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Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blue Velvet (1986)

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  alcoholism,  surveillance,  blackmail,  obsession,  voyeurism,  jealousy,  drugs,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare,  satire,  gore
Locations:nightclub,  brothel,  hospital
Characters:detective,  villain,  singer,  student
Story:police detective,  psychotronic film,  sexual obsession,  heineken beer,  amateur detective,  non statutory female on male rape attempt,  lounge singer,  butcher knife,  small town stereotype,  alienated sexuality,  kabuki makeup,  man in disguise,  kidnapped man,  amyl nitrate,  american mythology,  front yard,  middle america,  sexual aberration,  osiris,  horus,  full circle,  killer cop,  dance party,  paladin,  shooting a police officer,  robin,  spying on someone,  hyperrealism,  touching someone's breasts,  mystery woman,  psychological abuse,  horns,  kidnapped child,  innocence lost,  strong sexual content,  muscle car,  loss of innocence,  black lingerie,  cliche,  high school football,  fire engine,  gomorrahy,  oxygen mask,  go go dancer,  exterminator,  handball,  sexual predator,  title appears in song,  severed ear,  graphic violence,  hardware store,  sexual humiliation,  talking while driving,  stairwell,  dreaming,  waking up,  grass,  woman in lingerie,  lip synching,  shot in the hand,  flame,  scene of the crime,  sex slave,  urinating,  americana,  stroke,  masochism,  forced to strip,  hiding in a closet,  doppelganger,  black bra and panties,  writer director,  misogyny,  musical number,  black eye,  perversion,  song in title,  police corruption,  dark humor,  psychotronic,  insect,  murder of a police officer,  woman in jeopardy,  switchblade,  broken leg,  peeping tom,  sadomasochism,  drug abuse,  assault,  walkie talkie,  title based on song,  mutilation,  breaking and entering,  post modern,  older woman younger man relationship,  corrupt cop,  cult director,  silencer,  wig,  convertible,  suburb,  public nudity,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  controversy,  female pubic hair,  diner,  drug dealer,  good versus evil,  color in title,  revolver,  male pubic hair,  voyeur,  hallucination,  avant garde,  psychopath,  car chase,  beer,  secret,  love triangle,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  leg spreading,  knife,  male full frontal nudity,  police,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  two word title,  nudity,  murder,  sex,  gun,  death,  violence

Salo O Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma (1975)
Drama, War

Salo O Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma (1975)

Nazi-Fascist Northern Italy, 1943-44. Four senior members of government, aided by henchmen and Nazi soldiers, kidnap a group of young men and women. They hold them for 120 days, subjecting them to all manner of torture, perversion and degradation.

Themes:voyeurism,  kidnapping
Mood:satire,  gore
Story:hyperrealism,  graphic violence,  sexual humiliation,  masochism,  forced to strip,  perversion,  sadomasochism,  mutilation,  controversy,  male pubic hair,  voyeur,  avant garde,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot to death,  rape,  cult film,  knife,  male full frontal nudity,  murder,  death,  sex,  violence,  gun

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Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  obsession,  voyeurism,  jealousy
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:sexual obsession,  police detective,  black bra and panties,  perversion,  woman in jeopardy,  assault,  mutilation,  wig,  femme fatale,  controversy,  female pubic hair,  voyeur,  hallucination,  psychopath,  car chase,  serial killer,  neo noir,  rape,  cult film,  leg spreading,  independent film,  sex,  death,  violence,  murder,  nudity,  police

The Last House On The Left (1972)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Last House On The Left (1972)

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust in New York with her friend Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family's car and heads with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, the sadistic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred 'Weasel' Podowski are hidden in a hideout with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug's addicted son Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler) after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway. The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior that offers some Colombian grass to them. They go to his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis. On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car's rod and they stop on the road close to Mari's house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shots Mari after humiliating and raping them. They seek shelter in Mari's home, but during the night, her mother overhears a conversation of the criminals telling that they have killed her daughter. She tells her husband and they plot a scheme to revenge the death of their princess. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Characters:villain
Story:sexual predator,  graphic violence,  grass,  forced to strip,  perversion,  woman in jeopardy,  switchblade,  peeping tom,  mutilation,  cult director,  convertible,  suburb,  public nudity,  controversy,  female pubic hair,  voyeur,  psychopath,  beer,  serial killer,  shot to death,  rape,  cult film,  knife,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence,  police

Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  severed ear,  woman in lingerie,  perversion,  police corruption,  dark humor,  switchblade,  mutilation,  corrupt cop,  cult director,  silencer,  convertible,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  good versus evil,  revolver,  psychopath,  face slap,  gangster,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rape,  cult film,  knife,  sex scene,  death,  two word title,  murder,  violence,  police

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The Black Dahlia (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. This is why The Black Dahlia (2006) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  obsession,  voyeurism
Locations:nightclub
Characters:singer
Story:police detective,  doppelganger,  police corruption,  switchblade,  broken leg,  mutilation,  breaking and entering,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  diner,  color in title,  voyeur,  secret,  love triangle,  gangster,  neo noir,  corpse,  leg spreading,  knife,  police,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  violence,  nudity

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:blackmail,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  graphic violence,  shot in the hand,  hiding in a closet,  misogyny,  murder of a police officer,  switchblade,  sadomasochism,  assault,  shot in the forehead,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cult film,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  obsession,  kidnapping
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  woman in lingerie,  hiding in a closet,  misogyny,  musical number,  walkie talkie,  public nudity,  shot in the forehead,  good versus evil,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  police,  gun,  violence,  sex,  death,  murder

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Kalifornia (1993) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:villain
Story:shooting a police officer,  graphic violence,  black bra and panties,  perversion,  dark humor,  murder of a police officer,  mutilation,  psychopath,  beer,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rape,  cult film,  independent film,  nudity,  police,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence,  sex

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare,  satire,  gore
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  shot in the hand,  sadomasochism,  walkie talkie,  corrupt cop,  convertible,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  controversy,  diner,  hallucination,  psychopath,  beer,  shot in the head,  face slap,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  sex,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986).

Themes:drugs
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  shot in the hand,  switchblade,  controversy,  drug dealer,  revolver,  psychopath,  beer,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  cult film,  knife,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  violence,  death,  murder,  police,  gun

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Strange Days (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Strange Days (1995)

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  surveillance,  surrealism
Locations:nightclub
Characters:singer
Story:killer cop,  switchblade,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  wig,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  rape,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cult film,  knife,  murder,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death,  violence,  police,  sex

Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  obsession,  voyeurism,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:sexual obsession,  police detective,  talking while driving,  stairwell,  perversion,  drug abuse,  cult director,  femme fatale,  controversy,  female pubic hair,  male pubic hair,  voyeur,  psychopath,  car chase,  love triangle,  shot in the head,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  leg spreading,  sex scene,  murder,  sex,  police,  two word title,  death,  nudity,  violence,  gun

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Locations:hospital
Story:diner,  small town stereotype,  alienated sexuality,  american mythology,  front yard,  middle america,  cliche,  doppelganger,  drug abuse,  assault,  post modern,  shot in the forehead,  female pubic hair,  secret,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  rape,  leg spreading,  knife,  violence,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  gun,  murder

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The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  hardware store,  black eye,  police corruption,  murder of a police officer,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  revolver,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  death

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. This is why Killer Joe (2011) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  killer cop,  sexual humiliation,  woman in lingerie,  corrupt cop,  female pubic hair,  drug dealer,  voyeur,  hallucination,  psychopath,  beer,  secret,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  nudity,  gun,  sex,  murder,  death,  violence,  police

Once Upon A Time In America (1984) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:blackmail,  voyeurism,  drugs
Locations:brothel,  hospital
Story:stairwell,  police corruption,  switchblade,  peeping tom,  assault,  public nudity,  controversy,  female pubic hair,  good versus evil,  voyeur,  shot in the head,  face slap,  gangster,  rape,  cult film,  leg spreading,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  police,  gun,  violence,  nudity

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The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:blackmail
Story:broken leg,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  drug dealer,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  beer,  small town,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  corpse,  knife,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death,  violence,  murder

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:singer,  detective
Story:police detective,  lounge singer,  psychotronic,  murder of a police officer,  cult director,  shot in the forehead,  hallucination,  psychopath,  car chase,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  cult film,  knife,  gun,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:singer
Story:perversion,  dark humor,  breaking and entering,  shot in the forehead,  controversy,  revolver,  male pubic hair,  avant garde,  psychopath,  beer,  shot in the head,  serial killer,  shot to death,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death

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Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? This is why Insomnia (2002) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  dreaming,  scene of the crime,  murder of a police officer,  breaking and entering,  female pubic hair,  diner,  hallucination,  psychopath,  secret,  small town,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  murder,  police,  death,  nudity,  gun

Rising Sun (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rising Sun (1993)

