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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:childhood,  panic,  youth,  grief,  paranoia,  anger,  memory,  military,  filmmaking,  monster,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:filmmaker,  sheriff,  alcoholic,  waitress,  actress,  actor,  alien,  soldier,  girl,  zombie,  boy
Period:winter,  1960s,  1970s
Story:air force colonel,  deputy sheriff,  locket with photograph,  container truck,  sony walkman,  air force base,  air force,  father searches for missing daughter,  father searches for missing son,  missing dog,  u.s. air force,  town meeting,  listening to music on headphones,  held captive,  battle tank,  amateur filmmaker,  aspiring filmmaker,  power outage,  map of united states,  marijuana joint,  military operation,  bus accident,  military police,  train explosion,  aspiring actor,  school bus,  impersonating a soldier,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  escape from custody,  car on train tracks,  train depot,  exploding train,  train derailment,  car hit by a train,  model train,  train crash,  freight train,  wild fire,  forest fire,  real life brothers playing brothers,  driving without a license,  male slaps a female,  teenage director,  radio frequency,  watching a home movie,  model building,  real twins playing twins,  shooting movie,  cherry picker,  restricted area,  dishonorable discharge,  camera store,  pack of dogs,  elbowed in face,  break door in,  movie screen,  crash site,  cartridge,  group of children,  hydraulics,  father daughter hug,  railroad tracks,  teen bedroom,  scale model,  last day of school,  amateur radio,  misfire,  black out,  science teacher,  cb radio,  romero,  extra terrestrial,  explosives,  wreckage,  leaflet,  father son hug,  possessiveness,  year 1958,  cargo,  tripod,  hit with a rifle butt,  fictional town,  container,  airforce,  debris,  lethal injection,  memento,  tire iron,  ruse,  repairman,  ham radio,  sparkler,  film reel,  neglect,  water tower,  braces,  child driving car,  year 1979,  hard hat,  cube,  movie projector,  reconstruction,  bechdel test failed,  gas station attendant,  year 1963,  bandaged hand,  flame thrower,  convoy,  longing,  force,  motor,  pendant,  bedridden,  middle school,  midnight,  zippo lighter,  teenage hero,  smoking pot,  firecracker,  pit,  walkman,  movie camera,  locket,  some scenes in black and white,  toy gun,  sole black character dies cliche,  exploding house,  super 8,  subterranean,  script,  hole,  airfield,  gravestone,  caravan,  newscast,  wake,  badge,  missing,  hanging upside down,  climbing through a window,  megaphone,  stoned,  deputy,  14 year old,  telling someone to shut up,  billboard,  bicycling,  film festival,  fence,  make up,  cartoon on tv,  ohio,  break in,  teen romance,  younger version of character,  telepathy,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  meeting,  gasoline,  swing,  screenwriter,  teen movie,  cigarette lighter,  title appears in writing,  gash in the face,  headphones,  evacuation,  pet dog,  chaos,  child's point of view,  hippie,  backpack,  research,  eaten alive,  movie director,  forbidden love,  railway station,  colonel,  murder of a police officer,  home movie,  single father,  time,  loss,  giant,  watching a movie,  rehearsal,  first love,  walkie talkie,  sergeant,  group of friends,  captive,  hypodermic needle,  injury,  cop,  jeep,  destruction,  sabotage,  underground,  rope,  pickup truck,  power,  arson,  sleeping,  acting,  film within a film,  threat,  disappearance,  scene during end credits,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  scream,  tank,  cover up,  death of wife,  factory,  attack,  film director,  suburb,  microphone,  drug addict,  grave,  flash forward,  gas station,  news report,  necklace,  graveyard,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  prisoner,  diner,  impalement,  video camera,  disguise,  police car,  train,  flashlight,  police station,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  scientist,  revolver,  marijuana,  car crash,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  secret,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  small town,  face slap,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  high school,  digit in title,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  two word title,  blood,  death,  murder

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:soldier
Story:power outage,  school bus,  flame thrower,  teenage hero,  exploding house,  megaphone,  deputy,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  chaos,  murder of a police officer,  destruction,  sabotage,  pickup truck,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  tank,  attack,  suburb,  news report,  child in peril,  disguise,  police station,  teenage boy,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  bus,  watching tv,  rescue,  small town,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  cell phone,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  two word title,  murder,  death

