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You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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You Are Not My Mother (2021)

In a North Dublin housing estate Char's mother goes missing. When she returns Char is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and unearth the dark secrets of her family.

Subgenre:
folk horror fairy tale family drama coming of age 
Themes:
mental illness 
Mood:
ancient myth 
Locations:
urban setting school 
Characters:
mother baby girl 
Story:
folk tale housing estate present day mental health baby sitting horror film urban environment building a fire new generation freak out co production mentally ill body snatcher human nature secrets β€¦character driven young people mental abandoned car folk housing tale night time young woman folklore present burned alive teen angst directorial debut grandmother dark threat old woman  (See All)

Last Night In Soho (2021)
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Last Night In Soho (2021)

A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to be falling apart with shady consequences.

Subgenre:
suspense murder mystery teen horror psychological thriller psychological british horror psychological horror zombie comedy supernatural thriller 
Themes:
mental illness murder death revenge surrealism suicide rape money ghost drinking fear drunkenness escape investigation deception β€¦memory anger brutality supernatural power time travel insanity abuse bullying exploitation panic fashion near death experience  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain nightmare darkness ambiguous ending blood and gore 
Locations:
urban setting restaurant train nightclub london england taxi apartment police station police car city england taxi driver brothel train station 
Characters:
mother police teenager mother daughter relationship singer teenage girl prostitute female protagonist teacher police officer serial killer student dancer killer interracial relationship β€¦police detective pimp grandmother granddaughter relationship aunt nephew relationship go go dancer ex policeman dancing girl mean girl  (See All)
Period:
1960s year 1969 year 1967 year 1960 
Story:
present day mental health horror film young woman burned alive old woman f rated blood male nudity violence flashback sex scene kiss cigarette smoking β€¦dancing photograph singing party knife chase surprise ending telephone call fire cell phone song dream corpse blood splatter mirror blonde rescue slow motion scene punched in the face drink secret letter showdown lie place name in title bed prostitution hallucination british telephone subjective camera halloween orphan ambush old man ambulance stabbing montage throat slitting four word title stabbed to death suicide attempt toilet stabbed in the chest subway model false accusation apology dream sequence drawing hit by a car double cross bartender flash forward confession theater attempted murder library drug addict stalker screaming champagne poison umbrella audition product placement race against time suitcase missing person college student halloween costume manipulation scar stalking automobile basement haunting policewoman class sleeping psychic pub newspaper headline record player flirting applause eavesdropping falling down stairs tea revelation electronic music score dress hypodermic needle gothic heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror listening to music scene during opening credits recording title based on song gossip phone booth female singer grindhouse following someone schizophrenia street life promise interracial romance haunted by the past nickname vision face paint bravery mobile phone nostalgia stabbed in the throat backstage hatred stabbed in the neck plot twist headphones scissors laughter pride title at the end refrigerator dark past dressing room room dead mother alarm clock halloween party mannequin location in title firefighter drugged drink fireman being followed pervert serial murder mysterious man new job repeated scene spiral staircase female teacher stairway name calling jukebox naivety coca cola broken mirror peer pressure 18 year old whispering fashion designer interracial kiss costume party newspaper article film starts with text landlady giving a toast chandelier retro fashion show burlesque craziness gurney designer psychic power interracial couple female police officer repeated line murderess righteous rage tragic past overhead camera shot reference to james bond female bartender cockney accent old house house on fire fade to black breaking a mirror grindhouse film police siren clairvoyant rent red herring framed photograph vinyl boarding house deeply disturbed person barmaid women's bathroom bloody face showgirl abusive relationship big city red light district clique painted face young doorbell mirror ball rainy night cigarette holder dorm room taxi ride female serial killer hand kissing oxygen mask socks blond hair double decker bus joke telling seamstress neon sign aspiring singer dreams blowing a kiss sedative skeleton costume clairvoyance giallo esque shooting up classmate classmate relationship star died before release manipulative man nightclub owner over the top audio flashback crime victim roommate roommate relationship echo microfilm jump scare overhearing a conversation door lock fake name female murderer murder by stabbing seeing dead people murder confession record album school library african anglo archives film with ambiguous title slamming a door title mentioned in song waving goodbye woman murders a man music manager past and present upside down camera shot bolt upright after nightmare calling for help hickey listening to music on headphones making a film poisoned drink pink dress reference to cleopatra reflection in a mirror breaking through a wall packing a suitcase winking almost hit by a car lateness piccadilly circus london nightmare sequence soho london awakened by alarm clock broken dream killing in self defense urban gothic fashion design scene during closing credits room for rent trafalgar square london vintage clothing chorus girl committing suicide flat share gin and tonic college acceptance letter deceased mother distorted sound faceless man facial wound heroin injection running in the rain imitating fellatio waking up from a nightmare blood on body crying teenage girl landlady tenant relationship renting a room strong talent manager singing audition audio montage different face in mirror smoke detector 18 year old girl vomiting into a toilet bowl writer director producer fame seeker newspaper archive blowing a raspberry college library dying one's hair murder in self defense tragic villainess voice over telephone call bouncing on a bed coke can distorted vision dual storylines forced into prostitution horror movie pimp whore relationship pin cushion pub crawl world's end  (See All)

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Valerie A Tyden Divu (1970)
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Valerie A Tyden Divu (1970)

A thief awakens Valerie, just 13, taking earrings left to her by her mother. By morning, the earrings have been returned, Valerie's first period has begun, and a troupe and a missionary have arrived in her 19th century town. The thief is Orick; he reports to a cloaked constable who may also be the m…issionary. Attention to sexuality is everywhere: Valerie's grandmother's puritanical nature, the missionary's sermon to the town's virgins, the parish priest's attempt to seduce Valerie, and lusty adults at play. Valerie's nascent sexuality puts her in great danger. Can she navigate the passage from innocence to experience, a route teaming with vampires, a murderer, and an obscure family tree? (Read More)

Subgenre:
folk horror fairy tale coming of age cult film allegory campy 
Themes:
surrealism kidnapping religion wedding monster incest seduction corruption theft sexuality sadism dying 
Mood:
nightmare wedding night 
Locations:
church sex in public wedding party sex in barn 
Characters:
mother family relationships father daughter relationship teenager brother sister relationship teenage girl female protagonist priest vampire older man younger woman relationship grandmother granddaughter relationship love letter religious fanatic evil priest self flagellation β€¦evil father  (See All)
Story:
folklore burned alive grandmother old woman female nudity character name in title based on novel flashback dog female rear nudity lesbian kiss fire crying horse β€¦mirror mask letter bed demon swimming orphan band name in title disguise fish false accusation man with glasses nun dream sequence bird coffin lesbian interest cigar smoking necklace transformation curse danger actor playing multiple roles doll sensuality disappearance tied up whipping strong female character eavesdropping cage fainting barn crying woman bride strong female lead teenage protagonist carnival torch monk social commentary back from the dead innocence reconciliation hypocrisy underage drinking fan whip female lead drummer pedophile heart swing homoeroticism barefoot female field burned to death playing piano wedding reception symbolism contract actress playing multiple roles sexual awakening oppression praying menstruation fountain puberty flute fake identity bee plague earring masochism female vampire old lady bell toast generation gap bitten in the neck actual animal killed pearl necklace chained feather sexual repression manipulative behavior seductive behavior magnifying glass rescue from drowning forced marriage chains fair sexual obsession dove hood crypt seductive woman female antagonist rocking chair female name in title earrings flintlock pistol horse drawn carriage death by hanging government corruption drinking blood manipulative person strong female inquisition anti communist pearl oil lamp playing violin male tied up howling skunk authority grace female lead character eroticism lullaby beehive girl man relationship incestuous kiss peephole actor playing dual role menstrual blood oneiric constable male chauvinism menarche social criticism rejuvenation double identity eternal youth fictitious country strong female protagonist pointing a gun on someone straw hat death by fire marketplace corrupt priest weasel actress playing dual role anti authority lesbian character street artist white room animal mask daisy pact with the devil pyre dead chicken flagellation faustian killing a chicken demagogy martyr syndrome grande dame guignol pearl earring flower girl lying in a coffin roasted pig street music sexual adventure witch burning reed burning letter hair ribbon playing flute carrier pigeon christian symbolism fade to white music score features choir stolen jewellery water lily flower seller pointy ears religious woman bite marks evil grandmother dark romanticism eternal recurrence failed seduction looking through a peephole man eating pig martyress religious person  (See All)

Candyman (2021)
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Candyman (2021)

Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini-Green. After a chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

Subgenre:
black comedy suspense supernatural ghost story psychological thriller supernatural horror slasher horror supernatural thriller 
Themes:
murder death revenge surrealism suicide kidnapping ghost fear drunkenness art investigation racism brutality obsession supernatural power β€¦poverty insanity evil bullying abduction panic trauma police brutality mythology missing child  (See All)
Mood:
gore high school nightmare slasher darkness 
Locations:
urban setting hospital restaurant elevator apartment police car city slum 
Characters:
baby homosexual police mother son relationship father daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship police officer hostage artist killer interracial relationship villain β€¦gay relationship slasher killer suicide by jumping police violence suicide by jumping out a window  (See All)
Period:
2010s year 1977 
Story:
present day horror film new generation housing folklore present burned alive character name in title blood violence one word title sequel flashback dog bare chested male β€¦title spoken by character chase surprise ending fire cell phone title directed by female shot to death blood splatter mirror remake watching tv secret painting showdown dead body bathroom hallucination f word montage throat slitting stabbed to death toilet stabbed in the chest painter drawing ritual police officer killed news report transformation racial slur point of view library legend beaten to death danger stabbed in the back prologue screaming cover up evil man high school student haunting brother profanity gay couple undead tv news revelation looking at oneself in a mirror race relations tape recorder fourth part severed hand produced by director art gallery social commentary back from the dead black woman haunted by the past reincarnation animated sequence ghetto infection shadow title at the end stabbed in the eye injustice ethnic slur killing spree bonfire burned to death challenge abandoned building real estate agent invisibility candy living dead special effects levitation killing a dog old dark house urban legend scene before opening credits inspiration black man evil spirit bee laundromat black broken mirror urban decay ant offscreen killing handcuffed razor blade african american woman n word woman kills a man gay brother hand social art exhibition blaxploitation bloody violence racial discrimination segregation psychotronic film murder spree criminal investigation fade to black immolation breaking a mirror grindhouse film hook captivity short story development hands tied curiosity decomposing body franchise learning the truth racial segregation brother in law brother in law relationship gentrification art dealer head rottweiler trapped in an elevator public restroom invisible man housing project reboot racial african american man fans boogeyman horror icon hand wound white crime victim new home racial violence urban vengeful ghost bee sting disbelief oral history white woman fourth in series laundry room meme stories abandoned church pillow talk racial injustice apartment complex first film legends tenement origin story visual art critic abandoned apartment anti racism hole in the wall chance encounter perspective classic girls' bathroom fine stabbed with a pen throat slashed housing development summoning police coverup killing in self defense urban gothic homosexual couple killed by police reference to halloween art curator art gallery owner derelict building hook for a hand idea revenge from beyond the grave backstory based on urban legend glass elevator hole in a wall jumping to death waking up from a nightmare strong sweets year 2019 life imitates art real world reference to joy division different face in mirror force of nature low income housing old timer vengeful spirit art imitates life internet search slashed throat storm cellar mental health issues open wound the other side visual artist art review doing laundry history repeats itself missing baby screaming child  (See All)

