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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:insanity, writing, cannibalism, marriage, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel, kitchen, elevator, airport, bathtub, snow, bar
Characters:writer, doctor
Period:winter, 1980s
Story:home sweet home, hedge maze, denver colorado, caretaker, colorado, writing backwards, homicidal maniac, advice from bartender, cult classic, axe murder, escape through a bathroom window, filmed in mirror, haunted hotel, ghost child, cult film, psychological disintegration, magical negro stereotype, two way radio, cabin fever, bear suit

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

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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

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

A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

A Nightmare On Elm Street: 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 one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Mood:nightmare
Characters:doctor
Period:1980s
Story:homicidal maniac, cult film, lifting a male into the air, american horror, villain played by lead actor, psychopathic killer, lifting someone into the air, maniac, skeleton, good versus evil, supernatural power, slow motion scene, surprise ending, photograph, mother son relationship, murder, blood

The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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...

Themes:surrealism
Locations:snow
Characters:doctor
Period:winter, 1980s
Story:homicidal maniac, home, cult film, based on the works of stephen king, extrasensory perception, american horror, premonition, psychopathic killer, electronic music score, child murder, maniac, psychic, isolation, child in peril, woman, good versus evil, supernatural power, psychopath, slow motion scene, surprise ending

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:cannibalism, insanity
Locations:bathtub, bar
Period:1980s
Story:homicidal maniac, axe murder, cult film, mass murderer, american horror, overhead camera shot, sole black character dies cliche, restroom, villain played by lead actor, psychopathic killer, ambiguous ending, lifting someone into the air, maniac, racial slur, bartender, woman, axe, psychopath, mirror, helicopter

Barton Fink (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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. This is why Barton Fink (1991) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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

Themes:writing, marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:writer
Story:based on the works of stephen king, abusive father, job interview, falling down stairs, domestic violence, child abuse, woman, axe, dysfunctional family, psychopath, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, two word title, based on novel, murder

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

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 other 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)

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

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

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 friend 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)

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

Misery (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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)

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

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. This is why Scanners (1981) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

Dracula (1992)
Horror

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 Harker'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)

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

Haute Tension (2003) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

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

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

The Omen (1976)
Horror

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 newborn 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)

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

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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 murders 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)

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

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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. This is why Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
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:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Period:1980s
Story:homicidal maniac, cult film, horror movie remade, famous line, american horror, psychopathic killer, lifting someone into the air, electronic music score, falling down stairs, maniac, good versus evil, supernatural power, psychopath, slow motion scene, mirror, ghost, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, blood

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

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)

Themes:cannibalism, insanity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub, bar
Story:homicidal maniac, axe murder, cult film, mass murderer, sole black character dies cliche, psychopathic killer, ambiguous ending, home, maniac, racial slur, child in peril, cult, female pubic hair, axe, psychopath, slow motion scene, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship

Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Horror

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus's estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby's Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped inside an evil machine "designed by the devil and powered by the dead" to open the Eye of Hell. Aided by Dennis, a ghost hunter, and his rival Kalina, a ghost rights activist out to set the ghosts free, the group must do what they can to get out of the house alive. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Story:ghost child, lifting someone into the air, psychic, baseball bat, child in peril, axe, supernatural power, slow motion scene, ghost, chase, father son relationship, family relationships, blood, murder

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator, airport, bathtub, hotel, bar
Characters:doctor
Story:cult film, overhead camera shot, reincarnation, long take, female pubic hair, hallucination, bathroom, airplane, mirror, ghost, chase, photograph, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, blood

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Horror, Thriller

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 papers 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)

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

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Halloween: 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 childhood 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)

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

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

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

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

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Period:1980s
Story:homicidal maniac, lifting a male into the air, american horror, psychopathic killer, lifting someone into the air, maniac, possession, child in peril, hallucination, supernatural power, psychopath, slow motion scene, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, blood

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

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 media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

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

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. This is why 1408 (2007) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

Kalifornia (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. (Read More)

Themes:writing, insanity
Locations:bar
Characters:writer
Story:homicidal maniac, cult film, mass murderer, american horror, psychopathic killer, maniac, psychopath, helicopter, title spoken by character, photograph, murder, blood

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Horror

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)

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

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

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

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

Halloween II (2009)
Horror

Halloween II (2009)

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

Themes:insanity
Mood:nightmare
Story:homicidal maniac, axe murder, mass murderer, psychopathic killer, home, maniac, hallucination, psychopath, slow motion scene, helicopter, ghost, chase, mother son relationship, blood

