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The Shining (1980)
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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 "S…hining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult classic cult film british horror american horror 
Themes:
wilderness writing cannibalism insanity dysfunctional family supernatural power psychopath ghost marriage murder surrealism 
Mood:
ambiguous ending nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen elevator airport bathtub airplane snow helicopter hotel bar 
Characters:
writer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
home sweet home hedge maze denver colorado writing backwards homicidal maniac advice from bartender axe murder escape through a bathroom window filmed in mirror haunted hotel ghost child psychological disintegration magical negro stereotype two way radio cabin fever β€¦bear suit shot in sequence alcoholic relapse freezing to death lifting a male into the air forest ranger canned food pantry based on the works of stephen king store room horror movie remade uxoricide pediatrician able to see the dead rocky mountains hypothermia extrasensory perception breaking down a door twin sisters repetition filicide frozen body tricycle ballroom dancing volkswagen beetle freezer radio broadcast toy car snowstorm labyrinth mass murderer famous line trance butcher knife overhead camera shot chapter headings sole black character dies cliche caretaker famous score identical twins writer's block premonition imaginary friend colorado restroom villain played by lead actor cartoon on tv maze psychopathic killer telepathy abusive father hit on the head miami florida butler job interview reincarnation home new year's eve blockbuster lifting someone into the air cook ice cream electronic music score falling down stairs child murder tv news maniac psychic typewriter haunting isolation actor shares first name with character domestic violence long take baseball bat skeleton possession costume racial slur bartender child in peril cult child abuse female pubic hair woman axe good versus evil hallucination bathroom slow motion scene mirror surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph two word title based on novel blood  (See All)

The Dead Zone (1983)
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The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath murder surrealism 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac based on the works of stephen king extrasensory perception premonition psychopathic killer electronic music score child murder maniac psychic isolation child in peril good versus evil slow motion scene surprise ending chase β€¦title spoken by character photograph based on novel blood  (See All)

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
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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)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac horror movie remade famous line psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air electronic music score falling down stairs maniac good versus evil slow motion scene mirror surprise ending blood 

Deep Red (1975)
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Deep Red (1975)

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so cl…osely. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult classic cult film 
Themes:
insanity psychopath ghost murder surrealism 
Locations:
kitchen elevator bathtub bar 
Characters:
doctor mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
homicidal maniac extrasensory perception butcher knife famous score psychopathic killer telepathy hit on the head home tv news maniac psychic skeleton axe hallucination bathroom β€¦mirror surprise ending chase photograph two word title blood  (See All)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity supernatural power psychopath ghost surrealism murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer abusive father falling down stairs child murder maniac child in peril child abuse good versus evil slow motion scene title spoken by character blood 

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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:
cult film 
Themes:
writing psychopath murder surrealism 
Locations:
elevator hotel 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
psychological disintegration writer's block restroom lifting someone into the air typewriter domestic violence bathroom slow motion scene surprise ending title spoken by character two word title blood 

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

On Halloween in 1963, Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978, he broke out to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. He killed all of her friends, but she escaped. A few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find her. But now, in 1998, Michael has returned and found all the pape…rs he needs to find her. He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. And now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen elevator 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder lifting a male into the air butcher knife psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air maniac actor shares first name with character axe good versus evil hallucination chase blood 

Psycho (1960)
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Psycho (1960)

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to …take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity psychopath marriage murder 
Locations:
bathtub hotel 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac horror movie remade overhead camera shot famous score villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer blockbuster lifting someone into the air falling down stairs maniac long take woman good versus evil hallucination bathroom β€¦surprise ending photograph based on novel blood  (See All)

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Misery (1990) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Misery (1990)

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, Paul's "number one fan", who takes Paul back to her remote house in… the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also a headcase. When she discovers that Paul has killed off the heroine in her favorite novels, her reaction leaves Paul shattered (literally)... (Read More)

Subgenre:
american horror 
Themes:
writing insanity psychopath murder 
Locations:
snow helicopter 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
homicidal maniac based on the works of stephen king colorado psychopathic killer home maniac typewriter isolation woman slow motion scene surprise ending title spoken by character based on novel blood 

American Psycho (2000)
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American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
cannibalism insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
bathtub helicopter bar 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder mass murderer overhead camera shot sole black character dies cliche restroom villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air maniac racial slur bartender woman axe mirror β€¦surprise ending chase photograph based on novel two word title blood  (See All)

Poltergeist (1982)
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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.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family supernatural power ghost 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
home blockbuster lifting someone into the air psychic haunting skeleton child in peril good versus evil hallucination mirror 

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Picking up where the original Nightmare left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a local hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw o…ther people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the kids realize their special abilities within the nightmare world. When Freddy captures one of her charges, she leads a rescue attempt into Krueger's domain, in hopes of putting his spirit to rest once and for all. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity supernatural power psychopath ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac tricycle psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air electronic music score falling down stairs maniac isolation skeleton child in peril bathroom slow motion scene surprise ending 

Cell (2016) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Cell (2016)

When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after.

