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Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hard Candy (2005)

After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  vengeance,  panic,  cruelty,  abuse,  sadism,  illness,  dating,  insanity,  brutality,  loneliness,  nature,  memory,  voyeurism,  deception,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  bathtub
Characters:photographer,  lust,  actress,  hostage,  baby,  student,  teacher
Story:predator becomes prey,  online dating,  internet dating,  drugged drink,  computer dating,  combination lock,  chatting,  combination safe,  sex with a minor,  predator turns victim,  cd player,  food poisoning,  sexual predator,  text messaging,  hunter becomes hunted,  coffee shop,  age difference,  ice cube,  female vigilante,  head wound,  mental abuse,  verbal abuse,  time lapse photography,  sports bra,  reading letter,  mental illness,  computer screen,  fashion photographer,  electric torture,  sexual torture,  psychological torture,  video camera,  forced suicide,  reference to john mayer,  wiping off fingerprints,  kissing someone's feet,  girl scout cookies,  reference to roman polanski,  reference to an academy award,  medical operation,  reference to coldplay,  reference to jodie foster,  reference to monty python,  reference to porky pig,  14 year old girl,  kiddie porn,  modeling agency,  swivel chair,  saran wrap,  amnesty international,  social networking,  deviant,  prune,  mp3,  minor,  floor safe,  smiley face,  depantsing,  paper clip,  girl scouts,  garbage disposal,  chatroom,  medicine cabinet,  health food,  pseudointellectual,  calling for help,  suture,  science fair,  instant messaging,  braless teen,  bootleg,  red riding hood,  electronic,  con game,  bleach,  combination,  underage girl,  rubber gloves,  missing person poster,  text,  prey,  chat room,  tease,  photo studio,  washroom,  social network,  lubricant,  compact disc,  tied to a table,  ransacking,  stove,  entrapment,  women's bathroom,  messenger,  mistreatment,  passing out,  coyote,  missing girl,  video cassette,  reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet,  online,  vcr,  lolita,  molestation,  begging,  fatal attraction,  texting,  duo,  menace,  role reversal,  noose,  electric shock,  cd,  cookie,  razor,  drugged,  poisoning,  predator,  scalpel,  sweat,  teasing,  14 year old,  squirrel,  cartoon on tv,  pedophilia,  taser,  gardening,  struggle,  electricity,  earphones,  suffocation,  chocolate,  pervert,  t shirt,  vodka,  psychotic,  living room,  duct tape,  thirty something,  castration,  one day,  deceit,  perversion,  pedophile,  rose,  scissors,  delusion,  headphones,  aunt nephew relationship,  hatred,  uncle niece relationship,  strong female lead,  parking garage,  asian woman,  psycho,  desperation,  therapist,  hunter,  captive,  babysitter,  sociopath,  injury,  cake,  wound,  revelation,  shaving,  pornography,  rope,  ice,  strong female character,  eyeglasses,  flirting,  vigilante,  handgun,  tied up,  schoolgirl,  threat,  glasses,  stalking,  manipulation,  kicked in the face,  hanging,  scream,  storytelling,  older man younger woman relationship,  liar,  electrocution,  suburb,  screaming,  danger,  stalker,  confession,  gunshot,  search,  home invasion,  photography,  model,  tied to a chair,  internet,  concert,  bound and gagged,  band,  bra,  dark comedy,  bedroom,  voyeur,  neighbor,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  thong,  drink,  camera,  los angeles california,  computer,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  testicles,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  f rated,  blood,  sex,  death,  murder,  gun,  police,  fight,  violence

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:panic,  abuse,  insanity,  brutality,  memory,  deception,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust
Story:drugged drink,  mental illness,  video camera,  washroom,  compact disc,  cd,  drugged,  pervert,  duct tape,  headphones,  hatred,  psycho,  sociopath,  revelation,  pornography,  eyeglasses,  handgun,  kicked in the face,  scream,  screaming,  confession,  model,  bra,  voyeur,  psychopath,  thong,  drink,  camera,  black comedy,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  shower,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  independent film,  f rated,  police,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  abuse,  sadism,  dating,  loneliness,  torture,  fear,  drinking
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Characters:actress
Story:video camera,  rubber gloves,  washroom,  passing out,  drugged,  pervert,  perversion,  pedophile,  scissors,  uncle niece relationship,  scream,  older man younger woman relationship,  liar,  search,  concert,  bra,  bedroom,  cafe,  psychopath,  lie,  drink,  computer,  underwear,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  cult film,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence,  sex,  death,  blood

