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The Babadook (2014)
Drama, Horror

The Babadook (2014)

Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:allegory,  nightmare
Locations:kitchen
Story:hole in the wall,  hole in wall,  book,  monster in the closet,  car crash,  taking a pill,  reading a book to a child,  burning a book,  children's book,  book burning,  recurring nightmare,  widow,  single mother,  car,  car accident,  small dog,  dog killed,  trying to stay awake,  screaming child,  hyperactive child,  going insane,  lack of sleep,  wearing clothes in a bathtub,  homemade weapon,  angry mother,  mother and son,  hiding under the covers,  canadian horror,  angry woman,  sleepy,  single mom,  insane woman,  mother son conflict,  6 year old,  psychological horror,  sleep deprivation,  earthworm,  problem child,  fridge,  close up of eye,  tied up while barefoot,  hiding place,  sleeplessness,  hole,  broken nose,  stress,  based on short film,  breaking a window,  killing a dog,  australian supernatural,  knocking on a door,  worm,  barking dog,  wall,  dead dog,  dead father,  cockroach,  triple f rated,  australian horror,  magic trick,  closet,  pill,  tied feet,  stairs,  insect,  crossbow,  watching television,  killing an animal,  directorial debut,  basement,  cousin cousin relationship,  scream,  birthday party,  mental illness,  little boy,  strangulation,  hallucination,  neighbor,  bed,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  f rated,  dog

New Nightmare (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

New Nightmare (1994)

It's nearing the 10th Anniversary of the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and one of the stars, Heather Langenkamp is being scared by a voice on a phone, sounding very similar to the film's villain, Freddy Krueger. When Heather's husband is killed in a car accident and is discovered with slash marks on him, Heather starts to wonder something. Especially when she discovers that Wes Craven is writing another 'Nightmare' film. Soon, she realizes that Freddy has now entered the real world, and the only way to defeat him is to become Nancy Thompson once again. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:car accident,  car crash,  car,  sleep deprivation,  watching television,  widow,  strangulation,  hallucination,  bed,  mother son relationship

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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:kitchen
Story:car accident,  bed,  car,  close up of eye,  hiding place,  closet,  mental illness,  little boy,  strangulation,  hallucination,  mother son relationship

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  trying to stay awake,  sleep deprivation,  killing an animal,  hallucination,  dog

La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:hole in the wall,  car crash,  magic trick,  widow,  hallucination,  neighbor,  bed,  book,  mother son relationship

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Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. This is why Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:car accident,  breaking a window,  magic trick,  closet,  stairs,  cousin cousin relationship,  scream,  strangulation,  bed,  car,  dog

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Locations:kitchen
Story:hiding place,  closet,  birthday party,  little boy,  single mother,  bed,  car,  mother son relationship

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:monster,  fear
Locations:kitchen
Story:car accident,  car crash,  car,  directorial debut,  neighbor,  bed,  book

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Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:car crash,  car accident,  breaking a window,  knocking on a door,  widow,  neighbor,  car,  dog

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  earthworm,  worm,  killing an animal,  scream,  birthday party,  hallucination,  bed,  mother son relationship

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:car crash,  car accident,  killing a dog,  wall,  cousin cousin relationship,  scream,  mental illness,  strangulation,  bed,  title directed by female,  two word title,  f rated,  dog

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The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Horror, Sci-fi

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:insane woman,  insect,  watching television,  killing an animal,  basement,  strangulation,  hallucination,  mother son relationship

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

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

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:book burning,  car crash,  car accident,  sleepy,  basement,  hallucination,  book,  car,  dog

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
Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  basement,  scream,  birthday party,  strangulation,  hallucination,  f rated,  dog

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A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:car accident,  car,  car crash,  close up of eye,  dead dog,  cousin cousin relationship,  neighbor,  book,  mother son relationship,  dog

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

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. This is why Haute Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  killing a dog,  dead dog,  closet,  killing an animal,  neighbor,  bed,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  dog