Precious (2009) is one of the best movies like You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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Precious (2009)

In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see oth…erwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write. Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film 
Themes:
death love rape money pregnancy fear incest death of father redemption abuse adoption writing father daughter incest 
Mood:
rain ambiguous ending 
Locations:
school hospital new york city restaurant church swimming pool hotel motorcycle bus elevator museum 
Characters:
mother baby girl mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship african american brother sister relationship teenage girl female protagonist teacher student single mother teacher student relationship β€¦grandmother granddaughter relationship mother daughter incest pregnant from rape self narration pregnant by incest  (See All)
Period:
1980s year 1987 
Story:
present teen angst grandmother f rated character name in title based on novel violence one word title flashback dog dancing photograph title spoken by character singing β€¦party voice over narration crying song food mirror face slap slow motion scene watching tv cat bed bathroom manhattan new york city wine new york woman montage child abuse limousine screaming fantasy sequence reading christmas tree wig cross split screen underwater black american falling down stairs balloon heroine sexual abuse remote control stairs lesbian couple social worker classmate trophy physical abuse teenage pregnancy candy christmas present 16 year old teenage daughter hiv aids illiteracy scarf sociology harlem manhattan new york city microwave oven reference to martin luther king jr. female vomiting mother daughter conflict bad mother fat girl playing against type teenage mother female tears fried chicken pregnant teen stealing food african american lesbian christmas card sleeping in a chair reference to mcdonald's ex drug addict water thrown in face photograph comes to life reference to hurricane katrina smashing a tv set resentment toward daughter hole in ceiling throwing book  (See All)

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School's Out Forever (2021)
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School's Out Forever (2021)

No sooner has 15-year-old Lee Keegan been expelled from his private school than an apocalyptic event wipes out most of the world's population. With his father dead and mother trapped abroad, Lee is given one instruction: go back to school. But safety and security at St. Mark's School for Boys is in …short supply. Its high walls can't stop the local parish council from forming a militia and imposing marshal law, while inside the dorms the end of the world is having a dangerous effect on his best friend and his unrequited crush on the school nurse isn't helping him concentrate on staying alive. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age teen movie post apocalyptic horror comedy 
Themes:
photography back to school 
Mood:
apocalyptic 
Locations:
school space school nurse 
Characters:
mother friend teacher nurse best friend father 
Story:
horror film human nature night time present book class power couple street home lost room set up 15 year old scholarship β€¦middle class run social private school kids science fiction safety control young adults young pandemic sick support hidden stories classic thought smart upper middle class parish prep school books high stakes missed opportunity carry on deceased father kicked out unrequited crush  (See All)

Antlers (2021)
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Antlers (2021)

A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret that could have frightening consequences.

Subgenre:
folk horror fairy tale suspense allegory body horror american horror canadian horror mexican horror 
Themes:
death revenge monster investigation memory anger supernatural power dysfunctional family illness bullying cannibalism trauma drug addiction wilderness missing child β€¦starvation  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain darkness myth 
Locations:
school hospital church forest small town woods police car lake tunnel school teacher town school bully shed school nurse 
Characters:
father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship teacher police officer bully native american teacher student relationship bible sheriff mayor β€¦parent child relationship coroner crying boy  (See All)
Story:
horror film abandoned car tale dark nudity blood male nudity one word title flashback gun fight photograph knife chase telephone call β€¦voice over narration based on book corpse food mirror shooting rifle dead body reference to jesus christ classroom telephone subjective camera halloween gay slur flashlight eating house child abuse apology drawing creature gunshot flash forward legend drug addict prologue attack based on short story storytelling missing person pursuit cross trap brother bear reference to william shakespeare pickup truck fireplace looking at oneself in a mirror scene during opening credits ice cream hunter watching a movie crying woman home following someone gas mask promise series grocery store nickname trapped backpack hunger medication environmental issue producer superstition mine abusive father broken arm dead mother killing spree being followed 12 year old set up stuffed animal eviction meat stairway american indian evil spirit looking out a window fruit film projector railway blood stain school principal bearded man flare coughing metamorphosis train tracks fable guardian station wagon oregon vegetable nervousness overhead camera shot radio news coughing blood locked in a room trespassing donut police siren shelter flash camera screaming woman middle school framed photograph moral short story begins with text flickering light mist methamphetamine young resentment child's drawing watching someone accomplice plastic bag being watched bloody mouth abandoned mine skunk burned body missing woman voodoo doll state trooper animal trap dog feces heroin addiction conveyor belt mine shaft mutilated corpse dehydration fictional town mining town coal mining child neglect ringing telephone door lock 7 year old ocd body parts meth lab warrant local locked up carving body transformation growling man murders a woman first feature wendigo law and order lumber shushing homeschooling rag doll walking on train tracks beating heart pick up truck antler banging on a door eating ice cream missing boy native american legend bloody footprint ill child stench reference to goldilocks and the three bears losing a job opening credits supernatural creature exit sign caution tape rail track coal industry ice cream shop setting a trap stuffed bear toy 12 year old boy body torn in half miner's helmet mythological beast school desk screaming boy traumatized child  (See All)

Suspiria (2018)
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Suspiria (2018)

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare, others will finally wake up.

Subgenre:
independent film suspense conspiracy supernatural paranormal phenomena psychological drama dark fantasy art horror body horror supernatural horror psychological horror cult horror supernatural thriller 
Themes:
murder death revenge surrealism suicide kidnapping religion money ghost politics fear torture escape dance monster β€¦investigation deception magic memory brutality supernatural power terrorism redemption guilt insanity dating humiliation sadism evil cruelty panic near death experience regret mysterious death german politics dying mother dance ritual dance student  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain behind the scenes nightmare night archive footage avant garde darkness horror movie remake murder plot atmosphere blood and gore ritual murder slow burn 
Locations:
school restaurant train taxi rural setting kitchen apartment police station farm train station 
Characters:
mother husband wife relationship police mother daughter relationship doctor singer teenage girl female protagonist teacher police officer detective dancer hostage police detective β€¦teacher student relationship psychiatrist maid witch terror russian french german american abroad self mutilation dance teacher evil witch  (See All)
Period:
1970s year 1943 year 1977 
Story:
horror film secrets young woman dark old woman female nudity f rated nudity blood male nudity violence one word title female frontal nudity flashback β€¦male frontal nudity masturbation male rear nudity gun kiss female rear nudity female full frontal nudity cigarette smoking dancing photograph male full frontal nudity explosion singing knife lesbian kiss surprise ending pistol telephone call fire topless female nudity crying song dream corpse blood splatter food horse mirror urination remake rescue slow motion scene watching tv secret showdown lie sunglasses bomb running cafe bathroom college demon hallucination telephone f word subjective camera decapitation good versus evil survival newspaper wine ambush old man stabbing montage throat slitting bridge eating impalement stabbed to death toilet stabbed in the chest female pubic hair subway map apology cult trial radio disarming someone drawing double cross ritual search news report pain training flash forward curse beaten to death danger stabbed in the back prologue screaming protest widower umbrella audition possession race against time suitcase missing person cover up college student lightning scream farmer diary long take manipulation disappearance tragic event exploding body witness haunting suspicion ballet typewriter graffiti subtitled scene berlin germany riot pickup truck eyeglasses occult eavesdropping tv news destiny destruction revelation nipples visible through clothing electronic music score gothic heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror listening to music tape recorder scene during opening credits coma mutilation demonstration exploding building witchcraft psychology desperation covered in blood mind control crying man dead woman broken leg homicide ambition choking passport haircut rampage barefoot woman in jeopardy damsel in distress cameo haunted by the past face paint suffering couch hypocrisy blood on face intrigue confrontation stabbed in the throat backstage mercilessness stabbed in 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rehearsal spoken inner thoughts earthworm dance performance reading in bed urinating in fear mysterious person reanimated corpse reference to frederic chopin reflection in a mirror dark killer ill mother nude dancing small penis ballet school experience urine sample catacombs session civil unrest airplane hijacking dark power witches broken bone broken jaw clothes iron falling to the ground matron reference to johannes brahms shushing supernatural murder turmoil tryout blinds panting see through gown difficulty breathing fracture sadistic torture throat slit baader meinhof dance practice idea unrest cryptic groaning transference 2015 crying teenage girl dance audition devil worshiper boeing 707 dance recital blood trail dance company prima ballerina severed spine witches' coven haunted school triple role urinating on the floor white paint breaking mirror compound fracture dance academy nude dancer red army faction chest ripped open listening to music on a radio reflection in a glass 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Paralysis (2022)

A lonely kidnapper has you locked in his garage and when his attempts at befriending you fail he becomes more and more desperate.

Subgenre:
paranormal indie horror 
Themes:
mental illness trauma 
Mood:
nightmare 
Characters:
mother 
Story:
mental health horror film mental young woman telephone brother makeup investigator paralysis success major sleep creativity iphone pick up β€¦young locked in paranormal investigator call sleep paralysis caught contact lenses flashbacks sound effects family trauma psychic investigator  (See All)

Moloch (2022)
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Moloch (2022)

Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient.