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  dating,  voyeurism,  drinking,  money
Characters:lust,  teacher
Story:sex with a minor,  underage girl,  lolita,  14 year old,  pedophilia,  age difference,  pervert,  pedophile,  eyeglasses,  older man younger woman relationship,  screaming,  voyeur,  tears,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  fight,  sex,  gun,  police,  blood,  murder

Srpski Film (2010) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Srpski Film (2010)

In Serbia, the retired porn star Milos is married with his beloved wife Marija and they have a little son, Peter, that is their pride and joy. The family is facing financial difficulties, but out of the blue, Milos is contacted by the porn actress Lejla that offers him a job opportunity in an art film. Milos is introduced to the director Vukmir that offers a millionaire contract to Milos to act in a film. However, Vukmir neither show the screenplay nor tell the story to Milos. Milos discuss the proposal with Marija and he signs the contract. But sooner he finds that Vukmir and his crew are involved in sick snuff films of pedophilia, necrophilia and torture and there is no way back to him and maybe it is too late to protect his family. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  torture,  fear,  money,  suicide
Characters:actress
Story:drugged drink,  sex with a minor,  sexual torture,  psychological torture,  video camera,  mistreatment,  pedophilia,  suffocation,  pervert,  deceit,  perversion,  desperation,  threat,  psychopath,  crying,  shower,  independent film,  murder,  death,  fight,  gun,  blood,  violence

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Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. This is why Untraceable (2008) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  dating,  voyeurism,  torture,  suicide,  revenge
Story:computer dating,  predator turns victim,  text messaging,  video camera,  taser,  gardening,  psychotic,  duct tape,  strong female lead,  captive,  handgun,  hanging,  internet,  bound and gagged,  voyeur,  psychopath,  computer,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  blood,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  sadism,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  fear,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:hostage,  baby
Story:sexual torture,  mistreatment,  pervert,  headphones,  hatred,  desperation,  sociopath,  revelation,  pornography,  ice,  threat,  kicked in the face,  suburb,  danger,  home invasion,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  letter,  los angeles california,  cell phone,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  violence,  fight,  gun,  sex,  murder,  blood,  death

May (2002)
Drama, Horror

May (2002)

When May was a child, she was a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her bizarre mother on her birthday. May becomes a lonely, weird young woman, working in an animal hospital and assisting the veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. Her lesbian colleague Polly has a sort of attraction for her. When the shy May meets the mechanic Adam Stubbs, she loves his hands and has a crush on him. They date, but the weirdness and bizarre behavior of May pushes Adam away from her. Alone, May has a brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected again when her colleague meets Ambrosia. When her doll is accidentally broken, the deranged May decides to build a friend for her, using the best parts her acquaintances can offer. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  insanity,  brutality,  loneliness,  drinking
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:teacher
Story:mental illness,  suture,  scalpel,  coffee shop,  vodka,  scissors,  desperation,  eyeglasses,  stalking,  liar,  bra,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  lie,  drink,  black comedy,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  cult film,  knife,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  murder,  blood,  death

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P2 (2007) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

P2 (2007)

The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  insanity,  loneliness,  deception,  fear,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:mental illness,  psychological torture,  psychopath,  video camera,  molestation,  menace,  drugged,  taser,  duct tape,  one day,  parking garage,  captive,  sociopath,  stalking,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  screaming,  stalker,  tied to a chair,  bound and gagged,  voyeur,  black comedy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  knife,  independent film,  police,  murder,  fight,  violence,  blood,  death

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:vengeance,  panic,  cruelty,  sadism,  brutality,  fear,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:photographer,  student,  teacher
Story:video camera,  psychotic,  one day,  scream,  screaming,  gunshot,  photography,  camera,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  photograph,  independent film,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:panic,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  fear
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:female vigilante,  psychological torture,  taser,  desperation,  sociopath,  vigilante,  manipulation,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  screaming,  danger,  home invasion,  bra,  cafe,  psychopath,  camera,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  death,  fight,  blood,  police,  sex,  violence,  gun,  murder

