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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:claustrophobia,  insanity,  cancer,  escape,  torture,  infidelity,  marriage,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:killer,  hostage,  photographer,  detective,  doctor
Story:trapped in a room,  slasher flick,  psychological torture,  police detective,  serial killer,  walking on broken glass,  flashback within a flashback,  famous theme,  villain escapes,  playing god,  bad guy wins,  diorama,  pig mask,  death trap,  sadistic horror,  child in danger,  forced suicide,  game of death,  pretending to be dead,  orderly,  evil doll,  self harm,  bear trap,  repentance,  villain not really dead cliche,  extreme violence,  severed foot,  locked in a room,  bludgeoning,  two way mirror,  audio cassette,  darkroom,  based on short film,  macabre,  chained,  saw,  electric shock,  amputation,  mind game,  polaroid,  restroom,  hiding in a closet,  video surveillance,  survival horror,  imprisonment,  body count,  extortion,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  trapped,  crime scene,  barefoot,  parking garage,  black humor,  blockbuster,  self mutilation,  tape recorder,  slow motion,  gothic,  burned alive,  first part,  poison,  person on fire,  puppet,  clown,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  child in peril,  toilet,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  bathroom,  urban setting,  psychopath,  car chase,  extramarital affair,  secret,  camera,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  police,  violence

Saw II (2005)
Horror, Mystery

Saw II (2005)

When detective Eric Matthews is called to a crime scene of a victim of Jigsaw, he finds a lead to the place where he is hidden. Once there, he realizes that Jigsaw trapped his son Daniel Matthews with three women and four men in a shelter, and they are inhaling a lethal nerve gas. If they do not use an antidote within two hours, they will die. Eric follows with increasing desperation the death of each member of the group in monitors, while trying to convince Jigsaw to release his son. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:killer,  detective
Story:trapped,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  famous theme,  villain escapes,  playing god,  pig mask,  sadistic horror,  game of death,  evil doll,  severed foot,  saw,  mind game,  survival horror,  booby trap,  crime scene,  self mutilation,  tape recorder,  gothic,  burned alive,  child in peril,  toilet,  throat slitting,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  murder,  violence,  police,  flashback

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Wrong Turn (2003)
Horror

Wrong Turn (2003)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:hostage
Story:slasher flick,  psychological torture,  death trap,  bear trap,  villain not really dead cliche,  survival horror,  body count,  booby trap,  self mutilation,  first part,  person on fire,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  toilet,  stabbed to death,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Saw IV (2007)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:detective,  hostage
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  famous theme,  pig mask,  death trap,  game of death,  evil doll,  two way mirror,  saw,  mind game,  survival horror,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  crime scene,  self mutilation,  police officer killed,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  violence,  flashback

Saw III (2006) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

Saw III (2006)

Jeff is an anguished man, who grieves and misses his young son that was killed by a driver in a car accident. He has become obsessed for revenge against the man and reckless with his wife and daughter. When Dr. Lynn Denlon, who has troubles with her marriage, is abducted by the deranged Jigsaw's apprentice Amanda, she is brought to a gruesome warehouse to keep John Kramer alive in spite of having a terminal brain tumor. Amanda puts a necklace gadget full of explosives around Dr. Lynn's neck connected to John Kramer's life support system, and tells her that if he dies the device will explode. Meanwhile, Jeff is submitted to a sick game of forgiveness with surprising dark consequences. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  torture,  infidelity,  marriage,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  detective,  doctor
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  famous theme,  playing god,  pig mask,  sadistic horror,  game of death,  evil doll,  severed foot,  saw,  mind game,  survival horror,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  self mutilation,  gothic,  puppet,  home invasion,  child in peril,  throat slitting,  revolver,  psychopath,  extramarital affair,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  gun,  flashback,  police,  murder,  violence

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Se7en (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... This is why Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  torture
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  detective,  photographer
Story:serial killer,  psychological torture,  police detective,  bad guy wins,  forced suicide,  two way mirror,  darkroom,  body count,  blockbuster,  self mutilation,  tape recorder,  gothic,  revolver,  urban setting,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  police

Saw V (2008)
Horror, Mystery

Saw V (2008)

Detective Hoffman is deemed hero after he saves a young girl and "escapes" one of Jigsaws game, or do it seems. Special Agent Strahm is suspicious of him after his assistant, Agent Perez dies. While Strahm dives into Hoffman's past, a group of 5 people who all helped burn a building which was supposedly abandoned are put to a series of tests, set up by the Jigsaw Killer. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  detective,  doctor
Story:serial killer,  famous theme,  pig mask,  game of death,  saw,  survival horror,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  self mutilation,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  violence,  flashback

