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Insidious (2010)
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Insidious (2010)

A gripping story of a family in search of help for their son, Dalton, who fell into a coma after a mysterious incident in the attic. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, teacher, boy
Story:coma, security system, attic, house warming, new house, piano playing, haunted house, playing piano, baby monitor, digital camera, house, crying baby, character's point of view camera shot, demon, screaming in fear, ghost child, video camera, murder of an old woman, composing music, writing a song

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Renai is interrogated by a police detective about the supernatural events in the house. While the police investigate the house, the Lambert family temporarily moves to the old house of Lorraine Lambert. Renai is haunted by a woman in white and Josh has a strange behavior at home. Meanwhile Lorraine seeks out Elise's partners Specs and Tucker expecting to find answers. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, boy
Story:piano playing, haunted house, baby monitor, video camera, rocking horse, out of body experience, metronome, medium, young version of character, evil spirit, hiding in a closet, apparition, lantern, title at the end, gas mask, possession, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, house, strangulation

Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sinister (2012)

True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so that he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film footage he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he) and things take a turn for the worse. Will they survive? (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:new house, ghost child, night terrors, missing child, murder of family, attic, revelation, child in peril, drawing, house, supernatural power, book, ghost, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
Horror

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Daniel Rey along with his wife, Kristi; daughter, Ali; toddler son, Hunter, and their dog, move to Carlsbad, California. A few days later their residence is broken into, however, nothing appears to be missing. In order to prevent re-occurrences, they install a number of security cameras that will record everything on a DVR. After they hire a Spanish-speaking nanny to look after Hunter, she informs them that there is something wrong in their house and performs prayers, much to the chagrin of Daniel, who lets her go. He will subsequently regret this decision as more inexplicable and strange incidents occur, with Ali concluding, after a research, that their house may be possessed by a demonic entity. (Read More)

Characters:baby
Story:baby monitor, crying baby, video camera, animate object, security, photo album, terror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, house, supernatural power, demon, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

House On Haunted Hill (1999) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

House On Haunted Hill (1999)

When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called "Haunted House" with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Story:haunted house, house, character's point of view camera shot, evil spirit, scene after end credits, attic, flash forward, flashlight, supernatural power, demon, shot in the chest, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, blood

Paranormal Activity (2007)
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Paranormal Activity (2007)

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to. This is why Paranormal Activity (2007) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:security system, haunted house, house, video camera, camera, animate object, title at the end, attic, barefoot, looking at oneself in a mirror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, supernatural power, demon, surprise ending, photograph, blood

Ju-on (2002)
Horror

Ju-on (2002)

In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son Toshio. Each person that lives in or visits the haunted house is murdered or disappears.

Themes:fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, boy
Story:house, haunted house, ghost child, evil spirit, missing child, attic, possession, terror, search, supernatural power, ghost, photograph, mother son relationship, blood, flashback

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
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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:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, teacher, boy
Story:digital camera, character's point of view camera shot, video camera, camera, photo album, looking at oneself in a mirror, revelation, freeze frame, flash forward, search, drawing, dream sequence, house, strangulation, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback

The House Of The Devil (2009) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror

The House Of The Devil (2009)

Themes:fear
Locations:hospital
Story:haunted house, screaming in fear, murder of family, headphones, terror, house, demon, piano, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, flashback, blood

The Unborn (2009)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Unborn (2009)

While babysitting a boy and his baby brother, Casey Beldon has a dreadful nightmare involving a weird dog and an evil child, and she tells her best friend Romy over the phone. Casey is haunted by this boy, and when she goes to the ophthalmologist, he asks if she has a twin brother or sister. She asks her father and discovers that her mother lost a son that died in the womb. Casey suspects that she is haunted by the spirit of her brother. She finds a letter addressed to a woman called Sofi Kozma and a creepy picture at home that belonged to her mother. She goes with Romy to a retirement home to meet Sofi, a survivor of the experiments during the Holocaust. But Sofi tells Casey that she had never met her mother and later calls Casey to tell her she is in great danger. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, boy
Story:baby monitor, video camera, apparition, headphones, possession, child in peril, dream sequence, flashlight, book, falling from height, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, flashback, blood

Annabelle (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Annabelle (2014)

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle. This is why Annabelle (2014) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:baby
Story:haunted house, crying baby, hiding in a closet, apparition, moving, terror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, child in peril, drawing, house, demon, book, camera, shot in the chest, ghost, title spoken by character, photograph, blood, husband wife relationship

Poltergeist (1982)
Horror, Thriller

Poltergeist (1982)

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.

