2017 Oscar-winning horror flick to life. The film follows a young Black man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who travels with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents. There, however, a series of microaggressions turn into much more disturbing discoveries about her community's treatment of Black people.

"This is surely the nerviest, most confrontational treatment of race in America to emerge from a major studio in years, and it brilliantly fulfills the duty of both its chosen genres — the horror-thriller and the social satire — to meaningfully reflect a culture's latent fears and anxieties." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times 


Jocelin Donahue in 'The House of the Devil'

Warner Bros. Pictures

The House of the Devil 

Metascore: 73 
Best for: Those who want more satanic undertones in their horror 
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Runtime: 95 minutes  

A desperate college girl named Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) takes on a strange babysitting assignment (in which the couple doesn't actually have a kid) because she needs the money in Ti West's 2009 feature. But when her friend drops her off for the gig during a lunar eclipse at an old Victorian mansion deep in the woods, Samantha soon realizes she's in for the fight of her life.  

"If nothing else, Ti West's retro 'Satan rules!' thriller The House Of The Devil gets the look and tone of early-'80s horror schlock exactly right." — Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 


Alice Lowe in 'Prevenge'



Metascore: 71 
Best for: Anyone who has ever experienced or witnessed pregnancy hormones 
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Runtime: 88 minutes 

Alice Lowe writes, directs, and stars in this 2016 pregnancy horror. When a seven-months-pregnant woman named Ruth loses her partner in a climbing accident, she starts believing her unborn baby is guiding her to kill those involved with his death. So she goes on a homicidal rampage, and disposes of anyone in her way.   

"Serving as an allegory on post- and antenatal depression, Prevenge is a kaleidoscope of violence and humor, a tense tale that wickedly extracts laughs through the banality of its suburban setting." — Patrick Smith, The Telegraph 


'The Tenant'

Paramount Pictures

The Tenant 

Metascore: 71 
Best for: Fans of travel and haunted locales 
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Runtime: 126 minutes 

Polanski's 1976 follow-up to Rosemary's Baby also centers around a questionable apartment. The director pulled double duty in The Tenant, starring as a bureaucrat named Trelkovsky who rents an apartment in Paris. There, he goes down a psychological horror rabbit hole, one involving curses, possession and mental health. 

"The film's thesis isn't as clear as his earlier efforts, but it's still a highly effective story about how the world's insanity poisons the mind." — Max O'Connell, Indiewire 


Harvey Spencer Stephens in 'The Omen'

20th Century Fox

The Omen 

Metascore: 62 
Best for: Anyone with a misbehaving kid
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Runtime: 111 minutes 

Director Richard Donner's terrifying classic certainly shares some similar traits with Rosemary's Baby. The 1976 movie stars Gregory Peck as dad Robert Thorn, a man who adopts a son when his wife delivers a stillborn child. As the boy grows and tragic events begin happening all around him, Robert starts suspecting his son is actually the Antichrist.  

"What Jesus was to the 1950s movie epic, the devil is to the 1970s, and so all of this material is approached with the greatest solemnity, not only in the performances but also in the photography, the music and the very looks on people's faces." — Robert Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Nicole Brydon Bloom in '1BR'

Dark Sky Films


Metascore: 56 
Best for: Anyone starting over in life who also loves the terror of the unknown 
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Runtime: 90 minutes 

This 2019 entry from director and writer David Marmor is all about the fear of starting over in a new city. It follows a young girl named Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom) who is trying to start over in a new L.A. apartment, but in a very Rosemary's Baby-inspired twist she quickly realizes her new neighbors aren't what they seem. 

"Drawing on a fascination with cults and utopian communities, the director and co-writer, David Marmor, has created a mildly entertaining survival story whose depiction of psychological indoctrination far outstrips its generic dips into torture." — Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times 


Ilana Glazer in 'False Positive'

Mongrel Media

False Positive 

Metascore: 54 
Best for: Fans of creepy doctors and body horror 
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Runtime: 92 minutes 

This 2021 take on infertility and body horror stars Ilana Glazer and Justin Theroux as a couple trying — and failing — to get pregnant. Finally, they find a dream fertility doctor (Pierce Brosnan) who helps get them pregnant with a baby girl. When things start going sideways, however, this couple learns there's a very sinister heart at the bottom of their birth story.  

"It's a moderately effective horror movie with a much better, creepier and more nuanced one nestled invisibly alongside, the unborn twin ghost of a movie that might have been." — Stephanie Zacharek, TIME  


'Dark Water'

Buena Vista Pictures

Dark Water (2005)

Metascore: 52 
Best for: Fans of such Japanese horror offerings as The Ring 
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Runtime: 105 minutes 

This 2005 flick from director Walter Salles stars Jennifer Connelly as a young mother who moves into a run-down apartment building with her daughter following a bitter custody battle. That's just the beginning of the horror though; when the ghost of a former resident targets the duo, they fear for their lives. John C. Reilly and Ariel Gade also star in the film, which is based on a film by the Japanese creators of The Ring

"Builds dread masterfully, but don't expect solace or 'fun.' This is not for those who like mysteries neatly resolved." — David Ansen, Newsweek