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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:panic,  sadism,  loneliness,  voyeurism,  fear,  drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:lust
Story:mental illness,  menace,  deceit,  perversion,  desperation,  shaving,  threat,  stalking,  manipulation,  scream,  stalker,  search,  photography,  bra,  voyeur,  psychopath,  thong,  drink,  underwear,  telephone call,  shower,  cult film,  photograph,  independent film,  murder,  sex,  death,  police,  violence

Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  brutality,  voyeurism,  fear,  drinking,  revenge
Characters:lust
Story:underage girl,  tease,  mistreatment,  missing girl,  living room,  desperation,  eyeglasses,  threat,  scream,  gunshot,  home invasion,  bedroom,  voyeur,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  cult film,  knife,  independent film,  murder,  violence,  fight,  gun,  sex,  blood,  death

Chugyeogja (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  brutality,  torture,  fear,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:photographer
Story:video camera,  struggle,  rope,  tied up,  kicked in the face,  scream,  search,  bound and gagged,  bra,  tears,  camera,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

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Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  sadism,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  fear,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  elevator,  bathtub
Characters:hostage
Story:time lapse photography,  vodka,  strong female lead,  wound,  revelation,  rope,  ice,  handgun,  stalking,  manipulation,  kicked in the face,  danger,  stalker,  gunshot,  home invasion,  bra,  camera,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  death,  fight,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  police

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:justice,  sadism,  insanity,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub
Characters:hostage
Story:video camera,  rose,  delusion,  sociopath,  home invasion,  tied to a chair,  cafe,  psychopath,  thong,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  cell phone,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  violence,  death,  murder,  police,  blood,  fight

One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  loneliness,  memory,  voyeurism,  fear,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:baby,  photographer
Story:photography,  mental illness,  video camera,  cartoon on tv,  delusion,  pornography,  eyeglasses,  handgun,  scream,  older man younger woman relationship,  suburb,  stalker,  home invasion,  voyeur,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  book,  camera,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  shower,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  police,  fight,  sex,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  insanity,  voyeurism,  deception,  torture,  fear,  money,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage,  photographer
Story:parking garage,  desperation,  sociopath,  revelation,  stalking,  manipulation,  scream,  older man younger woman relationship,  danger,  gunshot,  home invasion,  voyeur,  tears,  camera,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cell phone,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  police,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood,  fight

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:cruelty,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  voyeurism,  torture,  suicide
Story:sex with a minor,  mental illness,  sexual torture,  pervert,  perversion,  hanging,  scream,  storytelling,  screaming,  voyeur,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  cult film,  knife,  dancing,  sex,  blood,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:panic,  brutality,  deception,  fear,  money,  revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:text messaging,  missing girl,  vodka,  desperation,  sociopath,  shaving,  flirting,  threat,  manipulation,  danger,  home invasion,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  fight,  death,  gun,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence

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Panic Room (2002) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. This is why Panic Room (2002) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  sadism,  money,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  drinking,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:hostage
Story:psychological torture,  video camera,  floor safe,  duct tape,  one day,  strong female lead,  psycho,  sociopath,  strong female character,  eyeglasses,  manipulation,  danger,  home invasion,  tied to a chair,  neighbor,  psychopath,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  death,  violence,  gun,  murder,  blood

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  money,  loneliness,  memory,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Characters:baby
Story:psychological torture,  chat room,  passing out,  earphones,  scissors,  hatred,  captive,  flirting,  tied up,  older man younger woman relationship,  cafe,  book,  drink,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  violence,  death,  murder,  police,  blood

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:deception,  torture,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage,  baby
Story:video cassette,  deceit,  revelation,  stalking,  older man younger woman relationship,  screaming,  danger,  stalker,  gunshot,  tears,  black comedy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  cult film,  independent film,  fight,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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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:vengeance,  cruelty,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  voyeurism,  torture,  suicide,  revenge
Story:sexual predator,  concert,  band,  sexual torture,  forced suicide,  mistreatment,  pervert,  castration,  perversion,  pedophile,  handgun,  electrocution,  suburb,  screaming,  bound and gagged,  voyeur,  psychopath,  teenage girl,  shower,  cult film,  knife,  independent film,  murder,  fight,  police,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood

The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  torture,  drinking,  money,  suicide
Locations:rooftop
Characters:photographer
Story:head wound,  cd,  desperation,  kicked in the face,  older man younger woman relationship,  home invasion,  tied to a chair,  concert,  bound and gagged,  bra,  cafe,  drink,  camera,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  cell phone,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  violence,  fight,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police,  sex,  death

