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The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)

A stockbroker in a small southern town gets embroiled in an insurance scam with a next-door neighbor that leads to multiple murders when a host of other people want in on the plot. Sheriff Thurmond Fowler, the by-the-book town sheriff for over four decades, works earnestly to try and unravel the town’s mystery and winds up getting more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:
greed death murder 
Mood:
religious car chase 
Locations:
small town town 
Characters:
the family father 
Story:
insurance scam next door neighbor morality play small town girl local diner quality control gambling problem safety net co production wake up values notes conclusion reason foundation shady care cliche stockbroker chance working multiple murders direction web door insurance framed sin play evidence plot twist low budget scam diner neighbor bed beer camera  (See All)

Insomnia (2002)
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Insomnia (2002)

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him? (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy police procedural 
Themes:
death murder love betrayal investigation psychopath death of father blackmail redemption guilt poetry murder investigation murder of a police officer 
Mood:
rain neo noir high school 
Locations:
small town town hospital beach restaurant school hotel snow airplane rural setting police station truck tunnel alaska fishing village 
Characters:
police teenager mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship boy teenage girl detective policeman writer police detective older man younger woman relationship colleague colleague relationship cheating on girlfriend 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
evidence diner female nudity nudity blood flashback dog gun fight cigarette smoking photograph chase pistol telephone call shootout beating corpse shot to death shot in the chest remake shotgun shooting book vomiting rifle held at gunpoint dead body interrogation hallucination telephone foot chase female pubic hair fishing police officer killed shot in the leg latex gloves beaten to death fbi storytelling cover up diary pursuit death of husband policewoman cabin waterfall typewriter child murder bullet flying breaking and entering tape recorder shot in the stomach morgue accidental death dead woman homicide morality backpack partner gunshot wound novelist police officer shot frame up pedophile autopsy fog nude woman murdered alarm clock ferry gunfire female detective lying dead dog dead girl hair dead animal journal gun held to head falling into water double barreled shotgun insomnia accidental shooting adult actress playing teenage girl stakeout cabin in the woods quarrel scene of the crime underage smoking murder suspect naked dead woman female cop dirty cop sleeplessness abusive boyfriend glacier schizophrenic criminal investigation bludgeoning lapd hotel manager internal affairs logging sunlight garbage dump forensic evidence lodge planting evidence sleep deprivation garbage bag murder confession los angeles police department sunshine confession of crime planted evidence windshield wiper fingernail arctic circle mystery writer naked dead body trapped underwater crime writer crime confession shell casing nude picture playing chicken removing a bullet ballistics police procedure toenail midnight sun nude body crime reconstruction halibut hypothetical flashback lost in fog nude corpse phone call from suspect remake of norwegian film  (See All)

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Out Of Time (2003)
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Out Of Time (2003)

Matt Whitlock, the police chief of the small town of Banyan Key, Florida, is separated from his wife, Alex, a police homicide detective in MIami. Matt's been having an affair with Ann Merai Harrison, a woman who's separated from her abusive husband, Chris, and who says that she has cancer. When her doctor tells her of a new expensive treatment, Matt decides to give her the nearly half a million dollars in an evidence lock up that he seized from a local drug bust. When Ann and her husband turn up dead only days after naming Chief Whitlock as beneficiary on a million dollar Life insurance policy, things start heating up for Whitlock as the evidence his wife Alex is gathering stacks up against him. And as if things couldn't get worse, the D.E.A. now want the drug money a.s.a.p. Anxiety runs high for Whitlock as he scrambles to figure out who has set him up and also recover half a million dollars all while trying not to break a sweat or draw any suspicions. He's a man who is way out of his depth, nearly out of luck, and desperately close to being out of time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
murder betrayal adultery extramarital affair cancer police investigation 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
small town town hotel hotel fight 
Characters:
husband wife relationship ex husband ex wife relationship police shootout police chase 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
insurance evidence violence kiss three word title surprise ending pistol shootout fistfight gunfight sex in bed falling from height revolver foot chase false accusation fishing double cross femme fatale shot in the leg hotel room product placement domestic violence kissing while having sex arson title based on song morgue florida faked death fight to the death falling to death miami florida frame up cellphone marital separation briefcase framed for murder beretta final showdown police chief temptation interracial marriage woman kills a man burnt body embezzlement woman shot six shooter cash main character shot pen house on fire black cop female gunfighter fingerprint 555 phone number insurance fraud gps fax machine cadaver antihero wife beater duplicity burned body quarterback briefcase of money deus ex machina homicide detective terminal cancer sexual role playing falling off a balcony romantic triangle character appears on front page of a newspaper character appears in newspaper florida keys escape out a window female police detective eyewitness woman shoots a man plainclothes officer wife kills husband 33 year old beneficiary life insurance policy saved at the last second morgue attendant composite sketch obstruction of justice wife shoots husband federal prosecutor squadroom telephone records grazed by a bullet pretend telephone call escape through a bathroom window months to live  (See All)

Children Of The Corn (1984)
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Children Of The Corn (1984)

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

Subgenre:
independent film cult film folk horror 
Themes:
death murder love religion betrayal fear supernatural power abduction 
Locations:
small town town church farm gas station 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship children boy girl 
Story:
chance diner blood violence dog bare chested male kiss knife chase surprise ending fire voice over narration blood splatter rescue good versus evil massacre throat slitting stabbed to death cult drawing hit by a car coffee first of series suitcase death of child hairy chest cross psychic lifting someone into the air preacher back from the dead blood on face dead child blood on shirt murder of a child crucifixion human sacrifice cornfield poisoning meat cleaver leader killer child car radio revolt time loop corn power struggle bloody body of a child nebraska desolation barefoot woman sickle child murders a child worship dead body in car trunk crayon child knocked unconscious attempted escape monopoly the board game child sacrifice child murders an adult pagan ritual psychotic child parent killed in front of child  (See All)

Safe Haven (2013) is one of the best movies like The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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Safe Haven (2013)

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film melodrama fish out of water 
Themes:
murder friendship ghost fear drunkenness escape dance investigation deception paranoia redemption home invasion hope courage police investigation 
Mood:
rain neo noir 
Locations:
small town town bar beach forest boat bus bicycle woods police station police car lake gas station yacht bus station 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship police father daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship female protagonist police officer detective little girl waitress police detective ex husband ex wife relationship uncle nephew relationship single father 
Story:
diner neighbor camera based on novel flashback dog two word title bare chested male kiss fight photograph knife surprise ending fire beating dream fistfight blonde rescue bikini brawl secret letter showdown held at gunpoint cafe hallucination revolver flashlight montage bridge fish false accusation fishing child in peril police officer killed on the run attempted murder character repeating someone else's dialogue widower mini skirt product placement domestic violence american flag dark isolation fireworks arson corrupt cop single parent answering machine revelation spear nipples visible through clothing heavy rain sociopath scene during opening credits jogging desperation parade haunted by the past bravery boston massachusetts manhunt convenience store shot in the face rowboat cigarette lighter gasoline loner pier dark past ferry abusive husband southern accent vodka drifter dark secret spiral staircase paint fake identity blonde woman comic relief sailboat sailing stabbed in the arm self defense young woman coast police captain cabin in the woods woman kills a man north carolina chick flick badge mysterious woman tragic past woman in a bikini realtor fourth of july hoodie house fire wanted poster raccoon cctv surveillance footage 555 phone number marina south carolina protective male dyed hair docks man fights a woman male singer mysterious past general store man punches a woman caught in the rain coastal town seclusion riding a bus woman murders a man sandcastle meet cute attacked from behind suspended cop falling off a bicycle hooded sweatshirt walking in the woods storekeeper cctv camera abused wife alcoholic cop can of paint playing in the surf  (See All)

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The Last Stand (2013)
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The Last Stand (2013)

Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
death murder revenge kidnapping escape murder of a police officer 
Mood:
car chase gore neo noir 
Locations:
small town town helicopter airplane police station farm police car rooftop museum school bus humvee police helicopter 
Characters:
police police officer hostage sniper sheriff mayor police shootout ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship sniper rifle police chase shooting a police officer 
Period:
2010s 21st century year 2013 zip line 
Story:
local diner diner violence bare chested male kiss explosion knife chase three word title surprise ending pistol cell phone shootout corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun car accident shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun punched in the face battle sword arrest falling from height showdown rifle held at gunpoint car crash dead body interrogation handcuffs revolver shot in the back foot chase assassin ambush massacre ambulance death of friend woman bridge prisoner stabbed in the chest weapon exploding car hit by a car police officer killed shot in the forehead binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue fbi fugitive farmer street shootout shot in the shoulder exploding body neck breaking die hard scenario mercenary severed arm las vegas nevada corrupt cop crime boss chainsaw shot in the stomach jail cell walkie talkie fbi agent swat team rocket launcher masked man crime scene pump action shotgun target practice bloody nose dual wield shot in the face police officer shot stabbed in the leg thrown through a window assault rifle arizona knife fight body landing on a car lens flare sports car drug lord gatling gun torso cut in half tracking device beretta desert eagle bazooka bribery tractor head blown off police officer shot in the chest standoff night vision race car informant stabbed in the arm double barreled shotgun escaped convict valet cornfield deputy kiss on the lips street fight unsubtitled foreign language handcuffed watermelon female cop overturning car rogue agent night time checkpoint tommy gun flare gun car rollover reference to batman neo western night vision goggles villain arrested police officer shot in the head thrown from a car shoulder holster automatic weapon falling off a roof decoy modern western chevrolet convoy fire fight magnet small town sheriff blockade hit by a bus target shooting handcuffed woman police officer shot in the back outnumbered corvette killed in police car fictional town speeding vehicle chevrolet corvette shot in the ear fast car facial cut iraq veteran escape from custody prisoner transport afghanistan veteran camaro loading a gun resisting arrest chevrolet camaro police officer strangulated shot through the floor snowplow locked in jail police officer neck broken thompson sub machine gun flare gun as weapon falling from a rooftop awakened by phone stetson ramming a car jumping on a moving vehicle crashing through a door diversionary tactic ejected from a moving vehicle reflection in a rearview mirror bell 205 helicopter chevrolet pickup truck reference to pablo escobar electromagnet semi tractor trailer gun collector police roadblock speed trap character shouts geronimo ejected from a moving car  (See All)

Arachnophobia (1990)
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Arachnophobia (1990)

A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film suspense creature feature 
Themes:
death fear funeral investigation paranoia panic courage near death experience unlikely hero 
Locations:
small town town helicopter cemetery rural setting police car jungle san francisco california rain forest 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor boy brother sister relationship police officer photographer little girl native american little boy professor sheriff coroner  (See All)
Story:
neighbor camera one word title dog party surprise ending shower fire corpse underwear cat undressing showdown river scientist subjective camera survival wine impalement toilet false accusation bird coffin training danger locker room poison race against time tent gym death of husband suspicion directorial debut waterfall heart attack record player coach burned alive killing an animal barn morgue american football spider eccentric culture clash animal attack earthquake watching television bravery boxer shorts medical examination autopsy dead boy cellar burned to death siren southern accent englishman abroad expedition homage bug undertaker popcorn fish tank stretcher assistant hearse motorboat south america microscope dead bird guide stupid victim mortuary pet cat treadmill venezuela toy car mortician falling through the floor animal in cast credits football coach canteen cricket phonograph record nail gun nest exhumation wine cellar blowtorch exterminator garden party pesticide equipment encampment dumb police infestation cocoon sinkhole spiderweb toxin remote controlled toy car arachnophobia specimen spider bite human versus spider spider feature jungle expedition killing a bug  (See All)

The Machinist (2004)
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The Machinist (2004)

Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don't associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what is going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance. A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people - probably one or some of his coworkers - are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to Ivan's schemes and whereabouts, Trevor may come to a true understanding of what has caused his insomnia. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film 
Themes:
death murder revenge surrealism drinking voyeurism memory death of mother paranoia guilt 
Mood:
car chase rain neo noir moving 
Locations:
bar train los angeles california bathtub airport motel storm tunnel sex in a toilet stall 
Characters:
police mother son relationship prostitute policeman single mother waitress police chase 
Story:
notes working evidence diner beer female nudity nudity blood female frontal nudity flashback bare chested male sex scene fight cigarette smoking photograph knife chase surprise ending topless female nudity corpse underwear car accident blonde face slap watching tv sex in bed vomiting dead body cafe bathroom prostitution jail hallucination voyeur cleavage foot chase flashlight woman throat slitting subway fish nonlinear timeline scantily clad female hit by a car coffee bartender confession locker room fired from the job factory american flag ex convict severed arm sleeping garage record player pickup truck werewolf underground shaving no panties nipples visible through clothing recording coitus clock severed finger punched in the stomach delusion amusement park cliff refrigerator looking at self in mirror alienation divorcee copulation photo album hit and run mental breakdown subway station nude machine restroom disposing of a dead body insomnia split personality nude girl landlady pie conscience seizure garbage cleaning old photograph hitchcockian torment epilepsy weight loss toothbrush manslaughter mysterious stranger taunting power failure british actor playing american character emaciation guilty conscience following toilet stall 666 bad smell welder washing hands one armed man license plate manhole unreliable narrator machinery odor mother's day fatigue losing weight post it route 66 rug theremin pathology drug testing thumb dostoevsky drilling machine department of motor vehicles urban gothic running a red light toe house of horrors machinist hangman game factory accident fun house hedge trimmer california flag labor unionist rolled up rug evade capture fingers cut off  (See All)

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The Guard (2011) is one of the best movies like The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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The Guard (2011)

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. (Read More)

Subgenre:
police procedural 
Themes:
murder death of mother blackmail police corruption 
Mood:
murder case 
Locations:
small town town boat boat on fire 
Characters:
police mother son relationship photographer 
Story:
door two word title prostitution cocaine fbi ireland pub fbi agent bribe assault rifle dock drug smuggling nursing home cop killer murder attempt exploding boat irish republican army derringer weapons cache galway galway ireland dry humour rural ireland  (See All)

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selena's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers.... (Read More)

Themes:
murder suicide marriage investigation incest memory anger psychopath dysfunctional family writing murder investigation 
Locations:
small town town bar rural setting police station 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship female protagonist detective writer alcoholic maid terror employer employee relationship mother versus daughter 
Story:
shady working sex f rated character name in title based on novel violence flashback two word title title spoken by character interrogation island reporter axe woman accident child abuse false accusation judge christmas tree domestic violence strong female character falling down stairs sexual abuse dysfunctional marriage strong female lead watching television cameo pills job interview falling to death pedophile housekeeper abusive father nervous breakdown ferry abusive husband music band hair last will and testament child molestation editor well drunkard mooning audio cassette murder suspect man wearing glasses mailman inspector maine sadistic psychopath molestation reputation eclipse marina eye witness docks ferry boat small community solar eclipse bad mother invalid based on the works of stephen king bank account magazine editor anti depressant male chauvinism woman wearing glasses prescription drugs mother daughter estrangement scotch winch rolling pin falling down a shaft bossa nova state police lawn party fax transmission bangor maine religious medal  (See All)

U Turn (1997)
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U Turn (1997)

When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a (unbeknownst to him) young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later, she hires Bobby to kill the husband. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
murder infidelity rape money betrayal incest robbery 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
small town town desert road trip 
Characters:
husband wife relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship police officer native american sheriff 
Story:
diner female nudity blood violence flashback male rear nudity two word title bare chested male surprise ending shower based on book beating corpse shot to death blood splatter shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun punched in the face cat falling from height held at gunpoint shot in the back strangulation stabbed in the chest man with glasses double cross police officer killed femme fatale stabbed in the back debt automobile cheating wife killing an animal kicked in the stomach mechanic severed finger police officer shot time lapse photography arizona blind man axe murder con man bag of money drifter stranded disposing of a dead body animal cruelty language barrier body in a trunk scorpion trailer park finger cut off car breakdown police officer shot in the head vietnam war veteran bad luck money falling through the air car wreck falling off a cliff bandaged hand phoenix arizona soda roadkill tomahawk hit with a golf club strange person apache trippy axe in the chest jealous lover auto shop pushed off a cliff dramatic irony reference to patsy cline arizona desert  (See All)

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Homefront (2013)
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Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
death murder revenge kidnapping drugs prison torture escape deception brutality dysfunctional family redemption bullying home invasion murder of a police officer 
Mood:
car chase gore neo noir 
Locations:
small town town bar train school forest helicopter motorcycle boat woods strip club gas station school teacher fire truck water torture sex in a garage sex on car  (See All)
Characters:
husband wife relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship tattoo boy brother sister relationship hostage lawyer tough guy warrior action hero bully hitman sniper sheriff daughter sniper rifle single father parent child relationship suicide by cop revenge motive  (See All)
Story:
diner based on novel blood violence one word title flashback dog fight cigarette smoking explosion knife chase surprise ending pistol fire cell phone shootout beating shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun horse car accident shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun rescue slow motion scene punched in the face cat arrest gunfight brawl showdown held at gunpoint hand to hand combat birthday car crash interrogation revolver shot in the back f word foot chase gang ambush strangulation axe disguise ambulance drug dealer bridge impalement widow stabbed to death mixed martial arts prisoner stabbed in the chest tied to a chair exploding car anti hero one man army child in peril birthday party police officer killed shot in the leg shot in the forehead one against many drug addict character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death widower pay phone mission undercover knocked out kicked in the face death of son threat horse riding die hard scenario single parent ak 47 machismo head butt assassination attempt drug shot in the stomach scene during opening credits agent exploding building nosebleed swat team psychologist culture clash broken leg biker drug dealing gas mask redneck rear entry sex stealing a car bloody nose confrontation hit in the crotch son new orleans louisiana punched in the stomach death threat junkie feud swamp booby trap title at the end undercover agent undercover cop raid gasoline police raid lens flare drug lord flat tire southern accent hit with a baseball bat intimidation marijuana joint blood on camera lens stabbed in the hand ex cop stuffed animal louisiana bully comeuppance tween girl elementary school flask white trash stable alligator prison visit car set on fire motorcycle gang speedboat mugshot pitchfork 10 year old handyman happy birthday to you biker gang gang leader abandoned warehouse night vision goggles modern western methamphetamine running for your life bayou kicked in the chest drug bust exploding motorcycle kidnapped girl dea dea agent kidnapped child human shield two against one flipping car stolen police car meth lab crystal meth provocation building explosion drawbridge tattoo on arm sos drug mule widowed father airboat holding someone's head underwater boat yard slashed tire stealing a police car drug lab drug raid school playground stabbed with a pitchfork one percenter hit team erlenmeyer flask girl hits a boy steakhouse overkill angry parent monkey bars rebar  (See All)

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Edge Of Darkness (2010)

Thomas Craven is a detective who has spent years working the streets of Boston. When his own daughter is killed outside his own home, Craven soon realizes that her death is only one piece of an intriguing puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy conspiracy theory political thriller political conspiracy 
Themes:
death murder revenge betrayal investigation deception memory corruption paranoia murder investigation murder of a police officer death of daughter radioactivity murder of daughter 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
hospital beach train station 
Characters:
father daughter relationship police officer nurse detective policeman police detective single father suicide by cop 
Story:
working framed evidence beer blood violence flashback gun photograph three word title pistol shootout beating corpse shot to death blood splatter shot in the chest remake shot in the head punched in the face arrest held at gunpoint car crash dead body hallucination handcuffs wine no opening credits assassination hit by a car news report cigar smoking shot in the leg shot in the forehead based on tv series poison cover up knocked out stalking government threatened with a knife handgun shaving coma morgue nosebleed videotape swat team milk veteran blood on face boston massachusetts punched in the stomach shot in the face scissors senator death of protagonist severed leg activist political corruption shot multiple times man crying being followed news reporter shot through a window mysterious man shot in the neck vigilantism loss of daughter shot in the eye latin breaking a window corrupt politician company shot in the hand raining sleeping in a car shot in the throat home video reference to bill clinton reference to george w. bush nuclear weapons evil corporation reference to hillary clinton ruthlessness conspiracy theorist hidden truth shot in the side homicide detective vomiting blood driving in the rain picking a lock lock of hair ash scattering geiger counter remake by original director eurocopter as350 squirrel british man burning clothing paranoid hit with a door radiation poisoning blood on floor remake of tv show scattering cremated ashes reference to nancy pelosi ginger ale illegal operation fire in 55 gallon drum  (See All)

The Tailor Of Panama (2001)
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The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government. (Read More)

Subgenre:
political satire documentary footage 
Themes:
death love suicide marriage money politics drinking drunkenness escape seduction corruption blackmail inheritance 
Mood:
car chase rain nightmare 
Locations:
restaurant helicopter cemetery airplane farm brothel gay bar 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship children singer dancer jew uncle nephew relationship engineer suicide by gunshot 
Story:
insurance scam neighbor camera based on novel blood male nudity violence female frontal nudity flashback sex scene cigarette smoking dancing singing chase telephone call fire song beating underwear mirror computer lie birthday cafe sex standing up hallucination swimming spy newspaper band bridge map birthday party graveyard grave liar pay phone umbrella suitcase debt bank president ex convict secret agent fireworks buttocks watching television intrigue school uniform dressing room landlord misogynist spiral staircase territory name in title suit banker drug trafficking embassy ambassador motorboat money laundering hammock hoax tailor canal pancake mortgage country in title reference to frankenstein following british secret service irishman sweatshop panama shipping men's club panama canal talk to the dead vibrating bed pentagon building british embassy british ambassador panama city panama  (See All)

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Sudden Impact (1983)
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Sudden Impact (1983)

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
murder love revenge rape wedding gangster hero psychopath brutality justice police investigation murder of a police officer 
Mood:
car chase neo noir 
Locations:
small town town hospital bar elevator police car courtroom san francisco california 
Characters:
police prostitute police officer serial killer detective hostage lawyer sister sister relationship tough guy artist action hero hitman 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
diner beer female nudity blood violence sequel flashback dog chase panties shootout beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun urination shot in the head shotgun gunfight falling from height showdown cafe marijuana revolver criminal reporter foot chase gay slur ambush throat slitting impalement judge anti hero painter disarming someone one man army fishing coffee shot in the forehead limousine one against many organized crime college student directed by star las vegas nevada vigilante cult director heart attack crime boss uzi pot smoking mobster blockbuster bride rape victim art gallery female killer homicide target practice hit in the crotch pet dog psychotronic post traumatic stress disorder amusement park gang rape wisecrack humor tough cop asylum siren wedding reception molotov cocktail irish american physician quick draw armed robbery roller coaster female psychopath bank robber animal abuse greenhouse vigilante justice man punching a woman press submachine gun maverick cop crotch grab cadillac woman shot carousel abusive boyfriend golden gate bridge merry go round psychotronic film garbage can shot in the crotch famous line mob hit unicorn pacific ocean bulldog hardware store post traumatic stress fairground woman shot in the forehead woman kills woman boardwalk kneed in the groin fish market cold blooded murder catch phrase quadriplegic magnum handgun car falls into water catatonic state assailant brutal cop cop on the edge wedding banquet santa cruz california .44 magnum dirty harry irish american cop  (See All)

Raw Deal (1986)
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Raw Deal (1986)