Subgenre:
folk horror ghost story psychological drama 
Themes:
death 
Mood:
night one night 
Characters:
mother girl family relationships teenage girl father homeless man the family 
Story:
folk tale present day horror film folk van heart attack stranger community team fog cinematographer safety mind young girl ancient β€¦feature film school class eight year old hunted real life first feature evil being explanation bog edge den strong widowed mother peat bog  (See All)

Donnie Darko (2001)
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Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may no…t be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film cult film teen movie allegory alternate history christ allegory cult classic tragicomedy 
Themes:
mental illness murder death revenge surrealism suicide religion politics fear investigation supernatural power terrorism time travel insanity first love 
Mood:
high school avant garde 
Locations:
school bicycle police car airplane accident 
Characters:
police teenage boy teacher reference to god lust psychiatrist 
Period:
1980s year 1988 
Story:
secrets mental teen angst directorial debut character name in title masturbation two word title gun kiss cigarette smoking title spoken by character party knife fire dream β€¦car accident beer bathroom hallucination reference to jesus christ f word good versus evil halloween axe cocaine no opening credits drawing stalker clown suburb halloween costume scar tragic event magical realism arson destiny sabotage gothic vandalism overalls american football psychology end of the world fate schizophrenia debate morality reverse footage switchblade vision irony prophecy hypnosis medication time lapse photography dark hero soul psychotic halloween party goth confusion closet homage metaphor bottle stepfather plane crash imaginary friend shot in the eye virginia psychoanalysis psychotherapy death of title character parallel universe enigma ego time loop disturbed individual sleepwalking mortality new wave troubled teen excrement flooding alternate timeline messiah parallel world reference to led zeppelin alliterative title preparatory school time warp chalkboard motivational speaker child pornography deus ex machina lynchian count down teenage romance altering history harvard savior virtuality another dimension paranoid schizophrenia fantasy life rabbit costume sanity parallel time rewind hypnotherapy school project pantry real life siblings as fictional siblings stocking mask communist agent rabbit suit the star spangled banner catcher in the rye self help guru reference to the smurfs changing history defacing property antiseptic real life brother and sister playing brother and sister cellar door object falling from the sky  (See All)

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Fish Tank (2009)
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Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boy…friend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age music video fish out of water teen movie 
Themes:
infidelity money adultery drinking drunkenness extramarital affair theft dysfunctional family unfaithfulness abduction 
Mood:
rain hip hop ambiguous ending 
Locations:
urban setting school train car kitchen apartment lake train station singing in a car 
Characters:
mother girl family relationships teenager mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship children tattoo teenage girl teenage boy dancer sister sister relationship thief little girl single mother β€¦older man younger woman relationship alcoholic mother daughter seeing mother have sex  (See All)
Period:
2000s 
Story:
housing estate teen angst sex female nudity f rated nudity male nudity dog bare chested male kiss female rear nudity fight cigarette smoking dancing photograph β€¦singing party panties telephone call crying cell phone title directed by female beating underwear sex on couch horse mirror urination face slap slow motion scene watching tv drink arrest undressing bare butt beer tears sunglasses animal in title running voyeur river television subjective camera bedroom flashlight cooking video camera internet fish white panties child abuse driving spanking virgin screaming suburb audition sleeping single parent girl in panties hugging head butt breaking and entering warehouse balloon loss of virginity listening to music sexual attraction recording stealing working class youtube street life apartment building barefoot tension bloody nose rap music thunder couch underage drinking convenience store balcony swing social worker looking at self in mirror sunbathing poster parking lot vodka triple f rated gate junkyard bandage german shepherd wallet fence looking out a window double life trailer home climbing through a window ponytail 15 year old unconsciousness teenage daughter cd mailbox actual animal killed windmill teenage crush game playing sex with a minor watching a video rescue from drowning undressing someone teenage girl in underwear hoodie swinging trespassing child abduction packing sleeping on a couch diy guard dog overhearing sex abusive mother brick hardware store leaving home liquor store 19 year old dance contest hamster clothes line alcohol abuse applying makeup watching sex plastic bag padlock hand on crotch rottweiler dead fish housing project teen drinking statutory rape voice mail laundry drying on clothes line limping little sister princess costume high rise spying on couple having sex teenage rebellion lower class piggy back ride band aid swing set mother's boyfriend climbing a fence fish in title internet cafe listening to sex mother and daughter have sex with the same man pitbull school expulsion foot injury mother daughter estrangement african anglo pushed into water tools council estate abandoned apartment urban violence shooting a horse child smoking a cigarette essex sound of sex running mascara unwanted child want ad automobile junkyard hand cut nagging mother wrecking yard id badge high rise apartment building tossing rocks at a window dance audition death of a horse sony video camera handfishing taking off someone's shoes foot wound foot cut negligent mother carrying a girl drinking water from a faucet head slap  (See All)

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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)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
mental illness murder death suicide infidelity ghost jealousy adultery investigation deception incest extramarital affair death of father supernatural power unfaithfulness β€¦father daughter incest  (See All)
Mood:
rain nightmare 
Locations:
school cemetery small town bathtub water woods rural setting wheelchair courtroom storm backwoods 
Characters:
family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship tattoo boy lawyer single mother lust witch sheriff suicide by hanging 
Story:
folk burned alive grandmother threat female nudity f rated blood violence female frontal nudity flashback masturbation male rear nudity dog two word title bare chested male β€¦gun fight dancing photograph explosion party leg spreading panties telephone call fire beating dream corpse watching tv thong bare butt secret lie dead body sex standing up hallucination handcuffs cleavage candle strangulation woman widow white panties child abuse trial scantily clad female ritual underwater scene search graveyard grave person on fire liar missing person baseball bat lightning flowers hanging domestic violence court female removes her clothes death of husband witness loss of father tied up whipping cult director psychic therapy garage heart attack girl in panties pickup truck occult nipples visible through clothing sexual attraction caught having sex therapist dysfunctional marriage back from the dead choking mechanic sexual desire camera shot of feet redneck woman in jeopardy reverse footage tension bloody nose intrigue reference to satan swamp card playing con artist black eye fog gasoline chain fortune teller abusive husband photo album unhappy marriage cartoon on tv promiscuous woman violence against women mental breakdown misogynist fence southern u.s. satanism sexual promiscuity school principal spreadeagle district attorney premonition georgia prosecutor auto mechanic pond psychic power tow truck crowbar slap pencil immolation socialite clairvoyant burning missing girl women's bathroom crotch shot girl stripped down to panties rascal nymphomania extrasensory perception marital abuse wife abuse family in danger satanist actress breaking typecast country club voodoo doll dark and stormy night broke southern gothic female bare feet implied incest scratch spouse abuse fiddler pensioner esp lasciviousness battered woman tarot cards incestuous overtones instinct promiscuous past swapping promiscuous daughter synchronicity psychic reading satan worship sexual child abuse hanging mobile smashing a windshield blueberry muffin daddy's girl blue diamond key witness setting a man on fire  (See All)

The Feast (2021)
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The Feast (2021)

The Feast is a live-action horror short film following siblings Lucy and Sam as they return to their childhood home where their reclusive mother resides. They soon discover that untold horrors have come to haunt her, and must face a vile demonic force before they lose their mother for good.

Subgenre:
folk horror eco horror 
Themes:
mental illness murder nature dysfunctional family nature theme revenge of nature 
Mood:
behind the scenes slow burn 
Story:
horror film folk young woman folklore blood party house dinner countryside maniac home broken glass dinner party language rich β€¦burn female vomiting creepy disturbing business deal wealthy wealthy family around the world local freckles evening written by producer cup of tea strong sound design  (See All)

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Photograph (2019)
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Photograph (2019)

A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancΓ©e. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect.

Subgenre:
fairy tale coming of age arthouse romantic drama 
Themes:
love nature 
Mood:
moving slow burn 
Locations:
city 
Characters:
girl student photographer 
Story:
present day tale present grandmother photograph storytelling class street movie theater stranger home movie set family dinner fiancee set up β€¦picture middle class heat envelope mind longing dreams rich girl playing comparison lower class surrogate family connection stories progress shy social differences accounting getting married love story middle class family class divide feeling old fashioned rom strong wind up soft spoken  (See All)

The Uninvited (2009)
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The Uninvited (2009)

After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling… that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense tragedy psychological thriller based on fairy tale psychological horror 
Themes:
mental illness murder revenge surrealism fear drunkenness escape funeral extramarital affair anger obsession death of mother paranoia panic 
Mood:
neo noir nightmare horror movie remake 
Locations:
beach forest cemetery bathtub woods police station ocean campfire new england 
Characters:
mother family relationships police father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage boy female protagonist nurse writer sister sister relationship little girl psychiatrist sheriff 
Period:
1980s 2000s year 1986 
Story:
mental young woman burned alive directorial debut blood flashback kiss fight photograph explosion party knife chase surprise ending β€¦panties fire dream corpse remake slow motion scene watching tv arrest bikini brawl falling from height vibrator bed sex standing up hallucination island subjective camera cleavage candle strangulation stabbing montage stabbed to death diner false accusation no opening credits femme fatale necklace attempted murder author danger screaming key widower character's point of view camera shot product placement knocked out scar injection tragic event laptop suspicion loss of mother love interest newspaper headline child murder terminal illness eavesdropping supermarket syringe revelation hypodermic needle gothic heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror sociopath caught having sex covered in blood schizophrenia mental institution haunted by the past vision falling to death mental hospital hit on the head accidental killing death of sister aerial shot attic lipstick shadow blood on shirt gasoline pier dark past passionate kiss bruise tank top burned to death sports car nanny memory loss goth girl in bra and panties mental patient apparition dinner party blood stain split personality bell beach house offscreen killing pearl necklace female villain woman kills a man body bag loss of sister evil woman exploding house tragic past woman in a bikini overhead camera shot butcher knife maine white dress house on fire delivery boy climbing out a window loss of memory trail of blood repressed memory grave side ceremony ghost child small community burned body sick mother chalkboard keyhole looking through a keyhole broken back tranquilizer unreliable narrator garbage bag seeing dead people boathouse seaside town pushed from height evil stepmother female sociopath handprint remake of asian film watering can house explosion unwanted sexual advances gas lamp wrist cutting slit wrists large house block and tackle medical kit remake of korean film daughter hates father's girlfriend ocean front house  (See All)

