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Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sinister (2012)

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

Themes:evil, tragedy, obsession, fear
Mood:night
Locations:pennsylvania
Characters:sheriff, writer
Story:night terrors, ghost child, knife murder, crime novelist, orange county california, sacramento california, hanged child, foaming at the mouth, single location, hanged woman, film reel, google, st. louis missouri, falling through the floor, mystery killer, multiple murder, new house, sleeping on a couch, fratricide, sinister

Sinister 2 (2015)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sinister 2 (2015)

Following the events from the first film, a different family; a mother and her 2 sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. When the deputy from the first film learns that this family is next in line to fall to the demon Bhughul, he races before time to stop it and save them from the same fate. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Characters:writer
Story:deputy, ghost child, film reel, sinister, fratricide, super 8, matricide, filmed killing, killer child, snuff film, patricide, film projector, murder of family, bag over head, drugged drink, burned alive, child murder, laptop, death of child, disappearance

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:obsession, evil, fear
Story:knife murder, film reel, filmed killing, snuff film, film projector, duct tape over mouth, burned alive, revelation, darkness, man with glasses, throat slitting, bound and gagged, investigation, small town, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking

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)

Characters:sheriff
Story:book, mystery killer, filmed killing, deputy, webcam, lens flare, duct tape over mouth, revelation, darkness, tied to a chair, throat slitting, bound and gagged, investigation, small town, blood splatter, cell phone, ghost, knife, husband wife relationship, blood

Ghost Ship (2002) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Horror

Ghost Ship (2002)

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

Story:hanged child, falling through the floor, burned alive, child murder, death of child, disappearance, drowning, child in peril, map, throat slitting, massacre, supernatural power, blood splatter, ghost, photograph, cigarette smoking, violence, blood, murder, death

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. This is why Odd Thomas (2013) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Themes:evil, fear
Characters:sheriff
Story:small town, deputy, burned alive, revelation, baseball bat, child in peril, darkness, massacre, bound and gagged, supernatural power, written by director, investigation, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, ghost, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

1408 (2007)
Horror

1408 (2007)

The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the Dolphin Hotel's posessed room 1408, which is permanently unavailable for guests. The reluctant manager Mr. Gerald Olin objects to his request and offers an upgrade, expensive booze and finally relates the death of more than fifty guests over decades in the cursed room. However Mike threatens Mr. Olin, promising to sue the hotel, and is finally allowed to check into the room. Later in the night, he finds that guests of room 1408, once they have checked in, might never leave the room alive. (Read More)

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Characters:writer
Story:research, book, single location, hanged man, webcam, burned alive, occult, drowning, map, throat slitting, supernatural power, painting, investigation, ghost, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:power outage, whiskey, burned alive, baseball bat, tree, child in peril, bedroom, alcohol, supernatural power, small town, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder

Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
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:evil, obsession
Characters:writer
Story:investigation, disappearance, small town, st. louis missouri, dark secret, revelation, argument, drawing, man with glasses, throat slitting, bedroom, book, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Suspiria (1977)
Horror

Suspiria (1977)

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

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Story:sinister, knife murder, hanged woman, attic, power outage, research, burned alive, occult, disappearance, hanging, darkness, throat slitting, supernatural power, blood splatter, swimming pool, knife, cigarette smoking, murder, dog, 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 Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:small town, mystery killer, deputy, lens flare, power outage, duct tape over mouth, revelation, hanging, darkness, tied to a chair, throat slitting, ghost, bound and gagged, investigation, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, cigarette smoking, death, mother daughter relationship

30 Days Of Night (2007)
Horror, Thriller

30 Days Of Night (2007)

This is the story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only the small town's husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:bloody body of child, deputy, axe murder, attic, revelation, death of child, child in peril, darkness, throat slitting, supernatural power, small town, blood splatter, knife, violence, blood, murder, death

Frailty (2001) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Frailty (2001)

FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Characters:sheriff
Story:single location, fratricide, matricide, killer child, patricide, axe murder, duct tape over mouth, death of child, bound and gagged, blood splatter, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, murder, blood, death

V/h/s/2 (2013)
Horror, Thriller

V/h/s/2 (2013)

Story:ghost child, vhs, lens flare, laptop, death of child, drowning, child in peril, throat slitting, supernatural power, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, ghost, blood, murder, dog

Super 8 (2011)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Characters:sheriff
Story:film reel, super 8, deputy, lens flare, power outage, research, watching a movie, disappearance, child in peril, map, investigation, small town, cell phone, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, death

The Crazies (2010)
Horror, Thriller

The Crazies (2010)

As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival. This is why The Crazies (2010) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:hanged woman, deputy, murder of family, child murder, coffee, child in peril, tied to a chair, massacre, bound and gagged, small town, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, knife, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, violence, blood, murder

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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

Themes:evil
Story:falling through the floor, sleepwalking, killer child, burned alive, child murder, child in peril, drawing, darkness, map, supernatural power, small town, blood splatter, ghost, knife, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, violence, blood, murder, death

