Once again, it is that time. You’ve just watched the month’s biggest, boldest blockbuster, and you’re itching for more. It can happen to anyone. Rather than relying on an algorithm to suggest another Marvel film you’ve previously watched, let’s give something new a try. The new Doctor Strange film isn’t like most movies since it was created at the crossroads of Marvel’s IP-driven bottom line and filmmaker Sam Raimi’s penchant for horror and comedy. But, thankfully, it’s similar to a number of movies, including some really good ones. If you like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” here are ten films you should watch.
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1. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Director- Sam Raimi
Mrs Ganush, a proud Romani woman, is imploring Christine, the charming and delicate loan officer, for a third extension on her house loan. Instead, as the young clerk tries to persuade her supervisors that she is capable of making difficult decisions, Christine makes the worst decision of her life: she denies the desperate client an additional mortgage extension. As a result, over the course of the days following this tragic incident, Christine will gradually realise that what appeared to be a hollow threat from a crazy woman is, in fact, a fiery and sulphurous curse; a devastating anathema involving a tyrannical female demon from the pits of hell and her impatient demand. Christine will be hers for the rest of her life in less than three days.
2. Evil Dead II (1987)
Director- Sam Raimi
Ash is staying at a remote cottage in the woods with his girlfriend Linda. He finds a tape recorder where a professor had recorded incantations from the Necronomicon XMortis – the Book of the Dead. When he plays it, a dark, menacing power emerges from the woods. It turns Linda into a zombie, her soul possessed by a horrifying monster, and then tries to do the same to Ash. Other individuals arrive to assist Ash, but one by one they are taken over by the Evil Dead force, which also controls Linda, the Professor, and the Professor’s wife and they want to ensure that Ash is Dead by Dawn.
3. Ringu (1998)
Director- Hideo Nakata
Reiko Asakawa is questioning youngsters about a ‘Cursed Video.’ Reiko investigates her niece Tomoko’s death from “sudden heart failure” with an excessively terrified expression on her face. She discovers that some of Tomoko’s friends, who had been on vacation with her the week before, died on the very same night, at the exact same time, and in the exact same manner. Reiko visits the teens’ cabin and discovers a “unlabeled” video clip. Reiko watched the tape and was horrified to realise it was the ‘cursed videotape.’ Ryuji, Reiko’s ex-husband, assists her in solving the riddle, and Reiko makes a copy for him to investigate further. When their son Yoichi hears the footage because Tomoko urged him to, things become even more uncomfortable. Their finding leads them to a volcanic island, where they learn that the video is linked to Sadako, a psychic who died 30 years ago.
4. Sliding Doors (1998)
Director- Peter Howitt
Helen Quilley works in public relations for a major London corporation…at least for the first five minutes of the movie. She returns to the Underground after being fired for stealing some of the boss’s Smirnoff and catching the train back to her flat. However, as she runs down, we notice a division in her life. She catches the train in one version and misses it in the other. We watch what would have happened in each scenario for the rest of the movie. In that precise second, her entire existence changes. She meets a lovely man named James on the train and returns home to discover her boyfriend Gerry in bed with another lady. She gets mugged after missing it and ends herself working as a dreadful waiter.
5. Hellboy (2004)
Director- Guillermo del Toro
Hellboy, the scarlet-skinned, cigar-chomping, gun-toting, hornless demon with a human heart who thwarted Adolf Hitler’s occult plot in 1944, finds himself fighting the same evil forces over sixty years later. Hellboy, along with his equally exotic brothers-in-arms—the telepathic amphibious man, Abe Sapiens, and the beautiful fire-starter, Liz Sherman—join forces with FBI agent John Myers to thwart the plans of the sinister Russian mystic, Grigory Rasputin, as a special member of the top-secret Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, led by his father-figure, Trevor Bruttenholm. The world’s future is on the line once again.
6. Army Of Darkness (1992)
Director- Sam Raimi
Ash and his automobile are transported to the year 1,300 A.D., when they are seized by Lord Arthur and sold as slaves with Duke Henry the Red and a few of his troops. When Ash is thrown into a pit, he overcomes two monsters and earns Arthur’s troops and vassals’ esteem. The Wiseman identifies Ash as The Chosen One who will retrieve the Necronomicon, but Ash is simply concerned with getting back home. When Ash discovers that the only way to return to his time is to use the Necronomicon, he chooses to visit the Deadites’ horrible country.
To get the wicked book safely, the Wiseman urges him to recite the words “Klaatu Barada Nikto”. However, Ash forgets what he said last, and an army of the dead rises to attack Arthur’s citadel and reclaim the Necronomicon. The fight between the living and the dead is about to begin, and Ash and Arthur will only be able to vanquish the army of darkness with the help of Henry the Red.
7. The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)
Director- Robert Eggers
The farmer William and his family are expelled from the Puritan plantation administered by the church in New England in the seventeenth century owing to religious disputes. William moves to the edge of a forest with his wife Katherine, adolescent daughter Thomasin, son Caleb, and twins Mercy and Jonas. Katherine gives birth to Samuel as they construct a little house and a barn. Thomasin and Samuel are playing near the forest one day when the baby mysteriously disappears.
Katherine goes mad, praying constantly and mistreating and blaming her daughter for everything that goes wrong in their lives after the family fails to locate Sam. However, because the crop has failed, William goes hunting in the wilderness. Caleb, Thomasin, their dog, and the family horse go hunting in the woods early in the morning. Caleb goes stranded in the woods after Thomasin falls off the horse and faints. Katherine confronts Thomasin about Caleb’s fate once William finds her.
8. Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
Director(s)- Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Evelyn Wang is at her breaking point. Her family’s laundromat is on the verge of bankruptcy, her husband’s marriage is in risk, and there’s plenty more family strife. Unless she becomes embroiled in a multiverse conflict. Michelle Yeoh gives her greatest performance in years, effortlessly carrying the movie from start to finish. It has a unique perspective on the multiverse. It’s a spot where you can play the part of a famous actress or a cliff-side rock. The film dives far deeper than Marvel has ever done into the strange variations given by the concept of a multiverse, as well as the human condition.
9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
Director(s)- Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
Miles Morales, a bright Brooklyn youngster struggling to find his place in the world while juggling school and family, reluctantly enrols in an elite New York City boarding school. He discovers a whole new universe hidden in an abandoned NYC subway tunnel while grappling with his new duties, only to be bitten by a sneaky radioactive arachnid from another realm. Miles is surprised to realise that life has become even more confusing, unbeknownst to him that he is about to become caught in the heart of a terrible inter-dimensional struggle, much as the original Spider-Man (2002). Miles, young and inexperienced, has little choice but to master his unexpected skills while the fate of the cosmos hangs in the balance, despite his belief that not everyone is cut out to be a hero. But a hero isn’t necessarily the victor. It’s the one who is always attempting.
10. It Follows (2014)
Director- David Robert Mitchell
Hugh and Jay Height are dating and having sex in the backseat of his car. Then he kidnaps her and informs her that he cursed her during the intercourse, and then he shows a walker approaching them. He tells her that if she does not pass the curse on to another man, the walker would hunt her down. In addition, the walker may take on the appearance of someone she loves. He’ll be tracked down again if it kills her. Jay tells her sister Kelly Height, as well as her friends Yara, Paul, and Greg Hannigan, about the secret. Soon after, Jay discovers that Hugh has disclosed the truth, and she seeks assistance from her sister and friends.