Mark Kaminski is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Luigi Patrovita, enlists Kaminski in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovita is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminski must go undercover and join Patrovita's gang. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film martial arts cult film 
Themes:
murder revenge drugs adultery funeral gangster hero brutality mafia gambling home invasion justice police brutality 
Mood:
car chase poetic justice 
Locations:
small town town bar restaurant helicopter motorcycle nightclub taxi wheelchair chicago illinois bar brawl motorcycle chase 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police tough guy action hero sheriff sniper rifle 
Period:
1980s 20th century year 1986 
Story:
blood violence kiss cigarette smoking knife pistol telephone call shootout blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest blonde shotgun gunfight brawl showdown rifle hand to hand combat revolver shot in the back foot chase ambush massacre death of friend exploding car disarming someone one man army graveyard cigar smoking one against many organized crime karate fbi undercover opening action scene witness semiautomatic pistol silencer kissing while having sex vigilante casino crime boss machismo uzi electronic music score cake mobster videotape classical music mob bar fight gun battle passport pump action shotgun switchblade construction site dual wield psychotronic wisecrack humor undercover agent tough cop trailer smoke mob boss beretta impersonating a police officer junkyard quick draw glock hideout gunslinger exploding truck cabin in the woods walking mafia boss dirty cop flare gun witness protection revolving door shoulder holster desert eagle .50 police vigilantism ashtray alley fight twentieth century blowing smoke in someone's face killing in self defense unarmed man killed chicago police mob war death of a son score influenced by popular music styles  (See All)

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A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts black comedy post modern 
Themes:
death murder love revenge kidnapping marriage rape fear gangster deception robbery theft terrorism paranoia drug use mafia redemption insanity bullying panic trauma justice murder of brother american mythology  (See All)
Mood:
gore neo noir high school nightmare ambiguous ending 
Locations:
small town town hospital bar restaurant church police car lake strip club pennsylvania 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship brother brother relationship brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy policeman hostage lawyer thief christian bully waitress lust sheriff uncle nephew relationship gay gangster homosexual killer homosexual villain  (See All)
Story:
cliche diner female nudity blood male nudity violence female frontal nudity interview gun sex scene kiss female rear nudity fight female full frontal nudity cigarette smoking knife leg spreading surprise ending panties labia pistol telephone call fondling beating shot to death blood splatter shot in the chest face slap shot in the head shotgun sex in bed secret shooting lie rifle tears sunglasses 69 sex position marijuana shot in the back f word cleavage gay slur orphan terrorist strangulation mansion stabbing woman female pubic hair anti hero scantily clad female child in peril shot in the forehead confession attempted murder limousine organized crime liar product placement mistaken identity storytelling death of child shot in the shoulder long take death of brother pursuit female removes her clothes stalking cross threat neck breaking ex convict obscene finger gesture child murder identity bullet head butt wound sociopath captive mobster stealing american football drug abuse assault nosebleed false identity role playing kicking irony gash in the face kicked in the crotch sibling rivalry panties pulled down deceit philadelphia pennsylvania dark past broken arm injustice bruise secret identity dc comics reckless driving physical abuse doppelganger barbed wire irish american assumed identity standoff double barreled shotgun self defense spreadeagle based on graphic novel extreme violence disfigured face facial scar retribution schizophrenic witness protection sex on stairs attempted robbery fratricide cheerleader uniform indiana vendetta multiple personality keys crossword puzzle crotch shot stabbed in the foot ruthlessness having sex with skirt hiked up lost child child uses gun pastiche falling through a window restraining order auto repair vertigo spooning reality vs fantasy father hits son eye ripped out grand guignol irish mob vertigo comics spooning sexual position garrotting metafiction reference to cain and abel adoptive parent engine trouble panties slip blurred boundaries drive in movie theatre irish gangster middle america irish mafia shotgun shell brother killing brother frisking crotch slip nose pushed into brain front yard alienated sexuality darwinian struggle for survival small town stereotype convicted murderer dominant wife individuation psycho next door failure to communicate nose shot off  (See All)

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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
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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)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy suspense supernatural paranormal phenomena 
Themes:
death murder surrealism suicide fear escape monster investigation deception paranoia insanity apocalypse self sacrifice police brutality ghost town end of mankind  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir nightmare 
Locations:
small town town new york city bar church hotel car bus bicycle elevator motel tunnel new england 
Characters:
police doctor police officer writer lawyer psychiatrist secretary homeless man self referential insurance agent evil monster 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
scam diner blood violence flashback dog gun cigarette smoking title spoken by character chase surprise ending beating corpse shot to death blood splatter car accident shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun arrest painting book rifle car crash bathroom demon hallucination handcuffs reference to jesus christ revolver manhattan new york city subjective camera good versus evil foot chase axe ambulance bridge weapon nonlinear timeline anti hero drawing hit by a car creature news report attempted murder smoking author character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death pay phone character's point of view camera shot missing person lightning cross film within a film basement suspicion murderer cinema severed arm cult director typewriter dismemberment killing riot pickup truck fireplace revelation electronic music score gothic heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror mutant rage told in flashback crucifix movie theater nosebleed fraud torch end of the world animal attack schizophrenia hitchhiking mental institution movie theatre severed finger cynicism hit in the crotch title appears in writing escape attempt cigarette lighter bookstore rainstorm disfigurement h.p. lovecraft axe murder mutation asylum riding a bicycle shot multiple times media coverage poster alley tribute novel homage publisher portal editor confessional double barreled shotgun insane asylum cornfield receptionist fantasy world strait jacket sleeping in a car manuscript chapel disfigured face pitchfork god road alternate dimension social decay burning angry mob deja vu movie poster parallel world blue cyclist homeless woman fantasy becomes reality music score composed by director new hampshire book burning alternate world blue eyes manic laughter blood on mouth insurance investigator literary agent abandoned church dream within a dream pessimism cursed lovecraftian abandoned hotel padded cell abandoned city abandoned theater newspaper boy book publisher fire axe metafiction tentacles emergency broadcast system parallel dimension christian cross covered bridge going in circles horror writer doberman pinscher pack of dogs end of world mentally insane bicycle ride schizo writer meets subject  (See All)

Blood Simple (1984)
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Blood Simple (1984)

Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests evidence - in this instance, photographic - that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won't be found. The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty's bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy 
Themes:
greed murder money jealousy adultery deception extramarital affair psychopath surveillance apocalypse affair 
Mood:
neo noir nightmare 
Locations:
small town town bar water motel gas station texas 
Characters:
husband wife relationship killer sniper 
Story:
shady evidence blood violence dog two word title bare chested male gun cigarette smoking photograph voice over narration punctuation in title mirror shot in the chest vomiting bathroom shot in the back newspaper stabbing double cross bartender directorial debut cow private detective bullet shot in the stomach cowboy hat phone booth boss kicked in the crotch shovel cigarette lighter safe wisecrack humor rainstorm chain alarm clock shot through a window title ends with period illusion stabbed in the hand buried alive stuffed animal german shepherd jukebox hired killer car radio pool of blood handbag bludgeoning employee grave digging double light bulb shot through a wall soul music broken finger duplicity neon sign dead fish pastiche ceiling fan crime gone awry shallow grave burning a photograph lover grand guignol hiding in a bathroom hyperrealism burning photograph cowboy boot incinerator original story epistemology blood drip front yard breaking a lightbulb failure to communicate  (See All)

Blue Velvet (1986)
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Blue Velvet (1986)

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film post modern 
Themes:
death murder surrealism kidnapping drugs rape jealousy gangster voyeurism psychopath obsession blackmail surveillance alcoholism blindness murder of a police officer police corruption american mythology  (See All)
Mood:
car chase gore satire neo noir nightmare avant garde 
Locations:
small town hospital nightclub brothel 
Characters:
father father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship singer serial killer student detective love triangle police detective villain older woman younger man relationship writer director amateur detective shooting a police officer go go dancer  (See All)
Story:
cliche diner beer sex female nudity nudity male nudity violence female frontal nudity male frontal nudity male rear nudity two word title gun sex scene female rear nudity female full frontal nudity male full frontal nudity knife leg spreading corpse shot to death face slap shot in the head secret hallucination voyeur male pubic hair color in title revolver good versus evil drug dealer female pubic hair controversy femme fatale shot in the forehead public nudity suburb striptease convertible wig silencer cult director corrupt cop breaking and entering title based on song mutilation walkie talkie drug abuse assault sadomasochism peeping tom broken leg woman in jeopardy switchblade dark humor insect psychotronic song in title black eye musical number perversion misogyny black bra and panties doppelganger hiding in a closet forced to strip sex slave masochism stroke scene of the crime americana shot in the hand urinating woman in lingerie lip synching flame graphic violence grass waking up butcher knife psychotronic film dreaming talking while driving sexual obsession sexual humiliation stairwell hardware store title appears in song severed ear sexual predator high school football oxygen mask handball exterminator fire engine black lingerie loss of innocence strong sexual content gomorrahy muscle car innocence lost lounge singer kidnapped child touching someone's breasts psychological abuse mystery woman spying on someone horns dance party hyperrealism full circle killer cop robin paladin sexual aberration middle america heineken beer non statutory female on male rape attempt amyl nitrate front yard horus alienated sexuality osiris small town stereotype kidnapped man man in disguise kabuki makeup  (See All)

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The American (2010)

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film suspense 
Themes:
death murder love revenge money betrayal deception loneliness theft paranoia redemption guilt unrequited love execution 
Mood:
neo noir nightmare avant garde ambiguous ending 
Locations:
small town town bar restaurant train forest hotel snow motorcycle cemetery village woods italy lake gas station brothel train station car motorcycle chase log cabin  (See All)
Characters:
father son relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship tattoo prostitute priest tough guy hitman sniper american abroad sniper rifle sex with prostitute 
Period:
winter 
Story:
diner camera female nudity character name in title based on novel nudity blood male nudity violence female frontal nudity flashback male rear nudity two word title bare chested male gun sex scene kiss female rear nudity female full frontal nudity cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character knife chase surprise ending pistol shower telephone call cell phone shootout corpse shot to death blood splatter car accident shot in the chest shot in the head watching tv gunfight sex in bed bare butt falling from height rifle car crash dead body cafe river alcohol television criminal shot in the back foot chase assassin wine ambush woman female pubic hair weapon map brunette anti hero one man army double cross shot in the leg shot in the forehead on the run confession skinny dipping binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue prologue pay phone mission undercover massage suitcase opening action scene street shootout long take stalking date neck breaking premarital sex suspicion silencer sleeping espionage europe subtitled scene garage italian waiter sabotage fireplace bullet assassination attempt shot in the stomach scene during opening credits rome italy watching a movie phone booth parade following someone dead woman false identity mexican standoff female killer picnic full moon mechanic rear entry sex stealing a car target practice gash in the face death of protagonist dark hero butterfly sweden aerial shot sexy woman blood on shirt loner red panties passionate kiss briefcase tragic hero newspaper clipping main character dies female assassin englishman abroad villain played by lead actor quick draw very little dialogue gunslinger hired killer push ups purse cabin in the woods man kills a woman nickname in title tragic ending main character shot woman with gun long brown hair assassination plot bilingualism motor scooter man wearing towel last stand hidden gun one last job swimming in underwear falling off a roof see through panties ferry boat dinner date brandy wine bottle woman smoking cigarette hero kills a woman red light red rose target shooting strong sexual content dying woman fake id car repair fast draw implied cunnilingus taking off shoes crisis of conscience talking during sex equipment kissing in public smoking after sex talking after sex roman catholic auto repair kissing breasts alleyway woman undressing for a man open air market mercury female sniper misfiring gun shooting out tire loading gun gunsmith repairing a car dalarna sweden failed murder attempt assembling a rifle  (See All)