Halloween (2007)
Horror

Halloween (2007)

The residents of Haddonfield don't know it yet... but death is coming to their small sleepy town. Sixteen years ago, a ten year old boy called Michael Myers brutally kills his step father, his elder sister and her boyfriend. Sixteen years later, he escapes from the mental institution and makes his way back to his hometown intent on a murderous rampage pursued by Dr Sam Loomis who is Michael's doctor and the only one who knows Michael's true evil. Elsewhere a shy teenager by the name of Laurie Strode is babysitting on the night Michael comes home... is it pure coincidence that she and her friends are being stalked by him? (Read More)

Themes:evil, tragedy
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:knife murder, multiple murder, matricide, killer child, bloody body of child, revelation, baseball bat, hanging, drowning, child in peril, darkness, throat slitting, massacre, small town, blood splatter, knife, photograph, death, murder, violence

The Stepfather (2009)
Crime, Thriller

The Stepfather (2009)

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

Story:falling through the floor, webcam, murder of family, bag over head, family dinner, attic, duct tape over mouth, death of child, drowning, swimming pool, cell phone, knife, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood, murder

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Horror

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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

Themes:fear
Characters:sheriff
Story:deputy, duct tape over mouth, tied to a bed, disappearance, hanging, tree, man with glasses, map, tied to a chair, bound and gagged, book, blood splatter, knife, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, violence, blood, murder

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, fear
Story:sinister, filmed killing, killer child, murder of family, lens flare, baseball bat, child in peril, drawing, darkness, throat slitting, massacre, alcohol, supernatural power, book, written by director, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, photograph, husband wife relationship

Deliver Us From Evil (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases. (Read More)

Themes:evil, fear
Story:foaming at the mouth, power outage, child murder, death of child, child in peril, snake, tied to a chair, book, painting, written by director, investigation, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, death

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:evil, fear
Characters:sheriff
Story:deputy, knife murder, murder of family, axe murder, child in peril, tied to a chair, throat slitting, bound and gagged, written by director, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, dog, murder

Children Of The Corn (1984)
Horror, Thriller

Children Of The Corn (1984)

A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town. A young couple have a murder to report and they go to the nearest town (Gatlin) to seek help but the town seems deserted. They are soon trapped in Gatlin with little chance of getting out alive. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:killer child, death of child, coffee, drawing, throat slitting, massacre, supernatural power, small town, blood splatter, knife, violence, blood, death, murder, dog

Curse Of Chucky (2013) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Horror, Thriller

Curse Of Chucky (2013)

After the events of Seed of Chucky, Nica, a young woman forced to a wheelchair since birth, has to regroup her sister, Barb and her brother-in-law, Ian for a funeral after the death of her mother. While dealing with Barb, Ian, along with their 5-year-old daughter, Alice; Nica receives an odd package - a creepy doll. After people start showing up dead, the fearless Nica soon suspects that the creepy doll is much more than just a doll. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Mood:night
Story:sinister, film projector, murder of family, bag over head, axe murder, duct tape over mouth, child in peril, tied to a chair, throat slitting, supernatural power, written by director, blood splatter, knife, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, death, murder, blood, violence

You're Next (2011)
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. This is why You're Next (2011) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012).

Story:fratricide, matricide, college professor, patricide, axe murder, argument, throat slitting, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, violence, murder

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Horror

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

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

Themes:evil
Story:ghost child, revelation, laptop, baseball bat, child in peril, supernatural power, blood splatter, ghost, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, violence, death, murder, blood

The Happening (2008)
Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Happening (2008)

Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It's about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:hanged woman, bloody body of child, hanged man, power outage, child murder, disappearance, hanging, tree, child in peril, man with glasses, map, blood splatter, cell phone, photograph, father daughter relationship, dog, blood, death

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:evil, fear
Story:fratricide, matricide, patricide, murder of family, power outage, laptop, drowning, darkness, man with glasses, throat slitting, massacre, supernatural power, blood splatter, ghost, knife, violence, death, blood, murder, dog

Attack The Block (2011)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Attack The Block (2011)

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone.

Story:bloody body of child, lens flare, burned alive, child murder, death of child, baseball bat, child in peril, written by director, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, dog, murder, violence, blood, death

The House Of The Devil (2009)
Horror

The House Of The Devil (2009)

Themes:evil, fear
Story:single location, murder of family, power outage, occult, throat slitting, bound and gagged, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, blood, murder

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

Friday The 13th (1980)

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:knife murder, mystery killer, multiple murder, axe murder, lens flare, attic, power outage, revelation, death of child, drowning, darkness, snake, throat slitting, massacre, bedroom, blood splatter, murder, death, violence

Mirrors (2008) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery

Mirrors (2008)

