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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:money, madness, dating, insanity, guilt, theft, divorce, voyeurism, deception, funeral, fear, marriage
Mood:slasher, suspense
Locations:motel, desert, bathtub, hotel, church
Characters:sheriff, secretary, psychiatrist, villain, killer, thief, policeman, friend
Period:1960s
Story:alimony, phone booth, psycho terror, psycho killer, arizona desert, woman in bra, slasher killer, california, shower curtain, horror movie remade, phoenix arizona, psycho next door, victim invited to dinner, psycho film, grindhouse film, female victim, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, motel owner

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:madness, insanity
Mood:suspense
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho killer, slasher killer, victim invited to dinner, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, drive in classic, bloody violence, weirdo, deeply disturbed person, mysterious stranger, american horror, butchery, recluse, serial murder, slashing, human monster

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:insanity, voyeurism, deception, funeral, fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:psychiatrist, villain, killer
Story:psycho terror, psycho killer, slasher killer, female victim, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, villain played by lead actor, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, old woman, serial killer, dissociative identity disorder, disturbing, bloody violence, weirdo, disturbed individual, fade to black, american horror, split personality

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:fear
Mood:slasher
Characters:sheriff, psychiatrist, villain, killer
Period:1960s
Story:psycho terror, psycho killer, slasher killer, horror movie remade, psycho film, grindhouse film, female victim, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, dead woman with eyes open, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, house of horrors, carrying a dead body, drive in classic, murder spree, weirdo, knife murder

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Horror

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational, and shockingly realistic, director Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE terrified audiences in a way never thought possible when it was unleashed on a politically and socially tumultuous America in 1974. Facing a storm of controversy, censorship, and outcry throughout its troubled release, this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone. To celebrate the film's 40th anniversary and its enduring ability to scare audiences both new and old, Dark Sky Films proudly presents THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in an all-new 4k digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Tobe Hooper. Get ready to experience fear in a whole new way. (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:villain, killer
Story:slasher killer, horror movie remade, victim invited to dinner, psycho film, grindhouse film, female victim, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, rotting corpse, screaming in fear, serial killer, house of horrors, based on ed gein, lifting a female into the air, screaming in horror, drive in classic, murder spree, remade

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Horror

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? This is why A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Mood:slasher
Locations:bathtub
Characters:killer, villain, friend
Story:psycho terror, slasher killer, horror movie remade, grindhouse film, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, drive in classic, remade, disturbing, american horror, butchery, serial murder, bad guy, madman, characters killed one by one, body count, cellar

Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

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

Themes:insanity
Mood:slasher
Locations:desert
Characters:killer, villain
Story:serial killer, psycho terror, slasher killer, victim invited to dinner, serial murderer, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, murder spree, disturbing, crime spree, stairwell, american horror, serial murder, human monster, bad guy, madman, body count, victim

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:madness, fear
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho killer, homicidal maniac, psychopathic killer, sadistic psychopath, screaming in fear, serial killer, screaming in horror, bloody violence, disturbing, deeply disturbed person, american horror, abandoned house, bad guy, cellar, butcher, psycho, mutilation, eyeglasses, maniac, killing

Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:killer, sheriff, villain
Story:slasher killer, serial killer, small town, loss of girlfriend, red herring, director cameo, characters killed one by one, bloodbath, phone, lifting someone into the air, falling down stairs, killing, threatened with a knife, first part, scream, character's point of view camera shot, first of series, widower, stalker, darkness

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

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:theft, divorce
Characters:killer, thief, policeman
Period:1960s
Story:phone booth, psycho killer, female victim, homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, serial killer, hardware store, red herring, mysterious man, female stockinged feet, rainstorm, female stockinged legs, maniac, murderer, basement, witness, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, stabbing, california

Identity (2003)
Mystery, Thriller

Identity (2003)

Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new institution. They all can't leave the area because of washed out roads, all the other businesses around the motel are closed because of the storm, and all communication in and out is not functioning also because of the storm. One by one, they are murdered, the murderer leaving a calling card of a motel room key, starting with the room 10 key and working his way presumably to the room 1 key when the last person will be dead. Those still alive band somewhat together under Officer Rhodes and Ed's direction to find out which of the eleven is the murderer, and if, based on one of their theories, that they were brought to the motel by some force by the murderer as his intended targets. Whether those still alive can discover who the murderer is, discover why he has chosen to kill them, and be able to subdue him may well determine Malcolm's fate. This is why Identity (2003) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, marriage, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, desert
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:shower curtain, rainstorm, psycho thriller, motel clerk, hidden corpse, serial killer, dissociative identity disorder, insane, murder suspect, split personality, twist ending, characters killed one by one, body count, meeting, impostor, threatened with a knife, murderer, scream, mental illness, stabbed to death

Mr. Brooks (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Brooks (2007)

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

Themes:divorce, deception, fear, marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:hotel, church
Characters:killer, secretary, policeman, friend
Story:serial killer, homicidal maniac, killing, murder of a nude woman, psychopathic killer, dead woman with eyes open, secret, alimony, talking to oneself, hearing voices, split personality, serial murder, peeping tom, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, maniac, murderer, witness, stabbing, disguise

Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:killer, villain, policeman, friend
Story:arrest, serial killer, homicidal maniac, killing, missing woman, psychopathic killer, voyeur, hardware store, curtain, human monster, bad guy, madman, cellar, extortion, skull, psycho, breaking and entering, maniac, murderer, basement

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Horror

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple are caravanning through the desert with their 3 children, son in law and their baby granddaughter. While the rest of the family agrees there are plenty of better and more appropriate things to do to celebrate an anniversary, they make do with what they have, but things take a turn after a sketchy gas station attendant informs them about a "short cut" that will take them in between a series of hills in the desert. It doesn't take too long before they realise they're not alone and the hills indeed do have eyes. (Read More)

Themes:madness
Mood:slasher
Locations:desert
Characters:villain, killer
Story:homicidal maniac, psycho thriller, psychopathic killer, serial killer, bloody violence, serial murder, human monster, bad guy, madman, body count, victim, mutilation, maniac, killing, first part, murderer, trap, terror, stabbed in the chest, psychopath

Death Proof (2007)
Action, Thriller

Death Proof (2007)

In Austin, Texas, the girlfriends Julia, Arlene and Shanna meet in a bar to drink, smoke and make out with their boyfriends before traveling alone to Lake LBJ to spend the weekend together. They meet the former Hollywood stuntman Mike, who takes Pam out in his "death-proof" stunt car. Fourteen months later, Mike turns up in Lebanon, Tennessee and chase Abernathy, Zoe and Kim, but these girls are tough and decide to pay-back the attack. (Read More)

Mood:slasher
Characters:villain, killer
Story:psycho killer, female victim, homicidal maniac, villain played by lead actor, psychopathic killer, serial killer, human monster, director cameo, grindhouse, psycho, maniac, breaking the fourth wall, stalker, psychopath, violence, death

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen. This is why Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:theft, voyeurism, deception, fear
Mood:slasher
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer, seclusion, red herring, hearing voices, director cameo, characters killed one by one, falling down stairs, threatened with a knife, basement, scream, stalker, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, toilet, woman, police car, voyeur, hallucination, secret, corpse

Grindhouse (2007) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
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)

Mood:slasher
Characters:sheriff, killer
Story:homicidal maniac, terror, serial killer, serial murder, human monster, grindhouse, psycho, maniac, basement, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, woman, stabbing, good versus evil, psychopath, small town, underwear, cult film, death, mother son relationship

Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Phone Booth (2002)

Stu Shepard is a fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections, and charisma. Stu's greatest lie is to his wife Kelly, who he is cheating on with his girlfriend, Pam. Upon answering a call in a phone booth in belief it is Pam, Stu is on the line with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle. When realizing it is not a joke, Stu is placed in a powerful mind game of wits and corruption. The New York City Police eventually arrive thereafter and demand Stu comes out of the phone booth- but how can he when if he hangs up or leaves the booth he will die? (Read More)

Themes:guilt, marriage
Mood:suspense
Story:phone booth, booth, phone, psycho thriller, extortion, killing, stalker, woman, psychopath, voice over narration, telephone call, surprise ending, independent film, flashback, death, murder

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)