Saw 3d (2010)
Horror, Mystery

Saw 3d (2010)

Detective Matt Gibson chases the psychotic Detective Mark Hoffman while Jigsaw's widow Jill Tuck tries to kill him as assigned by her husband. However he escapes and Jill meets Gibson and offers to sign an affidavit listing the murders committed by Hoffman. In return, she requests protection. Meanwhile, the prominent Jigsaw survivor and leader of a support group Bobby Dagen is abducted with his wife and friends and forced to play a mortal game to save himself and his beloved wife. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:detective,  doctor
Story:police detective,  pig mask,  game of death,  evil doll,  bear trap,  extreme violence,  severed foot,  saw,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  self mutilation,  burned alive,  police officer killed,  stabbed to death,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  flashback

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Saw Vi (2009) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror, Mystery

Saw Vi (2009)

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:detective,  killer
Story:famous theme,  pig mask,  game of death,  evil doll,  bear trap,  audio cassette,  saw,  mind game,  survival horror,  booby trap,  disembowelment,  self mutilation,  tape recorder,  poison,  toilet,  pistol,  surprise ending,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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:insanity,  escape,  infidelity,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:hostage
Story:slasher flick,  psychological torture,  psychopath,  police detective,  locked in a room,  chained,  mind game,  body count,  disembowelment,  trapped,  barefoot,  parking garage,  burned alive,  person on fire,  bound and gagged,  urban setting,  car chase,  corpse,  surprise ending,  independent film,  one word title,  violence,  police,  murder

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. This is why The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004).

Themes:escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel
Characters:detective,  hostage,  photographer
Story:police detective,  hiding in a closet,  crime scene,  parking garage,  burned alive,  person on fire,  puppet,  police officer killed,  child in peril,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  extramarital affair,  camera,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  flashback

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Child's Play 2 (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:escape
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  evil doll,  villain not really dead cliche,  locked in a room,  hiding in a closet,  body count,  black humor,  gothic,  burned alive,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  car chase,  corpse,  husband wife relationship,  police

The Collection (2012) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

The Collection (2012)

Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of "The Collector" during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his "Collection." Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena's wealthy father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track down The Collector's booby trapped warehouse and save Elena. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Story:trapped,  serial killer,  sadistic horror,  bear trap,  survival horror,  booby trap,  self mutilation,  burned alive,  person on fire,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage,  photographer,  detective
Story:police detective,  two way mirror,  hiding in a closet,  crime scene,  parking garage,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  revolver,  urban setting,  secret,  camera,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  police,  flashback

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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.

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective
Story:psychological torture,  police detective,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  hiding in a closet,  booby trap,  crime scene,  barefoot,  home invasion,  toilet,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  secret,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  violence,  murder,  police

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage,  detective,  doctor
Story:psychological torture,  police detective,  hiding in a closet,  booby trap,  crime scene,  gothic,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  revolver,  urban setting,  psychopath,  car chase,  camera,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  flashback

The Collector (2009) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

The Collector (2009)

When the Chase family moves to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere in Detroit, Arkin is hired to fix the windows and the doors. Later he meets his daughter and his wife that has a debt with dangerous sharks and needs money, but his week payment is not enough to pay her debts. Arkin plots to heist the safe of Michael Chase during the night to raise the necessary money. However, when he arrives in the house, he finds that a sadistic criminal has imprisoned the family and planted traps everywhere. Arkin seeks a way out of the deadly house to save his life. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  hostage
Story:serial killer,  sadistic horror,  bear trap,  disembowelment,  self mutilation,  tape recorder,  first part,  home invasion,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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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:escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective,  doctor
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  saw,  crime scene,  gothic,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  child in peril,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  car chase,  camera,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  violence,  murder

Prom Night (2008)
Horror, Mystery

Prom Night (2008)

Donnas senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her dark past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:slasher
Locations:hotel
Characters:killer,  detective
Story:slasher flick,  police detective,  hiding in a closet,  crime scene,  barefoot,  clown,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  psychopath,  corpse,  pistol,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  police,  violence,  flashback

Bride Of Chucky (1998)
Comedy, Horror

Bride Of Chucky (1998)

Chucky hooks up with another murderous doll, the bridal gown-clad Tiffany, for a Route 66 murder spree with their unwitting hosts, two eloping high-school graduates.

