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Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  madness,  writing,  abduction,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  obsession,  loneliness,  anger,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair,  woods,  snow
Characters:nurse,  villain,  killer,  hostage,  writer
Story:fan,  sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  evil woman,  obsessed fan,  victim invited to dinner,  male victim,  villainess played by lead actress,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  struggling author,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  female villain,  baby killer,  serial child killer,  mad woman,  mysterious killer,  female serial killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  homecare nurse,  snow storm,  attempted escape,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  fight scene,  female emasculating a male,  bludgeoned to death,  grande dame guignol,  picking lock,  dislocated shoulder,  romance novelist,  reference to liberace,  ceramic,  based on the works of stephen king,  brutal,  drugging,  police officer shot in the back,  melting,  bad girl,  dark and stormy night,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  marshal,  borderline personality disorder,  sadistic,  torturer,  bloody violence,  shooting a police officer,  bipolar disorder,  creepy,  weirdo,  deeply disturbed person,  mysterious stranger,  taunting,  scrapbook,  creep,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  butchery,  sledgehammer,  recluse,  murderess,  idol,  match,  based on novel,  blizzard,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  old dark house,  novel,  survival horror,  murder of a child,  physical abuse,  intimidation,  newspaper clipping,  fight to the death,  psychotic,  dark past,  highway,  medication,  butcher,  thunder,  tension,  rampage,  broken leg,  murder of a police officer,  victim,  psycho,  desperation,  psychology,  villainess,  captive,  mutilation,  rage,  sociopath,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  typewriter,  murderer,  basement,  pig,  isolation,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  attempted murder,  author,  duel,  search,  darkness,  mental illness,  woman,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  rescue,  small town,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  fight,  blood,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence

Kalifornia (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

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

Themes:writing,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:villain,  killer,  hostage,  writer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  brutal,  police officer shot in the back,  gruesome,  shooting a police officer,  bloody violence,  creep,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  human monster,  physical abuse,  psychotic,  butcher,  tension,  rampage,  murder of a police officer,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  psychopath,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder,  blood,  fight

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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:evil,  sadism,  insanity,  escape,  torture
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  torturer,  bloody violence,  creepy,  creep,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  human monster,  murder of a child,  newspaper clipping,  psychotic,  dark past,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  darkness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  small town,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)
Horror, Thriller

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)

Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life. Now it's up to Tommy to stop Jason's mindless killing and put him back where he belongs.

Themes:evil,  insanity
Locations:woods
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  dark and stormy night,  drive in classic,  bloody violence,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  butcher,  rampage,  murder of a police officer,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  darkness,  stabbing,  psychopath,  small town,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence,  death

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

Five years after killing the goalie hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis has grown up in various mental hospitals unable to get over the nightmares about Jason's return. When Tommy is sent to a rural halfway house in New Jersey for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Has Jason returned from the dead to re-start his killing spree? Has Tommy decided to take over the reign of Jason, or has someone else? (Read More)

Themes:evil,  sadism,  insanity,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  male victim,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  mysterious killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  dark and stormy night,  drive in classic,  bloody violence,  weirdo,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  psychotic,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  darkness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  small town,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Horror, Thriller

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Thought to be killed by the sole survivor of the last massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees kills his way back to the camp to once again murder its inhabitants. This time, has Jason met his match in the little boy Tommy Jarvis? This is why Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  sadism,  insanity,  torture
Characters:villain,  killer,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  mysterious killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  torturer,  bloody violence,  deeply disturbed person,  american horror,  butchery,  match,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  butcher,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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:evil,  sadism,  insanity
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  victim invited to dinner,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  taunting,  american horror,  serial murder,  slashing,  murder of a child,  tension,  rampage,  victim,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  slow motion scene,  surprise ending,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence

Haute Tension (2003)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:madness,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:woods
Characters:killer,  villain,  hostage
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  evil woman,  sadistic,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  female villain,  female serial killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  serial killer,  brutal,  bad girl,  weirdo,  creep,  butchery,  murderess,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  murder of a child,  butcher,  tension,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  murderer,  terror,  darkness,  woman,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  car accident,  surprise ending,  knife,  death,  violence,  murder,  gun,  blood

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American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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:madness,  evil,  insanity,  anger,  escape,  torture,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  borderline personality disorder,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  creepy,  deeply disturbed person,  american horror,  butchery,  based on novel,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  butcher,  tension,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  rage,  sociopath,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  pig,  terror,  attempted murder,  mental illness,  woman,  stabbing,  car crash,  psychopath,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  violence,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)