Mood:suspense
Characters:psychiatrist, killer, villain
Story:serial killer, psycho thriller, missing woman, sadistic psychopath, woman, psychopath, based on ed gein, insane, serial murder, human monster, bad guy, body count, victim, blockbuster, mutilation, maniac, murderer, basement, terror, mental illness

Secret Window (2004)
Mystery, Thriller

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, insanity, theft, fear, marriage
Locations:motel
Characters:sheriff, thief, policeman
Story:psycho thriller, villain played by lead actor, seclusion, car in water, talking to oneself, sleeping in a car, hearing voices, split personality, disposing of a dead body, psychotic, fainting, eyeglasses, private detective, scream, stalker, mental illness, stabbing, police car, hallucination, secret

Panic Room (2002) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. This is why Panic Room (2002) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:money, theft, divorce, deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:thief, policeman
Story:psycho killer, female victim, psycho thriller, hidden money, serial killer, recluse, extortion, death threat, rainstorm, psycho, lifting someone into the air, breaking and entering, falling down stairs, eyeglasses, threatened with a knife, trap, basement, long take, bath, toilet

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

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

Themes:insanity
Locations:motel
Characters:killer
Story:psycho killer, naked dead woman, psychopathic killer, dead woman with eyes open, driving in the rain, serial killer, stopped by police, silhouette, overhead camera shot, temptation, mysterious man, mutilation, killing, first part, first of series, darkness, woman, good versus evil, psychopath, rain

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, voyeurism, deception, fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:killer, friend
Story:body count, serial killer, red herring, director cameo, characters killed one by one, psychotic, blockbuster, falling down stairs, killing, threatened with a knife, scream, stalker, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, stabbing, police car, good versus evil, voyeur, hallucination, psychopath

Scream 4 (2011)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:slasher, suspense
Characters:sheriff
Story:dead woman on floor, dead woman with eyes open, serial killer, deeply disturbed person, red herring, characters killed one by one, death threat, impersonation, falling down stairs, threatened with a knife, scream, darkness, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, disguise, psychopath, small town, corpse, surprise ending, cult film

Carrie (1976) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Horror

Carrie (1976)

It's nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie. Mrs. White's beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie's phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished. One of those students, self absorbed Chris Hargensen, vows revenge against Carrie for that punishment, the method of the revenge associated to the phys ed class incident. Another student however, the popular Sue Snell, begins to feel sorry for Carrie. In wanting to help her get out of her shell, Sue asks her boyfriend, the equally popular Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the senior prom instead of her. This move does not sit well with Mrs. White, who in her extreme view believes Carrie will fall prey to sin. All these competing issues lead to Carrie deciding on an impulse to use a newfound skill to free herself from the figurative chains that have long been placed around her, with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:dating, insanity, guilt, fear, marriage
Mood:suspense
Story:horror movie remade, grindhouse film, dead woman with eyes open, drive in classic, bad mother, remade, bloody violence, disturbing, deeply disturbed person, disturbed individual, american horror, matricide, domineering mother, body count, grindhouse, blockbuster, falling down stairs, killing, threatened with a knife, first part

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, guilt, money, fear
Locations:hotel
Characters:friend
Story:phone booth, booth, phone, fainting, long take, character's point of view camera shot, toilet, stabbing, newspaper, subjective camera, hallucination, bathroom, secret, undressing, rain, corpse, voice over narration, telephone call, shower, surprise ending

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist, friend
Story:villain played by lead actor, alimony, disturbing, hearing voices, blockbuster, murderer, missing person, bath, woman, bathroom, rural setting, secret, rain, telephone call, shower, surprise ending, photograph, blood, interview, murder

Basic Instinct (1992)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Themes:guilt, voyeurism, deception
Characters:psychiatrist, policeman
Story:psychopathic killer, dead woman with eyes open, woman, serial killer, murder suspect, stairwell, body count, victim, blockbuster, first part, murderer, female removes her clothes, unrequited love, stabbed in the chest, stabbing, disguise, california, bra, subjective camera, voyeur

