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The Ring (2002)
Horror, Mystery

The Ring (2002)

Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, adoption, voyeurism, funeral, fear, suicide, surrealism, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:city, wheelchair, elevator, bathtub
Characters:writer, student, girl, teacher, boy, doctor
Story:journalist, falling down a well, thrown down a well, jumping off a cliff, psychic power, cabin in the woods, videotape, pick axe, investigative reporter, girl in panties, elevator shaft, falling into water, electrocuted in a bathtub, remake of japanese film, remake of asian film, horror movie remake, horse breeder, journalism student, black panties, telephone call

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl, boy
Story:journalist, island, computer, falling into water, black panties, telephone call, tape recording, reckless driving, barn, breaking and entering, babysitter, first part, teenage girl, cousin cousin relationship, scantily clad female, newspaper, cleavage, reporter, camera, watching tv

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Themes:fear, revenge
Characters:girl
Story:reporter, teenage girl, videotape, answering machine, first part, electrocution, no opening credits, ghost, teenage boy, telephone, falling from height, watching tv, computer, investigation, face slap, blonde, serial killer, female protagonist, cell phone, surprise ending

1408 (2007)
Horror

1408 (2007)

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

Themes:funeral, fear, suicide, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:city, wheelchair
Characters:writer, girl
Story:telephone call, unplugged electronic works, supernatural horror, paranormal phenomena, underwater scene, telephone, supernatural power, hallucination, water, falling from height, watching tv, computer, investigation, mirror, rain, dream, ghost, shower, surprise ending, title spoken by character

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:adoption, fear, suicide, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:girl, boy
Story:woman, horror movie remake, wallpaper, inn, dead child, skeleton, curse, drawing, bird, ghost, axe, newspaper, telephone, supernatural power, mirror, rain, photograph, death, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen. This is why Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Story:balcony, videotape, answering machine, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, film within a film, race against time, no opening credits, woman, journalist, reporter, voyeur, hallucination, falling from height, watching tv, investigation, serial killer, female protagonist, cell phone, ghost, shower

Insomnia (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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)

Locations:city
Characters:writer, girl, boy
Story:cabin in the woods, falling into water, investigation, telephone call, fingernail, hair, ferry, breaking and entering, cabin, teenage girl, telephone, hallucination, remake, rain, photograph, cigarette smoking, murder, mother daughter relationship, blood, death

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:student, teacher
Story:telephone call, teenage girl, electrocution, underwater scene, woman, supernatural power, water, watching tv, computer, mirror, rain, cell phone, ghost, shower, surprise ending, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Poltergeist (1982) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror, Thriller

Poltergeist (1982)

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.

Themes:voyeurism
Characters:girl, boy
Story:psychic power, girl in panties, maggot, chair, psychic, first part, teenage girl, skeleton, tree, scantily clad female, woman, good versus evil, cleavage, voyeur, supernatural power, hallucination, camera, watching tv, blonde, mirror

The Grudge (2004)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Grudge (2004)

Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear, suicide
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Characters:student, teacher
Story:curse, remake of japanese film, woman, horror movie remake, supernatural horror, balcony, first part, supernatural power, falling from height, computer, female protagonist, cell phone, ghost, shower, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, murder

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. This is why Carrie (2013) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide, revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:student, girl, teacher, doctor
Story:psychic power, horror movie remake, psionic power, teenage girl, electrocution, woman, classroom, supernatural power, water, remake, face slap, rain, female protagonist, cell phone, shower, surprise ending, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, f rated

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:dying, suicide, revenge
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Characters:writer, girl, boy, doctor
Story:telephone call, ring, skeleton, underwater scene, no opening credits, journalist, newspaper, reporter, telephone, island, falling from height, computer, face slap, horse, dream, cell phone, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship

The Ghost Writer (2010) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Characters:writer
Story:island, telephone call, mysterious death, inn, no title at beginning, lighthouse, ferry, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, no opening credits, ghost, newspaper, telephone, watching tv, computer, investigation, rain, cell phone, shower, title spoken by character, photograph

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy, girl, teacher
Story:telephone, telephone call, seattle washington, mental hospital, cousin cousin relationship, skeleton, no opening credits, woman, axe, newspaper, reporter, classroom, camera, investigation, face slap, serial killer, rain, female protagonist, shower, photograph

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:funeral, suicide
Characters:girl, teacher
Story:investigation, girl in panties, reckless driving, mental hospital, severed finger, mental institution, breaking and entering, teenage girl, electrocution, underwater scene, drawing, scantily clad female, teenage boy, cleavage, falling from height, watching tv, blonde, dream, cell phone, panties

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. This is why Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide, revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:girl, teacher, boy
Story:telephone call, killer child, ring, tree, underwater scene, newspaper, classroom, falling from height, mirror, serial killer, cigarette smoking, blood, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, death, murder

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? (Read More)

