- The Lifetime-turned-Netflix psychological thriller “You” recently dropped its second season.
- Fans of the series might enjoy haunting movies like “American Psycho” (2000), “Fear” (1996), and “Misery” (1990).
- Those who love the show might also enjoy being creeped out by thrillers that feature some stalking, like “Red Eye” (2005) and “One Hour Photo” (2002).
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“You” is a psychological thriller series that features dark themes, thrilling suspense, and a hauntingly handsome lead.
The Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg and it recently dropped its second season.
As we wait to see whether or not “You” will get a season three, consider watching some of the following movies to tide you over.
Like “You,” “Ingrid Goes West” (2017) gives a unique and creepy look into how social media can be dangerous.
One of the most relatable and scary aspects of “You” is how the characters in the show utilise social media. After all, Joe’s stalking is made much easier by being able to track Beck’s every move online.
In the film, Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) moves to Los Angeles, stalks Taylor, and tricks her into believing that she’s someone she isn’t simply by curating a believable online persona.
The film provides a unique commentary on how we use (and some can abuse) social media.
“Gone Girl” (2014) is a psychological thriller that is also based on a book.
However, once Amy goes missing, Nick becomes the number-one suspect in the case and the media depicts him as a sociopath. Throughout the film, everyone is left wondering what really happened and what kind of people Nick and Amy actually are.
“Gone Girl” is similar to “You” in tone and style, especially because the film is a suspenseful thriller that brings into question people’s true colours and highlights the dark possibilities of romance.
“American Psycho” (2000) is about a handsome leading man who lives a secret life as a serial killer.
The movie is similar to “You” in how the lead character hides his secret psychopathic tendencies from those around him and appears to be a handsome, intelligent, and charming guy. However, in reality, he does unspeakable things and has no remorse for them.
Like “You,” the film also features narration from the lead character’s point of view, giving the audience a peek into his inner thoughts.
“The Boy Next Door” (2015) features an attractive lead who reveals his dangerous true colours.
After realising the relationship is inappropriate, Claire tries to end things, but Noah isn’t having it.
The film follows his unhealthy obsession with Claire and ultimately reveals his violent side. Noah’s character traits are similar to those of Joe on “You” and, like the Netflix series, “The Boy Next Door” could have audiences thinking twice before entering a new relationship.
In “One Hour Photo” (2002), an employee at a photo shop turns out to have a scary obsession with one of his customers.
Sy, a photo developer working in the mall, has an unhealthy interest in a local family whose photos he has developed for years. When he realises that the husband could be having an affair, his obsession takes him to a dangerous place.
Robin Williams was praised by critics for his dark performance, much like Penn Badgley’s positive reviews for his work as Joe. Both roles were considered against-type for the actors, making their performances that much more impressive.
“Warm Bodies” (2013) features narration and dark comedy that’s similar to “You.”
If the idea of a scary and dark, yet oddly attractive lead is what drew you to “You,” then “Warm Bodies” will be a great movie to watch next.
A drama/comedy, “Warm Bodies” is a post-apocalyptic story about a human named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) who embark on a forbidden and unusual relationship.
Although more comedic than “You,” the movie’s dark themes and strange romantic plotline gives viewers the same moral dilemma so many had with Penn Badgley’s character Joe.
“Single White Female” (1992) is a classic film about a creepy and dangerous obsession.
A classic stalker film, “Single White Female” is the story of Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda), a young woman who seeks a new roommate after she splits with her fiancé. She finds Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the two soon form a friendship.
However, things turn dangerous when Allison realises that Hedra has a scary obsession with her.
Similar to “You,” “Single White Female” is a psychological thriller based on a novel that includes elements of stalking, hidden identities, and murder.
Like “You,” the film will perhaps cause audiences to be more careful when meeting new people.
“Red Eye” (2005) is a film that has the lead falling for a dangerous man who has already had his eye on her.
The two hit it off and while Lisa thinks it’s fate when they are seated together on the plane, she soon finds that Jackson has been planning on it. A terrorist, Jackson reveals he has kidnapped her father in order to use her as a pawn in his attempt to murder the head of Homeland Security.
Cillian Murphy plays a charming love-interest-turned-villain in “Red Eye,” much like Badgley’s Joe Goldberg.
“Misery” (1990), also based on a novel, features a psychopathic lead who’s obsessed with their favourite writer.
The scene in “You” where Joe forces a captive Beck to write her novel on an old typewriter gave many serious “Misery” flashbacks.
With some scary tactics, including cringe-worthy torture, Annie forces Paul to write his latest novel in a way that meets her expectations.
The film is perfect for fans of “You,” as it features themes of dangerous obsession, terrifying torture, and its lead is a big fan of books.
“Fear” (1996) is a film with a storyline similar to “You.”
Upon first meeting, David seems like he’s the whole package – attractive, charming, exciting – but soon his sociopathic tendencies are revealed. Nicole’s father, who suspected David’s dark side from the start, must do his best to protect his young daughter.
In this thriller, the storyline is similar to “You,” featuring an unsuspecting girl falling for a seemingly normal guy. The character of Mark Wahlberg’s David is as charming and attractive as Penn Badgley’s Joe and, like Joe, David is not who he appears to be.