In New York, the former NYPD detective Ben Carson is hired to work as night watch of the remains of the Mayflower Department Store that was partially destroyed by fire many years ago. Ben became alcoholic and was retired from the police force after killing a man in a shooting. His marriage was also destroyed and now he is living in the apartment of his younger sister Angie. However he has not been drinking for three months and sees the employment as a chance to rebuild his life. When he goes to the rounds in his first night, he finds that the mirrors are impeccably clean and his colleague explains that the former night watch was obsessed with the mirrors. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in the mirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wife Amy believes he has hallucinations as a side effect of his medication. When Angie is found brutally murdered in her bathtub, Ben discovers that there is an evil force in the mirror that is chasing him and jeopardizing his family. (Read More)

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Locations:pennsylvania
Story:whiskey, tied to a bed, burned alive, drowning, child in peril, tied to a chair, throat slitting, massacre, supernatural power, blood splatter, ghost, knife, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood, death

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:evil, fear
Story:filmed killing, burned alive, revelation, hanging, map, throat slitting, massacre, bedroom, supernatural power, painting, blood splatter, knife, photograph, father daughter relationship, violence, death, murder, blood

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:fear
Story:film reel, mystery killer, fratricide, duct tape over mouth, revelation, baseball bat, tied to a chair, throat slitting, bound and gagged, investigation, blood splatter, swimming pool, cell phone, ghost, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, dog, death

The Purge (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge (2013)

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. This is why The Purge (2013) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Story:filmed killing, axe murder, family dinner, lens flare, power outage, duct tape over mouth, child in peril, tied to a chair, bound and gagged, written by director, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, murder, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, violence

Night Of The Living Dead (1968) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Horror

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

Barbra and Johnny visit their father's grave in a remote cemetery when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbra manages to get away and takes refuge in what seems to be an abandoned farm house. She is soon joined by Ben who stopped at the house in need of gas. Beset by the walking dead all around them Ben does his best to secure the doors and windows. The news reports are grim however with creatures returning to life everywhere. Barbra and Ben are surprised when they realize there are 5 people hiding out in the basement: Harry, Helen and Judy Cooper; and a young couple, Tom and Judy. Dissensions sets in almost immediately with Harry Cooper wanting to be in charge. As their situation deteriorates, their chances of surviving the night lessen minute by minute. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, fear
Mood:night
Locations:pennsylvania
Characters:sheriff
Story:matricide, car set on fire, patricide, power outage, burned alive, tree, darkness, man with glasses, massacre, blood splatter, knife, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, violence, dog, blood, murder, death

Vampires (1998)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Vampires (1998)

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix.

Themes:fear
Mood:night
Story:falling through the floor, lens flare, duct tape over mouth, tied to a bed, burned alive, map, throat slitting, massacre, bound and gagged, supernatural power, small town, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, violence, blood, murder, death

Kill List (2011)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kill List (2011)

Story:hanged woman, bloody body of child, webcam, lens flare, death of child, hanging, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, blood, death, violence, murder

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

Morgan (2016)

Themes:fear
Story:filmed killing, revelation, laptop, tree, drowning, man with glasses, bedroom, investigation, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, murder, death, blood, violence

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how - with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail. This is why Hobo With A Shotgun (2011) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012). (Read More)

Story:hanged woman, fratricide, hanged man, lens flare, duct tape over mouth, burned alive, child murder, death of child, child in peril, massacre, alcohol, blood splatter, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, violence, murder, blood

Insidious (2010)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Insidious (2010)

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

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

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Mood:night
Story:fratricide, film projector, tied to a bed, burned alive, revelation, man with glasses, supernatural power, written by director, investigation, blood splatter, photograph, cigarette smoking, blood, murder, violence, death

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, fear
Story:filmed killing, car set on fire, bloody body of child, laptop, death of child, man with glasses, written by director, investigation, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, dog, blood, murder, violence, death

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

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

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:knife murder, axe murder, child in peril, darkness, throat slitting, massacre, small town, blood splatter, mother son relationship, death, murder, blood, violence

Wrong Turn (2003)
Horror

Wrong Turn (2003)

Themes:fear
Story:sinister, deputy, axe murder, tied to a bed, tree, map, bound and gagged, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, cigarette smoking, death, murder, blood, violence

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)

Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young "Jane Doe," they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

Themes:evil, fear
Mood:night
Characters:sheriff
Story:multiple murder, dark secret, power outage, revelation, darkness, man with glasses, supernatural power, blood splatter, death, father son relationship, violence, blood, murder

Legion (2010)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Legion (2010)

An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner with the Archangel Michael (Bettany).

Story:fratricide, car set on fire, bag over head, burned alive, death of child, child in peril, darkness, tied to a chair, supernatural power, small town, cell phone, knife, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, violence, murder, blood

The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Sinister (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:evil, fear
Characters:sheriff
Story:film reel, deputy, film projector, burned alive, child in peril, darkness, supernatural power, written by director, investigation, small town, blood splatter, knife, photograph, cigarette smoking, death, blood, violence, murder

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:night
Story:knife murder, bag over head, tied to a chair, bedroom, alcohol, written by director, blood splatter, cell phone, knife, cigarette smoking, blood, murder, violence

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