Cache (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cache (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. This is why Cache (2005) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  loneliness,  memory,  fear,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:teacher
Story:threat,  video camera,  menace,  coffee shop,  deceit,  aunt nephew relationship,  hatred,  hanging,  storytelling,  liar,  stalker,  search,  neighbor,  tears,  lie,  book,  camera,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  police,  blood,  violence

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Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  abuse,  sadism,  brutality,  torture,  fear,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:baby,  teacher
Story:head wound,  verbal abuse,  sweat,  14 year old,  thirty something,  pedophile,  scissors,  schoolgirl,  glasses,  older man younger woman relationship,  confession,  search,  band,  bedroom,  tears,  drink,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  blood,  police,  sex

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  illness,  dating,  fear,  drinking,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub
Characters:photographer,  student,  teacher
Story:threat,  hanging,  scream,  liar,  screaming,  confession,  bra,  voyeur,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  violence,  murder,  police,  fight,  blood,  death

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  fear,  drinking
Characters:lust,  actress
Story:mental illness,  sociopath,  injury,  stalking,  manipulation,  screaming,  stalker,  gunshot,  home invasion,  concert,  bra,  bedroom,  letter,  camera,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  violence,  fight,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  loneliness,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop
Characters:actress,  photographer,  teacher
Story:sex with a minor,  cartoon on tv,  hatred,  manipulation,  older man younger woman relationship,  gunshot,  bra,  cafe,  tears,  letter,  thong,  drink,  los angeles california,  computer,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  sex,  police,  violence,  murder,  blood,  fight

Koroshiya 1 (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Koroshiya 1 (2001)

When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him. After capturing and torturing a rival Yakuza member looking for answers, they soon realize they have the wrong man and begin looking for the man named Jijii who tipped them off in the first place. Soon enough Kakihara and his men encounter Ichi, a psychotic, sexually-repressed young man with amazing martial arts abilities and blades that come out of his shoes. One by one Ichi takes out members of the Yakuza and all the while Kakihara intensifies his pursuit of Ichi and Ichi's controller Jijii. What will happen as the final showdown happens between the tortured and ultra-violent Ichi and the pain-craving Kakihara? This is why Koroshiya 1 (2001) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  brutality,  torture,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop
Story:predator becomes prey,  predator turns victim,  pervert,  psychotic,  perversion,  glasses,  manipulation,  kicked in the face,  hanging,  scream,  search,  tied to a chair,  bedroom,  voyeur,  black comedy,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  cult film,  knife,  independent film,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  drinking
Characters:baby,  photographer
Story:time lapse photography,  cookie,  squirrel,  pedophilia,  gardening,  pedophile,  rope,  tied up,  stalking,  screaming,  confession,  search,  cafe,  book,  letter,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  photograph,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder

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Split (2016) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Horror, Thriller

Split (2016)

When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.

Themes:panic,  insanity,  brutality,  voyeurism,  deception,  fear
Characters:hostage
Story:sexual predator,  mental illness,  molestation,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  uncle niece relationship,  psycho,  therapist,  hunter,  captive,  sociopath,  revelation,  stalking,  danger,  stalker,  bedroom,  voyeur,  neighbor,  psychopath,  computer,  black comedy,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  knife,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood,  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. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  cruelty,  sadism,  brutality,  loneliness,  nature,  voyeurism,  drinking,  money,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:perversion,  pedophile,  scream,  screaming,  bedroom,  voyeur,  drink,  slow motion scene,  shower,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  fight,  sex,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood,  police

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  drinking,  money
Characters:hostage,  baby,  student,  teacher
Story:mental illness,  drugged,  captive,  eyeglasses,  kicked in the face,  suburb,  cafe,  tears,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  independent film,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence,  blood,  police

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The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:justice,  panic,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  fear,  money,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:vigilante,  drugged drink,  psychological torture,  prey,  menace,  struggle,  hatred,  parking garage,  desperation,  sociopath,  rope,  tied up,  threat,  manipulation,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  danger,  home invasion,  tied to a chair,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  letter,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  police,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  murder,  death,  fight,  blood,  violence