The People Under The Stairs (1991)
Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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 "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. This is why The People Under The Stairs (1991) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Crime, Drama

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, surrealism
Locations:kitchen, bathtub
Period:1980s
Story:cult film, freezer, restroom, cook, domestic violence, child in peril, woman, bathroom, husband wife relationship, murder

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

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)

Themes:cannibalism, insanity
Mood:nightmare
Locations:kitchen
Story:home, homicidal maniac, cult film, shot in sequence, horror movie remade, hypothermia, frozen body, american horror, psychopathic killer, ambiguous ending, hit on the head, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, cook, maniac, skeleton, dysfunctional family, psychopath, surprise ending, chase

Ghost Ship (2002)
Horror

Ghost Ship (2002)

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre ocurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:cult film, ballroom dancing, sole black character dies cliche, child murder, haunting, skeleton, child in peril, woman, supernatural power, ghost, title spoken by character, photograph, blood, murder

Halloween II (1981)
Horror

Halloween II (1981)

In a continuation of the plot of Halloween, Michael Myers shows off his indestructability by resuming his murder spree despite being gunned down with six bullets in the original movie. Laurie Strode is once more his intended victim, with Dr. Sam Loomis again in hot pursuit.

Themes:insanity
Story:homicidal maniac, cult film, store room, american horror, butcher knife, psychopathic killer, hit on the head, lifting someone into the air, electronic music score, tv news, maniac, good versus evil, psychopath, chase, two word title, murder, blood

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980).

Themes:surrealism
Locations:kitchen, bar
Period:1980s
Story:cult film, electronic music score, baseball bat, bartender, child in peril, axe, supernatural power, slow motion scene, helicopter, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, blood, murder

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Locations:kitchen, snow, hotel, bar
Story:miami florida, home, blockbuster, actor shares first name with character, domestic violence, racial slur, hallucination, slow motion scene, airplane, helicopter, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, blood

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:marriage
Locations:bathtub, snow
Story:home, villain played by lead actor, blockbuster, haunting, possession, woman, supernatural power, bathroom, mirror, ghost, surprise ending, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, blood, murder

The Matador (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Locations:kitchen, airport, snow, hotel, bar
Story:denver colorado, overhead camera shot, colorado, restroom, bartender, hallucination, bathroom, slow motion scene, airplane, mirror, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, murder, blood

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:cook, able to see the dead, premonition, ice cream, psychic, baseball bat, child in peril, cult, good versus evil, supernatural power, slow motion scene, ghost, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, based on novel, two word title, blood

A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

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. This is why A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

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

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 new 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)

Themes:insanity
Locations:kitchen, elevator, bar
Characters:doctor
Story:cult film, lifting a male into the air, mass murderer, famous line, famous score, ambiguous ending, butler, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, electronic music score, falling down stairs, maniac, costume, bartender, child in peril, axe, good versus evil, psychopath, slow motion scene, airplane

Poltergeist (1982)
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.

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

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:writing, cannibalism
Locations:elevator, bathtub, snow, bar
Characters:writer, doctor
Story:reincarnation, home, volkswagen beetle, radio broadcast, child murder, typewriter, skeleton, airplane, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, two word title, based on novel, blood, murder

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:insanity, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:elevator
Story:cult film, horror movie remade, home, child murder, hallucination, mirror, ghost, surprise ending, photograph, blood

The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Horror, Sci-fi

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments. This is why The Lawnmower Man (1992) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:hotel
Story:cult film, telepathy, abusive father, psychic, child in peril, child abuse, hallucination, supernatural power, psychopath, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, murder

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Horror

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children... (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bar
Characters:writer
Story:cult film, horror movie remade, imaginary friend, reincarnation, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, child murder, haunting, axe, supernatural power, ghost, husband wife relationship, blood, murder

Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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)

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

Repulsion (1965) is one of the best movies like The Shining (1980)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

Repulsion (1965)

In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work. There, she is almost hypnotized by her solitude, which leads to her mental state deteriorating as those obsessions come to the fore. She quickly descends into madness, which ultimately also affects those that are trying to get in touch with her. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:kitchen, elevator, bathtub, bar
Story:cult film, psychological disintegration, british horror, ambiguous ending, isolation, long take, woman, hallucination, bathroom, mirror, photograph, blood, murder

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:cannibalism, insanity, surrealism
Story:cult film, telepathy, hit on the head, electronic music score, maniac, skeleton, possession, child in peril, good versus evil, supernatural power, hallucination, psychopath, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, murder, blood

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