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Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a we…ek's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
mental illness murder death love friendship revenge kidnapping money drinking death of father poverty drug use illness hope courage β€¦hunting murder of father murder of brother  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir high school nightmare 
Locations:
school bar forest small town woods rural setting police station farm police car 
Characters:
mother baby girl family relationships husband wife relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship friend singer brother brother relationship boy brother sister relationship β€¦teenage girl female protagonist policeman sister sister relationship sheriff uncle niece relationship grandfather granddaughter relationship amateur detective teenager with a gun  (See All)
Period:
2000s 
Story:
teen angst threat f rated based on novel violence dog gun fight cigarette smoking photograph singing punctuation in title song title directed by female beating β€¦dream corpse food horse drink lie rifle apostrophe in title dead body marijuana bathroom neighbor guitar subjective camera flashlight cooking axe drug dealer eating bird search prologue liar character's point of view camera shot doll missing person cover up actor shares first name with character court death of brother disappearance suspicion pickup truck chainsaw barn guitarist gossip severed hand skateboard honor nickname target practice u.s. army confrontation pet dog death threat rowboat black and white scene swamp deer puppy photo album auction pet triple f rated bag over head mental breakdown german shepherd snorting cocaine farmhouse cattle squirrel hillbilly hand trampoline title same as book bechdel test passed season in title family crisis clothes child with gun chopping wood drug trade bail banjo missouri search for father methamphetamine body part in title hay clothes line family photograph plastic bag bloody mouth marching breaking a car window fiddle women fight patriarchy sleeping on a sofa dead body in water child uses a gun fiddler rocking horse groceries crystal meth chick ferret telescopic rifle face wound sleeping in a chair baby doll hands cut off woodchipper hay bale toy horse feeding a dog ozark mountains ice pack combing someone's hair hanging laundry baby car seat expropriation mentally ill mother banjo player burned out building skinning an animal derelict house rotc military drill out on bail pleading for help sawing down a tree joining the army snitching gunnysack string band army recruiter bail bond cattle auction parenting class  (See All)

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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fou…rteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film cult film black comedy teen movie coming of age film 
Themes:
mental illness death suicide infidelity betrayal ghost jealousy adultery drinking escape deception memory extramarital affair obsession depression β€¦unfaithfulness unrequited love first love regret  (See All)
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school hospital swimming pool cemetery taxi school dance 
Characters:
mother girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship singer teenage girl teenage boy teacher dancer priest sister sister relationship β€¦lust psychiatrist catholic catholic priest gay father writer director self destructiveness death wish self inflicted injury homosexual father  (See All)
Period:
1970s summer 
Story:
teen angst directorial debut sex f rated based on novel flashback kiss cigarette smoking dancing singing party voice over narration crying song title directed by female β€¦dream underwear watching tv drink vomiting tears sunglasses marijuana neighbor hallucination voyeur classroom prayer telephone ambulance impalement suicide attempt dinner child abuse graveyard talking to the camera virgin suburb pop music poison passion storytelling hanging diary manipulation tragic event cross split screen rock 'n' roll isolation class teenage sex record player flirting pot smoking loyalty balloon loss of virginity recording crucifix american football watching a movie magazine movie theater gossip gay parent flatulence home movie tennis virginity peeping tom gas mask telescope underage drinking football player theatre audience cigarette lighter time lapse photography aviation note melancholy promiscuity reflection news reporter sexual awakening teaching cannabis high school teacher homecoming postcard fence loss of daughter repression tombstone tween girl tv reporter sexual promiscuity insomnia rumor infatuation poisoning generation gap wrist slitting popularity loss of child footsie under the table hearse prom michigan schoolteacher down syndrome quarantine belt football team labor union knitting enigma teen suicide first sexual experience cocktail unicorn female to male footsie playing abusive mother tennis court asphyxiation sexual exploration tampon mental instability labor strike mirror ball sleeping pills high school dance model airplane tv crew football stadium insulin sparkler football field lawn sprinkler popsicle house arrest innocence lost debutante morse code mass suicide lovesick souvenir auditorium hanged girl abused child rat poison mentally challenged person child suicide jumping off a roof football practice overprotective parent suicide prevention drugged food picket line yale university carbon monoxide poisoning insomniac girls' bathroom mathematics class math teacher brownie the food prom dress schnapps gas stove impaled child strict mother catalogue talking to a plant emotional depression holly homecoming dance reference to kiss the band maximum security photosynthesis dead child with eyes open reference to aerosmith the band scotch tape mysteriousness two on one footsie playing baseball on tv elm iron fence medicine overdose strict parent  (See All)

Madeline's Madeline (2018)
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Madeline's Madeline (2018)

Madeline has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resu…lting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
mental illness pregnancy 
Mood:
behind the scenes 
Characters:
mother teenager mother daughter relationship writer director self reflection in love 
Story:
mental health mentally ill mental young woman cat dream sequence theater fantasy sequence home anxiety turtle metaphor black man 17 year old black β€¦performance art eyes control mind black men young young girl white acting class theater troupe younger brother mom stories woman director sea turtle troupe single mom theatre group calling card betrayal of trust acting out theater people drama club home life mental health issues acting troupe fun and games  (See All)

Gwen (2018)
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Gwen (2018)

A mysterious β€” and suspicious β€” run of ill fortune plagues a teenage girl and her mother and sister on their hillside farm in this folk story set in the dark hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Subgenre:
folk horror coming of age period drama gothic horror 
Themes:
magic mysterious illness 
Locations:
farm 
Characters:
mother girl mother daughter relationship teenage girl writer director the family 
Period:
19th century 
Story:
folk dark mountain gothic home landscape light land run psychotronic film jump bad luck black men period young girl β€¦feature film social realism minimal dialogue welsh family farm jump scare younger sister local first feature horror story edge hills mood industrial revolution passage of time front door mining company threatening horse killed local legend sound design  (See All)

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Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Rick…y is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film cult film black comedy tragedy teen movie 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge drugs money escape gangster anger racism death of father poverty dysfunctional family rivalry home invasion β€¦cruelty vengeance police brutality murder of brother  (See All)
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
urban setting school restaurant church car helicopter los angeles california wheelchair police car singing in a car school teacher 
Characters:
baby family relationships father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship african american friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship tattoo brother brother relationship teenage girl teenage boy β€¦teacher police officer tough guy single mother little boy ex husband ex wife relationship  (See All)
Period:
1980s 1990s year 1991 year 1984 
Story:
tale teen angst directorial debut sex female nudity blood violence male rear nudity bare chested male gun female rear nudity fight cigarette smoking dancing nipples β€¦party knife chase pistol beating corpse shot to death blood splatter fistfight machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head shotgun slow motion scene punched in the face written by director arrest brawl bare butt shooting rifle held at gunpoint beer running interrogation handcuffs revolver telephone shot in the back f word gay slur gang death of friend drug dealer montage football map man with glasses no opening credits fishing child in peril shot in the leg racial slur flash forward attempted murder drug addict virgin danger prologue locker room storytelling long take death of brother tragic event stalking death of son sadness premarital sex ex convict hate single parent ak 47 machismo uzi what happened to epilogue desire electronic music score loss of virginity survivor title based on song loss of friend loss of loved one american football kicked in the stomach videotape covered in blood skateboard milk homicide drug dealing tension rap music underage drinking confrontation loss of son hatred convenience store death threat junkie punched in the chest ghetto blood on shirt racist title at the end barbecue attraction juvenile delinquent ethnic slur death of loved one loss of brother neighborhood melancholy shot multiple times thanksgiving vietnam veteran street gang car driving advertisement bitterness young version of character real estate weightlifting gang violence sexual promiscuity billboard double barreled shotgun urban decay film starts with text sawed off shotgun meat cleaver palm tree n word death of boyfriend drive by shooting paraplegic intentionally misspelled title hip hop music black cop fast food restaurant climbing out a window social decay attempted robbery volkswagen beetle gangsta child swearing cap gentrification rescue attempt conspiracy theorist pager loss of boyfriend gangsta grip afro lowrider roman catholic dominoes south central los angeles magnum handgun black family pacifier fat child favoritism low rider college bound train track african american music ressentiment black director black slang live in girlfriend chevrolet impala convertible mortgage broker  (See All)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his… mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film autobiographical based on autobiography family tragedy basketball movie 
Themes:
mental illness murder death friendship drugs religion money prison drinking drunkenness memory robbery anger corruption theft β€¦brutality drug use humiliation illness abuse dying drug addiction  (See All)
Mood:
rain high school nightmare night 
Locations:
urban setting school hospital new york city restaurant church hotel snow bathtub bus kitchen wheelchair apartment police car city β€¦rooftop catholic church car theft catholic school school shooting fire escape  (See All)
Characters:
police mother son relationship teenager african american friend brother brother relationship teenage girl prostitute teenage boy teacher student policeman writer priest β€¦thief best friend bully latino catholic self destructiveness  (See All)
Story:
teen angst dark threat sex female nudity based on novel blood male nudity masturbation male rear nudity gun kiss fight β€¦cigarette smoking photograph knife chase erection based on true story telephone call voice over narration crying based on book beating underwear testicles food shot in the chest urination face slap shotgun slow motion scene watching tv drink condom arrest undressing falling from height shooting vomiting rifle tears running cafe bathroom neighbor prostitution jail hallucination classroom prayer revolver manhattan new york city stripper telephone shot in the back swimming bra gang basketball death of friend drug dealer eating cocaine diner toilet coffin spanking looking at the camera talking to the camera racial slur confession park public nudity drug addict hotel room prologue key locker room fantasy sequence storytelling lightning ring diary prank scar gym injection pursuit high school student cross basement stage class poet reference to william shakespeare heroin black american coach poem applause tv news pornography syringe athlete what happened to epilogue addiction breaking and entering hypodermic needle drug group of friends ice cream loss of friend crucifix stealing drug abuse assault nosebleed wristwatch desperation jumping from height audience street life apartment building drug overdose stealing a car bloody nose pills hypocrisy kicking junkie school uniform billiards raised middle finger classmate bigotry broken arm dead boy juvenile delinquent ferry reckless driving physical abuse sandwich high school teacher sports team snorting cocaine journal corporal punishment skinhead bitterness confessional gun held to head degradation stoned hamburger mooning leukemia racial prejudice bum male prostitution decadence hypocrite anguish sex shop molestation basketball player juvenile delinquency pool hall doorman fast food restaurant peep hole whipped cream casket drug trip man in a wheelchair ends with biographical notes baldness addict falling off a roof drugstore paddle high school friend godfather jumping off a cliff basketball court high school athlete padlock hand on crotch drug withdrawal boys' school basketball team innocence lost arm cast cash register deliberate cruelty high school basketball pill popping school expulsion falling down boyhood friend erotic dancing basketball coach pasties climbing over a fence godmother handwriting medicine cabinet 42nd street manhattan new york city high school sports irish accent arm in a cast cold turkey toilet sex hot wiring a car theatre marquee breaking into a car overcoat cliff diving talking through a door listening at a door breaking a glass door teenage rebel lying in state climbing a fire escape heroin detox reference to wilt chamberlain running through fields boys' locker room diarist  (See All)