Characters:boy
Story:house, moving, haunted house, video camera, nether world, paranormal investigator, animate object, medium, apparition, missing child, barefoot, child in peril, supernatural power, camera, ghost, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Poltergeist (2015) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Thriller

Poltergeist (2015)

Legendary filmmaker 'Sam Raimi' (qv) and director 'Gil Kenan (I)' (qv) reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her. (Read More)

Story:new house, haunted house, house, paranormal investigator, handprint, woman crying, moving, attic, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

In part six of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, dream monster Freddy Krueger has finally killed all the children of his hometown, and seeks to escape its confines to hunt fresh prey. To this end, he recruits the aid of his (previously unmentioned) daughter. However, she discovers the demonic origin of her father's powers and meets Dad head-on in a final showdown (originally presented in 3-D). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:teacher
Story:claw, evil spirit, terror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, drawing, strangulation, supernatural power, demon, falling from height, ghost, title spoken by character, father son relationship, flashback, blood

Child's Play 3 (1991)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Child's Play 3 (1991)

It's been eight years since the events in the second film, we now see that Andy is a teenager who has been enrolled in a military school. Play Pals Toy Company decides to re-release its Good Guys line, feeling that after all this time, the bad publicity has died down. As they re-used old materials, the spirit of Charles Lee Ray once again comes to life. In his search for Andy, Chucky falls into the hands of a younger boy, and he realizes that it may be easier to transfer his soul into this unsuspecting child. Andy is the only one who knows what Chucky is up to, and it's now up to him to put a stop to it. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:haunted house, character's point of view camera shot, hiding under a bed, hiding in a closet, possession, search, strangulation, flashlight, supernatural power, rifle, falling from height, shot in the chest, photograph, blood

V/h/s (2012)
Horror, Thriller

V/h/s (2012)

A POV, found footage horror film from the perspective of America's top genre filmmakers. A group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger than the last. This is why V/h/s (2012) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Story:haunted house, house, ghost child, video camera, woman crying, title at the end, revelation, possession, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flashlight, supernatural power, demon, ghost, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, blood

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Picking up where the original Nightmare left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a local hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw other people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the kids realize their special abilities within the nightmare world. When Freddy captures one of her charges, she leads a rescue attempt into Krueger's domain, in hopes of putting his spirit to rest once and for all. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:furnace, marionette, claw, evil spirit, hypnosis, coma, terror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, dream sequence, house, supernatural power, demon, falling from height, ghost, surprise ending

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Horror

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)

In "House of 1000 Corpses", two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby
Story:search, house, character's point of view camera shot, candlelight, lantern, gas mask, character repeating someone else's dialogue, rifle, book, surprise ending, photograph, father son relationship, blood, flashback

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

After trying to connect with her dead mother, teenager Quinn Brenner, asks psychic Elise Rainier to help her, she refuses due to negotiate events in her childhood. Quinn starts noticing paranormal events happen in her house. After a vicious attack from a demon her father goes back and begs Elise Rainier to use her abilities to contact the other side in hope to stop these attacks by this furious demon content for a body. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:medium, evil spirit, lantern, possession, character repeating someone else's dialogue, house, strangulation, flashlight, demon, ghost, surprise ending, photograph, father son relationship, flashback

El Orfanato (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

El Orfanato (2007)

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simon together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simon tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simon tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simon has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:haunted house, furnace, medium, apparition, missing child, drawing, house, supernatural power, ghost, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear. This is why A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:house, character's point of view camera shot, furnace, claw, evil spirit, terror, possession, child in peril, supernatural power, demon, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, boy
Story:apparition, coma, revelation, freeze frame, character repeating someone else's dialogue, drawing, supernatural power, rifle, camera, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback

The Conjuring (2013)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Conjuring (2013)

In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved. (Read More)

Characters:baby
Story:new house, haunted house, house, character's point of view camera shot, video camera, paranormal investigator, apparition, possession, terror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, supernatural power, ghost, husband wife relationship, flashback

The Woman In Black (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:house, haunted house, ghost child, handprint, apparition, lantern, attic, looking at oneself in a mirror, flash forward, search, drawing, ghost, supernatural power, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood, flashback