Themes:
cannibalism insanity supernatural power murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen airport airplane bar 
Characters:
mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
axe murder based on the works of stephen king cook baseball bat bartender child in peril axe slow motion scene surprise ending chase title spoken by character based on novel blood 

Halloweenviii: Resurrection (2002)
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Halloweenviii: Resurrection (2002)

Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhoo…d home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house... and then Michael arrives home! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
psychopath murder 
Locations:
kitchen 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder butcher knife psychopathic killer home lifting someone into the air maniac skeleton axe good versus evil mirror surprise ending chase two word title blood 

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only on…e who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity supernatural power psychopath ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Characters:
doctor mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac lifting a male into the air villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air falling down stairs maniac skeleton possession good versus evil hallucination slow motion scene surprise ending chase photograph β€¦blood  (See All)

The Ring (2002)
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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:
supernatural power ghost surrealism murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
elevator bathtub 
Characters:
writer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cartoon on tv psychic skeleton woman axe good versus evil hallucination mirror surprise ending title spoken by character photograph based on novel blood 

Dolores Claiborne (1995) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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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 q…uestions 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:
writing dysfunctional family psychopath marriage murder 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
writer husband wife relationship 
Story:
based on the works of stephen king abusive father job interview falling down stairs domestic violence child abuse woman axe title spoken by character based on novel two word title 

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Evil Dead II (1987)
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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)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
ghost surrealism murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen airplane 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
falling down stairs haunting skeleton possession axe good versus evil hallucination bathroom mirror surprise ending chase blood 

1408 (2007)
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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 14…08, 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:
writing insanity supernatural power ghost murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
snow hotel 
Characters:
writer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
haunted hotel based on the works of stephen king maze haunting possession hallucination bathroom mirror surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph blood 

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
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The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house… and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
cannibalism insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending nightmare 
Locations:
bathtub bar 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder mass murderer sole black character dies cliche psychopathic killer maniac racial slur child in peril cult female pubic hair axe slow motion scene chase title spoken by character photograph β€¦blood  (See All)

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Following up the previous Nightmare film, the dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills all three of the surviving Elm Street kids. However, Kristen (who has the ability to draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her frien…d Alice before her demise. Afterwords, Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power she now wields to pull a new group of teenage children into his foul domain. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
elevator 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer abusive father lifting someone into the air electronic music score maniac skeleton surprise ending photograph blood 

The Omen (1976)
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The Omen (1976)

Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newbor…n whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power murder 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
horror movie remade tricycle famous score reincarnation blockbuster lifting someone into the air child murder skeleton possession child in peril good versus evil slow motion scene surprise ending photograph two word title β€¦blood  (See All)

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

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

Subgenre:
cult classic cult film american horror 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath ghost murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac lifting a male into the air psychopathic killer hit on the head lifting someone into the air electronic music score maniac possession bartender child in peril hallucination slow motion scene surprise ending chase blood 

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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:
cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family psychopath marriage murder 
Locations:
airport snow hotel bar 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
axe murder psychological disintegration famous score lifting someone into the air falling down stairs racial slur bartender woman axe mirror title spoken by character blood 

Curse Of Chucky (2013) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Curse Of Chucky (2013)

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

Subgenre:
american horror 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath murder 
Locations:
elevator 
Characters:
husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder cartoon on tv electronic music score child in peril woman axe slow motion scene surprise ending blood 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the… program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
writing insanity psychopath surrealism murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
bathtub snow bar 
Characters:
writer doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
famous line famous score villain played by lead actor blockbuster electronic music score typewriter long take baseball bat female pubic hair slow motion scene surprise ending photograph based on novel blood 

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The Thing (1982)
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The Thing (1982)

A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian… base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
snow helicopter 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
axe murder frozen body famous score cook electronic music score isolation long take axe surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph two word title blood 

High Tension (2003)
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High Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnap…s Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:
insanity psychopath murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder butcher knife psychopathic killer child murder maniac axe bathroom slow motion scene mirror surprise ending chase photograph blood 

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess…, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism murder 
Locations:
kitchen bathtub 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
hedge maze lifting a male into the air labyrinth maze home lifting someone into the air cook child murder skeleton child abuse good versus evil mirror surprise ending chase blood 

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The Dark Knight (2008)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a n…ew wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
kitchen elevator airplane helicopter bar 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
lifting a male into the air mass murderer famous line famous score butler blockbuster lifting someone into the air electronic music score falling down stairs maniac costume bartender child in peril axe good versus evil β€¦slow motion scene surprise ending chase title spoken by character blood  (See All)

Halloween (1978)
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Halloween (1978)

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor want…s to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
psychopath murder 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
homicidal maniac lifting a male into the air horror movie remade butcher knife famous score psychopathic killer blockbuster lifting someone into the air electronic music score maniac long take good versus evil surprise ending title spoken by character 

The Amityville Horror (2005)
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The Amityville Horror (2005)

In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their three children move into an elegant Long Island house. What they don't know is that the house was the site of a horrific mass murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and attempt to keep the horror in the past, but are now haunted b…y a murderous presence. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What follows is 28 days of sheer, unbridled terror for the family with demonic visions of the dead. Based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz, The Amityville Horror remains one of the most horrifying haunted house stories ever told - because it actually happened. (Read More)