Months after Alice beheaded psycho killer/mother Pamela Voorhees at Camp Crystal Lake, survivor Alice is still traumatized because of the murders. But there is one problem. Mrs. Voorhee's son Jason never drowned and died.So he saw Alice behead Mrs. Voorhees. Jason finds Alice soon and murders her. Five years later a camp counselor in training program begins at Campanack Lodge. Right near Jason's home.Camp Crystal Lake. As teenagers in the program start snooping around Camp Crystal Lake, they start getting killed violently one by one. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  insanity,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair,  woods
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  mysterious killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  torturer,  bloody violence,  weirdo,  creep,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  psychotic,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  villainess,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  darkness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  surprise ending,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood

Friday The 13th (1980)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th (1980)

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe. This is why Friday The 13th (1980) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  sadism,  insanity,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  evil woman,  villainess played by lead actress,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  female villain,  female serial killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  female psychopath,  serial killer,  dark and stormy night,  bad girl,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  weirdo,  american horror,  butchery,  murderess,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  physical abuse,  psychotic,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  villainess,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  darkness,  woman,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  beating,  surprise ending,  violence,  death,  murder

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

Themes:evil,  revenge
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  villain not really dead cliche,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  murder of a child,  butcher,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  basement,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  darkness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  surprise ending,  knife,  death,  murder,  blood

The Hunted (2003) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Hunted (2003)

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as they go into their final combat against each other, neither can say with certainty who is the hunted and who is the hunter. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  loneliness,  escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods,  snow
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  bloody violence,  deeply disturbed person,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  dark past,  butcher,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  terror,  duel,  stabbing,  psychopath,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  knife,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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

The People Under The Stairs (1991)

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

Themes:claustrophobia,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  escape,  kidnapping
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  female serial killer,  psychopathic killer,  female psychopath,  bad girl,  deeply disturbed person,  american horror,  murderess,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  old dark house,  survival horror,  murder of a child,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  basement,  terror,  darkness,  mental illness,  psychopath,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Friday The 13th Part III (1982)
Horror, Thriller

Friday The 13th Part III (1982)

Jason Voorhees, having barely survived a wound to his shoulder from his own machete, is back to revenge on all that visit "his" woods. A new group of friends come over to party at an area close to the campsite. This time, Jason will be stronger than ever, and getting a hockey mask from one of those friends. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  mysterious killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  drive in classic,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  rampage,  psycho,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  darkness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  murder,  blood,  death

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Horror, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Following up the previous Nightmare film, the dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills all three of the surviving Elm Street kids. However, Kristen (who has the ability to draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her friend Alice before her demise. Afterwords, Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power she now wields to pull a new group of teenage children into his foul domain. This is why A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  torturer,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  old dark house,  butcher,  rampage,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  car crash,  psychopath,  small town,  surprise ending,  murder,  blood

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
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)

Themes:evil,  sadism,  insanity
Characters:villain,  killer,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  creepy,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  basement,  isolation,  terror,  stabbing,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence,  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:madness,  abduction,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  serial child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  female villain,  serial child killer,  female serial killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  serial killer,  bad girl,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  american horror,  serial murder,  human monster,  murder of a child,  victim,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  stabbing,  psychopath,  investigation,  shot to death,  knife,  fight,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun

Split (2016)
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:escape,  insanity,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:woods
Characters:villain,  killer,  hostage
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  bloody violence,  weirdo,  creep,  american horror,  serial murder,  human monster,  survival horror,  dark past,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  captive,  rage,  sociopath,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  basement,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  attempted murder,  mental illness,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

A team of trainees of the National Guard brings supply to the New Mexico Desert for a group of soldiers and scientists that are installing a monitoring system in Sector 16. They do not find anybody in the camp, and they receive a blurred distress signal from the hills. Their sergeant gathers a rescue team, and they are attacked and trapped by deformed cannibals, having to fight to survive. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  insanity,  torture,  revenge
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  homicidal maniac,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  sledgehammer,  serial murder,  human monster,  rampage,  broken leg,  psycho,  rage,  maniac,  terror,  stabbing,  psychopath,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  fight,  death,  murder

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Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... This is why Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  insanity,  anger,  torture,  revenge
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:serial killer,  sadistic psychopath,  gruesome,  victim invited to dinner,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  psychological torture,  sadistic,  torturer,  creepy,  american horror,  serial murder,  human monster,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  sociopath,  maniac,  killing,  typewriter,  murderer,  terror,  attempted murder,  psychopath,  investigation,  shotgun,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