Themes:funeral, revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:girl
Story:unplugged electronic works, maggot, severed finger, first part, dream, teenage girl, good versus evil, telephone, classroom, supernatural power, falling from height, face slap, mirror, serial killer, ghost, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide
Locations:city, wheelchair, elevator
Characters:student, teacher
Story:black panties, balcony, teenage girl, ring, scantily clad female, newspaper, reporter, voyeur, supernatural power, hallucination, watching tv, computer, mirror, dream, panties, surprise ending, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010)
Comedy, Horror

Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010)

Two lovable West Virginian hillbillies are headed to their "fixer-upper" vacation cabin to drink some beer, do some fishin', and have a good time. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw-wielding killers, Tucker & Dale's vacation takes a bloody and hilarious turn for the worse. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism
Story:cabin in the woods, pick axe, girl in panties, severed finger, cabin, scantily clad female, cleavage, voyeur, blonde, panties, blood, flashback

The Girl On The Train (2016)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:girl
Story:dark secret, miscarriage, balcony, babysitter, drawing, no opening credits, woman, voyeur, hallucination, computer, investigation, blonde, female protagonist, dream, cell phone, shower, panties, surprise ending, photograph, mother daughter relationship

Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? This is why Disturbia (2007) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, revenge
Characters:teacher, writer, student, boy
Story:voyeur, telephone call, serial killer, reckless driving, breaking and entering, cabin, cousin cousin relationship, skeleton, photography, woman, newspaper, teenage boy, classroom, camera, watching tv, computer, investigation, cell phone, title spoken by character, death

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Characters:writer, girl, boy
Story:telephone call, mental institution, teenage girl, journalist, newspaper, teenage boy, reporter, water, camera, watching tv, investigation, serial killer, rain, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Locations:wheelchair
Characters:writer, girl, boy, doctor
Story:telephone call, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, evil child, answering machine, woman, teenage boy, telephone, watching tv, computer, face slap, mirror, rain, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Shutter Island (2010)
Mystery, Thriller

Shutter Island (2010)

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. (Read More)

Themes:revenge, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:island, lighthouse, investigation, death by drowning, ferry, cliff, mental hospital, mental institution, drawing, no opening credits, hallucination, serial killer, rain, dream, shower, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Drag Me To Hell (2009) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror, Thriller

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Story:curse, woman, psychic, supernatural horror, assistant, fly, hallucination, supernatural power, falling from height, blonde, rain, female protagonist, dream, cell phone, surprise ending, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:city, wheelchair, elevator
Characters:writer, girl
Story:investigation, telephone call, dark secret, photography, drawing, woman, reporter, telephone, water, camera, watching tv, cell phone, shower, surprise ending, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:telephone call, stable, tape recording, teenage girl, good versus evil, supernatural power, hallucination, watching tv, investigation, horse, rain, female protagonist, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, death, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Sinister (2012)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sinister (2012)

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

Themes:fear
Characters:writer
Story:killer child, dark secret, tree, drawing, supernatural power, investigation, cell phone, ghost, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, blood, murder

Carrie (1976) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror

Carrie (1976)

It's nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie. Mrs. White's beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie's phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished. One of those students, self absorbed Chris Hargensen, vows revenge against Carrie for that punishment, the method of the revenge associated to the phys ed class incident. Another student however, the popular Sue Snell, begins to feel sorry for Carrie. In wanting to help her get out of her shell, Sue asks her boyfriend, the equally popular Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the senior prom instead of her. This move does not sit well with Mrs. White, who in her extreme view believes Carrie will fall prey to sin. All these competing issues lead to Carrie deciding on an impulse to use a newfound skill to free herself from the figurative chains that have long been placed around her, with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl, teacher, student
Story:psychic power, psionic power, psychic, first part, teenage girl, electrocution, woman, teenage boy, classroom, supernatural power, water, watching tv, face slap, blonde, female protagonist, dream, shower, panties, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Dark City (1998)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:city, wheelchair, bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:woman, el train, evil child, lighthouse, electrocution, drawing, telephone, supernatural power, water, falling from height, investigation, serial killer, dream, surprise ending, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, flashback, blood

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:fear, suicide, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:doctor
Story:telephone call, wallpaper, death by drowning, tape recording, ring, newspaper, hallucination, falling from height, camera, watching tv, computer, rain, cell phone, shower, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:city
Characters:girl, boy, doctor
Story:girl in panties, black panties, telephone call, mysterious death, cartoon on tv, babysitter, foreign language adaptation, scantily clad female, no opening credits, newspaper, cleavage, voyeur, hallucination, watching tv, mirror, dream, panties, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

The Constant Gardener (2005) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, suicide
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor, girl, boy
Story:no title at beginning, cliff, dead child, answering machine, teenage girl, cousin cousin relationship, no opening credits, woman, cleavage, watching tv, computer, investigation, horse, rain, death, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, murder

Evil Dead II (1987)
Comedy, Horror

Evil Dead II (1987)

Ashley Williams travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda where they find a tape recording of a professor and a book of evil. This unleashes a bunch of evil spirits that constantly terrorize Ash. Meanwhile a journalist comes to the area to study the book of evil. Ash and her end up having to survive this swarm of evil until morning comes. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Story:cabin, cabin in the woods, supernatural horror, tape recording, skeleton, curse, tree, axe, journalist, good versus evil, hallucination, falling from height, mirror, ghost, panties, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, blood, murder