The Girl On The Train (2016) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, voyeurism, deception, fear, marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist, killer, friend
Story:missing woman, female in shower, twist ending, impotence, phone, driving a car, maniac, witness, missing person, character's point of view camera shot, stalker, stabbed to death, woman, police car, subjective camera, voyeur, hallucination, psychopath, secret, arrest

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, fear
Locations:bathtub
Characters:killer, policeman, friend
Story:serial killer, mislaid trust, dragging a dead body, looking in a window, disposing of a dead body, cellar, gash in the face, looking at oneself in a mirror, falling down stairs, threatened with a knife, police car, newspaper, bathroom, undressing, arrest, underwear, corpse, telephone call, cult film, blood

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, guilt, theft, funeral, fear, money, marriage
Locations:church
Characters:psychiatrist, policeman
Period:1960s
Story:black bra, extortion, looking at oneself in a mirror, eyeglasses, witness, long take, mental illness, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, stabbing, newspaper, subjective camera, psychopath, undressing, rain, voice over narration, photograph, mother son relationship, bare chested male, one word title

The Shining (1980)
Drama, Horror

The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, marriage
Locations:hotel, bathtub
Story:horror movie remade, homicidal maniac, villain played by lead actor, psychopathic killer, insane, disturbing, american horror, overhead camera shot, famous score, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, falling down stairs, maniac, long take, woman, good versus evil, hallucination, bathroom, psychopath, surprise ending

The Cable Guy (1996) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, deception, marriage
Characters:secretary, friend
Story:villain played by lead actor, deeply disturbed person, director cameo, mysterious man, rainstorm, impostor, psycho, lifting someone into the air, maniac, character's point of view camera shot, terror, stalker, disguise, subjective camera, jail, psychopath, arrest, shower, surprise ending, cult film

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, deception, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:hotel
Characters:secretary, policeman
Story:phone booth, mislaid trust, identity crisis, red herring, overhead camera shot, famous score, director cameo, blockbuster, looking at oneself in a mirror, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, mistaken identity, stabbing, disguise, police car, newspaper, subjective camera, arrest, telephone call, shower

Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fargo (1996)

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. (Read More)

Themes:money, voyeurism, deception, marriage
Locations:motel, hotel
Characters:sheriff
Story:shower curtain, stopped by police, lifting an adult into the air, lifting a female into the air, famous score, embezzlement, death threat, gash in the face, lifting someone into the air, breaking and entering, falling down stairs, witness, woman, police car, voyeur, rural setting, psychopath, arrest, small town, corpse

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel, desert, church
Characters:sheriff, policeman
Story:private detective, bird, toilet, widow, police car, voyeur, jail, bathroom, secret, sister sister relationship, underwear, rain, corpse, voice over narration, telephone call, photograph, mother son relationship, family relationships, independent film, death

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Horror

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It's quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface. (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Mood:slasher
Locations:bathtub
Characters:sheriff, friend
Story:madman, woman, serial killer, based on ed gein, human monster, body count, meeting, victim, lifting someone into the air, mutilation, falling down stairs, maniac, basement, police car, psychopath, voice over narration, telephone call, surprise ending, mother son relationship, independent film

Hollow Man (2000)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues (Read More)

Themes:madness, insanity, voyeurism, fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Story:slasher killer, villain played by lead actor, characters killed one by one, body count, peeping tom, lifting someone into the air, first part, stalker, voyeur, bathroom, psychopath, underwear, corpse, telephone call, shower, cult film, bare chested male, murder, blood, violence

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:deception, money, marriage
Locations:motel, hotel
Characters:thief
Story:missing woman, small town, murder suspect, envelope, sleeping in a car, abandoned house, mysterious man, killing, basement, missing person, woman, disguise, police car, bathroom, psychopath, secret, arrest, corpse, voice over narration, telephone call

Vertigo (1958)
Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Vertigo (1958)

John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, he believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception
Locations:hotel, church
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:insane, identity crisis, stairwell, famous score, nervous breakdown, impostor, apartment building, driving a car, impersonation, fainting, private detective, mistaken identity, unrequited love, woman, california, bra, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, one word title

No Country For Old Men (2007) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

No Country For Old Men (2007)