At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail
Locations:brothel
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  misogyny,  sadomasochism,  controversy,  revolver,  car chase,  neo noir,  corpse,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  violence,  police,  sex,  murder

Sudden Impact (1983)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Sudden Impact (1983)

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:psychotronic film,  hardware store,  psychotronic,  murder of a police officer,  cult director,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  beer,  small town,  shot in the head,  gangster,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  police,  murder,  violence

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Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:gore
Locations:brothel,  nightclub,  hospital
Characters:detective,  villain
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  stairwell,  scene of the crime,  switchblade,  mutilation,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  revolver,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  violence,  death,  murder,  police

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:drug dealer,  police detective,  butcher knife,  black eye,  switchblade,  walkie talkie,  mutilation,  diner,  revolver,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Essentially a prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's earlier TV series "Twin Peaks". The first half-hour or so concerns the investigation by FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) into the murder of night-shift waitress Teresa Banks in the small Washington state town of Deer Meadow. When Desmond finds a mysterious clue to the murder, he inexplicably disappears. The film then cuts to one year later in the nearby town of Twin Peaks and follows the events during the last week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) a troubled teenage girl with two boyfriends; the hot-tempered rebel Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and quiet biker James Hurley (James Marshall), her drug addiction, and her relationship with her difficult (and possible schizophrenic) father Leland (Ray Wise), a story in which her violent murder was later to motivate much of the TV series. Contains a considerable amount of sex, drugs, violence, very loud music and inexplicable imagery. This is why Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Mood:gore
Story:strong sexual content,  doppelganger,  writer director,  psychotronic,  woman in jeopardy,  drug dealer,  hallucination,  avant garde,  psychopath,  secret,  small town,  serial killer,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  sex,  murder,  violence,  death,  police

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The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Story:killer cop,  woman in lingerie,  masochism,  black bra and panties,  sadomasochism,  shot in the forehead,  controversy,  diner,  psychopath,  love triangle,  small town,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  sex scene,  mother son relationship,  murder,  sex,  violence

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  police corruption,  woman in jeopardy,  drug abuse,  assault,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  shot in the forehead,  drug dealer,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  police,  violence,  death,  murder

The Devil's Double (2011) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Devil's Double (2011)

Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption, knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Story:shot in the hand,  forced to strip,  perversion,  wig,  public nudity,  shot in the forehead,  voyeur,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  corpse,  rape,  sex scene,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  death

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Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  police corruption,  murder of a police officer,  switchblade,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  corpse,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  murder,  death,  police,  gun

Lost Highway (1997)
Mystery, Thriller

Lost Highway (1997)

Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. This is why Lost Highway (1997) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:gore
Characters:detective
Story:gangster,  kabuki makeup,  full circle,  strong sexual content,  graphic violence,  forced to strip,  doppelganger,  black bra and panties,  writer director,  femme fatale,  avant garde,  car chase,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  cult film,  leg spreading,  sex scene,  police,  death,  independent film,  two word title,  murder,  violence

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  shot in the hand,  police corruption,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  corrupt cop,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  drug dealer,  revolver,  secret,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  police,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  two word title,  violence,  death,  murder

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Funny Games (2007) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Funny Games (2007)

In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood.

Themes:voyeurism,  kidnapping
Story:woman in lingerie,  forced to strip,  dark humor,  broken leg,  post modern,  voyeur,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  face slap,  serial killer,  shot to death,  corpse,  knife,  violence,  independent film,  death,  murder

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:blackmail,  jealousy,  drugs
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:villain,  detective
Story:stairwell,  dark humor,  woman in jeopardy,  shot in the forehead,  controversy,  revolver,  voyeur,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  serial killer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  leg spreading,  knife,  sex scene,  independent film,  two word title,  gun,  death,  violence,  police,  murder

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  kidnapping
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective,  student
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  secret,  masochism,  peeping tom,  breaking and entering,  silencer,  wig,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  voyeur,  hallucination,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  corpse,  cult film,  sex scene,  murder,  police,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  gun

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The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. This is why The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  drugs
Locations:nightclub
Story:police detective,  black lingerie,  hiding in a closet,  black bra and panties,  police corruption,  corrupt cop,  cult director,  drug dealer,  revolver,  hallucination,  gangster,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cult film,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drugs,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  oxygen mask,  sex slave,  walkie talkie,  shot in the forehead,  drug dealer,  revolver,  voyeur,  psychopath,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  rape,  cult film,  knife,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  two word title,  police,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  voyeurism
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Locations:brothel,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  murder of a police officer,  switchblade,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  diner,  revolver,  voyeur,  hallucination,  car chase,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  sex scene,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  violence