Carrie (2013)
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Carrie (2013)

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

Subgenre:
coming of age suspense teen movie teen horror 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge surrealism suicide rape religion pregnancy fear dance anger supernatural power death of mother depression β€¦redemption guilt humiliation poetry bullying cruelty panic vengeance self sacrifice near death experience regret psychological trauma  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain high school nightmare night horror movie remake 
Locations:
school hospital swimming pool car cemetery small town bathtub bicycle water police car gas station school bus sex in a car fire truck school dance β€¦school fire  (See All)
Characters:
mother teenager mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor teenage girl female protagonist teacher nurse student bully single mother teacher student relationship bible terror β€¦self mutilation religious fanatic pregnant teenager religious zealot self injury mother versus daughter religious mother vomiting girl  (See All)
Period:
2010s 
Story:
burned alive teen angst threat f rated character name in title based on novel blood violence one word title bare chested male sex scene kiss dancing title spoken by character explosion β€¦knife surprise ending shower fire cell phone blood splatter car accident face slap remake slow motion scene sex in bed vomiting classroom prayer f word bedroom flashlight strangulation massacre ambulance stabbing montage impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest child abuse exploding car graveyard latex gloves attempted murder limousine grave library stabbed in the back prologue screaming suburb locker room person on fire electrocution lightning gym american flag tragic event high school student cross childbirth pig sadness schoolgirl stage character says i love you threatened with a knife class teenage sex single parent poem nerd falling down stairs sabotage destruction killing an animal looking at oneself in a mirror scene during opening credits lifting someone into the air crucifix youtube covered in blood female killer crushed to death homicide earthquake reverse footage power outage scissors stabbed in the leg laughter rose accidental killing loner classmate body count public humiliation juvenile delinquent alienation characters killed one by one surgeon sports car telekinesis text messaging interrupted sex teenage pregnancy shyness levitation stabbed in the hand closet menstruation outcast medical mask surgical mask high school teacher cafeteria long hair abuse of power female teacher fireball bully comeuppance female psychopath 17 year old whistle crown stabbed in the arm cameraman dental mask broken mirror domineering mother knocked unconscious teasing teenage daughter teenage sexuality locked door prom newborn baby death of boyfriend sewing machine psychic power fright matricide death of title character camera phone pool of blood detention sledgehammer disturbed individual woman wearing black lingerie taunting deeply disturbed person bucket dutch angle tampon stabbed multiple times washing female in a shower female student clique missionary position surgical gown hostility burning house lord's prayer period high school dance high school principal seamstress twin sisters dead teenager gym class gym teacher villainess played by lead actress thrown through a windshield cutting woman in a bathtub bloody hand teenage romance woman in a towel menstrual blood psionic power high school prom lacrosse teen love female bully lesbian slur stretch limousine exploding gasoline station repeated scene from a different perspective party dress multiple stabbing overprotective parent alternate ending banging head against wall paranormal phenomenon white rose falling off a bicycle shy girl cruel joke cyberbullying inferiority complex prom night teen sex woman murders a woman prom queen first menstruation prom dress cracked mirror home birth troubled teenage girl daughter murders mother hit by a falling object imax version stabbing a woman woman on fire teenage prankster trampled women wearing a one piece swimsuit collapsing house death by falling object prom king reference to samson women's locker room mother murders daughter sanitary napkin pig blood teen pregnancy bucket of blood tragic villainess clothes shop piggery reference to tim tebow  (See All)

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Carrie (1976)
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Carrie (1976)

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

Subgenre:
fairy tale coming of age independent film cult film black comedy suspense tragedy teen movie teen romance teen horror american horror coming of age film 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge religion fear dance anger supernatural power death of mother paranoia depression dysfunctional family redemption guilt β€¦insanity sexuality dating humiliation poetry sadism evil bullying unrequited love cruelty panic dying trauma vengeance first love psychological trauma  (See All)
Mood:
high school nightmare night 
Locations:
school car cemetery small town bicycle water school bus school teacher sex in a car school dance oral sex in a car 
Characters:
mother girl teenager mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship teenage girl teenage boy female protagonist teacher student christian reference to god bully single mother teacher student relationship β€¦bible terror religious fanatic self confidence out of control religious zealot mean girl mother versus daughter evil student  (See All)
Period:
1970s future near future year 1979 
Story:
night time teen angst sex female nudity character name in title based on novel blood violence one word title female frontal nudity kiss female rear nudity female full frontal nudity β€¦cigarette smoking dancing title spoken by character knife surprise ending panties shower fire crying based on book dream underwear car accident blonde face slap slow motion scene watching tv bare butt bathroom reference to jesus christ classroom prayer f word bedroom bra candle stabbing death of friend montage impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest house rock band child abuse exploding car brunette dream sequence graveyard grave library danger stabbed in the back screaming locker room electrocution knocked out prank long take convertible gym high school student cross split screen isolation pig sadness schoolgirl stage first part threatened with a knife cult director psychic class differences graffiti killing teenage sex single parent poem nerd underground falling down stairs destruction desire street dress gothic sexual attraction rage crucifix hammer buttocks blockbuster gossip covered in blood grindhouse crush forbidden love compassion dead woman female killer crushed to death homicide sexual desire rampage reverse footage rejection ball reference to satan bible quote hit on the head sibling rivalry rose surprise attic loner attraction classmate body count public humiliation demonic possession stadium juvenile delinquent laughing alienation dead woman with eyes open telekinesis newspaper clipping crowd music band physical abuse sin southern accent t shirt torso cut in half joy practical joke tomb goth praying hysteria forename as title shyness stabbed in the hand menstruation outcast high school teacher kill shorts teenage love long hair abuse of power female teacher doubt adolescence alone bitterness repression bully comeuppance female psychopath outsider crown domineering mother redheaded woman school principal knocked unconscious misfit jacket principal volleyball generation gap teenage daughter teenage sexuality popularity disappointment wrath locked door prom shirt sewing machine evil woman car set on fire psychic power graphic violence fright sexual repression disillusionment menace stars gravestone opposites attract matricide death of title character bloody violence hit with a hammer symbol teenage girl in underwear abusive boyfriend detention icon white dress animal killing trees villain not really dead cliche disturbed individual grindhouse film sexual humiliation school life sinister reference to the devil loss of control abusive mother burning taunting deeply disturbed person dance contest bucket tampon washing female student clique desolation dark heroine extrasensory perception hostility work out burning house high school dance high school principal woman kills woman slumber party fire engine dead teenager disturbing fanaticism gym class gym teacher villainess played by lead actress mass destruction bad mother remade drive in classic trousers yearbook based on the works of stephen king quarterback mass death ridicule reference to the antichrist ashtray horror movie remade tease menstrual blood juvenile psionic power bad girl high school prom menarche fury strange person woman stabbed teen love female bully flipping car underage party dress multiple stabbing overprotective parent wrong side of the tracks last supper paranormal phenomenon pink dress popular girl fitting in shy girl principal's office school yearbook cruel joke backwards inferiority complex mania prom night high school sweethearts prom queen prom dress firetruck high school love cracked mirror troubled teenage girl hand from grave oddball teenage prankster burned up car adolescent romance collapsing house death by falling object female slaps female firestorm prom king firestarter closed doors pig blood teenage alienation bucket of blood multiple views index cards  (See All)

Chhorii (2021) is one of the best movies like You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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Chhorii (2021)

Sakshi is eight months pregnant with her first child when she and Hemant are forced out of their home. They escape from the city and seek refuge in a house located deep inside sugarcane fields. The house is ridden with dark secrets that start unravelling as the story unfolds, posing a threat to Saks…hi and her unborn child. Even as Sakshi tries to save herself and her unborn baby, scary sightings of three mysterious kids and a charred monster coupled with an eerie lullaby, emanating from an old transistor, wreak havoc with her sanity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal 
Themes:
escape monster evil 
Mood:
mysterious 
Locations:
city 
Characters:
baby pregnant 
Story:
horror film secrets young woman dark threat remake house couple home posing kids young lullaby refuge β€¦old couple unborn child sanity sugarcane deep save havoc eerie sound effects unborn first child  (See All)

Blue My Mind (2017)
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Blue My Mind (2017)

15-year-old Mia faces an overwhelming transformation which puts her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, Mia is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than she is.