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:claw, hiding in a closet, photo album, looking at oneself in a mirror, terror, drawing, demon, surprise ending, photograph, father son relationship, flashback, blood

The Grudge 2 (2006)
Horror, Thriller

The Grudge 2 (2006)

In Pasadena, Mrs. Davis sends her daughter Aubrey Davis to Tokyo to bring her sister Karen Davis, who is interned in a hospital after surviving a fire, back to the USA. After their meeting, Karen dies and Aubrey decides to investigate what happened to her and gets herself trapped in the same situation, being chased by the ghost of the house. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the three high school mates Allison, Vanessa and Miyuki visit the famous haunted house and are also chased by the ghost. In Chicago, Trish moves to the apartment of her boyfriend Bill, who lives with his children, the teenager Lacey and boy Jake. On the next door, weird things happen with their neighbor. This is why The Grudge 2 (2006) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, boy
Story:haunted house, terror, house, supernatural power, falling from height, ghost, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, flashback

The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

Themes:fear, surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, baby
Story:coma, screaming in fear, flash forward, child in peril, house, flashlight, supernatural power, rifle, falling from height, shot in the chest, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback, blood

New Nightmare (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

New Nightmare (1994)

It's nearing the 10th Anniversary of the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and one of the stars, Heather Langenkamp is being scared by a voice on a phone, sounding very similar to the film's villain, Freddy Krueger. When Heather's husband is killed in a car accident and is discovered with slash marks on him, Heather starts to wonder something. Especially when she discovers that Wes Craven is writing another 'Nightmare' film. Soon, she realizes that Freddy has now entered the real world, and the only way to defeat him is to become Nancy Thompson once again. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:character's point of view camera shot, furnace, claw, hiding in a closet, title at the end, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, dream sequence, strangulation, supernatural power, demon, falling from height, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood

Darkness Falls (2003) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
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Darkness Falls (2003)

In the Nineteenth Century, in Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon is a good woman, who exchanges with children their baby teeth per coins. One day, her face is burnt in a fire in her house, she becomes sensitive to light and uses a china mask to protect her face against light. When two children are not found in the town, Matilda is blamed by the population and burnt in a fire, as if she were a witch. She claims to be not guilty and curses the whole population of the town and their descendants, stating that when each child loses the last tooth, she would come to get it, and if the child looks at her, she would kill him or her. After her death, the two children are found, and the shamed citizens decide to bury this sad and unfair event and never mention it again. Twelve years ago, the boy Kyle accidentally saw the Tooth Fairy, and she killed his mother. All the persons in Darkness Falls but his girlfriend Caitlin accused the boy of murdering his mother and sent him to an institution, considered deranged. In the present days, Caitlin calls Kyle to help her young brother Michael, who has seen the Fairy Tooth and is afraid of the dark. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy, baby
Story:house, night terrors, hiding under a bed, spiral staircase, barefoot, flash forward, child in peril, drawing, flashlight, supernatural power, rifle, falling from height, ghost, title spoken by character, photograph, mother son relationship, blood, flashback

Suspiria (1977)
Horror

Suspiria (1977)

Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Characters:teacher, boy
Story:piano playing, character's point of view camera shot, evil spirit, spiral staircase, title at the end, attic, looking at oneself in a mirror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, strangulation, supernatural power, demon, piano, falling from height, camera, surprise ending, flashback, blood

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Horror

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

In 1988, in California, cinematographer Dennis moves to the house of his girlfriend Julie to raise a family with her daughters Katie and Kristi. Little Kristi has an imaginary friend named Toby while weird things happen in the house. Dennis decides to place cameras in the house to capture images during the night and soon he finds that there is an entity in the house. Dennis's friend Randy Rosen ('Dustin Ingram (I)' (qv)) researches the events and learns that his house might be a coven of witches and the children may be in danger. This is why Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:character's point of view camera shot, video camera, animate object, young version of character, hiding in a closet, child in peril, house, demon, book, surprise ending

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:boy
Story:character's point of view camera shot, video camera, out of body experience, young version of character, looking at oneself in a mirror, revelation, freeze frame, flashlight, supernatural power, falling from height, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, flashback, blood