The Descent (2005)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

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

Themes:fear, revenge
Mood:nightmare
Story:cabin in the woods, falling into water, first part, cabin, underwater scene, woman, hallucination, falling from height, blonde, female protagonist, ghost, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, f rated, death, murder, blood

Hollow Man (2000)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues This is why Hollow Man (2000) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, revenge, surrealism
Locations:elevator
Story:elevator shaft, telephone call, first part, electrocution, underwater scene, voyeur, supernatural power, computer, face slap, mirror, female protagonist, dream, shower, panties, murder, death, blood

Mulholland Dr. (2001) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

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

Themes:suicide, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:city
Story:woman, telephone call, deliberate cruelty, bechdel test passed, telephone, hallucination, blonde, female protagonist, dream, ghost, panties, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, f rated, death, murder

The Illusionist (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Illusionist (2006)

In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an incident between the Crown Prince and the Duchess, the battle between Eisenheim and the Crown Prince moves into the public performance realm, which many believe demonstrates Eisenheim's supernatural powers. Much of the work for the Crown Prince in the battle with Eisenheim is conducted by Chief Inspector Uhl, who would become the Chief of Police under the Crown Prince's reign. As such, Uhl may have ulterior motives in turning a blind eye to any unlawful act of the Crown Prince against Eisenheim or the Duchess. (Read More)

Themes:suicide, revenge
Characters:girl, boy, doctor
Story:stable, balcony, paranormal phenomena, breaking and entering, tree, bird, woman, newspaper, supernatural power, investigation, face slap, mirror, horse, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, flashback, murder

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Themes:fear, surrealism
Locations:city, elevator, bathtub
Characters:girl, boy, doctor
Story:subliminal message, barn, teenage girl, race against time, electrocution, no opening credits, classroom, falling from height, camera, investigation, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, murder, death, flashback

Rec (2007)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Rec (2007)

'REC' turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams -- which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Story:reporter, fire hose, killer child, no title at beginning, apartment building, ladder, first part, no opening credits, woman, falling from height, watching tv, face slap, panties, surprise ending, mother daughter relationship, death, blood, murder

Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic Instinct (1992)

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. This is why Basic Instinct (1992) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:dying, voyeurism
Locations:elevator
Characters:writer
Story:girl in panties, woman, investigation, black panties, mysterious death, hair, first part, mini skirt, scantily clad female, cleavage, telephone, voyeur, watching tv, serial killer, rain, panties, surprise ending, cigarette smoking, murder, death

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair, elevator
Characters:boy
Story:mental institution, telephone call, psychiatric hospital, cartoon on tv, past, barn, axe, newspaper, watching tv, remake, dream, cell phone, shower, surprise ending, title spoken by character, father son relationship, murder, flashback, blood, death

Orphan (2009)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Orphan (2009)

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf mute daughter, Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not what she claims to be. (Read More)

Themes:dying, adoption
Mood:nightmare
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:girl
Story:telephone call, evil child, killer child, mental hospital, race against time, no opening credits, good versus evil, classroom, falling from height, face slap, serial killer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, blood, murder

The Shining (1980)
Drama, Horror

The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator, bathtub
Characters:writer, teacher, boy, doctor
Story:cartoon on tv, psychic, cabin, skeleton, woman, ghost, axe, good versus evil, supernatural power, hallucination, mirror, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, blood

Scream 4 (2011) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:aunt niece relationship, barn, answering machine, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, film within a film, cousin cousin relationship, electrocution, no opening credits, reporter, falling from height, investigation, serial killer, female protagonist, cell phone, ghost, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, blood, murder, death

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. This is why Grindhouse (2007) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:doctor
Story:severed finger, babysitter, film within a film, teenage girl, ring, woman, good versus evil, teenage boy, supernatural power, falling from height, serial killer, ghost, title spoken by character, death, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, f rated, murder, blood

El Orfanato (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

El Orfanato (2007)

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simon together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simon tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simon tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simon has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:boy
Story:lighthouse, psychic, cabin, drawing, hallucination, supernatural power, face slap, female protagonist, ghost, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, death

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:fear, suicide, revenge
Locations:wheelchair, elevator, bathtub
Characters:girl
Story:woman, assistant, nosebleed, teenage girl, race against time, electrocution, underwater scene, telephone, hallucination, falling from height, watching tv, investigation, dream, surprise ending, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, flashback, death

Scream 2 (1997) is one of the best movies like The Ring (2002)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, revenge
Story:videotape, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, film within a film, no opening credits, axe, journalist, good versus evil, reporter, telephone, voyeur, hallucination, watching tv, computer, investigation, face slap, serial killer, female protagonist, cell phone, surprise ending, cigarette smoking

The Evil Dead (1981)
Horror

The Evil Dead (1981)

Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning. (Read More)

Themes:dying
Characters:student, girl
Story:cabin, cabin in the woods, supernatural horror, tape recording, playing cards, first part, teenage girl, tree, axe, teenage boy, supernatural power, remake, ghost, surprise ending, death, blood, murder

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