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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:panic,  paranoia,  monster,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear
Locations:bicycle,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  alcoholic,  alien
Story:power outage,  firecracker,  exploding house,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  chaos,  eaten alive,  destruction,  sabotage,  pickup truck,  arson,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  rescue,  small town,  helicopter,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  death

The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  monster,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:sheriff,  waitress,  soldier,  boy
Story:crash site,  group of children,  teenage hero,  walkman,  deputy,  teen romance,  flamethrower,  evacuation,  chaos,  eaten alive,  colonel,  walkie talkie,  film within a film,  teenage girl,  attack,  necklace,  creature,  child in peril,  map,  diner,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  teenage boy,  scientist,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  rescue,  small town,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  death

The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

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

Themes:paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:air force base,  power outage,  school bus,  airfield,  ohio,  evacuation,  chaos,  colonel,  single father,  sergeant,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  sabotage,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  death of wife,  attack,  gas station,  news report,  necklace,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  disguise,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  digit in title,  cell phone,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  number in title,  murder,  death,  blood

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

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. This is why Midnight Special (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:school bus,  crash site,  convoy,  force,  midnight,  hanging upside down,  cartoon on tv,  lens flare,  time,  walkie talkie,  injury,  pickup truck,  sleeping,  knocked out,  cover up,  suburb,  gas station,  news report,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  prisoner,  diner,  video camera,  police car,  flashlight,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  arrest,  watching tv,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  death,  blood,  murder

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  monster,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear
Locations:tunnel,  bicycle
Characters:alien,  soldier,  girl
Story:u.s. air force,  cartoon on tv,  evacuation,  chaos,  single father,  jeep,  destruction,  underground,  pickup truck,  sleeping,  tank,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  video camera,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  tears,  watching tv,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  crying,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  murder

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:panic,  anger,  monster,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:alien
Story:power outage,  power,  car hit by a train,  teenage hero,  teen movie,  evacuation,  giant,  group of friends,  destruction,  sabotage,  rope,  pickup truck,  threat,  scene during end credits,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  police car,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rescue,  small town,  high school,  cell phone,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death

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Attack The Block (2011) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (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.

Themes:monster,  escape,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:alien
Story:marijuana joint,  teenage hero,  firecracker,  toy gun,  lens flare,  cigarette lighter,  gash in the face,  eaten alive,  attack,  drug addict,  creature,  child in peril,  teenage boy,  revolver,  marijuana,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  blood,  murder,  death

The Mummy (2017)
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:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  military,  monster,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  cemetery
Characters:soldier,  zombie
Story:power outage,  military operation,  subterranean,  telepathy,  evacuation,  colonel,  walkie talkie,  sergeant,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  pickup truck,  power,  knocked out,  cover up,  attack,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  police car,  flashlight,  scientist,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  blood,  death

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 Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Characters:girl,  sheriff
Story:teenage girl,  power outage,  school bus,  small town,  climbing through a window,  deputy,  lens flare,  teen movie,  evacuation,  single father,  group of friends,  cop,  rope,  scream,  suburb,  news report,  no opening credits,  disguise,  flashlight,  police station,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  face slap,  high school,  cell phone,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  military,  monster,  escape,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:u.s. air force,  power outage,  power,  school bus,  crash site,  flame thrower,  subterranean,  wake,  hanging upside down,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  evacuation,  chaos,  destruction,  threat,  knocked out,  tank,  cover up,  attack,  flash forward,  news report,  necklace,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  diner,  impalement,  disguise,  death of mother,  scientist,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  murder

Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:alien,  sheriff,  waitress
Story:held captive,  marijuana joint,  prisoner,  secret,  amateur radio,  sparkler,  exploding house,  younger version of character,  telepathy,  lens flare,  cigarette lighter,  title appears in writing,  eaten alive,  walkie talkie,  captive,  pickup truck,  scene during end credits,  knocked out,  gas station,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  diner,  disguise,  police car,  flashlight,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  blood

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.

