13 Horror Movies Like Countdown: When Tech Brings the Scares

Technology is scary enough without adding a horror movie to the mix. But in this 2019 spooky flick, it’s the app that’s the killer.

I’ll be the first to admit that Countdown wasn’t the best acted film I’ve ever seen, but it’s a legitimately interesting concept that I’ll admit did freak me out.

I just finished watching this the other day as party of my Halloween horror binge, and I’d recommend it as a great watch if you’re looking for something new in the genre.

Here are 13 other horror movies like Countdown where technology brings the scares:

Best horror movies like Countdown

1. Truth or Dare (2018)

If you’re looking for horror movies like Countdown, I’d recommend checking out Truth or Dare.

In this spooky 2018 flick, a group of friends are pitted against each other in a deadly game of truth or dare. The catch? If they don’t complete the dare, they die.

And as the body count starts to rise, the friends realize that there’s something much more sinister at play.

2. Ride (2018)

Ride is another somewhat app based movie that I just watched the other day. I found it on Prime Video the other day and deeded to take a gander.

James (Jesse T. Usher) is a struggling actor who picks up Jessica (Bella Thorne) and they really hit it off. Unfortunately, Bruno (Will Brill) is his next passenger, and the three of them don’t have as pleasant of a ride.

If you’re already iffy about taking ride share cars, this movie will probably only make it worse.

3. Nerve (2016)

Nerve is another great option if you’re looking for movies similar to Countdown.

In this 2016 thriller, an online game of truth or dare starts to take a dark turn when the stakes become life or death.

Players are put in danger as they attempt to complete increasingly dangerous dares, and it’s up to one girl to save herself and the people she loves.

3. Escape Room (2017)

There’s more than one flick named Escape Room, but I usually go with the 2017 one even though it’s cheesy as hell and has some questionable acting in it.

It’s Tyler’s (Evan Williams) birthday and they’re headed to a mysterious escape room. But what seems like it’ll be a fun game amongst friends turns out to be a nightmare.

If you’re looking for horror movies like The Countdown, I definitely recommend giving this one a watch.

4. The Gallows Act II (2019)

The Gallows Act II is technology driven in-that the main character is dying to become famous and she’s doing it via her YouTube channel.

She’s recording with what they call “the Charlie challenge” — that is she reads a haunted script and a supernatural entity they refer to as Charlie “visits.”

This movie is a teen-focused Blumhouse film. It was interesting and reminded me of Stay Alive — though I will warn you that the acting is pretty cheesy.

5. The Hunt (2020)

The Hunt is a fairly recent movie, and it was a bit of a let down considering all the hype.

That said, this film, which is inspired by the short story The Most Dangerous Game, is still pretty good. In this flick, a group of people are lured to a remote location with the promise of a treasure hunt. But they quickly realize that they’re being hunted for sport by a wealthy elite.

This movie is intense, gory, and will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.

6. Stay Alive (2006)

It’s not secret that Stay Alive is one of my favorite horror movies, despite it’s oozing cheese.

Loosely (VERY loosely) based on the story of a Hungarian Blood Countess, this underrated horror has a bit of a more traditional thriller appeal to it.

It ‘s about a group of friends who discover a video game based on the legend of said Blood Countess. But as they start to play, they realize that the game is more than just a game. And people are starting to die in real life.

If you liked The Countdown, I think you’ll definitely enjoy Stay Alive.

7. Cam (2018)

The Cam is a non-violent horror film that features an adult website — so you’ve been warned.

In this technology-driven thriller, a cam girl finds her channel mysteriously taken over by someone who looks just like her. This film is creepy, suspenseful, and will definitely leave you wondering what could happen if someone took over your life online.

There’s really not a love of blood here except the very end so if you want a lack of gore it’s the flick for you.

8. Polaroid (2019)

Polaroid is another great option if you’re looking for horror movies like Countdown.

In this film, a high school loner receives a vintage Polaroid camera as a gift and quickly realizes that it has deadly consequences. As she starts to use the camera, people around her start to die.

This movie is suspenseful, creepy, and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

9. Searching (2018)

If you’re looking for horror films without a lot of bloodshed, Searching is for you.

It had all the suspense of a traditional thriller, but none of the gore. In this movie, a father (John Cho) is frantically searching for his missing daughter and the only clues he has to go off of are her social media accounts.

This film will definitely leave you feeling paranoid about how much information you share online.

10. Unfriended (2014)

Another movie that will leave you a little paranoid about hanging out online is Unfriended.

This film is about a group of friends who are terrorized by an otherworldly entity that is using their social media accounts to ruin their lives.

This movie is intense, suspenseful, and will definitely leave you thinking twice about what you post online.

11. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

If you’re looking for movies like Countdown and you enjoyed Unfriended, I’d recommend checking out Unfriended: Dark Web.

Just like the first film in the dual, this movie is about a group of friends who are terrorized by an online entity. But this time, the stakes are even higher as the entity is using the “dark web” to get to them.

This film is a great watch — it’s suspenseful, creepy, and will definitely leave you thinking twice about what you post online.

12. The Circle (2017)

The Circle is a weird thriller-esque movie that features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt.

This movie actually has an awesome concept and good cast, but a pretty shitty execution and a terrible ending (#SorryNotSorry). If you’re a big Tom Hanks fan like I am, you kind of have to see it — and it’s great to think about what it could have been.

I should point out that this is really a thriller flick, not a horror. There’s very little blood and death in it, but the concept is absolutely terrifying. Plus Tom Hanks plays an Elon Musk-type evil billionaire, which I imagine is his alter-ego.

13. Host (2020)

Host is a short supernatural horror film if you’re looking for something that’s under 90-minutes.

It’s one of those filmed during the pandemic features that involves a séance via Zoom. For some reason, I tend to find these computer-driven horrors to be particularly frightening.

Perhaps it’s because I spend all day on the computer, and I had to think about it being part of my death.

What is Countdown?

If you’ve never seen the Countdown movie, I don’t blame you. I watched this horror film on a whim when I came across it on Prime Video.

It’s essentially a supernatural horror movie where an app tells you when you’re going to die. If you “violate the user agreement” it’s bad news. The main characters try to survive through their bizarre deaths by altering the source code and changing the final countdown.

I would recommend this movie if you’re looking for something that’s suspenseful, creepy, and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Countdown movie FAQs

Is there a Countdown 2 movie?

There does not appear to be a sequal to Countdown planned.

Is the Countdown movie app real?

No, there is not a legitimate app called Countdown that tells you when you’re going to die. There was once an app made inspired by the movie, but it was removed from the app store. 

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