It's been nearly ten years since Freddy Krueger terrorized people in the dreams, and the towns folk want to keep him erased from their memory. Freddy still has one more plan on getting back to Elm Street. He resurrects Jason Voorhees and sends him off to kill. The more bodies which fall to the ground, the stronger in which Freddy becomes. This is until, Freddy realizes that Jason isn't going to step aside easily, and must be taken down himself. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  evil,  insanity,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  killing,  serial child killer,  child killer,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  brutal,  gruesome,  sadistic,  torturer,  bloody violence,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  murder of a child,  newspaper clipping,  medication,  butcher,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  stabbing,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  small town,  surprise ending,  murder,  fight,  death,  blood,  violence

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain,  killer,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  serial murder,  slashing,  intimidation,  newspaper clipping,  medication,  thunder,  psycho,  desperation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  terror,  attempted murder,  darkness,  mental illness,  woman,  subjective camera,  car crash,  psychopath,  shotgun,  car accident,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence,  blood,  gun

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Blow Out (1981)
Mystery, Thriller

Blow Out (1981)

This stylish Brian De Palma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  evil
Locations:snow
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  sadistic,  torturer,  creepy,  american horror,  serial murder,  slashing,  psychotic,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  car crash,  psychopath,  investigation,  rescue,  car accident,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  gun,  fight,  murder

The Devil's Rejects (2005) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  madness,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  anger,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:villain,  hostage,  nurse
Story:homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  female villain,  female serial killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  sadistic,  butchery,  serial murder,  human monster,  newspaper clipping,  highway,  butcher,  rampage,  murder of a police officer,  victim,  rage,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  basement,  pig,  terror,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)

Loosely based on serial killer 'Henry Lee Lucas' (qv), the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. The people they kill are strangers and in one particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses - of any kind. This is why Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  insanity,  torture
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:serial killer,  sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  killing,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  gruesome,  sadistic,  creep,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  murder of a child,  butcher,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  rage,  maniac,  terror,  stabbing,  psychopath,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood

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It (2017)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

It (2017)

In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.

Themes:evil,  madness,  abduction,  sadism
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial child murderer,  child murderer,  homicidal maniac,  serial child killer,  child killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  bloody violence,  deeply disturbed person,  creep,  american horror,  based on novel,  murder of a child,  butcher,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  basement,  psychopath,  small town,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder,  fight

P2 (2007)
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:madness,  abduction,  insanity,  obsession,  loneliness,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:victim invited to dinner,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychological torture,  psychopath,  bipolar disorder,  deeply disturbed person,  taunting,  physical abuse,  intimidation,  tension,  captive,  sociopath,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  isolation,  character's point of view camera shot,  attempted murder,  duel,  darkness,  mental illness,  woman,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  car crash,  investigation,  car accident,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  one word title,  death,  fight,  blood,  violence,  murder

Child's Play 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Horror, Thriller

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Andy Barclay has been placed in a foster home after the tragic events of the first film, since his mother was committed. In an attempt to save their reputation, the manufacturers of Chucky reconstruct the killer doll, to prove to the public that nothing was wrong with it in the first place. In doing so, they also bring the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray back to life. As Chucky tries to locate Andy, the body count rises. Will Andy be able to escape, or will Chucky succeed in possessing his body? (Read More)

Themes:evil,  escape
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  gruesome,  bloody violence,  american horror,  butchery,  butcher,  psycho,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  basement,  terror,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  blood,  death

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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:madness
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair,  snow
Characters:villain,  nurse
Story:serial child murderer,  child murderer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  serial child killer,  child killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  car accident,  based on the works of stephen king,  drive in classic,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  based on novel,  serial murder,  slashing,  rampage,  mutilation,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  isolation,  attempted murder,  woman,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood,  murder

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Horror, Thriller

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

On Halloween in 1963, Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978, he broke out to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. He killed all of her friends, but she escaped. A few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find her. But now, in 1998, Michael has returned and found all the papers he needs to find her. He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. And now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time. This is why Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  abduction,  insanity
Characters:villain,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  sadistic,  bloody violence,  american horror,  serial murder,  slashing,  newspaper clipping,  rampage,  victim,  psycho,  rage,  maniac,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  attempted murder,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  car crash,  psychopath,  small town,  car accident,  knife,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  fight