Subgenre:
coming of age body horror urban fantasy 
Themes:
jealousy drunkenness depression dysfunctional family bullying self harm 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school hospital beach forest hotel bus woods school bully new school 
Characters:
girl family relationships father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship friend doctor teenage girl teenage boy female protagonist little girl bully security guard psychiatrist parent child relationship β€¦mermaid crying girl  (See All)
Story:
young woman teen angst directorial debut female nudity f rated blood male nudity male frontal nudity bare chested male sex scene female rear nudity cigarette smoking β€¦photograph male full frontal nudity party chase three word title telephone call crying title directed by female urination slow motion scene watching tv cat condom undressing bare butt vomiting sex standing up classroom male pubic hair color in title foot chase flashlight suicide attempt subway fish apology underwater scene drowning transformation hotel room virgin blindfold redhead therapy identity looking at oneself in a mirror drug listening to music fainting sexual attraction crying woman therapist psychologist following someone choking shoplifting attempted suicide underage drinking medical examination infection female doctor barefoot female growing up bruise siren promiscuity exhibitionism photo album pill drugged drink interrupted sex being followed sexual awakening taking a photograph triple f rated menstruation outcast promiscuous woman body puberty escalator pregnancy test animal cruelty fish tank exhibitionist 15 year old friendship between girls gaming taking a bath cigarette metamorphosis drugged teenage sexuality wrist slitting taking off shirt locked door schoolteacher underage sex underage smoking social lighting a cigarette sitting on a toilet high school girl pun in title awkward situation jumping into water psychotherapy texting estrangement fully clothed sex internet chat watching a video undressing someone invitation text message neurotic broken bottle sleeping on a couch wrapped in a towel identity crisis panic attack drinking from a bottle long haired male drunken woman spoiled brat sexual predator passive aggressive behavior learning the truth female vomiting passive aggressive woman empathy hysterical outburst female neurosis social outcast dead fish carrying someone loss of innocence woman hits a man classmate classmate relationship feature film psychotherapist woman in a bathtub flashing breasts outburst taking off pants female psychiatrist menarche sleepover foot injury sleeping nude estranged daughter female bully mysterious event strong female protagonist woman director post coital scene taking a pill sleeping on the floor climbing over a fence watching a porn video school trip depressed woman malice jealous woman spurting blood dragging someone skin disease bad influence shopping center drunken girl first menstruation spoiled girl woman wrapped in a towel censored nudity drunken teenager fainting woman first time director locking a door pretty girl choking someone female therapist flushing a toilet leg shaving spray waking up naked wrist cutting crying for help dating site killing a pet breaking a bottle female psychologist schoolmate schoolmate relationship slut shaming forged signature slapped in the face drinking vodka throttling emotionally unstable woman sitting on the floor writing on a blackboard biology class killing a fish leg bandage 15 year old girl drugged woman emotionally unstable protagonist fainting girl lying on the floor state of mind cutting oneself in the moment passive aggressive girl female exhibitionist gag reflex  (See All)

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The Eyes Of My Mother (2016)
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The Eyes Of My Mother (2016)

In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curi…osities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca's loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy 
Themes:
mental illness murder death kidnapping fear torture escape loneliness psychopath death of father brutality death of mother insanity sadism evil β€¦cruelty blindness trauma madness childhood trauma  (See All)
Mood:
night darkness ambiguous ending 
Locations:
bathtub woods rural setting farm truck country two in a bathtub 
Characters:
mother baby girl serial killer 
Story:
dark female nudity blood violence cigarette smoking dancing lesbian kiss corpse watching tv written by director dead body stabbing pain flash forward danger β€¦stabbed in the back tragic event sadness character says i love you blindfold cow record player surgery wound injury mutilation barn crying woman desperation stranger burial suffering mercilessness anxiety shovel despair black and white dark past chain minimal cast very little dialogue female psychopath digging mercy killing offscreen killing held captive chained first person title chapter headings psychotronic film chains driving at night disturbed individual country life body part deeply disturbed person stabbed multiple times borderline personality disorder stabbed with a knife female star appears nude kidnapped child single location troubled past repeated scene from a different perspective traumatic childhood woman undressing for a man dead body in a bathtub disturbed childhood washing someone lonely bound in chains troubled childhood disturbed child man in bathtub burying a body dead mouse lonely woman stitching a wound disturbed person kidnapping a child cleaning up blood emotionless girl kissing girl man in bath emotionally disturbed person stabbed with knife severed body parts emotionlessness long suffering stolen child inhumane treatment traumatic past man in a bathtub human suffering  (See All)

Swallow (2019)
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Swallow (2019)

Subgenre:
psychological drama arthouse body horror art house psychological horror 
Themes:
mental illness love escape art loneliness obsession depression hope abortion forgiveness self harm 
Locations:
hospital restaurant swimming pool motel earth 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father daughter relationship female protagonist nurse pregnant woman pregnant self confidence former soldier 
Period:
future the future 
Story:
mental health character driven young woman directorial debut dark nudity blood one word title interview title spoken by character telephone call food watching tv camera written by director β€¦secret book vomiting candle eating toilet house dinner birthday party scene during end credits surgery birthday cake law hunter produced by director home shopping mall housewife feminist unhappy marriage body dark secret pregnancy test husband mother in law eating disorder middle class texting telephone conversation safety control estranged father father in law humanity public phone lamb mental disorder ice cube battery rich kid screwdriver blond hair public toilet understanding disturbing psychotherapist marble rubber gloves public telephone bored housewife in law innocent dangerous shy leaves person horror story territory exploring imagery self help book line up positive pregnancy test psychiatric hearing impaired vacuum cleaning psychiatric nurse domineering husband physical psychological disorder feeling opening credits strong syrian refugee stomach pumped broken trust mental issues postpartum depression under the bed eating paper mental health issues psychiatric disorder destroying a cellphone physical resemblance  (See All)

The Company Of Wolves (1984) is one of the best movies like You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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The Company Of Wolves (1984)

Subgenre:
fairy tale coming of age independent film cult film dark comedy dark fantasy gothic horror adult fantasy 
Themes:
death surrealism marriage funeral monster seduction nature supernatural power sexuality cruelty devil mythology 
Mood:
gore nightmare 
Locations:
forest woods rural setting 
Characters:
girl mother daughter relationship children teenage girl female protagonist crying baby 
Period:
1700s 
Story:
folklore grandmother old woman blood bare chested male kiss title spoken by character fire dream mirror face slap rifle animal in title bed demon β€¦decapitation snake severed head animal tongue transformation screaming storytelling doll pig rat cabin chicken werewolf wolf fireplace killing an animal gothic hiding spider severed hand frog teddy bear torch milk apple woman in jeopardy first kiss death of sister lipstick alternate reality duck wedding reception sexual awakening german shepherd metaphor puberty beast acceptance metamorphosis crashing through a window dripping blood climbing a tree battle of the sexes fatal attraction shape shifter british renaissance close up of eye breaking a mirror dove toad human becoming an animal rolls royce hedgehog skin storyteller grave side ceremony red rose ambiguity rite of passage bait peacock psycho sexual badger little red riding hood lycanthropy anvil sympathy horseshoe dead sister piglet magical creature telling a story splashed with water walking in the woods crane the bird hog woman holding a baby animal carcass kissing a dead body costume horror barn owl eyebrow unibrow bird nest egg hatching hand mirror blind man's bluff game doll house bassinette giant mushroom  (See All)

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Mother And Child (2009)
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Mother And Child (2009)

Almost forty years ago, a young girl of fourteen has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth, a smart and successful lawyer who uses he…r body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband. Karen, meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of fourteen (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably drawn to her. Finally, Lucy is a woman who has failed to conceive with her husband, so she turns to adoption to make the family she desires. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage infidelity adultery pregnancy drinking wedding voyeurism seduction extramarital affair loneliness death of mother guilt unfaithfulness break up adoption β€¦blindness death of daughter regret death in childbirth dying in childbirth  (See All)
Mood:
nightmare moving 
Locations:
hospital restaurant swimming pool los angeles california elevator apartment rooftop 
Characters:
mother baby girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor teenage girl teenage boy lawyer β€¦reference to god waitress interracial relationship maid catholic older man younger woman relationship employer employee relationship old friend crying baby mother in law daughter in law relationship hispanic american  (See All)
Period:
year 1973 
Story:
present day present old woman sex female nudity nudity male nudity bare breasts female frontal nudity interview bare chested male kiss female rear nudity female full frontal nudity β€¦interracial sex photograph party leg spreading panties telephone call topless female nudity crying woman on top underwear food blonde watching tv computer camera drink undressing sex in bed bare butt letter tears birthday cafe neighbor voyeur reference to jesus christ subjective camera cleavage eating female pubic hair apology man with glasses nun radio necklace flash forward park fired from the job widower death of child childbirth death of husband reunion black american flirting birthday cake eyeglasses medicine no panties cake woman with glasses coitus parking garage picnic haunted by the past attorney job interview ensemble cast panties pulled down belief in god balcony female doctor copulation plant pill motherhood teenage pregnancy promiscuous woman birthday present nude reading aloud bitterness vacuum cleaner 14 year old hospital bed nude girl unhappiness bakery infertility mail newborn baby underage sex writing a letter ironing white bra gynecologist reference to the virgin mary chemotherapy father in law daughter in law relationship blind girl law firm caregiver ultrasound birth control hand on crotch oxygen purple panties unwed mother physical therapy medical clinic blood sample taking off panties latin american teenage mother three stories biological mother waving goodbye baby bottle black man white woman relationship caesarean birth umbilical cord adoptive mother adopted daughter relationship crossing oneself resume adoptive father adopted daughter relationship reading to a child urine sample falling out of bed reference to rudolph valentino physical therapist voice over writing barreness 50 year old mother dies in childbirth violent outburst baby car seat interracial affair rubbing noses search for daughter burbank california oreo cookie 37 year old hydrotherapy imaginary child mother died at childbirth unzipping a man's pants  (See All)

Angst (1983)
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Angst (1983)

A man is released from prison after serving ten years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. After failing to murder a cab driver, he flees and discovers a secluded rural home, where a young woman lives with her sick mother and disabled brother. He th…en begins to take out his sadistic pleasures on them, attempting to hold them hostage, while thinking of his troubled childhood with his abusive mother and grandmother... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
mental illness murder death rape prison drinking escape voyeurism memory psychopath brutality sadism evil home invasion cruelty β€¦trauma psychological trauma  (See All)
Locations:
restaurant car bathtub taxi kitchen police car sex in a car 
Characters:
mother police police officer serial killer lust out of control 
Story:
young woman grandmother old woman female nudity nudity blood violence bare breasts female frontal nudity dog female rear nudity female full frontal nudity β€¦knife leg spreading panties based on true story topless female nudity voice over narration fondling blood splatter food sex in bed car crash cafe bathroom voyeur bound and gagged stabbing eating stabbed to death house female pubic hair white panties scantily clad female pantyhose drowning black panties danger female removes her clothes suspicion murderer garage girl in panties maniac eyeglasses female stockinged legs no panties nipples visible through clothing street desperation psycho coitus homicide pills mercilessness broken glass anxiety panties pulled down red panties dark past living room tan line female in shower reckless driving copulation psycho killer stolen car psychopathic killer madman necrophilia gate car driving nude mini dress staircase black pantyhose sexual perversion sexual violence broken window nude girl backyard mistake murder attempt nervousness multiple murder knife murder risk anguish road angst clumsiness loss of control sidewalk multiple homicide ruthlessness snorricam sexual cruelty peril staring dachshund irrational behavior jeopardy bloodstain impulsiveness sexual deviant dangerous driving multiple stabbings big house female taxi driver sex on a chair sex on a pool table prison release erratic behavior tan panties  (See All)