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Characters:sheriff,  soldier,  zombie
Story:school bus,  flame thrower,  deputy,  gasoline,  cigarette lighter,  gash in the face,  chaos,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  arson,  scene during end credits,  tank,  cover up,  gas station,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  diner,  impalement,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  rescue,  small town,  face slap,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood

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13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  military,  escape,  fear
Characters:soldier
Story:convoy,  zippo lighter,  firecracker,  sole black character dies cliche,  airfield,  lens flare,  gasoline,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  chaos,  walkie talkie,  destruction,  power,  arson,  attack,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  police car,  flashlight,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  digit in title,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  blood,  murder,  death

The Prophecy (1995)
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. This is why The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:cemetery
Characters:sheriff,  waitress,  soldier,  girl,  zombie
Story:school bus,  tire iron,  film reel,  badge,  deputy,  telepathy,  colonel,  murder of a police officer,  cop,  pickup truck,  knocked out,  cover up,  flash forward,  graveyard,  child in peril,  diner,  impalement,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  investigation,  rescue,  small town,  crying,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  death

Chugyeogja (2008) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:panic,  grief,  anger,  escape,  fear
Story:bedridden,  meeting,  pet dog,  loss,  cop,  rope,  disappearance,  knocked out,  scream,  grave,  news report,  prisoner,  video camera,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  tears,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  face slap,  cell phone,  crying,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  death

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American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Locations:bathtub
Characters:sheriff,  soldier
Story:power outage,  marijuana joint,  school bus,  firecracker,  deputy,  gasoline,  cigarette lighter,  gash in the face,  time,  sabotage,  knocked out,  cover up,  flash forward,  gas station,  news report,  no opening credits,  impalement,  disguise,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  arrest,  rescue,  small town,  face slap,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  two word title,  death,  blood,  murder

Colossal (2016)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  panic,  paranoia,  anger,  monster,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:alcoholic,  waitress,  soldier,  girl
Story:school bus,  firecracker,  gash in the face,  evacuation,  giant,  destruction,  pickup truck,  knocked out,  flash forward,  gas station,  news report,  creature,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  diner,  police car,  watching tv,  small town,  face slap,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  blood,  death

The Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien
Story:power outage,  marijuana joint,  exploding house,  subterranean,  newscast,  ohio,  lens flare,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  suburb,  news report,  creature,  disguise,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  small town,  face slap,  cell phone,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death,  murder

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X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. This is why X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  anger,  memory,  military,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:destruction,  u.s. air force,  power outage,  teenage hero,  exploding house,  subterranean,  ohio,  telepathy,  evacuation,  chaos,  colonel,  time,  giant,  captive,  sabotage,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  death of wife,  factory,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  impalement,  disguise,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  scientist,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  high school,  fire,  coming of age,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  escape
Locations:tunnel,  cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:soldier
Period:winter
Story:force,  power outage,  school bus,  pit,  subterranean,  younger version of character,  lens flare,  gasoline,  evacuation,  chaos,  murder of a police officer,  time,  walkie talkie,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  sabotage,  underground,  rope,  threat,  knocked out,  tank,  cover up,  news report,  necklace,  graveyard,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  impalement,  disguise,  police station,  scientist,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  death,  murder

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:paranoia,  filmmaking,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:bar
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:film reel,  sole black character dies cliche,  exploding house,  script,  time,  cop,  sabotage,  acting,  film within a film,  knocked out,  scream,  cover up,  film director,  news report,  no opening credits,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  helicopter,  digit in title,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  number in title,  death,  blood,  murder

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Frankenweenie (2012)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  monster,  fear
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:science teacher,  movie projector,  movie camera,  gravestone,  fence,  pet dog,  home movie,  loss,  watching a movie,  scream,  suburb,  microphone,  grave,  creature,  police car,  flashlight,  tears,  secret,  watching tv,  rescue,  small town,  crying,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Dreamcatcher (2003) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  military,  memory,  monster,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:alien,  alcoholic,  soldier,  boy
Period:1970s
Story:military operation,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  freight train,  secret,  force,  hole,  telepathy,  gasoline,  gash in the face,  evacuation,  eaten alive,  colonel,  group of friends,  arson,  threat,  disappearance,  attack,  flash forward,  creature,  spaceship,  police car,  death of mother,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  grief,  paranoia,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  bar
Characters:soldier,  girl,  boy
Story:power outage,  bus accident,  school bus,  evacuation,  death of wife,  grave,  news report,  graveyard,  map,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  arrest,  bus,  machine gun,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  death,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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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. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  anger,  drunkenness
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  boy
Story:bedridden,  wake,  stoned,  time,  loss,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  microphone,  drug addict,  flash forward,  prisoner,  diner,  police car,  teenage boy,  death of mother,  revolver,  tears,  vomiting,  secret,  watching tv,  face slap,  digit in title,  cell phone,  crying,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  two word title,  murder,  blood,  death