Halloween (1978)
Horror, Thriller

Halloween (1978)

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  escape
Characters:villain,  killer,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  villain not really dead cliche,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  creepy,  weirdo,  american horror,  serial murder,  human monster,  rampage,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  attempted murder,  search,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  small town,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  gun

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The Last House On The Left (2009) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

The Last House On The Left (2009)

While being transported by two detectives in a car, the dangerous criminal Krug is rescued by his brother Francis and his girlfriend Sadie, and they brutally kill the detectives. Meanwhile Emma, her husband John, and their daughter Mari Collingwood head to their summer home near the lake. Mari borrows the family car to meet her friend Paige that is working in a store in the town. While in the store, they befriend a teen boy named Justin, who offers some marijuana to Paige in the motel where he is lodged. While they are smoking marijuana in Justin's room, Krug, Francis, and Sadie arrive and abduct the girls. Krug drives Mari's car and she causes them to crash into a tree. Krug stabs Paige and rapes Mari; however Mari manages to escape, swimming in the lake, but Krug shoots her in the back. They walk through the isolated road in the woods and they reach Collingwood's house telling that they have just had a car accident. Emma and John welcome the strangers until they discover what has happened to their beloved daughter. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:killer,  hostage
Story:psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  female serial killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  serial killer,  sadistic,  american horror,  human monster,  fight to the death,  murder of a police officer,  rage,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  terror,  car crash,  psychopath,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  beating,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

Psycho (1960)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Psycho (1960)

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. (Read More)

Themes:madness,  insanity
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain,  killer
Story:highway,  sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  victim invited to dinner,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  drive in classic,  bloody violence,  weirdo,  deeply disturbed person,  mysterious stranger,  american horror,  butchery,  recluse,  based on novel,  serial murder,  slashing,  human monster,  old dark house,  psychotic,  butcher,  victim,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  basement,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  darkness,  mental illness,  woman,  stabbing,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  small town,  surprise ending,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:madness,  evil,  sadism,  insanity,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage
Story:homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  female serial killer,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  serial killer,  sadistic,  human monster,  psychotic,  dark past,  highway,  fan,  rampage,  villainess,  sociopath,  maniac,  killing,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  author,  woman,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence,  blood

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Friday The 13th Part Viii: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Friday The 13th Part Viii: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

The graduating class of the local high school is going on a luxury cruise with Jason Voorhees as a stowaway. The heroine Rennie Wickham believes she was almost drowned by Jason as a child. Jason eventually sinks the boat and kills many of the students on it, but many of them escape to Manhattan. A long battle with Jason ensues until Jason is washed away in the New York sewers by a midnight flooding of toxic waste. This is why Friday The 13th Part Viii: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  evil,  revenge
Locations:woods
Characters:killer,  villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  psycho killer,  serial murderer,  homicidal maniac,  psycho thriller,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  serial killer,  american horror,  butchery,  serial murder,  butcher,  rampage,  murder of a police officer,  psycho,  mutilation,  maniac,  killing,  character's point of view camera shot,  terror,  stabbing,  psychopath,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

Halloween: Resurrection (2002) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhood home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house... and then Michael arrives home! (Read More)

Themes:evil,  revenge
Locations:wheelchair,  woods
Characters:killer,  villain,  nurse
Story:sadistic psychopath,  serial killer,  homicidal maniac,  slasher killer,  psychopathic killer,  brutal,  american horror,  serial murder,  human monster,  old dark house,  newspaper clipping,  rampage,  broken leg,  murder of a police officer,  maniac,  killing,  obscene finger gesture,  murderer,  character's point of view camera shot,  search,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  surprise ending,  knife,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood,  fight

Breakdown (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Breakdown (1997)

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  anger,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho thriller,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  deeply disturbed person,  mysterious stranger,  taunting,  physical abuse,  intimidation,  fight to the death,  highway,  tension,  desperation,  captive,  sociopath,  maniac,  isolation,  duel,  car crash,  psychopath,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  neo noir,  beating,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  violence

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Dead Calm (1989)
Horror, Thriller

Dead Calm (1989)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

Themes:insanity,  obsession,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho killer,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  deeply disturbed person,  based on novel,  psychotic,  medication,  captive,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  isolation,  terror,  duel,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  rescue,  shotgun,  car accident,  beating,  knife,  violence,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death

The Hitcher (1986)
Thriller

The Hitcher (1986)

A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress.