Cop Land (1997)
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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)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film conspiracy 
Themes:
death murder suicide kidnapping marriage infidelity jealousy adultery fear drunkenness escape funeral gangster hero investigation extramarital affair corruption brutality paranoia mafia unfaithfulness home invasion justice courage police brutality murder of a police officer police corruption unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
car chase gore neo noir darkness 
Locations:
small town town new york city bar swimming pool forest cemetery woods police station police car rooftop strip club fire truck car in a lake 
Characters:
husband wife relationship police african american police officer detective policeman priest hostage lawyer tough guy love triangle police detective sheriff ex husband ex wife relationship uncle nephew relationship mayor police shootout police chase aunt nephew relationship deafness police funeral  (See All)
Period:
1990s 
Story:
diner beer blood violence one word title interview flashback two word title gun cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character party chase surprise ending pistol based on true story fire voice over narration shootout beating corpse shot to death blood splatter car accident shot in the chest shotgun rescue slow motion scene punched in the face arrest gunfight falling from height showdown lie held at gunpoint car crash handcuffs revolver manhattan new york city stripper shot in the back f word foot chase gay slur flashlight ambulance death of friend bridge cocaine map no opening credits underwater scene police officer killed news report cigar smoking drowning bartender racial slur on the run attempted murder one against many drug addict organized crime danger suburb pay phone product placement cover up shot in the shoulder manipulation pursuit threat death of husband sadness policewoman suspicion directorial debut newspaper headline arson corrupt cop black american crime boss machismo uzi sabotage shot in the stomach jail cell walkie talkie working class kicked in the stomach press conference skateboard faked death honor carnival gun battle presumed dead crime scene reverse footage haunted by the past bravery new jersey italian american punched in the stomach convenience store junkie falling to death dark hero aerial shot deer turtle tough cop loner tragic hero ethnic slur dead woman with eyes open world trade center manhattan new york city burned to death newspaper clipping pipe smoking media coverage firefighter mob boss heroism ex cop testimony abandoned house jukebox quick draw loser paramedic accidental shooting newspaper article deputy ferris wheel carnage domestic abuse maverick cop fight the system overweight times square manhattan new york city mafia boss badge female cop comeback distrust dirty cop rescue from drowning heroic bloodshed crime investigation black cop social decay city hall exit wound insurance fraud slow motion action scene falling off a roof rookie cop fairground nypd pinball machine conspiracy theorist jumping off a bridge water tower internal affairs police vigilantism dart counsellor bomb squad playing against type planting evidence fictional town media hype tinnitus hudson river parking meter ear bleeding dartboard nose bandage italian american cop crashing into a car george washington bridge partial deafness junkie cop sideswiping a car  (See All)

Fright Night (1985)
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Fright Night (1985)

For young Charley Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charley with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film post modern stop motion animation teen movie teen horror horror spoof lgbt horror vampire comedy 
Themes:
death hero voyeurism seduction supernatural power faith police investigation 
Mood:
gore spoof night 
Locations:
small town nightclub 
Characters:
police mother son relationship teenager boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage boy serial killer detective policeman actor vampire single mother villain girlfriend parent child relationship neighbor neighbor relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
next door neighbor door neighbor female nudity nudity blood male nudity violence male rear nudity two word title bare chested male gun title spoken by character chase surprise ending pistol topless female nudity shot to death mirror shot in the chest punched in the face watching tv written by director undressing falling from height painting held at gunpoint voyeur good versus evil topless impalement stabbed in the chest house severed head coffin news report transformation shot in the forehead binoculars virgin suburb skeleton scar high school student stalking cross exploding body witness basement character says i love you first part undead werewolf falling down stairs wolf burned alive lifting someone into the air crucifix hunter teenage protagonist woman in jeopardy reverse footage hypnosis jumping through a window friendship between boys dead boy levitation stabbed in the hand horror host male friendship camera shot of bare feet broken mirror kiss on the lips rhyme in title bitten in the neck super power bra removing bloody violence vampirism homosexual subtext vampire hunter psychotronic film black cop ghoul lifting person in air glowing eyes grindhouse film holy water vampire slayer jumping out a window tv host throat ripping older man young girl relationship hand injury stake lifted by the throat garlic howling sunlight new neighbor tv star remade washed up star stabbed in the heart short haired female vampire bite horror movie remade red eyes threatening telephone call dead body in a car trunk teenage son pointing a gun on someone vampire bat seductive man boyfriend girlfriend conflict reflection in a mirror grabbed by the throat stabbed with a pencil fanboy eviction notice usa horror host tv personality male vampire seductive dance reflection in mirror melting man bat attack reference to bela lugosi teenager in danger human versus vampire stake through the heart no reflection vampire driving a car thrown across a room truth taken as a lie reference to christopher lee nosy mother punch catch  (See All)

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Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

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

Themes:
death murder revenge marriage infidelity money jealousy adultery pregnancy drinking investigation deception robbery extramarital affair anger psychopath obsession paranoia cancer unfaithfulness illness sadism surveillance evil photography cruelty writing police investigation  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
small town hospital new york city bar swimming pool hotel car snow water airport elevator kitchen wheelchair police station police car motel singing in a car shed  (See All)
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship brother sister relationship police officer detective writer lawyer thief police detective self mutilation police arrest father in law son in law relationship mother in law son in law relationship self injury  (See All)
Period:
2000s 2010s 
Story:
evidence neighbor bed beer camera female nudity f rated based on novel blood male nudity violence bare breasts female frontal nudity interview flashback male frontal nudity male rear nudity two word title sex scene kiss female rear nudity fight cigarette smoking photograph party knife surprise ending shower telephone call voice over narration crying based on book cell phone corpse blood splatter food urination watching tv cat drink arrest secret letter book lie sunglasses lingerie interrogation bathroom manhattan new york city television telephone reporter bedroom flashlight video camera disguise woman throat slitting bridge eating house nonlinear timeline false accusation man with glasses drawing search femme fatale news report marriage proposal bartender confession author argument fbi missing person diary manipulation disappearance gift basement sadness policewoman suspicion twin casino record player tv news fireplace revelation desire woman with glasses sociopath scene during opening credits told in flashback security camera press conference covered in blood audience homicide male underwear surveillance camera mercilessness irony shopping mall love at first sight frame up pride bookstore black eye surprise wedding ring alzheimer's disease suspect insult living room marital problem neighborhood framed for murder crowd female detective physical abuse media coverage southern accent anniversary mysterious man loss of job dark secret car driving money problems alarm sarcasm ex boyfriend abandoned house bitterness pregnancy test female psychopath retirement home narcissism police interrogation treasure hunt quarrel scene of the crime trailer park missing university student murder suspect sleeping in a car woman in lingerie clue female police officer mysterious woman board game hit with a hammer pool of blood talking about sex female bartender schizophrenic video game television reporter wrongful arrest wedding anniversary fake accent female writer selfie envelope missouri media manipulation stealing money voice over inner thoughts dyed hair screenplay adapted by author book signing female student mass media criminal mastermind psychological manipulation blue jeans mob of reporters st. louis missouri villainess played by lead actress missing woman emotional manipulation missing person poster female thief bar owner search party furnace violent sex arm cast control freak lake house media hype miniature golf trust fund hair dye police department unreliable narrator bored housewife scavenger hunt watching boxer briefs mysterious disappearance public bathroom staring box cutter media circus strange behavior missing wife marriage as hell tv show host urine sample dying hair economic recession naked dead man sexual manipulation female police detective return to hometown television interview vigil pathological liar slur magazine writer manipulative personality scheming wife twin brother and sister voice over diary female neighbor husband suspected of murdering his wife fake evidence sex in a library husband suspected of killing his wife punch and judy abandoned shopping mall  (See All)

Double Indemnity (1944) is one of the best movies like The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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Double Indemnity (1944)

In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film suspense murder conspiracy 
Themes:
greed death murder marriage infidelity betrayal adultery anger death of father obsession paranoia guilt grief unfaithfulness dating murder of husband  (See All)
Locations:
train los angeles california elevator 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father daughter relationship nurse lust employer employee relationship stepmother stepdaughter relationship insurance agent 
Period:
1930s year 1938 
Story:
insurance scam based on novel blood flashback two word title photograph title spoken by character voice over narration corpse shot to death blonde tears revolver criminal woman widow double cross femme fatale gunshot witness loss of father suspicion supermarket told in flashback impersonation phone booth railway station parking garage dead woman female killer janitor cynicism phone reckless driving unhappy marriage assumed identity crutches stepmother cast bowling alley bullet wound title same as book woman shot in medias res insurance fraud eye witness villainess played by lead actress wife murders husband softball job offer telephone box office building crime gone awry insurance company candlelight dinner insurance investigator stepdaughter leg cast dictaphone jumping from a train porter insurance policy insurance salesman railroad tracks get rich quick scheme elevator operator insurance claim murder disguised as accident widowed father mislaid trust suspected murder booth goldfish bowl hollywood bowl hollywood hills ice tea mortal wound wrong suspect ankle bracelet staircase conversation double indemnity female corrupts male hanging up without saying goodbye perfect murder scheme chinese checkers insurance investigation wax cylinder  (See All)

The Guest (2014)
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The Guest (2014)

Subgenre:
independent film black comedy suspense 
Themes:
death murder friendship revenge betrayal deception psychopath death of father death of mother blackmail grief bullying 
Mood:
car chase high school 
Locations:
small town bar restaurant rural setting farm fire truck 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage boy tough guy bully waitress ex soldier military police  (See All)
Story:
diner beer blood violence bare breasts bare chested male sex scene kiss cigarette smoking photograph explosion party knife surprise ending pistol fire shootout woman on top beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun slow motion scene punched in the face watching tv arrest brawl car crash marijuana classroom revolver shot in the back f word subjective camera halloween gay slur flashlight strangulation ambulance death of friend drug dealer throat slitting stabbed to death stabbed in the chest no opening credits one man army double cross shot in the leg shot in the forehead bartender one against many character repeating someone else's dialogue stabbed in the back halloween costume shot in the shoulder death of brother high school student death of son laptop premarital sex suspicion character says i love you mercenary kissing while having sex newspaper headline pickup truck pot smoking grenade electronic music score jogging nosebleed stranger faked death following someone false identity bar fight broken leg stealing a car bloody nose guest underage drinking stabbed in the neck post traumatic stress disorder special forces stabbed in the leg jumping through a window assault rifle title at the end cellphone bruise killing spree halloween party framed for murder firefighter beretta being followed shot through a window villain played by lead actor harassment mysterious man shot in the neck maze homage arms dealer major bully comeuppance medal cd crashing through a window scarecrow experiment gone wrong shot in the foot hiding under a bed overhead camera shot detention villain not really dead cliche breaking a bottle over someone's head man with no name jack o'lantern 555 phone number escaped mental patient woman wearing black lingerie job promotion protective male strobe light dog tag quarry running for your life british actor playing american character hundred dollar bill shot through a wall balisong high school principal drink thrown into someone's face clothesline pumpkin carving 20 year old halloween decoration false accusation of murder beer keg man wearing a towel homemade haunted house attraction 360 degree well shot hall of mirrors underground parking garage bloody footprint head on collision neo 80s crawling on the floor face spattered with blood bashing someone's head into a wall chained door hit with a pool cue cosmopolitan the drink  (See All)

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Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
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Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), a lieutenant in the army, is arrested for the murder of a bartender, Barney Quill. He claims, in his defense, that the victim had raped and beaten up his wife Laura (Lee Remick). Although Laura supports her husband's story, the police surgeon can find no evidence that she has been raped. Manion is defended by Paul Biegler (James Stewart), a rather humble small-town lawyer. During the course of interviews, Biegler discovers that Manion is violently possessive and jealous, and also that his wife has a reputation for giving her favors to other men. Biegler realizes that the prosecution will try to make the court believe that Laura was the lover of the bartender and than Manion killed him and beat her up when he discovered them together. Manion pleads "not guilty" and Biegler, who knows that his case is weak, sets his assistants to try to find a witness who will save Manion. (Read More)