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss ('Josh Brolin' (qv)) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh ('Javier Bardem' (qv)), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. This is why No Country For Old Men (2007) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:money, funeral
Locations:motel, desert
Characters:sheriff, killer, villain
Story:homicidal maniac, psychopathic killer, hidden money, stolen money, serial killer, murder weapon, human monster, breaking and entering, maniac, good versus evil, psychopath, corpse, voice over narration, telephone call, surprise ending, based on novel, murder, death, violence, blood

Dark City (1998)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, guilt, deception, marriage
Mood:suspense
Locations:hotel, bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist, killer
Story:phone, woman, serial killer, stairwell, camera shot of feet, falling down stairs, threatened with a knife, female removes her clothes, character's point of view camera shot, bath, darkness, stabbed in the chest, subjective camera, arrest, corpse, voice over narration, surprise ending, cult film, photograph, death

The Strangers (2008)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Strangers (2008)

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:slasher, suspense
Story:shower curtain, homicidal maniac, serial killer, knife murder, terror, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, disguise, rural setting, psychopath, corpse, surprise ending, independent film, violence, murder, blood, flashback

Saw (2004)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Saw (2004)

Waking up in a undisclosed location in a unknown room two men, adam and gordon are trapped into a single room with a dead body. Given random tools with riddles hidnen around the room. Wondering who could have done this there are clues to who might of done it; the jigsaw killer. The question is not just who but why would a serial killer leave two men in a room. Both adam and gordon hiding secrets they must trust and work together to get out or die...can they survive jigsaws game or die trying? (Read More)

Themes:insanity, marriage
Mood:slasher
Locations:hotel
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer, body count, extortion, victim, blockbuster, first part, stabbed to death, toilet, bathroom, psychopath, secret, corpse, surprise ending, cult film, independent film, one word title, flashback, murder, violence

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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

Themes:deception, fear
Mood:suspense
Story:shower curtain, psycho thriller, night driving, deeply disturbed person, overhead camera shot, disposing of a dead body, human monster, camera shot of feet, threatened with a knife, missing person, bird, darkness, stabbed in the chest, toilet, woman, rural setting, secret, corpse, telephone call, shower

House Of Wax (2005)
Horror

House Of Wax (2005)

Six friends are on their way to a football game. They decide to camp out for the night and continue driving the next day. The next day the friends find that they're having car troubles, so two of the friends accept a stranger's ride into a small town named Ambrose. The main attraction in Ambrose is the House of Wax. Except something is not right in this town, the wax figures are so realistic and the whole town is deserted - except for two murderous twin brothers. The six friends must fight to survive and escape from being the next exhibits in the House of Wax. This is why House Of Wax (2005) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960). (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Mood:slasher
Locations:church
Characters:sheriff, villain
Story:slasher killer, psycho thriller, sadistic psychopath, serial killer, small town, old dark house, mysterious man, madman, characters killed one by one, body count, gash in the face, lifting someone into the air, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, bra, good versus evil, undressing, corpse, surprise ending, bare chested male

Don't Breathe (2016)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

Don't Breathe (2016)

Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims. (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:suspense
Characters:thief, friend
Story:psycho thriller, california, stolen money, disposing of a dead body, characters killed one by one, cellar, breaking and entering, basement, trap, long take, terror, woman, psychopath, secret, sister sister relationship, corpse, murder, death, flashback, blood

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

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

Themes:deception, fear, money
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel
Story:psycho thriller, knife murder, mysterious man, rainstorm, private detective, threatened with a knife, missing person, darkness, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, widow, psychopath, small town, corpse, telephone call, surprise ending, cult film, photograph, bare chested male, murder

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) is one of the best movies like Psycho (1960)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancee, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, deception, money
Locations:bathtub
Characters:killer, friend
Story:psychopathic killer, serial killer, psychotic, impostor, impersonation, private detective, killing, mistaken identity, bath, psychopath, based on novel, death, blood, violence, murder, flashback

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

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

Themes:insanity, theft, voyeurism, fear, marriage
Locations:hotel
Characters:thief
Story:female in shower, disturbing, impersonation, breaking and entering, eyeglasses, threatened with a knife, scream, stalker, mental illness, toilet, voyeur, psychopath, secret, arrest, corpse, voice over narration, shower, photograph, mother son relationship, family relationships

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