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)
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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Fran…cie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age autobiographical 
Themes:
death marriage pregnancy drinking drunkenness poverty grief education alcoholism 
Locations:
school new york city 
Characters:
baby girl family relationships police father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship boy brother sister relationship police officer policeman sister sister relationship alcoholic aunt niece relationship aunt nephew relationship self discovery β€¦pregnant wife insurance agent wedding singer  (See All)
Story:
grandmother directorial debut based on novel drink place name in title neighbor tree childbirth loss of father reference to william shakespeare claim in title working class gossip brooklyn new york city birth β€¦reconciliation christmas eve loss of husband graduation 12 year old struggle irish american barber schoolteacher disillusionment courtship expectant mother barber shop infant expectant father idealist dreamer innocence lost clothesline tenement baby born wrong side of the tracks ice cream parlor maternity ward home birth maturation drunken singing american literature pregnant sister  (See All)

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Paperhouse (1988) is one of the best movies like You Are Not My Mother (2021)
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Paperhouse (1988)

Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turni…ng into a nightmare. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film cult film suspense british horror 
Themes:
friendship surrealism supernatural power illness dying 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
school hospital train helicopter bathtub bicycle elevator england tunnel 
Characters:
girl family relationships police father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship doctor children boy female protagonist teacher nurse little girl 
Story:
present burned alive directorial debut based on novel one word title dog cigarette smoking photograph topless female nudity beating dream face slap letter birthday hallucination β€¦british classroom bedroom house driving dream sequence radio drawing search stalker binoculars scene during end credits schoolgirl class holiday fainting hammer hiding visit driving a car ladder rampage tension child's point of view intrigue child protagonist female lead stairs makeup first kiss absent father school uniform seaside shadow title at the end alternate reality cliff female doctor abusive father opening a door field lighthouse saving a life german shepherd female teacher stone sickness fantasy world hallway fever garbage darkroom disfigured face fright stabbed in the face sick child 11 year old pencil hide and seek platform child's drawing woman smoking cigarette father daughter estrangement woman driver eye injury school class short hair dream world dimension counting opening a window motorway claw hammer muscular dystrophy drawing comes to life empty room underaged protagonist fever dream search dog film developing sick bed house call character says i hate you pencil eraser  (See All)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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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:
fairy tale coming of age cult film tragedy dark fantasy mythological coming of age film spanish horror mexican horror adult fantasy 
Themes:
murder death love surrealism pregnancy fear torture monster magic military memory death of father brutality death of mother illness β€¦sadism execution cruelty death of wife communism courage self sacrifice hunting afterlife death in childbirth dying in childbirth  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain 
Locations:
train forest small town bathtub woods kitchen wheelchair cave spain 
Characters:
mother baby girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother daughter relationship doctor singer female protagonist soldier nurse priest father mayor pregnant β€¦military officer stepfather stepdaughter relationship stepbrother stepsister relationship mythical creature death of girl pregnant mother  (See All)
Period:
world war two 1940s year 1944 
Story:
burned alive female nudity character name in title blood violence gun cigarette smoking explosion singing knife chase surprise ending voice over narration song food β€¦horse mirror shot in the chest shot in the head rescue punched in the face battle shooting book vomiting lie rifle interrogation revolver shot in the back good versus evil spy cooking ambush stabbing eating army four word title stabbed in the chest weapon child abuse no opening credits anti hero coffin king creature princess transformation pain limousine grave tree binoculars key liar poison umbrella storytelling statue reading rabbit skeleton farmer injection tragic event tied up flower loss of mother general magical realism sacrifice queen child murder prince strong female character record player destiny shaving card game sabotage spirit syringe fireplace grenade wound dress heroine propaganda lifting someone into the air recording cook captive hammer hiding servant rebel frog strong female lead home burial full moon promise imagination child's point of view bravery fairy resistance shot in the face insect thunderstorm card playing rose dead child fascism capture housekeeper lantern kingdom dagger war crime chauffeur drugged drink mud dead girl horseback riding bandage maze lottery euthanasia portal bread tween girl no title at beginning medal fascist whispering paramedic bubble bath pocket watch fantasy world discipline mercy killing female hero amputation tyrant military uniform eyeball fever spanish civil war anarchist hiding under a bed immortal parallel universe informer monument stuttering 10 year old tailor psychotronic film cavalry secret passage alternate dimension guerrilla fetus giant animal alice in wonderland bludgeoning beret anarchism suspenders phonograph knife held to throat labyrinth toad cowardice birthmark stabbed in the mouth feast lottery ticket parallel world secret door ruthlessness hand injury walking stick fire fight young girl fantasy becomes reality hourglass leech luger milking a cow lullaby calligraphy train wreck new home chalk echo mouth embryo reference to dwight d. eisenhower lifting a male into the air secret compartment morning sickness infiltrator lips magical creature rationing straight edge razor cult favorite sedation magic book trickery magical stone reference to franco cold feet root antibiotic water mill neck wound dead tree opening credits hedge maze faun mandrake talking to an unborn baby child heroine fig tree rabbit hunting ration card dead child with eyes open fur stole stitching one's own wound imaginary child polishing boots stone carving  (See All)

Surrogate (2022)
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Surrogate (2022)

A ghost horror about single mother and nurse Natalie who falls mysteriously ill and struggles to stop her family from being destroyed.

Subgenre:
body horror supernatural horror 
Themes:
ghost pregnancy evil 
Characters:
mother baby girl little girl single mother daughter 
Story:
horror film mentally ill directorial debut house haunted house field seance waking up check jump haunted spirits disturbing phantom jump scare β€¦film editing on set edge million dollars sound design post production feature directorial debut horror movie  (See All)

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Undine (2020)
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Undine (2020)

Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development. When the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. But falling in love anew, Undine reworks the myth of the mysterious water spirit as a modern fairy-tale in a disenchanted world.

Subgenre:
fairy tale based on fairy tale modern fairy tale 
Themes:
love magic break up falling in love 
Mood:
ancient myth myth 
Locations:
water sea city lake 
Characters:
female protagonist love affair in love 
Story:
present day folk tale present cafe curse spirit knight diving heart soul magic trick return historian diver β€¦development colleague young ancient high rise urban urban development diving suit catfish tales realm love story water spirit foam leave big fish hard work city planning at work  (See All)

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Mouchette (1967)

Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One night in a wood, she meets Arsene, the village poacher, who thinks he has just killed the local policeman. He tri…es to use Mouchette to build an alibi. (Read More)

Themes:
murder death love suicide rape money drinking drunkenness loneliness brutality death of mother depression humiliation illness abuse β€¦abduction alcoholism cruelty death of wife dying hunting  (See All)
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
school bar church forest motorcycle small town woods rural setting truck catholic church 
Characters:
mother baby girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship police mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship singer brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher β€¦student policeman love triangle alcoholic witch catholic older man younger woman relationship suicide by drowning  (See All)
Story:
teen angst old woman character name in title based on novel blood male nudity one word title male frontal nudity dog fight title spoken by character singing fire crying song β€¦underwear drink arrest lie rifle tears piano classroom river flashlight candle suicide attempt child abuse bird police officer killed drowning coffee bartender pain gunshot prologue liar cover up rabbit pursuit witness cabin class pub moon fireplace hunter victim milk street life choking wind thunder frustration rainstorm alienation physical abuse mud spell piano player peasant tractor blackout very little dialogue shop actual animal killed ashes perfume angst misery epilepsy church bell mercy poacher hut hand kissing alibi shopkeeper social outcast stove invalid animal trap police van bumper car deliberate cruelty child suicide watching lost in woods carnival ride baby bottle diaper change cyclone shooting game gamekeeper murder threat stuck in mud difficulty breathing shroud fit talk to the dead feeding a baby mud puddle rabbit hunting school bag rolling downhill knocking over a table  (See All)

The Seventh Sign (1988)
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The Seventh Sign (1988)

In Haiti, the sea and the life-form die; in the Middle East, a town is frozen. These are signs of the Apocalypse and the Vatican is investigating, but Father Lucci advises that these omens are hoax or technologically explained. In California, the housewife Abby Quinn is pregnant and the delivery is …scheduled to February, 29 in a leap year. Her husband, the lawyer Russell Quinn, is defending a weird case of the teenager Jimmy Szaragosa that killed his parents telling that he was following the Word of God. Meanwhile Abby rents a garage apartment to the mysterious David Bannon. The hopeless Abby has strange nightmares and soon she finds that around the world there are signs of the Apocalypse in accordance with the Book of Revelation. She learns also that David Bannon is Jesus that has returned; Father Lucci is the Pilate's porter Cartaphilus that was doomed to wander on Earth for the eternity; and she is a woman that tried to help Jesus. Further, she is the Seventh Sign and the Apocalypse will happen when her baby is stillborn. What can she do to save her unborn son and mankind? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
mental illness murder death religion prison pregnancy fear military supernatural power grief execution hope apocalypse mythology 
Mood:
ancient myth rain 
Locations:
school hospital beach church forest helicopter snow small town bathtub desert taxi woods apartment sea motel β€¦jungle storm israel  (See All)
Characters:
baby husband wife relationship doctor soldier nurse priest lawyer jewish reference to god christianity little boy bible jew religious fanatic 
Story:
folklore nudity number in title blood bare breasts dog gun photograph explosion singing knife pistol fire β€¦crying corpse shot to death watching tv gunfight tears dead body bathroom jail reference to jesus christ prayer river reporter candle old man california video camera ambulance prisoner fish child dream sequence bird bath ritual news report gunshot curse uniform umbrella scar childbirth waterfall sacrifice newspaper headline power moon ice occult revelation hypodermic needle jeep temple loss end of the world colonel earthquake guard remote control pet dog gunshot wound prophecy psychotronic delusion aquarium superstition dead man prison cell gunfire weather newspaper clipping main character dies being followed street market ant bathrobe death penalty gun violence razor blade palm tree motorboat press monitor document down syndrome gurney crab martyr capital punishment rite dead bird butcher knife relic haiti hebrew synagogue eclipse bedridden cardinal the priest gunman nicaragua seal fanaticism gas chamber omen biblical quote pregnant woman nude boarder hailstorm sparrow siren the alarm number 7 in title based on biblical story biblical prophecy linguist ancient manuscript ancient curse ancient text sleet amniotic fluid gunfire wound  (See All)