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  drunkenness
Locations:cemetery
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:air force,  force,  sergeant,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  gash in the face,  evacuation,  chaos,  colonel,  walkie talkie,  destruction,  rope,  tank,  gas station,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  flashlight,  police station,  bus,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  death

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  soldier,  girl
Story:car hit by a train,  amateur radio,  tire iron,  ham radio,  water tower,  convoy,  lens flare,  time,  walkie talkie,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  power,  knocked out,  cover up,  drug addict,  gas station,  graveyard,  child in peril,  impalement,  police car,  flashlight,  scientist,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  watching tv,  rescue,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  cell phone,  train,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

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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:paranoia,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:boy
Story:newscast,  badge,  gasoline,  murder of a police officer,  home movie,  arson,  scene during end credits,  news report,  necklace,  graveyard,  prisoner,  video camera,  police station,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  watching tv,  investigation,  face slap,  digit in title,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  number in title,  blood,  death,  murder

Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. This is why Paranoid Park (2007) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  fear
Locations:tunnel
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:freight train,  newscast,  bicycling,  title appears in writing,  pet dog,  time,  cop,  teenage girl,  flash forward,  news report,  flashlight,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  watching tv,  investigation,  high school,  cell phone,  train,  fire,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  panic,  paranoia,  anger,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:sheriff,  girl
Story:force,  gasoline,  chaos,  single father,  time,  cop,  destruction,  underground,  power,  arson,  threat,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  death of wife,  factory,  drug addict,  grave,  necklace,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  diner,  police car,  police station,  death of mother,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  arrest,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  train,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  blood

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  monster,  escape,  fear
Locations:tunnel
Characters:soldier,  zombie
Story:power outage,  cube,  firecracker,  sole black character dies cliche,  subterranean,  hanging upside down,  gasoline,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  chaos,  eaten alive,  time,  walkie talkie,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  sabotage,  underground,  rope,  knocked out,  tank,  cover up,  necklace,  creature,  no opening credits,  impalement,  flashlight,  scientist,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rescue,  machine gun,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder,  blood

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  snow
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  hole,  walkie talkie,  captive,  destruction,  sabotage,  rope,  knocked out,  tank,  death of wife,  attack,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  map,  prisoner,  impalement,  flashlight,  death of mother,  held at gunpoint,  rescue,  machine gun,  horse,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Period:1970s
Story:marijuana joint,  teen movie,  drug addict,  flash forward,  gas station,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  flashlight,  police station,  death of mother,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  arrest,  watching tv,  machine gun,  high school,  coming of age,  pistol,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  death,  blood,  murder

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. This is why Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:hit with a rifle butt,  younger version of character,  lens flare,  watching a movie,  hypodermic needle,  sabotage,  pickup truck,  disappearance,  knocked out,  drug addict,  grave,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  watching tv,  investigation,  small town,  face slap,  machine gun,  cell phone,  crying,  train,  pistol,  photograph,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  memory,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:actor,  soldier,  girl,  boy
Story:power outage,  marijuana joint,  sole black character dies cliche,  script,  gasoline,  screenwriter,  evacuation,  chaos,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  underground,  film within a film,  disappearance,  knocked out,  tank,  cover up,  attack,  film director,  drug addict,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  video camera,  disguise,  police car,  scientist,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  watching tv,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  blood,  death,  murder

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:alcoholic
Story:attack,  marijuana joint,  badge,  lens flare,  gasoline,  cigarette lighter,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  sergeant,  sabotage,  cover up,  drug addict,  news report,  child in peril,  map,  prisoner,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  arrest,  investigation,  machine gun,  helicopter,  digit in title,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  number in title,  two word title,  death,  murder,  blood

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  military,  monster,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:school bus,  amateur radio,  container,  ham radio,  convoy,  subterranean,  telepathy,  lens flare,  evacuation,  chaos,  time,  giant,  walkie talkie,  destruction,  acting,  threat,  teenage girl,  death of wife,  attack,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  prisoner,  flashlight,  death of mother,  scientist,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:alcoholic
Story:fence,  pickup truck,  threat,  teenage girl,  knocked out,  drug addict,  news report,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  diner,  disguise,  police car,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  watching tv,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  horse,  cell phone,  coming of age,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  blood,  death,  murder