The Shipping News (2001) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  watching television,  scream,  little boy,  widow,  single mother,  mother son relationship

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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  car,  mental illness,  hallucination,  two word title,  f rated

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:kitchen
Story:reading a book to a child,  birthday party,  widow,  neighbor,  book,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  f rated

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Story:sleep deprivation,  crossbow,  killing an animal,  strangulation,  title directed by female,  character name in title,  f rated

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La Cara Oculta (2011) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

La Cara Oculta (2011)

Adrian, an aspiring and talented orchestra conductor, receives a video message from his beloved Belen, telling him with tears in her eyes that she is leaving him and that she cannot carry on with him. Shattered by the unexpected news and puzzled by the inexplicable decision, Adrian gets help from the local Police to solve this case of disappearance. Time passes by and still no news of Belen's whereabouts, so life gradually begins to return to its normal pace, when out of the blue, a new woman appears in Adrian's life. With no progress at all in Belen's case and all things possible, no one will be able to see beyond the facts and comprehend the truth that often lies hidden in the most unusual of places... This is why La Cara Oculta (2011) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Story:hole in the wall,  hole in wall,  taking a pill,  barking dog,  closet,  scream,  widow,  dog

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:children's book,  birthday party,  single mother,  neighbor,  book,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  f rated,  dog

Dreamcatcher (2003)
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:monster
Story:hole in the wall,  book burning,  car accident,  close up of eye,  hole,  breaking a window,  worm,  wall,  hallucination,  car,  mother son relationship,  dog

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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Story:car accident,  car crash,  car,  cockroach,  single mother,  neighbor,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

The Ward (2010) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Ward (2010)

In 1966, in North Bend, Oregon, the runaway Kristen is captured by the police after burning down a farmhouse and is locked in the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. Kristen is introduced to Dr. Gerald Stringer, who uses experimental therapy. Then she meets the inmates Emily, Sarah, Zoey and Iris and the tough nurse Lundt. During the night and in the shower later, Kristen sees the ghost of a woman and she learns that she is Alice Leigh Hudson, a mysterious wicked intern that has disappeared. When Iris is ready to go home, she is attacked by the ghost of Alice in the basement and murdered. She vanishes and the inmates decide to seek Iris out. Then Sarah is abducted by the Alice and also killed; the next one is Emily. Meanwhile Kristen escapes from her room and meets Zoey, expecting to protect her. However, Zoey is kidnapped by Alice and Kristen runs to Dr. Stringer's office. She snoops his desk and finds a report with the truth about Alice. (Read More)

Story:angry woman,  psychological horror,  pill,  watching television,  basement,  scream,  mental illness,  book,  two word title

Young Adult (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Young Adult (2011)

Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into another old high school colleague named Matt Freehauf. She barely remembers Matt until she is reminded that he was the "hate crime" kid i.e. he was beaten almost to death by the school jocks who believed he was gay (which he is not), which has left him among other things needing to walk with a brace. Matt ends up being Mavis' drinking buddy and confidante, Matt, in turn, who tries to be Mavis' voice of reason to get her out of her delusional state about Buddy and get a grip on reclaiming her life as a functioning adult. This is why Young Adult (2011) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Story:children's book,  car accident,  cousin cousin relationship,  mental illness,  little boy,  single mother,  bed,  book,  car,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  f rated,  dog

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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
Story:car crash,  car accident,  dog killed,  killing a dog,  barking dog,  dead dog,  killing an animal,  scream

A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Horror, Thriller

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

A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:killing an animal,  basement,  hallucination,  neighbor,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  dog

Talaash (2012) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Talaash (2012)