Themes:sadism,  kidnapping
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  human monster,  murder of a child,  rampage,  murder of a police officer,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  violence,  murder,  gun,  death,  blood

The Loved Ones (2009) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Horror, Thriller

The Loved Ones (2009)

In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment. This is why The Loved Ones (2009) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990). (Read More)

Themes:madness,  sadism,  insanity,  obsession,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:sadistic,  victim invited to dinner,  killing,  mad woman,  psychopathic killer,  female killer,  female psychopath,  physical abuse,  victim,  desperation,  captive,  rage,  terror,  stabbing,  car crash,  psychopath,  small town,  knife,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder,  gun

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Characters:killer,  villain,  hostage
Story:serial killer,  sadistic psychopath,  psycho thriller,  search,  woman,  psychopath,  match,  based on novel,  serial murder,  human monster,  dark past,  murder of a police officer,  victim,  psychology,  mutilation,  sociopath,  maniac,  murderer,  basement,  isolation,  terror,  mental illness,  investigation,  rescue,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence

The Green Inferno (2013)
Adventure, Crime, Horror, Thriller

The Green Inferno (2013)

In New York, college student Justine joins a group of activists led by Alejandro and travels to Peru to protest against a timber industry that is destroying the Amazon rain forest. When the group is returning to civilization, the plane blows-up and crashes into the forest. Soon the survivors discover that they are not alone and they are abducted by a tribe of cannibals. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain
Story:sadistic psychopath,  slasher killer,  brutal,  torturer,  bloody violence,  psychotronic film,  american horror,  slashing,  human monster,  broken leg,  victim,  mutilation,  killing,  pig,  terror,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  violence,  murder

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  madness,  writing,  insanity,  escape
Mood:suspense
Characters:writer
Story:creepy,  novel,  rage,  killing,  typewriter,  murderer,  basement,  character's point of view camera shot,  attempted murder,  author,  subjective camera,  car crash,  investigation,  small town,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

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Nick Of Time (1995) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  obsession,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:hostage
Story:psycho thriller,  female psychopath,  psychological torture,  deeply disturbed person,  mysterious stranger,  taunting,  physical abuse,  intimidation,  tension,  desperation,  captive,  sociopath,  maniac,  obscene finger gesture,  character's point of view camera shot,  duel,  subjective camera,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  gun,  fight,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:madness,  sadism,  insanity,  obsession,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:hostage
Story:psychological torture,  scrapbook,  newspaper clipping,  desperation,  sociopath,  killing,  character's point of view camera shot,  attempted murder,  subjective camera,  car crash,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  neo noir,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  gun,  fight,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

Manhunter (1986)
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Manhunter (1986)

Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will strike again. Elsewhere, a local photographer named Francis Dollarhyde, the killer that Will is looking for, struggles to stay undetected while seeing a hope of redemption when be begins a relationship with a blind woman who is not aware of his double life. (Read More)

Themes:madness,  sadism,  insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair,  woods
Characters:killer,  villain,  hostage
Story:serial killer,  sadistic psychopath,  serial murderer,  mysterious killer,  psychopathic killer,  psychological torture,  weirdo,  based on novel,  serial murder,  human monster,  murder of a child,  murder of a police officer,  psycho,  sociopath,  murderer,  search,  woman,  psychopath,  investigation,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  neo noir,  one word title,  violence,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder

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The Good Son (1993)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Good Son (1993)

Following his mother's death, Mark is sent to Maine to visit his aunt and uncle while his father goes on a business trip to Tokyo. Mark meets his cousin, Henry, and the two quickly form a friendship. However, Henry begins to show signs of violent behavior that worry Mark.

Themes:evil
Mood:suspense
Locations:snow
Story:psycho thriller,  psychological torture,  deeply disturbed person,  physical abuse,  fight to the death,  highway,  tension,  sociopath,  maniac,  attempted murder,  duel,  darkness,  mental illness,  psychopath,  rescue,  small town,  death,  murder

Grindhouse (2007) is one of the best movies like Misery (1990)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  escape,  revenge
Characters:killer,  nurse
Story:homicidal maniac,  terror,  serial killer,  serial murder,  human monster,  tension,  murder of a police officer,  psycho,  maniac,  basement,  woman,  stabbing,  psychopath,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:killer,  hostage,  nurse
Story:serial killer,  sadistic,  based on novel,  newspaper clipping,  tension,  mutilation,  sociopath,  attempted murder,  author,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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