Themes:
death murder rape jealousy justice u.s. military religious belief 
Mood:
murder trial 
Locations:
small town town bar courtroom 
Characters:
soldier lawyer alcoholic psychiatrist canadian 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
evidence beer based on novel dog dancing panties based on true story underwear car accident sunglasses piano jail fish judge trial fishing controversy cigar smoking bartender library debt convertible witness cold war law gossip rape victim innocence attorney black eye convict prison cell lieutenant divorcee playing piano shot multiple times irish american true crime jazz music trailer home catholicism pocket watch district attorney trailer park michigan prosecutor famous score reading a newspaper wanted poster driving at night jealous husband pinball rosary drunken woman illegitimate son law firm pinball machine cigarette holder ontario canada jazz club wearing sunglasses inside judicial system freight train luger defense lawyer arsonist flirt jazz band judicial judiciary fly fishing sleeping on a sofa jazz score girdle polygraph legal issue piano duet cross examination locked in jail afi hard boiled egg bluffing broken marriage jailhouse woman with a black eye first lieutenant temporary insanity jury selection drunk soldier picasso painting soldier's wife year 1886 cleaning fish insanity plea court battle  (See All)

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancee Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer, and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed, but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens because of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot outrun his pursuers anymore, he gently places Jane down on the ground, and runs away. Francis and the police investigate the caravan of Dr. Caligari, but the doctor succeeds in slipping away. Francis pursues the fleeing Dr. Caligari, and sees him disappear into a madhouse. Francis enters the madhouse, where he is sure he will find the truth behind all these mysterious events. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film silent film psychological thriller gothic horror psychological horror 
Themes:
death murder love surrealism kidnapping psychopath insanity murder investigation 
Mood:
avant garde 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
father police friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship police officer love triangle police detective psychiatrist evil doctor 
Story:
plot twist bed character name in title violence flashback knife chase surprise ending good versus evil stabbed to death five word title attempted murder love interest breaking and entering gothic friendship between men told in flashback jail cell mad scientist visit mind control carnival false identity mental institution woman in jeopardy psychotronic hypnosis black and white opening a door asylum mannequin serial murder mental patient madman mental breakdown twist ending megalomaniac insane asylum hypnotism macabre enigma flashback within a flashback fair sleepwalking murder victim expressionism tragic villain sideshow horror movie remade oneiric unreliable narrator megalomania german expressionism attempted kidnapping unreliable flashback diabolical insane man somnambulism iris shot copycat killer costume horror somnambulist  (See All)

El Mariachi (1992) is one of the best movies like The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy tragedy fish out of water 
Themes:
greed death murder love revenge kidnapping money betrayal prison fear escape gangster hero deception seduction anger corruption brutality panic courage prison escape unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
gore neo noir nightmare ambiguous ending poetic justice 
Locations:
small town town bar swimming pool hotel motorcycle cemetery bathtub bus desert mexico 
Characters:
singer musician hostage tough guy love triangle warrior action hero hitman 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
play beer character name in title blood violence threesome dog two word title bare chested male gun cigarette smoking title spoken by character singing knife chase surprise ending pistol voice over narration cell phone shootout dream corpse shot to death blood splatter machine gun car accident shot in the chest shotgun slow motion scene punched in the face written by director gunfight bikini showdown held at gunpoint sunglasses low budget film jail revolver guitar criminal telephone subjective camera good versus evil cleavage survival foot chase assassin gang ambush massacre mansion basketball drug dealer prisoner severed head dream sequence anti hero scantily clad female disarming someone one man army hit by a car double cross femme fatale bartender racial slur on the run attempted murder one against many organized crime character repeating someone else's dialogue danger prologue fugitive character's point of view camera shot product placement mistaken identity race against time evil man knocked out opening action scene attempted rape street shootout sensuality bodyguard tragic event first part threatened with a knife directorial debut silencer stylized violence henchman pickup truck crime boss machismo uzi assassination attempt electronic music score machete red dress jail cell walkie talkie guitarist loss of loved one wristwatch part of trilogy home movie hitchhiker gun fu hitchhiking bar fight thug camera shot of feet barefoot pump action shotgun reverse footage prison guard bravery dual wield hatred mercilessness pool table death threat bribe assault rifle billiards blood on shirt one day body landing on a car loner note ranch killing spree death of loved one drug lord fast motion scene close up of eyes drifter gang war scene before opening credits men's bathroom self defense bullet ballet sawed off shotgun reluctant hero man kills a woman offscreen killing shot in the hand moustache director also cinematographer repeated line tragic love righteous rage woman in a bikini jailbreak heroic bloodshed female bartender murder spree fade to black neo western man with no name social decay keyboard extreme close up trilogy mace coconut modern western rescue attempt soda 16mm barefoot woman broken hand shot in the side hit by a bus concubine tortoise leg amateur film evil laughter sombrero prison gang dominoes doomed love female bodyguard sleeping on the floor mariachi shoeshine amateur filmmaker letter opener hit squad instrument case amateur filmmaking arms female prison guard hand on knee hole in hand pistolero amateur cinema amateur director amateur feature film leg touching  (See All)

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Hide And Seek (2005)
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Hide And Seek (2005)

Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie... but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily's gruesome habits.

Subgenre:
psycho thriller 
Themes:
murder suicide infidelity death of mother death of wife trauma police investigation 
Locations:
small town new york city forest bathtub cave 
Characters:
father father daughter relationship doctor policeman little girl sheriff single father parent child relationship 
Story:
plot twist neighbor flashback gun title spoken by character party three word title surprise ending corpse shooting book flashlight police officer killed widower doll basement loss of mother falling down stairs hiding loss of wife psychologist schizophrenia tension telescope child's point of view unfaithful wife shovel thrown through a window tuxedo closet tween girl imaginary friend split personality craziness moving in music box volkswagen beetle new year's eve party freight train fake suicide parking ticket new year's day realization picking a lock fishing rod smothered with a pillow smothered to death guessing game child psychologist death of a pet hand cut monarch butterfly candle lit bath bloody bathtub pushed out a window pumping gas footpath running through wood  (See All)

The Mist (2007)
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The Mist (2007)

The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town. There they discover that the mist contains some frightening creatures, creatures intent on killing humans. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film suspense tragedy creature feature survival horror monster movie 
Themes:
death murder suicide marriage fear monster military nature anger supernatural power paranoia insanity panic apocalypse 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
small town town helicopter rural setting lake 
Characters:
father son relationship teacher soldier lawyer artist bible suicide by hanging religious fanatic military police human versus monster 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
neighbor based on novel blood sex scene fight title spoken by character knife surprise ending fire blood splatter fistfight shot in the chest face slap shot in the head painting prayer revolver scientist survival flashlight axe stabbing woman army stabbed in the chest false accusation child in peril creature shot in the forehead tree danger person on fire based on short story lightning tank hanging manager die hard scenario handgun chainsaw experiment rope supermarket destruction medicine spear mutilation loss of loved one loss of wife desperation mob torch preacher earthquake eaten alive mechanic trapped u.s. army thunderstorm death of protagonist fog murder of a child highway siege dead boy flamethrower siren wilhelm scream holding hands hysteria fire extinguisher gun in mouth bandage human sacrifice acid restroom whispering burnt face denial pharmacy mercy killing tentacle man kills a woman bloody body of child hanged man shock experiment gone wrong parasite stress tragic ending maine grudge burn victim alternate dimension army base assisted suicide hummer giant spider cowardice movie poster child killed drugstore power failure mist running out of gas british actor playing american character giant insect clothes line mercedes cashier resentment woman shot in the forehead filicide stabbed in the belly based on novella biblical quote science experiment based on the works of stephen king single location pet food venom no cellphone signal boy killed dimension child shot mop child shot in the head falling tree rules battle tank zealot spiderweb crazy woman lovecraftian male soldier feelings of guilt black out proselytizing ripped in half baseball cap worn backwards manure mania romantic kiss survivalism vicodin power generator father murders son painting as art mob rule m1 abrams tank electrical generator behemoth harbinger of death insect sting commercial artist townspeople electric light grocery mart house by a lake howitzer safety glasses child killed by father groan reference to sesame street storm damage  (See All)

Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.

Subgenre:
independent film political thriller political drama 
Themes:
murder suicide politics funeral investigation racism psychopath terrorism police brutality murder investigation police corruption 
Locations:
small town town motel 
Characters:
police african american native american sheriff suicide by hanging 
Period:
1960s 
Story:
based on true story fire blood splatter shot in the head shotgun vomiting interrogation gay slur child abuse man with glasses cult racial slur organized crime fbi cover up evil man hanging domestic violence threat arson race relations fbi agent civil rights anti semitism fascism bigotry unhappy marriage molotov cocktail southerner abuse of power southern u.s. tombstone idealism hate crime racial prejudice u.s. navy beauty salon exploding house racial tension ku klux klan racial discrimination barbershop lynching mississippi civil rights movement straight razor state name in title funeral procession bigot cult leader racial segregation wife beater state in title dehumanization racial violence domestic terrorism counter terrorism deep south firebomb racial injustice killer cop premeditated murder racial hatred male slaps a male grabbed in the crotch racist organization cross burning white anglo saxon protestant  (See All)

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The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts suspense conspiracy 
Themes:
death murder revenge christmas money betrayal jealousy prison fear torture escape funeral gangster investigation deception anger death of father brutality death of mother paranoia blackmail mafia redemption surveillance home invasion death of wife panic near death experience autism robotics  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir murder suicide 
Locations:
small town town new york city bar restaurant hotel apartment farm chicago illinois germany 
Characters:
father family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship brother brother relationship brother sister relationship soldier hostage tough guy warrior action hero hitman security guard psychiatrist sniper sniper rifle ex soldier  (See All)
Period:
1980s 2000s year 1989 year 2006 
Story:
stockbroker plot twist camera blood violence flashback two word title bare chested male gun fight photograph title spoken by character chase surprise ending pistol cell phone shootout beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun rescue slow motion scene punched in the face computer arrest gunfight brawl letter painting showdown held at gunpoint hand to hand combat interrogation handcuffs shot in the back f word survival foot chase assassin mansion death of friend montage bridge mixed martial arts prisoner stabbed in the chest tied to a chair nonlinear timeline man with glasses no opening credits anti hero disarming someone one man army assassination double cross van shot in the leg shot in the forehead on the run gunshot training flash forward attempted murder one against many organized crime character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death danger stabbed in the back prologue screaming fbi widower fugitive race against time cover up knocked out kicked in the face opening action scene farmer manipulation american flag bodyguard loss of father brother mercenary ex convict loss of mother profanity silencer obscene finger gesture washington d.c. pickup truck crime boss gold martial arts master bullet assassination attempt comic book barn loss of friend security camera fbi agent mobster kicked in the stomach loss of wife nosebleed press conference parking garage following someone honor white house colonel passport drug overdose retirement camera shot of feet woman in jeopardy damsel in distress reverse footage haunted by the past target practice bloody nose fight to the death hatred job interview mercilessness mute mentor father figure punched in the chest dark hero death of sister aerial shot bulletproof vest raised middle finger loner dark past corporation release from prison tragic hero government agent swearing gatling gun shot multiple times mob boss shot through a window accountant mysterious man sandwich final showdown pistol whip fake identity computer cracker mathematics farmhouse young version of character informant stabbed in the arm hired killer street fight offscreen killing money laundering bullet wound loss of sister contract killer mafia boss funeral home illinois wake watermelon englishman embezzlement mugshot tragic past in medias res recreational vehicle martial arts training shot through a door ceo diabetes man with no name armory wiretapping surveillance footage tear on cheek federal agent discovering a dead body gold coin corporate executive secret service agent tortured to death hundred dollar bill asperger's syndrome shot through a wall pc corrupt businessman fire fight prosthetic limb jigsaw puzzle super computer reference to muhammad ali new hampshire forced suicide insulin loud music washington monument middle finger nursery rhyme gold bar fake passport smoke grenade analyst minigun reference to alice in wonderland mute child storage unit hole in wall hole in the wall numbers accounting estranged brother flash grenade troubled childhood auditor kindergarten teacher mob execution reference to jackson pollock shock therapy autistic child thermos u.s. secret service brother against brother autistic son marker tourniquet 2010 home repair nitrile gloves hole in a wall mug shot facial recognition software insulin overdose reference to lewis carroll slurping a drink with a straw flash bang ford f 150 valuable painting airstream trailer army brat autistic spectrum disorder treasury agent u.s. treasury auditing canteloupe emoticon punching a hole in a wall renoir painting running upstairs  (See All)