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

Sharon Da Silva believes that she is on the run with her adoptive father because he killed a man in self-defense when she was young. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, living under the alias of Heather Mason, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Sharon discovers he has been protecting her from a religious cult called the Order of Valtiel. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever in a place known as Silent Hill. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:character's point of view camera shot, screaming in fear, young version of character, scene after end credits, gas mask, revelation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, surprise ending, mother son relationship, flashback, blood

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:rocking horse, missing child, lantern, possession, flash forward, child in peril, drawing, supernatural power, rifle, book, falling from height, shot in the chest, ghost, brother brother relationship, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, blood, flashback

A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:claw, evil spirit, terror, drawing, supernatural power, demon, falling from height, surprise ending, photograph, mother son relationship, blood

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:fear
Story:bloody hand print, young version of character, looking at oneself in a mirror, revelation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, strangulation, rifle, camera, shot in the chest, surprise ending, title spoken by character, flashback, blood

The Conjuring 2 (2016) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:possession, haunted house, house, screaming in fear, hiding under the covers, paranormal investigator, terror, child in peril, demon, ghost, husband wife relationship

Ghost Ship (2002)
Horror

Ghost Ship (2002)

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre ocurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature. (Read More)

Story:apparition, looking at oneself in a mirror, character repeating someone else's dialogue, child in peril, flashlight, supernatural power, falling from height, shot in the chest, ghost, title spoken by character, photograph, flashback, blood

The Stepfather (2009)
Crime, Thriller

The Stepfather (2009)

Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:murder of family, attic, headphones, coma, freeze frame, flashlight, falling from height, brother brother relationship, surprise ending, title spoken by character, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, blood

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Horror

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus's estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby's Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped inside an evil machine "designed by the devil and powered by the dead" to open the Eye of Hell. Aided by Dennis, a ghost hunter, and his rival Kalina, a ghost rights activist out to set the ghosts free, the group must do what they can to get out of the house alive. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:haunted house, ghost child, revelation, child in peril, house, supernatural power, rifle, ghost, father son relationship, blood

V/h/s/2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Thriller

V/h/s/2 (2013)

Locations:hospital
Story:character's point of view camera shot, ghost child, video camera, title at the end, child in peril, supernatural power, demon, shot in the chest, ghost, blood

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:spiral staircase, title at the end, freeze frame, drawing, dream sequence, rifle, falling from height, shot in the chest, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, father son relationship, blood, flashback

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:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, teacher, boy
Story:video camera, moving, hypnosis, flash forward, child in peril, drawing, strangulation, surprise ending, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, blood

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Story:out of body experience, hypnosis, revelation, flash forward, search, strangulation, flashlight, supernatural power, falling from height, shot in the chest, surprise ending, photograph, blood, flashback

My Bloody Valentine (2009) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
Horror, Thriller

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

In the mining town of Harmony, a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger. The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only Harry Warden alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickax, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen for himself. On Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from his coma in the local hospital, and he kills twenty-two people, including a group of teenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputy, but the only survivors are Tom Hanniger, his girlfriend Sarah, their friend Axel Palmer and his girlfriend Irene. Ten years later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his father. Tom has decided to sell the Hanniger Mine, and finds that Sarah has married Axel, who is now the local sheriff, and they have a son named Noah. On Valentine's Day, Harry Warden also returns, seeking revenge against those that had escaped his pickax in the past, and Tom is accused by Axel and other locals, who in turn makes accusations against Axel. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:video camera, hiding under a bed, gas mask, coma, revelation, flash forward, child in peril, flashlight, falling from height, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, blood, flashback

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. This is why Midnight Special (2016) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010). (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Characters:boy
Story:character's point of view camera shot, video camera, security, looking at oneself in a mirror, search, child in peril, flashlight, supernatural power, rifle, shot in the chest, surprise ending, photograph, mother son relationship, father son relationship, blood

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:character's point of view camera shot, barefoot, gas mask, revelation, freeze frame, character repeating someone else's dialogue, search, child in peril, strangulation, rifle, shot in the chest, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, blood

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Horror

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children... (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:haunted house, house, evil spirit, murder of family, terror, supernatural power, demon, ghost, husband wife relationship, flashback, blood

Shallow Grave (1994) is one of the best movies like Insidious (2010)
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.

Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Story:video camera, spiral staircase, attic, barefoot, possession, flashlight, camera, photograph, flashback, blood

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. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, boy
Story:house, video camera, terror, search, drawing, piano, book, camera, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood

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