Seeing reflections of Mumbai under the red light, Talaash is a tale of love lost, fatal attraction and above all the quest to solve a perfect crime. Suspense at its core, Talaash explores Mumbai's underbelly like never before. Aamir Khan plays an investigation officer, Inspector Shekhawat who receives a phone call early in the morning informing him about death and an accident and how everything starts to unfold from there. The case turns into a life altering chase for Inspector Shekhawat when he is forced to reel under the repercussions of a broken married life with his wife Roshni played by Rani Mukherji and come face to face with his suppressed grief. Being on his investigational quest and fighting it out with personal struggle, Inspector Shekhawat meets a sex worker Rosie played by Kareena Kapoor who further adds shades of mystery to the puzzle. What looks like a simple car accident investigation turns into a haunting mystery as further investigations show many anomalies stringed to the death of the victim. (Read More)

Story:car accident,  car crash,  car,  mental illness,  widow,  title directed by female,  f rated,  dog

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Mimic (1997)
Horror, Sci-fi

Mimic (1997)

A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Story:insect,  dead dog,  cockroach,  killing an animal,  dog

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

Morgan (2016)

Themes:fear
Locations:kitchen
Story:car accident,  tied feet,  directorial debut,  strangulation,  bed,  character name in title

Amores Perros (2000)
Drama, Thriller

Amores Perros (2000)

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. (Read More)

Story:car accident,  car crash,  car,  dead dog,  directorial debut,  dog,  mother son relationship,  two word title

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The Descent (2005) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  hallucination,  book,  car,  two word title,  f rated

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:reading a book to a child,  sleeplessness,  knocking on a door,  little boy,  hallucination,  neighbor,  mother son relationship

Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  basement,  car,  dog

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Take Shelter (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Take Shelter (2011)

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. This is why Take Shelter (2011) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:mental illness,  car accident,  sleeplessness,  barking dog,  watching television,  hallucination,  book,  mother son relationship,  dog

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:kitchen
Story:close up of eye,  dead father,  mental illness,  hallucination,  bed,  book

Halloween II (2009)
Horror

Halloween II (2009)

Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isn't too far off and will continue his murdering 'Halloween' rampage until he gets his sister all to himself. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  killing an animal,  strangulation,  hallucination,  book,  mother son relationship

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Story:car accident,  problem child,  triple f rated,  birthday party,  single mother,  bed,  car,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  f rated

Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Story:car crash,  car accident,  car,  mother son relationship

Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
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. This is why Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Story:car,  based on short film,  scream,  little boy,  neighbor,  dog,  mother son relationship

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Premonition (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Premonition (2007)

The middle-class couple Linda Hanson and Jim Hanson live a wasted and routine relationship with their two daughters in their comfortable house in the suburbs. On a Thursday morning, the local sheriff visits Linda and tells her that her husband died in a car accident on the previous day. On the next morning, when Linda awakes, she finds Jim safe and sound at home. When she awakes on the next morning, she realizes that her days are out of order, but her family and friends believe she is insane. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:kitchen
Story:car accident,  car,  car crash,  tied up while barefoot

Rabbit Hole (2010)
Drama

Rabbit Hole (2010)

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate. (Read More)

Locations:kitchen
Story:car accident,  car,  hole,  basement,  birthday party,  book,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  dog

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:triple f rated,  basement,  cousin cousin relationship,  hallucination,  neighbor,  bed,  book,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  dog

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:cousin cousin relationship,  birthday party,  little boy,  widow,  book,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  f rated

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

Funny Games (2007)

In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. This is why Funny Games (2007) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014). (Read More)

Locations:kitchen
Story:tied up while barefoot,  barking dog,  dead dog,  tied feet,  killing an animal,  dog

The Faculty (1998)
Horror, Sci-fi

The Faculty (1998)

A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims.

Themes:monster,  fear
Story:car crash,  worm,  closet,  killing an animal,  strangulation,  mother son relationship

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Story:knocking on a door,  triple f rated,  crossbow,  killing an animal,  mental illness,  little boy,  book,  title directed by female,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like The Babadook (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:car crash,  car accident,  wearing clothes in a bathtub,  breaking a window,  magic trick,  birthday party,  strangulation,  hallucination,  car,  dog

Wild At Heart (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Story:car accident,  broken nose,  dead father,  scream,  mental illness,  hallucination,  car,  mother son relationship,  dog

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