The Pacifier (2005)
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The Pacifier (2005)

After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
murder dance hero military death of father wrestling u.s. military 
Mood:
car chase high school 
Locations:
bicycle sewer 
Characters:
family relationships police mother son relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy baby sister sister relationship action hero little girl interracial relationship asian professor asian american russian police chase  (See All)
Story:
care cliche neighbor beer two word title bare chested male kiss title spoken by character singing chase pistol song beating fistfight brawl held at gunpoint hand to hand combat car crash combat scientist soccer assassin bound and gagged widow driving nun disarming someone one man army child in peril one against many binoculars key mission tent opening action scene bank bracelet prank gym bodyguard high school student cheerleader death of husband laptop trap loss of father tied up character says i love you garage traitor falling down stairs assassination attempt beer drinking babysitter lifting someone into the air security camera loss of loved one rehearsal gagged female tied up milk bald man kicked in the crotch booby trap commando wedding ring duck exploding helicopter reckless driving nanny tracking device muscleman taekwondo school principal stage play quitting a job commando mission discipline cookie cd submachine gun house party vault password military training family home inspector trapdoor cctv double agent secret room shoulder holster strong man broom nazi uniform bedtime story gps dental braces hands tied wrestling match secret door diaper driving lesson family photograph family in danger play rehearsal high school principal male tied up rebellious daughter held hostage lawn sprinkler bonding czech mini van tennis racket juice play within a film learning to drive code name navy sea air and land force nun costume dental headgear amateur theater adult child friendship boy scouts diaper change hit with a fire extinguisher girl scout girl scouts car showroom crossed eyes code word escaping from bonds vice principal fake nun male nanny north korean disciplinarian military discipline gps tracking hit with a broom north korean spy adult child bonding dirty diaper  (See All)

Crash (2004)
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Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film tragedy fairy tale 
Themes:
death murder revenge marriage christmas fear robbery anger racism corruption theft depression redemption humiliation hope prejudice drug addiction murder of a police officer police corruption  (See All)
Mood:
car chase hip hop 
Locations:
hospital restaurant car snow los angeles california bus urban setting police car mexico car theft inner city car fire oral sex in a car 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship african american tattoo brother brother relationship girl police officer detective policeman thief waitress latino police detective asian american chinese american police sergeant hispanic american  (See All)
Story:
values care insurance evidence plot twist diner female nudity nudity blood one word title bare breasts female frontal nudity male rear nudity gun sex scene cigarette smoking interracial sex fingering nipples title spoken by character explosion chase pistol telephone call fire topless female nudity cell phone corpse car accident shot in the chest shotgun rescue sex in bed shooting car crash dead body cafe bathroom criminal flashlight california topless woman toilet immigrant nonlinear timeline exploding car child in peril hit by a car latex gloves gunshot drug addict key fbi storytelling christmas tree death of brother death of son witness suspicion class differences graffiti corrupt cop hate black american topless woman falling down stairs bullet cop injury race relations slavery vandalism country music dysfunctional marriage press conference flatulence black humor compassion social commentary embarrassment morality buddhist grocery store rap music fairy confrontation loss of son partner irony convenience store dark humor nipple sexual harassment one day racist snowing voodoo loss of brother reckless driving illegal immigrant political corruption firefighter fireman interrupted sex stolen car mexican american hit and run harassment multiple storyline latina fire extinguisher street gang stereotype firearm abuse of power sex slave subtitles intolerance idealism self defense clinic interracial marriage accidental shooting district attorney scene of the crime racial prejudice kindness coincidence n word carjacking traffic accident groping hiding under a bed racial tension dumpster knitting breast puerto rican racial discrimination trunk social injustice lapd dignity reputation puerto rico ensemble film bigot set on fire mercedes korean american illegal alien el salvador equestrian automobile accident reference to saddam hussein crisis of conscience moral corruption social problem chop shop locksmith grand theft auto insurance company police harassment moviemaking door lock groceries los angeles police department university of california los angeles racial profiling cultural conflict santa monica california gang banger quote moral choice patrolman human smuggling prostate narc blank bullet gun shop arab american country western music fender bender body search starbucks 24 hours bird's eye shot trapped in a car reference to rodney king blow job in a car television director arab slur african american slur rear ending a car burning a car sex interrupted by telephone abusive policeman burbank california black american slur jive reference to the black panthers telephone call from mother homeboy los angeles kings reckless endangerment reference to saint christopher crane shot persian american phone call from mother reference to bobby seale urinary tract infection insurance adjuster reference to eldridge cleaver reference to huey newton  (See All)

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Out Of The Past (1947)
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Out Of The Past (1947)

Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
murder revenge betrayal gangster theft blackmail gambling unrequited love self sacrifice 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
small town town new york city beach hotel car nightclub taxi elevator mexico gas station taxi driver san francisco california mexico city following someone in a car being followed in a car  (See All)
Characters:
police father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship teenage boy detective love triangle secretary deafness alcoholic drink 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
diner based on novel flashback gun cigarette smoking voice over narration shot to death fistfight face slap punched in the face falling from height lie car crash dead body cafe newspaper california fishing double cross femme fatale coffee suitcase automobile cabin casino jazz private detective driving a car following someone black woman thug movie theatre whiskey haunted by the past partner punched in the stomach mute frame up dead man rainstorm sign language playing piano framed for murder being followed narrated by character black man earring roadblock lighting a cigarette murderess in medias res talking while driving mob hit packing phonograph man slaps a woman racetrack secret past martini roulette deaf mute falling off a cliff fall to death unhappy ending alias playing violin caught in the rain reference to napoleon telephone box woman with a gun car won't start lip reading shot with a gun tax evasion fishing rod cigarette case walking on a beach fishing pole crooked lawyer romantic kiss spilled drink lighting someone's cigarette playing trumpet surprise visit wet hair lake tahoe overcoat pushed off a cliff male slaps a male wad of money income tax riding in a car female slaps a male thompson sub machine gun with box magazine driver shot acapulco mexico visible breath ham sandwich cocktail bar spilling a drink on someone's lap  (See All)

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Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts black comedy 
Themes:
death murder infidelity drugs money adultery pregnancy drinking drunkenness funeral gangster extramarital affair psychopath death of mother drug use dysfunctional family unfaithfulness gambling exploitation cruelty falling in love murder of mother  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir nightmare ambiguous ending 
Locations:
bar restaurant train motorcycle cemetery police station motel strip club texas car explosion motorcycle chase car on fire car fire 
Characters:
father husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage girl policeman baby reference to god hitman waitress alcoholic police detective ex husband ex wife relationship aunt niece relationship stepmother stepdaughter relationship stepmother stepson relationship  (See All)
Story:
insurance scam insurance beer sex female nudity character name in title nudity blood male nudity violence bare breasts female frontal nudity male rear nudity dog two word title bare chested male gun female rear nudity cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character party chase pistol based on play telephone call crying beating shot to death blood splatter food mirror shot in the chest urination blonde face slap shot in the head punched in the face watching tv drink undressing bare butt secret shooting vomiting lie tears sunglasses birthday lingerie cafe marijuana jail hallucination handcuffs voyeur reference to jesus christ prayer stripper telephone f word flashlight stabbing drug dealer eating female pubic hair apology coffin fishing birthday party graveyard marriage proposal grave character repeating someone else's dialogue virgin karate storytelling debt kicked in the face rabbit lightning pursuit female removes her clothes hairy chest cross trust cheating wife arson corrupt cop garage hate henchman pizza pickup truck pot smoking loss of virginity looking at oneself in a mirror listening to music shot in the stomach cowboy hat burial biker mechanic stupidity promise bra and panties rear entry sex bloody nose playground pool table punched in the stomach cigarette lighter cellphone lens flare sports car holding hands marijuana joint abandoned building barking dog handshake 12 year old first date pink panties horse racing disposing of a dead body naivety trailer home knocking on a door cowboy boots body in a trunk baseball cap trailer park train tracks white trash auto mechanic stabbed in the shoulder woman in lingerie broken nose dallas texas distrust spitting blood pole dancer woman slaps a man black dress man hits a woman breaking a bottle over someone's head sleepwalking oklahoma sexual humiliation nude photograph zippo lighter guard dog nightgown bloody face hit with a chair threat to kill snowglobe hand on crotch man punches a woman trailer trash limping southern gothic pizza parlor playing against type reference to bruce lee little black dress slip the undergarment life insurance insurance investigator black leather jacket fried chicken dead body in a car trunk incest subtext facial cut dancing in the street woman undressing for a man facial bruise kicking someone butt grab removing a bra watching a cartoon on tv standing in the rain pit bull thrift store kentucky fried chicken insurance claim pounding on a door walking on train tracks lighter fluid running mascara woman changing clothes thrown to the floor buying a gun setting a car on fire beneficiary life insurance policy casserole merkin wig potato salad reference to mexico smashing a tv set collateral reference to south america reference to christopher lee betting on a horse reference to budweiser engaged to be married  (See All)

Fargo (1996)
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Fargo (1996)

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

Subgenre:
independent film cult film black comedy dark comedy police procedural 
Themes:
greed murder kidnapping marriage money pregnancy deception voyeurism anger psychopath brutality dysfunctional family police investigation police corruption 
Mood:
car chase gore satire neo noir 
Locations:
small town bar restaurant hotel snow airport rural setting police station police car motel motel sex 
Characters:
father husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship singer prostitute female protagonist police officer artist native american police arrest pregnant wife 
Period:
1980s winter 
Story:
reason diner female nudity blood male nudity violence one word title bare chested male gun sex scene female rear nudity cigarette smoking title spoken by character singing pistol woman on top beating corpse shot to death blood splatter car accident mirror shot in the chest blonde shot in the head punched in the face watching tv arrest sex in bed lie held at gunpoint prostitution voyeur television shot in the back f word cleavage foot chase strangulation axe woman painter scantily clad female double cross police officer killed shot in the leg bartender racial slur liar pay phone statue knocked out kicked in the face tragic event witness tied up cabin ex convict whipping cult director sacrifice dismemberment strong female character falling down stairs no panties breaking and entering farce heroine lifting someone into the air rage buttocks assault fraud crush coitus strong female lead parking garage ransom mechanic role playing crime scene playboy magazine buddy gash in the face gunshot wound shot in the face death threat feminist police officer shot ice hockey deceit axe murder severed leg alienation bruise siren copulation interrupted sex stolen car bribery accountant truth bag over head playing pool remorse nude police chief broken window fast food man in underwear banker body in a trunk kidnapper ski mask auto mechanic famous score escort belt overturning car crowbar knitting minnesota off screen murder man hits a woman innocent person killed police officer shot in the head expectant mother depravity car salesman policewoman killing hidden gun child swearing biting double expectant father frozen lake based on supposedly true story perception duplicity lifting a female into the air lifting an adult into the air minneapolis minnesota pastiche car dealer duality dumb criminal crime gone awry car won't start buffet shower curtain reality vs fantasy morning sickness earthworm grand guignol botched crime shot repeatedly tall tale funny accent hiding in a bathroom north dakota female sheriff hyperrealism tv dinner trickster breaking a glass window kidnap victim metafiction shot in head reference to mcdonald's stopped by police woodchipper running into a tree engine trouble pancakes unintended consequences middle america belt whipping epistemology false promise of the american dream secluded banality inner turmoil ripping a telephone from the wall mulching someone norwegian american psychological disintegration ransom money pregnant policewoman small town stereotype hooded victim native american man small town americana swedish american broken tv man cooking for woman married to a police officer paul bunyan stolen license plate failure to communicate fargo north dakota marlboro man pancake house  (See All)