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. This is why The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  panic
Locations:cemetery
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:u.s. air force,  power outage,  military police,  gash in the face,  evacuation,  eaten alive,  railway station,  murder of a police officer,  giant,  destruction,  pickup truck,  power,  threat,  tank,  child in peril,  scientist,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  blood,  death

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
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:panic,  paranoia,  anger,  monster,  escape,  fear
Characters:alien
Story:held captive,  attack,  amateur radio,  ham radio,  subterranean,  cigarette lighter,  title appears in writing,  watching a movie,  captive,  injury,  underground,  pickup truck,  arson,  threat,  gas station,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  flashlight,  revolver,  car crash,  secret,  watching tv,  digit in title,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  number in title,  blood,  death,  murder

Suicide Squad (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  monster,  escape,  fear
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:force,  secret,  power outage,  threat,  zippo lighter,  subterranean,  hanging upside down,  telepathy,  cigarette lighter,  evacuation,  chaos,  colonel,  time,  walkie talkie,  sergeant,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  sabotage,  scene during end credits,  knocked out,  tank,  cover up,  necklace,  creature,  no opening credits,  map,  prisoner,  impalement,  scientist,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  murder,  death

Gwoemul (2006)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi

Gwoemul (2006)

The film revolves around Park Hee-bong, a man in his late 60s. He runs a small snack bar on the banks of the Han River and lives with his two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter. The Parks seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life, but maybe they are a bit poorer than the average Seoulite. Hee-bong's elder son Gang-du is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo is an archery medalist and member of the national team. One day, an unidentified monster suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is carried off by the monster and disappears. All of the family members are in a great agony because they lost someone very dear to them. But when they find out she is still alive, they resolve to save her. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  grief,  anger,  monster,  escape,  fear
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:megaphone,  gasoline,  headphones,  evacuation,  hypodermic needle,  sleeping,  news report,  creature,  child in peril,  map,  disguise,  police car,  flashlight,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  rescue,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

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Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  monster,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:tunnel,  bar
Story:power outage,  newscast,  evacuation,  giant,  walkie talkie,  group of friends,  scene during end credits,  knocked out,  cover up,  news report,  creature,  no opening credits,  map,  diner,  police car,  flashlight,  scientist,  vomiting,  investigation,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. This is why Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  memory,  escape,  fear
Characters:soldier
Story:air force base,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  escape from custody,  airfield,  gasoline,  walkie talkie,  hypodermic needle,  sabotage,  arson,  knocked out,  news report,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  impalement,  police car,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  bus,  investigation,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  blood,  murder,  death

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller, Western

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  youth,  memory,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff,  alien
Story:real life brothers playing brothers,  force,  subterranean,  badge,  lens flare,  gash in the face,  chaos,  eaten alive,  colonel,  murder of a police officer,  captive,  rope,  knocked out,  attack,  grave,  creature,  spaceship,  child in peril,  prisoner,  impalement,  police station,  revolver,  tears,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  arrest,  rescue,  small town,  horse,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  blood,  murder,  death

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Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff,  waitress,  boy,  girl
Story:freight train,  bandaged hand,  badge,  deputy,  murder of a police officer,  single father,  rope,  pickup truck,  arson,  gas station,  child in peril,  diner,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  bus,  watching tv,  investigation,  rescue,  small town,  face slap,  machine gun,  horse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  murder

Green Lantern (2011) is one of the best movies like Super 8 (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  memory,  military,  monster,  escape
Locations:bar
Characters:alien
Story:force,  u.s. air force,  school bus,  subterranean,  telepathy,  flamethrower,  time,  giant,  hypodermic needle,  destruction,  power,  scene during end credits,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  impalement,  disguise,  flashlight,  scientist,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:investigation,  small town,  fictional town,  water tower,  badge,  deputy,  murder of a police officer,  walkie talkie,  cop,  sabotage,  arson,  threat,  cover up,  suburb,  drug addict,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  diner,  police car,  flashlight,  police station,  revolver,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  rescue,  fire,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  two word title,  death,  blood,  murder

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