Themes:escape,  marriage,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hotel
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  evil doll,  villain not really dead cliche,  booby trap,  black humor,  gothic,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  murder,  gun,  violence,  police

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Haute Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
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. This is why Haute Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  hostage
Story:serial killer,  sadistic horror,  extreme violence,  bludgeoning,  video surveillance,  body count,  home invasion,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  bathroom,  psychopath,  car chase,  shotgun,  corpse,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  gun,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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

15 Minutes (2001)

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

Themes:insanity,  escape,  torture
Locations:hotel
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  booby trap,  person on fire,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  car chase,  camera,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  violence

Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  marriage
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:killer,  doctor
Story:serial killer,  two way mirror,  crime scene,  poison,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  revolver,  car chase,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  murder,  gun,  police,  violence,  flashback

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Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  two way mirror,  crime scene,  gothic,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  revolver,  psychopath,  car chase,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  police,  murder,  flashback

The People Under The Stairs (1991) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
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,  insanity,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Story:hiding in a closet,  survival horror,  body count,  booby trap,  trapped,  gothic,  home invasion,  child in peril,  psychopath,  secret,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  murder,  police,  violence

Scream (1996)
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. This is why Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  infidelity
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer
Story:slasher flick,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  hiding in a closet,  disembowelment,  crime scene,  first part,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  extramarital affair,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  violence,  police,  murder

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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:insanity
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer
Story:slasher flick,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  body count,  gothic,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  car chase,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  police,  flashback

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
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,  insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:clown,  psychological torture,  serial killer,  pig mask,  sadistic horror,  macabre,  body count,  crime scene,  police officer killed,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  cult film,  police,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  violence,  flashback,  murder

Fallen (1998) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Fallen (1998)

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  kidnapping
Characters:killer,  detective,  hostage
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  macabre,  crime scene,  gothic,  poison,  police officer killed,  child in peril,  throat slitting,  revolver,  urban setting,  psychopath,  secret,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film,  one word title,  violence,  gun,  murder,  police,  flashback

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Child's Play (1988)
Horror, Thriller

Child's Play (1988)

When Charles Lee Ray needs to get quick escape from cop Mike Norris, he takes his soul and buries it into playful, seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Little does he know a little boy by the name of Andy Barclay will be the new owner of him soon-to-come. Charles confides in Andy while he commits numerous murders. Once the adults accept Andy's story as truth, it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:slasher
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  slasher flick,  police detective,  evil doll,  villain not really dead cliche,  electric shock,  hiding in a closet,  trapped,  gothic,  burned alive,  first part,  person on fire,  child in peril,  psychopath,  corpse,  pistol,  cult film,  police,  independent film,  murder

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. This is why The Hitcher (1986) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  gothic,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  car chase,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  police,  violence,  murder,  gun

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

Dracula 2000 (2000)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage,  doctor
Story:two way mirror,  booby trap,  parking garage,  gothic,  burned alive,  person on fire,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  gun,  murder,  flashback

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Maniac (2012) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

Maniac (2012)

Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  torture
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  photographer
Story:serial killer,  extreme violence,  hiding in a closet,  disembowelment,  stabbed to death,  bound and gagged,  bathroom,  psychopath,  camera,  corpse,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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:escape
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Story:serial killer,  pretending to be dead,  villain not really dead cliche,  hiding in a closet,  disembowelment,  crime scene,  parking garage,  self mutilation,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  police

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? (Read More)

Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer
Story:slasher flick,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  body count,  booby trap,  self mutilation,  gothic,  burned alive,  first part,  person on fire,  psychopath,  secret,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  violence,  murder

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Cape Fear (1991)
Crime, Thriller

Cape Fear (1991)

Sam Bowden ('Nick Nolte' (qv))is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. This is why Cape Fear (1991) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  infidelity
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Story:psychological torture,  serial killer,  two way mirror,  mind game,  trapped,  crime scene,  blockbuster,  gothic,  person on fire,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  child in peril,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  revolver,  psychopath,  extramarital affair,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  gun,  police,  murder,  flashback

Halloween II (1981) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

Halloween II (1981)

In a continuation of the plot of Halloween, Michael Myers shows off his indestructability by resuming his murder spree despite being gunned down with six bullets in the original movie. Laurie Strode is once more his intended victim, with Dr. Sam Loomis again in hot pursuit.