Themes:
insanity ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen bathtub 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
axe murder able to see the dead child murder possession child in peril axe slow motion scene chase based on novel blood 

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational, and shockingly realistic, director Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE… terrified audiences in a way never thought possible when it was unleashed on a politically and socially tumultuous America in 1974. Facing a storm of controversy, censorship, and outcry throughout its troubled release, this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone. To celebrate the film's 40th anniversary and its enduring ability to scare audiences both new and old, Dark Sky Films proudly presents THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in an all-new 4k digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Tobe Hooper. Get ready to experience fear in a whole new way. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
cannibalism insanity dysfunctional family psychopath murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac shot in sequence horror movie remade hypothermia frozen body psychopathic killer hit on the head blockbuster lifting someone into the air cook maniac skeleton surprise ending chase photograph β€¦blood  (See All)

Scanners (1981)
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Scanners (1981)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power psychopath murder surrealism 
Locations:
helicopter hotel 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
extrasensory perception villain played by lead actor telepathy electronic music score falling down stairs psychic hallucination surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph blood 

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:
cult film 
Themes:
insanity surrealism murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
elevator hotel bar 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
axe murder electronic music score typewriter axe good versus evil hallucination bathroom surprise ending chase title spoken by character blood 

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Gothika (2003)
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Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently rape…d by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:
insanity supernatural power psychopath ghost marriage murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder psychopathic killer maniac possession woman axe hallucination mirror surprise ending chase photograph blood 

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a me…dia sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
insanity dysfunctional family psychopath murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
homicidal maniac mass murderer villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer abusive father tv news maniac child abuse woman hallucination slow motion scene surprise ending photograph blood 

The People Under The Stairs (1991)
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The People Under The Stairs (1991)

The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "chil…dren" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
cannibalism insanity psychopath murder 
Story:
homicidal maniac psychopathic killer home falling down stairs maniac skeleton racial slur child in peril child abuse title spoken by character blood 

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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of H…arker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult classic cult film 
Themes:
insanity supernatural power marriage 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
hedge maze labyrinth villain played by lead actor maze telepathy reincarnation blockbuster typewriter good versus evil mirror chase title spoken by character photograph based on novel blood 

Se7en (1995)
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Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopath…ic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity psychopath murder 
Locations:
helicopter bar 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
homicidal maniac breaking down a door mass murderer cartoon on tv psychopathic killer blockbuster tv news maniac typewriter surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph blood 

Annabelle (2014) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Annabelle (2014)

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blo…od and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power psychopath ghost murder 
Locations:
kitchen elevator 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
sole black character dies cliche home baseball bat possession child in peril cult good versus evil hallucination slow motion scene chase title spoken by character photograph blood 

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Don't Look Now (1973)
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Don't Look Now (1973)

John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seei…ng their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
airport hotel 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
trance premonition psychic woman hallucination slow motion scene mirror surprise ending chase photograph blood 

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
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House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
cannibalism insanity murder surrealism 
Mood:
nightmare 
Characters:
father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting someone into the air tv news maniac long take skeleton axe hallucination slow motion scene surprise ending chase photograph blood 

Pet Sematary (1989)
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Pet Sematary (1989)

The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good r…eason too. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
airport bathtub airplane 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
lifting a male into the air based on the works of stephen king lifting someone into the air woman bathroom surprise ending photograph based on novel blood 

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The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't sto…p her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
extrasensory perception premonition cartoon on tv psychic domestic violence baseball bat child abuse woman hallucination photograph two word title blood 

Joker (2019)
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Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and …disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
writing insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
elevator bathtub 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
villain played by lead actor butler blockbuster tv news maniac isolation domestic violence long take child abuse hallucination bathroom slow motion scene mirror surprise ending chase β€¦title spoken by character blood  (See All)

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
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Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

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

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity psychopath murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac axe murder psychopathic killer lifting someone into the air maniac child in peril axe surprise ending chase blood 

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Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
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Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)

Loosely based on serial killer 'Henry Lee Lucas' (qv), the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. The people they kill are strangers and in on…e particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses - of any kind. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film american horror 
Themes:
insanity psychopath murder 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac villain played by lead actor psychopathic killer abusive father home maniac child abuse surprise ending blood 

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Renai is interrogated by a police detective about the supernatural events in the house. While the police investigate the house, the Lambert family temporarily moves to the old house of Lorraine Lambert. Renai is haunted by a woman in white and Josh has a strange behavior at home. Meanwhile Lorraine …seeks out Elise's partners Specs and Tucker expecting to find answers. (Read More)

Themes:
psychopath ghost murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
homicidal maniac home maniac possession child in peril child abuse woman surprise ending photograph 

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son Toshio. Each person that lives in or visits the haunted house is murdered or disappears.

Themes:
supernatural power ghost marriage murder 
Locations:
elevator 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
ghost child horror movie remade chapter headings premonition restroom home possession woman photograph blood 

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