V For Vendetta (2005) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  cruelty,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  drinking,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Characters:actress,  hostage,  student
Story:pedophilia,  suffocation,  pedophile,  rose,  hatred,  eyeglasses,  vigilante,  hanging,  search,  bound and gagged,  tears,  lie,  letter,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  shower,  cult film,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  fight,  gun,  police,  blood,  violence

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  insanity,  brutality,  memory,  suicide
Locations:rooftop,  elevator
Story:mental illness,  suffocation,  perversion,  scissors,  delusion,  eyeglasses,  manipulation,  lie,  crying,  cult film,  photograph,  f rated,  violence,  fight,  blood,  death

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Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  deception,  drinking,  money
Locations:elevator
Characters:lust
Story:ice cube,  duct tape,  delusion,  glasses,  liar,  search,  bra,  lie,  drink,  computer,  underwear,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  dancing,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder,  police,  sex,  gun

Sin City (2005)
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:vengeance,  cruelty,  sadism,  insanity,  brutality,  torture,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:noose,  castration,  perversion,  pedophile,  asian woman,  vigilante,  tied up,  kicked in the face,  hanging,  older man younger woman relationship,  electrocution,  danger,  confession,  tied to a chair,  psychopath,  thong,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  death,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder

Nurse Betty (2000) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. This is why Nurse Betty (2000) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  drinking
Characters:actress,  hostage
Story:coffee shop,  psychotic,  delusion,  glasses,  stalker,  gunshot,  tied to a chair,  dark comedy,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  drink,  los angeles california,  computer,  black comedy,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  death,  sex,  murder,  gun,  violence,  blood,  police

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  illness,  insanity,  memory,  suicide,  revenge
Characters:baby,  student,  teacher
Story:video camera,  pedophilia,  castration,  pedophile,  captive,  sociopath,  pornography,  cafe,  psychopath,  tears,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  shower,  cult film,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  fight,  gun,  murder,  blood,  death

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  vengeance,  brutality,  torture,  fear,  money,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  bathtub
Characters:hostage,  baby,  photographer,  student
Story:video camera,  sweat,  earphones,  hunter,  eyeglasses,  threat,  confession,  gunshot,  tears,  camera,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  death,  gun,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder,  fight

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lust,  actress,  baby
Story:ice cube,  mental illness,  video camera,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  bra,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  camera,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  blood,  sex,  death

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  nature,  deception,  fear
Characters:hostage
Story:video cassette,  vodka,  duct tape,  pedophile,  scissors,  strong female lead,  captive,  sociopath,  injury,  revelation,  strong female character,  threat,  stalking,  manipulation,  screaming,  danger,  gunshot,  neighbor,  lie,  book,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cell phone,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  murder,  gun,  blood,  death

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? This is why Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  money,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:teacher
Story:women's bathroom,  rose,  aunt nephew relationship,  babysitter,  cake,  storytelling,  liar,  gunshot,  bra,  bedroom,  tears,  lie,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  pistol,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  f rated,  blood,  death,  murder,  sex,  police

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  panic,  illness,  brutality,  deception,  fear
Locations:elevator
Characters:baby,  teacher
Story:mental illness,  video camera,  camera,  parking garage,  therapist,  sociopath,  revelation,  liar,  screaming,  danger,  search,  bedroom,  lie,  letter,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  photograph,  independent film,  sex,  blood,  fight,  violence

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Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  brutality,  memory,  deception,  torture,  fear,  money,  revenge
Characters:hostage,  teacher
Story:text messaging,  taser,  gardening,  duct tape,  sociopath,  electrocution,  danger,  home invasion,  tied to a chair,  bound and gagged,  cafe,  psychopath,  black comedy,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  violence,  death,  murder,  fight,  police,  blood

The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Hard Candy (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:justice,  memory,  voyeurism,  drinking
Locations:bathtub
Characters:photographer,  student
Story:neighbor,  sexual predator,  molestation,  14 year old,  pedophilia,  pervert,  pedophile,  strong female character,  eyeglasses,  suburb,  stalker,  search,  home invasion,  bedroom,  voyeur,  tears,  book,  drink,  camera,  crying,  teenage girl,  telephone call,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

Shallow Grave (1994)
Crime, Thriller

Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:cruelty,  insanity,  torture,  drinking,  money
Locations:bathtub
Story:video camera,  rose,  eyeglasses,  liar,  lie,  drink,  camera,  computer,  black comedy,  underwear,  photograph,  dancing,  independent film,  violence,  police,  murder,  blood,  death,  fight

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