Themes:insanity,  torture
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  detective
Story:slasher flick,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  extreme violence,  body count,  poison,  person on fire,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  revolver,  psychopath,  secret,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  police

Funny Games (2007)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Funny Games (2007)

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

Themes:insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:psychological torture,  serial killer,  mind game,  home invasion,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  surprise ending,  violence,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  murder

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Copycat (1995)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Copycat (1995)

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder? (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  detective
Story:serial killer,  police detective,  macabre,  mind game,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  toilet,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  murder,  independent film,  one word title,  violence,  police

Cube Zero (2004)
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube Zero (2004)

Set before the events of the previous films. As group of strangers awaken with no memory to find they have been involuntarily placed in a maze containing deadly traps, a young man whose job is to watch over the Cube endeavors to rescue a woman trapped within.

Themes:escape,  torture
Mood:gore
Story:trapped in a room,  locked in a room,  video surveillance,  survival horror,  body count,  booby trap,  trapped,  barefoot,  self mutilation,  person on fire,  surprise ending,  flashback

Wolf Creek (2005) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror

Wolf Creek (2005)

Three backpackers travel into the Australian Outback, only to find themselves stranded at Wolf Creek crater. Once there they are encountered by a bushman, Mick Taylor, who offers them a ride back to his place. Little do the three know that their adventure into the Outback, would be a complete nightmare after the backpackers find a way to escape. This is why Wolf Creek (2005) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  doctor
Story:slasher flick,  serial killer,  sadistic horror,  villain not really dead cliche,  mind game,  body count,  self mutilation,  first part,  stabbed to death,  bound and gagged,  bathroom,  psychopath,  car chase,  shotgun,  corpse,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

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Hostel: Part II (2007)
Horror, Thriller

Hostel: Part II (2007)

Three female college students take a detour from their partying, enticed by a beautiful European woman who promises seclusion, safety and maybe even romance. What they get is a living hell where they are sold to the highest bidder who's fondest wish is to kill them slowly. Hostel 2 also follows 2 American men who, on the flip side of the coin, are willing to pay to join an exclusive club where a life will end at their hands...any way they like. It's a story of human monsters and the almighty dollar as only Eli Roth could tell it. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Story:slasher flick,  sadistic horror,  extreme violence,  severed foot,  saw,  video surveillance,  barefoot,  throat slitting,  bound and gagged,  psychopath,  corpse,  surprise ending,  flashback,  murder,  violence

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:killer,  hostage,  doctor
Story:serial killer,  game of death,  bear trap,  survival horror,  booby trap,  poison,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  one word title,  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:insanity,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer,  hostage,  photographer
Story:body count,  tape recorder,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  shotgun,  pistol,  cult film,  independent film,  one word title,  gun,  violence,  police,  murder

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You're Next (2011) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
Horror, Thriller

You're Next (2011)

When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.

Mood:slasher,  gore
Characters:killer
Story:slasher flick,  serial killer,  booby trap,  trapped,  police officer killed,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  psychopath,  corpse,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder

Seed Of Chucky (2004)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Seed Of Chucky (2004)

The killer doll is back! Glen, the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky and his equally twisted bride Tiffany. When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents' lethal exploits, Glen heads for Hollywood where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. The family dynamics are far from perfect as Chucky and Tiffany go Hollywood and get rolling on a new spree of murderous mayhem; much to gentle Glen's horror. Chucky can't believe that his child doesn't want to walk in his murdering footsteps, and star-struck Tiffany can't believe that the movie will star her favorite actress, Jennifer Tilly, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess to this new family in more ways than one... This is why Seed Of Chucky (2004) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  evil doll,  villain not really dead cliche,  darkroom,  disembowelment,  gothic,  person on fire,  bound and gagged,  surprise ending,  murder,  police,  violence

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?

Themes:insanity,  torture
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer
Story:serial killer,  sadistic horror,  villain not really dead cliche,  extreme violence,  body count,  disembowelment,  child in peril,  stabbed to death,  psychopath,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder

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Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  insanity,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage,  doctor
Story:trapped in a room,  locked in a room,  survival horror,  imprisonment,  booby trap,  barefoot,  police officer killed,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film,  one word title,  murder,  police

Scream 2 (1997) is one of the best movies like Saw (2004)
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,  escape
Mood:slasher,  gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:killer,  hostage,  detective
Story:body count,  slasher flick,  police detective,  serial killer,  villain not really dead cliche,  hiding in a closet,  crime scene,  blockbuster,  police officer killed,  stabbed to death,  throat slitting,  psychopath,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  violence,  murder,  police

Alex Cross (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Themes:escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:killer,  detective,  hostage
Story:police detective,  serial killer,  crime scene,  parking garage,  police officer killed,  psychopath,  shotgun,  corpse,  pistol,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  gun,  murder,  police,  flashback

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