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Dead Silence (2007)
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Dead Silence (2007)

Every town has its own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a fraud. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaws collection has returned from their graves and have come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie's wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of Lisa's death. Once reunited with his ill father, Edward, and his father's new young bride, Ella, Jamie must dig into the town's bloody past to find out who killed his wife and why. All the while, he is doggedly pursued by a detective who doesn't believe a word he says. As he uncovers the legend of Mary Shaw, he will unlock the story of her curse and the truth behind the threat from a rhyme in his childhood: if you see Mary Shaw and scream, she'll take your tongue. And the last thing you will hear before you die...… (Read More)

Subgenre:
ghost story 
Themes:
death murder revenge ghost funeral deception supernatural power death of wife murder of family 
Mood:
car chase rain 
Locations:
small town town cemetery apartment motel 
Characters:
father husband wife relationship father son relationship detective older man younger woman relationship stepmother stepson relationship ghost in mirror 
Story:
camera blood flashback photograph surprise ending fire corpse shotgun falling from height flashlight mansion map police officer killed theater grave legend curse screaming clown puppet widower doll disappearance basement suspicion stage underwater child murder poem shaving fireplace revelation gothic loss of wife pump action shotgun shovel rowboat death of protagonist rose tuxedo looking at self in mirror lantern dead boy dead woman with eyes open mannequin photo album close up of eyes urban legend spiral staircase tombstone falling into water whispering film starts with text swimming underwater hearse wheelchair bound macabre funeral home coughing blood close up of eye evil clown package straight razor rocking chair mortician trail of blood discovering a dead body begins with text ventriloquist pregnant woman murdered grave side ceremony extreme closeup severed tongue dummy imitation missing person poster oxygen tank tongue cut out family portrait death of pregnant woman dripping water hiding under the covers tongue ripping family photo ventriloquism coughing up blood death of expectant mother ends with dedication death stare whistling kettle digging up a grave fall through floor dripping faucet digging grave  (See All)

The Lovely Bones (2009)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
death murder surrealism rape drinking funeral investigation voyeurism memory obsession redemption poetry home invasion hope murder investigation death of daughter afterlife missing child  (See All)
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
hospital school snow cemetery bathtub bicycle taxi farm police car lake taxi driver school bus kitchen fire running in water 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy serial killer detective policeman dancer photographer sister sister relationship little girl little boy grandmother granddaughter relationship  (See All)
Period:
1970s year 1973 
Story:
multiple murders evidence neighbor camera f rated based on novel blood flashback dog kiss cigarette smoking dancing photograph title spoken by character knife chase three word title telephone call fire voice over narration crying beating dream corpse blood splatter food watching tv drink falling from height painting book tears running birthday dead body voyeur subjective camera soccer flashlight candle axe montage eating no opening credits painter underwater scene search flash forward tree stalker suburb fantasy sequence suitcase evil man reading baseball bat lightning flowers pursuit suspicion hate strong female character record player eyeglasses poem breaking and entering hat jogging hammer hiding assault accidental death teddy bear ladder following someone crying man rapist breakfast back from the dead shoes shopping mall first kiss heaven dead child pedophile death of sister alternate reality note field cellar reckless driving newspaper clipping photo album mud hit with a baseball bat dead girl being followed lighthouse pervert serial murder saving a life bad guy pedophilia teenage love child molestation shipwreck lost love vacuum cleaner broken window digging 14 year old falling into water cornfield teenage crush washing machine child molester trapdoor purgatory returning home molestation child rape diver climbing out a window murder victim creep scrapbook serial rapist sexual predator curiosity snowglobe child killer watching someone breaking down a door being watched dollhouse toy store child murderer dead teenager grandfather clock narration from the grave based on young adult novel gazebo sink school locker serial child killer figurine stuffed animal toy wall safe lock of hair icicle reference to coca cola clubhouse sinkhole wheat field leg in a cast stocking cap straight edge razor painting toenails rape of a minor electric train serial teen killer reference to laurence olivier model ship floating in space breaking a glass window soda pop delaware roll of film model builder underground hideout fruit picker ship in a bottle film developing charm bracelet beauty treatment bicycle bell breaking glass bottle girl driving a car hiding under floorboards instamatic camera stocking feet bottle opener hammer and nails death of teenage girl voice over note  (See All)

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The Village (2004)

M Night Shyamalan's The Villiage revolves around a desolate town in Pennsylvania. The residents of this town live by strict rules - They are not to leave the village or the monsters beyond their boundaries will surely attack them. Lucius and Ivy have an attraction - a strong one. But when Noah - a man with an intellectual disability and whom also has feelings for Ivy, finds out that the two are In love, Noah attacks Lucius. He will die if brave Ivy (who is blind) does not breach the borders and find help to save Lucius. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
greed death murder jealousy fear dance wedding funeral death of father hope blindness wealth mythology 
Mood:
myth murder suicide 
Locations:
town forest village woods rural setting school teacher pennsylvania new england 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship doctor brother sister relationship teacher student sister sister relationship single mother professor 
Period:
2000s 19th century 1890s 21st century 
Story:
plot twist blood flashback bare chested male dancing photograph title spoken by character singing chase surprise ending face slap slow motion scene secret lie stabbing stabbed to death stabbed in the chest cult child coffin drawing ritual creature grave costume written and directed by cast member death of child death of brother death of son isolation basement character says i love you flower fireplace medicine killing an animal jeep stabbed in the stomach loss of loved one victim sheep bride ladder community celebration guard bravery falling to death superstition infection death of sister fog blood on shirt lantern box death of loved one siren newspaper clipping ceremony wedding ceremony director cameo hiding in a closet dead animal twist ending tombstone wall bell autumn blind woman red orchestral music score rite locked in a room hide and seek wedding gown custom feast oath city country contrast park ranger walking cane pact seclusion yellow mentally challenged person throwing a rock covered in mud climbing up a wall foot race berry female slaps male visually impaired person hole in the ground mysterious creature skinning stabbed with knife writer cameo school room wildlife reserve community meeting fire wood grief counseling living in fear  (See All)

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The Next Three Days (2010)
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The Next Three Days (2010)

Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way. (Read More)

Themes:
murder escape robbery surveillance 
Mood:
car chase rain neo noir 
Locations:
bar restaurant motorcycle elevator canada 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship doctor brother brother relationship lawyer single mother escape artist 
Story:
evidence camera number in title kiss fire shot in the chest handcuffs foot chase drug dealer woman four word title subway birthday party van argument fugitive witness based on film railway station passport attorney surveillance camera attempted suicide zoo female doctor divorcee gunfire flight crowd deaf time in title trash no title at beginning blood stain hospital bed roadblock wrongful conviction coincidence mugging prison visit dumpster cash in medias res diabetes miscarriage of justice murder victim ticket pittsburgh pennsylvania venezuela haiti collage customs protective male rainy night remake of french film red light fingerprints planning blood test insulin locked in a closet false passport lip reading innocent community college meth lab family argument getaway car don quixote airplane ticket button drug money murder weapon drain jersey the garment appeal conviction trash bag forged document female convict sports arena murder accusation prius forged papers kids playing county jail missing evidence test result lab results ankle emergency stop helicopter tour police dragnet  (See All)

I Am Number Four (2011)
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I Am Number Four (2011)

Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
death murder friendship monster supernatural power unrequited love 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
small town town woods africa jungle beach party 
Characters:
father son relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage girl teenage boy alien photographer warrior bully sheriff australian 
Story:
character name in title based on novel number in title dog bare chested male fight photograph title spoken by character explosion party knife chase shower voice over narration cell phone shootout shot to death fistfight shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun slow motion scene punched in the face sword brawl held at gunpoint shot in the back subjective camera good versus evil foot chase orphan sword fight impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest internet no opening credits anti hero underwater scene creature necklace transformation on the run character repeating someone else's dialogue danger stabbed in the back prologue fugitive character's point of view camera shot tough girl scar high school student exploding body laptop waterfall subtitled scene strong female character pickup truck nerd claim in title supermarket killing an animal comic book lifting someone into the air mutant florida jumping from height animal attack female warrior alien invasion fight to the death power outage stabbed in the leg body landing on a car stabbed in the eye family dinner box stadium severed leg secret identity light telekinesis teleportation laser gun telepathy narrated by character ohio old dark house website fake identity lizard night vision bully comeuppance reference to youtube guardian super power camcorder open ended exploding house first person title fair anti heroine teenage hero gas explosion earth viewed from space title spoken by narrator jet ski woman in bikini falling off a roof canteen funfair human alien jumping off a cliff conspiracy theorist lifted by the throat alias based on young adult novel number in character's name ride steel mill florida keys house explosion photo lab necklace yanked off death of mentor duster particle beam weapon  (See All)

Barton Fink (1991)
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Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film absurdism 
Themes:
murder surrealism psychopath wrestling theatre apocalypse writing 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
new york city beach restaurant swimming pool hotel los angeles california elevator 
Characters:
serial killer writer alcoholic police detective jewish american insurance agent ghost writer 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
insurance play neighbor character name in title blood two word title dancing title spoken by character surprise ending fire corpse urination shotgun slow motion scene brawl vomiting bathroom mansion false accusation severed head man with glasses bird police officer killed author fired from the job fugitive scream domestic violence film within a film premarital sex magical realism typewriter lifting someone into the air hollywood california black humor picnic anti semitism film producer screenwriter loner film industry southern accent new job hangover restroom informant playwright blood stain sweat creativity writer's block film studio package lifting female in air mosquito muse false name pastiche golem creative process theatrical agent lynchian hotel desk clerk kafka esque screening room wallpaper reality vs fantasy philosophical conversation elitism anti semitic slur film executive show within a show cheating on one's boyfriend fat guy metafiction book of daniel blurred boundaries studio boss inner turmoil psychological disintegration uso writer's muse  (See All)

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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

John Klein is involved in a car accident with his wife, but while he is unharmed, his wife mentions a moth shaped creature appearing. After her death, John begins to investigate the secrets behind this mentioned Mothman. It takes him to a small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills, while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is. (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal phenomena conspiracy theory 
Themes:
death christmas obsession supernatural power cancer death of wife 
Locations:
small town town hospital police car motel chicago illinois sex in car sex in a closet 
Characters:
police police sergeant 
Story:
based on novel three word title telephone call dream car accident hallucination reporter journalist bridge drawing underwater scene widower product placement policewoman psychic washington d.c. disaster looking at oneself in a mirror sex on floor loss of wife crying man earthquake time lapse photography sketch airplane crash frustration lipstick death of loved one man crying real estate agent ohio urban legend broken window governor broken mirror traffic jam whispering hearing voices premonition warning tow truck car breakdown dead wife driving at night brain tumor ends with text christmas decorations tumor car wreck running for your life brain surgery traffic light phone ringing based on supposedly true story extreme closeup character appears on tv west virginia voice mail cryptozoology ecuador omen tear bridge collapse wind chime mysterious events news broadcast hypothermia ringing telephone columbus ohio ear bleeding precognition cat scan black out car falls into water wreck chemical plant dripping water mysterious voice magnetic resonance imaging unplugged electronic works mothman mysterious telephone call bright light recounting a dream 2 years later broken electronic works strange happenings washington post the newspaper death by exposure  (See All)