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Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  drugs,  kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  walkie talkie,  silencer,  diner,  drug dealer,  revolver,  car chase,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  knife,  two word title,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

Only God Forgives (2013)
Crime, Drama

Only God Forgives (2013)

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a man and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian's brother murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang - the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter's murderer, then 'restores order' by chopping off the man's right hand. Julian's mother Crystal - the head of a powerful criminal organization - arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and 'raise hell'. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare,  gore
Locations:brothel,  nightclub
Story:shooting a police officer,  forced to strip,  murder of a police officer,  shot in the forehead,  drug dealer,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  mother son relationship,  violence,  police,  murder

A Scanner Darkly (2006) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Archor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. This is why A Scanner Darkly (2006) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  voyeurism,  drugs,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  insect,  drug abuse,  silencer,  convertible,  femme fatale,  diner,  drug dealer,  revolver,  voyeur,  hallucination,  beer,  secret,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  cult film,  death,  police

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Wild At Heart (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:strong sexual content,  graphic violence,  writer director,  perversion,  dark humor,  switchblade,  convertible,  revolver,  hallucination,  avant garde,  psychopath,  small town,  shot to death,  rape,  cult film,  sex scene,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  violence,  death,  murder,  police

Drive Angry (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Drive Angry (2011)

John Milton is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a Satanic cult, has murdered Milton's daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will sacrifice the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper from her brutal, two-timing fiance. There are odd things about Milton: his driver's license is out of date, he has a very strange gun, and he's being pursued by a man in a suit who carries FBI ID and calls himself the Accountant. Piper, who's lived a life on the sidelines, has to piece things together on the fly as they close in on King. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:gore
Story:shooting a police officer,  muscle car,  scene of the crime,  murder of a police officer,  corrupt cop,  shot in the forehead,  female pubic hair,  diner,  revolver,  voyeur,  psychopath,  car chase,  beer,  secret,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot to death,  corpse,  cult film,  knife,  sex scene,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  nudity

The People Under The Stairs (1991)
Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The People Under The Stairs (1991)

The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:satire,  gore
Characters:villain
Story:hiding in a closet,  perversion,  sadomasochism,  mutilation,  breaking and entering,  cult director,  suburb,  psychopath,  secret,  face slap,  shot to death,  corpse,  cult film,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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Big Nothing (2006) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Big Nothing (2006)

Charlie is an ex-professor turned reluctant call center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught at being unable to provide for his daughter Emily and wife Penelope, he accepts when Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash. The plan is to blackmail Reverend Smalls, a man of the cloth, who's frequently turned up in the company database of visitors to illegal porn sites. Gus plans to extort Reverend Smalls, with the intention of publicly exposing his secret shame should he refuse, thus potentially destroying the man's career. Normally cautious, Charlie is keen on participating in this scam, confident that the money he'll make from the scam will finally help turn things around for him and his family. Joined by one-time teenage pageant queen Josie McBroom, Gus's ex, the plan goes ahead, but it all goes wrong as Reverend Smalls dies thanks to this trio, with this only being the start of their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  blackmail,  voyeurism
Story:writer director,  perversion,  dark humor,  murder of a police officer,  silencer,  revolver,  voyeur,  beer,  secret,  serial killer,  neo noir,  cult film,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  police,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death

Irreversible (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. This is why Irreversible (2002) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drugs
Mood:gore
Story:masochism,  misogyny,  perversion,  woman in jeopardy,  sadomasochism,  assault,  female pubic hair,  male pubic hair,  voyeur,  rape,  cult film,  leg spreading,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  sex,  murder,  death,  police,  violence

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  jealousy,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  scene of the crime,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  mutilation,  drug dealer,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  face slap,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  police,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder

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The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail
Locations:hospital
Story:police detective,  murder of a police officer,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  drug dealer,  psychopath,  beer,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  knife,  sex scene,  violence,  death,  murder

Mulholland Dr. (2001) is one of the best movies like Blue Velvet (1986)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:full circle,  strong sexual content,  lip synching,  doppelganger,  woman in jeopardy,  diner,  hallucination,  avant garde,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cult film,  independent film,  two word title,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail
Characters:detective
Story:police detective,  mystery woman,  police corruption,  switchblade,  older woman younger man relationship,  corrupt cop,  femme fatale,  diner,  secret,  face slap,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  police,  violence,  murder,  death

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