Chinatown (1974)
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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy suspense conspiracy political conspiracy 
Themes:
death murder friendship money betrayal politics adultery fear torture drunkenness gangster investigation deception incest extramarital affair racism corruption brutality paranoia dysfunctional family surveillance home invasion  (See All)
Mood:
car chase neo noir night 
Locations:
beach restaurant los angeles california bathtub desert water apartment police station farm office rooftop mexico usa yacht following someone in a car 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship police father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship police officer detective hostage lawyer sister sister relationship hitman security guard police detective maid secretary employer employee relationship mayor police chase fisherman engineer coroner chinese american  (See All)
Period:
1930s 
Story:
web plot twist scam camera female nudity male nudity violence one word title bare chested male fight cigarette smoking photograph title spoken by character knife surprise ending pistol shower telephone call beating corpse shot to death fistfight horse car accident shot in the chest face slap shot in the head rescue punched in the face brawl secret showdown rifle held at gunpoint place name in title car crash dead body interrogation handcuffs revolver telephone shot in the back ambush mansion woman bridge widow map false accusation anti hero fishing double cross femme fatale drowning racial slur attempted murder binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue protest cover up evil man knocked out farmer domestic violence long take convertible tragic event threat premarital sex suspicion threatened with a knife shot in the arm handgun newspaper headline henchman private detective scandal eyeglasses eavesdropping shaving sabotage vandalism morgue kicked in the stomach nosebleed impersonation rape victim following someone mexican thug crime scene haunted by the past switchblade impostor millionaire rowboat escape attempt aquarium butler punched in the chest dark hero autopsy accidental killing wisecrack humor disfigurement dark past lieutenant loss of husband ethnic slur melancholy political corruption private investigator southern accent taking a photograph director cameo ex cop set up homage assumed identity barber gardener real estate lawsuit retirement home knocked unconscious shot in the eye pocket watch kiss on the lips great depression dam business card man kills a woman palm tree altered version of studio logo pond famous score orchestral music score tragic past tragic ending distrust chinatown implied sex barbershop fade to black famous line trespassing tycoon social decay cocktail drought man slaps a woman secret past barber shop city hall orange government corruption protective male bloody face crutch corrupt businessman snooping obituary telling a joke beaten up hidden truth landowner scapegoat orchard ends with death caught in a lie dishonesty political cover up mystery woman city council incestuous relationship jazz score music score features piano yawning reservoir sad ending naked dead man severed nose los angeles storm drain hard boiled shocking truth photo lab telephoto lens chinatown los angeles salt water reference to confucius male slaps female nose bandage yawn bandaged nose water rights killed in a car lighting cigarette for woman los angeles river co worker co worker relationship hall of records real estate fraud shot while trying to escape catalina island california hanging up without saying goodbye catalina real estate scam  (See All)

Avpr: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
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Avpr: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007)

Following the events of Alien vs. Predator, and the maturation of the chestburster that erupted from the body of Scar (the Predator that defeated the Alien Queen) into an adult Predalien, the Predator scout ship crashes in the woods of Gunnison County. A local, Buddy Benson, and his son, Sam, are hunting in the forest and witness the crash, but they are chased and are implanted with alien embryos by facehuggers along with several homeless people living in the sewers. Meanwhile another Predator lands seeking out the Alien and destroying evidence of their presence on Earth. The dwellers of the town find themselves in the middle of a battlefield between the two deadly extraterrestrial creatures, and the small group of survivors splits between the leadership of Sheriff Eddie Morales and the bad-boy Dallas Howard. Both have different opinions about the best means to escape from the beings. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
death murder pregnancy escape monster deception death of father brutality sadism homelessness hunting murder of a police officer 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
small town town hospital school forest helicopter sewer humvee 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother brother relationship alien bully sheriff homeless man death of girlfriend 
Story:
evidence diner blood violence sequel dog surprise ending pistol shot to death blood splatter shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun second part shot in the back flashlight based on comic book impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest no opening credits acronym in title child in peril shot in the forehead stabbed in the back key missing person cover up death of child tank exploding body rat semiautomatic pistol ex convict severed arm dismemberment child murder killing an animal morgue wristwatch colonel veteran power outage evacuation m 16 stabbed in the head exploding head playstation 2 deer mutation lasersight death of loved one prequel girl in bra and panties head blown off acid night vision colorado hanging upside down helicopter crash crash landing predator based on graphic novel bloody body of child crushed head stabbed in the shoulder crossover nuclear bomb parasite alien planet estrangement cut into pieces nuclear explosion night vision goggles versus in title alien creature government conspiracy infanticide pizza delivery boy human versus alien chevrolet alien technology pregnant woman murdered air strike homeless woman pepsi hybrid national guard skinned alive gun store stabbed in the forehead green blood mismatched bra and panties hunting rifle indoor swimming pool melting face xenomorph alien space craft dark horse comics infestation spaceship crash honda nissan storm drain ford motor company alien hunter infrared vision invisibility cloak sporting goods store alien artifact falling down an elevator shaft ford taurus honda civic extraterrestrial alien alien breeding alien versus alien chevrolet caprice honda accord jeep cherokee dodge the car human body alien host  (See All)

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Archor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy conspiracy dystopia corporate conspiracy 
Themes:
death friendship surrealism drugs betrayal fear investigation deception voyeurism paranoia drug use surveillance unrequited love panic unemployment drug addiction philosophy near death experience regret  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir nightmare ambiguous ending 
Locations:
car bathtub bicycle police station farm police car office 
Characters:
police police officer detective waitress security guard police detective 
Period:
near future 
Story:
working sin diner bed beer female nudity based on novel blood male nudity bare breasts female frontal nudity flashback male frontal nudity dog bare chested male cigarette smoking title spoken by character surprise ending pistol shower topless female nudity voice over narration cell phone dream blood splatter shot in the head cat written by director arrest vomiting marijuana bathroom hallucination handcuffs voyeur revolver f word subjective camera gay slur wine california drug dealer cocaine suicide attempt toilet house map false accusation man with glasses anti hero double cross femme fatale cigar smoking drug addict locker room electrocution fantasy sequence character's point of view camera shot undercover manipulation convertible speech american flag policewoman premarital sex flower silencer sacrifice identity revelation scene during opening credits recording security camera beard drug abuse hammer psychologist sheep black humor schizophrenia social commentary choking pills hippie convenience store junkie insect dark hero booby trap hologram slacker undercover cop refrigerator dark past corporation existentialism laughing secret identity sports car moral dilemma brain fast motion scene close up of eyes memory loss marijuana joint video surveillance car trouble brainwashing taser vomit head blown off double life bug informant stoner split personality psychedelic police captain cornfield megaphone joint san diego california camouflage female cop infiltration schizophrenic hipster brain damage fast food restaurant beret evil corporation totalitarianism ends with text loss of memory corporate crime lawn mower conspiracy theorist false name video recording drug rehabilitation drug withdrawal rotoscoping jar code name drug war labor camp pill popping unreliable narrator virtuality trippy infestation supervisor undercover operation heimlich maneuver war on drugs hallucinogenic drug suburbia claw hammer pawn body suit psychiatric evaluation twitching bug spray drug supplier fast forward smoke ring female psychologist protester rorschach inkblot anaheim california psychiatric examination mass surveillance soda bottle drug user undercover work drug capsule  (See All)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) is one of the best movies like The Minute You Wake Up Dead (2022)
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Essentially a prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's earlier TV series "Twin Peaks". The first half-hour or so concerns the investigation by FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) into the murder of night-shift waitress Teresa Banks in the small Washington state town of Deer Meadow. When Desmond finds a mysterious clue to the murder, he inexplicably disappears. The film then cuts to one year later in the nearby town of Twin Peaks and follows the events during the last week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) a troubled teenage girl with two boyfriends; the hot-tempered rebel Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and quiet biker James Hurley (James Marshall), her drug addiction, and her relationship with her difficult (and possible schizophrenic) father Leland (Ray Wise), a story in which her violent murder was later to motivate much of the TV series. Contains a considerable amount of sex, drugs, violence, very loud music and inexplicable imagery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film cult film experimental film 
Themes:
death murder love friendship surrealism rape investigation deception incest seduction corruption psychopath brutality supernatural power drug use dysfunctional family redemption mental illness murder investigation mysterious death  (See All)
Mood:
gore high school night avant garde darkness 
Locations:
small town town canada 
Characters:
father police father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage girl prostitute female protagonist serial killer best friend writer director 
Period:
1980s year 1989 year 1988 
Story:
bed sex female nudity f rated blood violence female frontal nudity cigarette smoking telephone call fire crying dream corpse blonde secret prostitution hallucination telephone drug dealer cocaine nonlinear timeline pantyhose based on tv series screaming fbi possession angel missing person actor shares first name with character diary high school student dark sadness obscene finger gesture monkey moon strong female character female stockinged legs sexual abuse fbi agent club produced by director strong female lead schizophrenia camera shot of feet crime scene woman in jeopardy dwarf vision suffering female lead psychotronic despair philadelphia pennsylvania looking at self in mirror prequel dead girl doppelganger investigator evil spirit double life female friendship split personality foot closeup friendship between girls lesbian subtext salvation enigma violent death agoraphobia returning character with different actor deja vu multiple personality double high school friend mental instability based on cult tv series traffic light washington state pacific northwest road rage filicide white horse strong sexual content cult movie cast jealous boyfriend implied cunnilingus female bare feet female in lingerie mysterious events one armed man personality change deliberate cruelty reference to fred astaire reference to j. edgar hoover female stockinged soles dual personality rape of a minor reference to ginger rogers fingernail red curtain singer acting blue light woman putting on makeup inner demon red room taking control of someone's body abandoned train homecoming queen female bare legs unintelligible dialogue with subtitles waitress uniform talking backwards cult male character craze erratic behavior television smashing cult female character tragic female character  (See All)

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)
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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)

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

Subgenre:
supernatural supernatural horror 
Themes:
death murder revenge fear torture brutality supernatural power sadism evil cruelty panic mysterious death 
Mood:
gore night darkness one night blood and gore 
Locations:
elevator police car storm 
Characters:
father father son relationship police zombie police officer bible witch sheriff girlfriend out of control 
Story:
play female nudity character name in title nudity blood violence bare breasts female frontal nudity female full frontal nudity nipples title spoken by character fire topless female nudity beating corpse blood splatter cat axe man with glasses radio ritual pain danger dark killing undead splatter destruction revelation mutilation morgue witchcraft accidental death dead woman homicide crime scene suffering son power outage escape attempt disembowelment autopsy heart surprise dead man dark past bruise dead girl dark secret blackout scalpel bell bleeding hallway naked dead woman fright multiple murder sorcery scare organ eyes loss of control corridor tooth tortured to death examination multiple homicide lift severed tongue evil power dissection evil force accidental murder broken ankle power cut evisceration forces of evil attempted escape killings torture victim lungs broken bone dark force stormy night bruises lung white eyes broken wrist multiple killing force of evil autopsy room scar tissue missing tooth forces of darkness grey eyes cause of death roman numeral  (See All)

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