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Blancanieves (2012)
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Blancanieves (2012)

A band of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of a young woman with amnesia. They end up taking her under their wing when they find out that she has seemingly natural skills as a bullfighter, upon which they can capitalize not only for their act but for her own personal gain. As she does not know her …name or background, the dwarfs coin her Blancanieves, after the famed fairy tale. What they are all unaware of is that she is really Carmen, the daughter of the once great matador, Antonio Villalta. On the day Carmen was born, her father suffered a career ending accident, and her mother died in childbirth. Her father quickly remarried his nurse, the evil Encarna. Although raised by her grandmother during her early years, Carmen, following the death of her grandmother, went to live with Encarna while an adolescent, Encarna who treated her as a slave. Carmen eventually found her disabled father, who was hidden away and treated poorly by Encarna. In the meantime, Encarna was cavorting with the household chauffeur while living off her husband's riches. Antonio did pass along to Carmen the art of bullfighting. As Blancanieves teeters on the brink of fame as a matador, her life may be placed in jeopardy if Encarna learns who she is, as Encarna believed Carmen was dead since she was the one who ordered her murder at the hands of the chauffeur. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale silent film based on fairy tale silent movie 
Themes:
murder death celebrity exploitation cruelty murder of father death in childbirth 
Locations:
wheelchair 
Characters:
mother father daughter relationship grandmother granddaughter relationship pregnant 
Period:
1920s 
Story:
tale young woman grandmother threat one word title sword orphan strangulation drowning point of view attempted murder rabbit fireworks heart attack β€¦applause apple full moon photo shoot dwarf gypsy wedding ring newspaper clipping memory loss contract praying paralysis cheering crowd animal abuse envy paparazzi dripping blood illiteracy wheelchair bound treachery rooster wake murder attempt death of grandmother murderess close up of eye locket phonograph tear on cheek gold digger man in a wheelchair bullfighting flamenco father daughter reunion mob of reporters father daughter estrangement left for dead extreme closeup mobile home woman in labor close up of mouth distraction close up of hands looking through a keyhole snow white switch tear zeppelin matador candlelight dinner sexual role playing magazine article first communion pushed down stairs year 1930 actress playing dual role evil stepmother brothers grimm nurse patient relationship artificial respiration year 1929 greyhound bullring pulling hair troupe ringing a bell biting hand flamenco dancer grande dame guignol horse drawn wagon poison apple snapping fingers torero flamenco dance hanging laundry throwing a drink in someone's face genuflecting glass coffin painting a portrait toro vindictiveness death by giving birth magazine reporter reflection in a rearview mirror seville wicked stepmother failed murder attempt father and daughter reunited flash photography neglected daughter playing accordian tetraplegic toreador zoetrope blind man's bluff game brushing someone's hair pet chicken sharpening a knife  (See All)

Die Geschichte Vom Weinenden Kamel (2003)
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Die Geschichte Vom Weinenden Kamel (2003)

Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the ne…wborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
pregnancy 
Locations:
school motorcycle desert bicycle water well desert storm 
Characters:
mother baby girl family relationships father son relationship mother son relationship mother daughter relationship children singer brother brother relationship boy dancer musician reference to god little boy β€¦grandmother granddaughter relationship baby girl dance teacher  (See All)
Story:
grandmother old woman f rated nudity male nudity male frontal nudity dog cigarette smoking dancing singing three word title crying song food β€¦mirror urination watching tv letter tears animal in title bathroom piano prayer television cooking old man eating radio ritual journey legend binoculars storytelling pianist childbirth sacrifice eyeglasses tradition tea jeep ice cream buttocks sheep violin milk goat wind sand grandfather rejection scissors card playing bathing deer tribe lantern violinist camel spitting electricity store cartoon on tv breast feeding bell acceptance game playing cold shepherd hawk music teacher motorcycle with a sidecar chanting spiritualism nomad dance class toddler lamb horn city country contrast battery tv set mongolia sandstorm ethnography stove horoscope satellite dish mirage livestock marketplace music school power line wool firewood mongol music class mongolian traditional dance multi generational gobi desert weighing scales sheepherder wind storm camel riding yurt labor pains birthing belief in spirits  (See All)

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Darkness Falls (2003)

In the Nineteenth Century, in Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon is a good woman, who exchanges with children their baby teeth per coins. One day, her face is burnt in a fire in her house, she becomes sensitive to light and uses a china mask to protect her face against light. When two children are not fo…und in the town, Matilda is blamed by the population and burnt in a fire, as if she were a witch. She claims to be not guilty and curses the whole population of the town and their descendants, stating that when each child loses the last tooth, she would come to get it, and if the child looks at her, she would kill him or her. After her death, the two children are found, and the shamed citizens decide to bury this sad and unfair event and never mention it again. Twelve years ago, the boy Kyle accidentally saw the Tooth Fairy, and she killed his mother. All the persons in Darkness Falls but his girlfriend Caitlin accused the boy of murdering his mother and sent him to an institution, considered deranged. In the present days, Caitlin calls Kyle to help her young brother Michael, who has seen the Fairy Tooth and is afraid of the dark. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Themes:
murder death friendship revenge ghost drinking fear drunkenness supernatural power death of mother depression childhood trauma murder of mother 
Mood:
nightmare darkness 
Locations:
hospital bar forest bathtub elevator woods police station storm 
Characters:
mother baby girl police mother son relationship friend boyfriend girlfriend relationship boy brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy nurse policeman lawyer bully 
Story:
present dark blood flashback gun kiss fight photograph title spoken by character chase pistol shower fire voice over narration cell phone β€¦beating corpse car accident shotgun punched in the face cat drink arrest falling from height mask rifle beer car crash dead body jail hallucination flashlight concert montage suicide attempt false accusation drawing child in peril police officer killed flash forward curse prologue person on fire lightning injection exploding body las vegas nevada casino falling down stairs injury lifting someone into the air tied to a bed jail cell hiding assault pool barefoot reverse footage power outage gash in the face broken glass mental hospital title appears in writing medication barefoot female light psychotic lighthouse spiral staircase plague flare burnt face based on short film teeth facial scar hiding under a bed spitting blood burn victim elevator shaft thrown from a car doom childhood sweetheart tooth foster home barefoot woman thrown through a windshield dark and stormy night gun store female bare foot boys' bathroom tooth fairy barefoot on street spilled drink sensory deprivation elevator crash fear of the dark bullet dodging running barefoot car crashes through a window self inflicted wound winged creature haunted hospital pixie night terrors barefoot running injection gun  (See All)

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House Of D (2004)
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House Of D (2004)

On their son Odell's 13the birthday, graphic artist Tom Warszaw finally confesses to his wife why he fled Greenwich Village, NYC at that age to Paris. As a schoolboy, naturally sensitive, considerate Tommy was best buddy with 'adult' half-wit Pappass, father Duncan's Catholic school's assistant jani…tor. Smothered by his dependent mother, a dumb orderly, Tommy got 'parental advice' from a women's prison inmate. Together with Pappas, he saves up tips from their butchery delivery rounds. One night, Pappas steals the bike they were saving for. Tommy tries to take the blame, but ends up expelled as if the instigator. Even more tragic consequences follow. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age melodrama semi autobiographical 
Themes:
mental illness death love friendship marriage money jealousy drinking drunkenness memory theft death of father death of mother cancer childhood β€¦first love murder of husband  (See All)
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
urban setting hospital new york city hotel cemetery paris france bicycle taxi airport baseball catholic school school dance 
Characters:
mother girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship african american friend singer boy teenage boy teacher nurse student dancer priest β€¦thief artist single mother bible catholic cousin cousin relationship pimp self discovery french teacher  (See All)
Period:
1970s year 1973 
Story:
directorial debut sex male nudity flashback masturbation dog kiss cigarette smoking dancing photograph singing erection shower voice over narration β€¦crying song testicles mirror urination slow motion scene watching tv drink secret book lie tears running birthday bathroom jail classroom river manhattan new york city basketball widow suicide attempt toilet painter drawing hit by a car graveyard confession grave fired from the job liar umbrella prank gym directed by star cross gift death of husband garden class subtitled scene black american record player runaway shaving recording coma told in flashback jail cell watching a movie impersonation towel drug overdose movie theatre janitor pills burglary animated sequence butcher hit on the head women's prison school uniform deceit vegetarian convict balcony classmate wish horse and carriage neighborhood pajamas coin dj central park manhattan new york city eiffel tower paris adolescence meat euthanasia mental retardation teasing breaking a window pun scholarship guardian private school matricide circular staircase salt detention flashback within a flashback reference to richard nixon brain damage toilet paper delivery boy butchery forty something surrogate father girls' school senility suspension mirror ball saying goodbye greenwich village manhattan new york city oxygen mask wife murders husband sedative boys' school false confession sketching butcher shop bible study lemon belching toilet bowl school expulsion mentally challenged person dancing in the street cooler cigarette butt transistor radio soft drink flip book hit on the head with a ball meat locker french class reference to mickey mantle stickball chelsea hotel manhattan new york city stealing a bicycle tearing a page from a book reference to spiro agnew disciplinary action movie theatre box office  (See All)

Lamb (2021)
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Lamb (2021)

An Icelandic couple live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. This unexpected development and the prospects of a new family brings them much joy before ultimately destroying t…hem. (Read More)

Subgenre:
family drama music video psychological horror 
Themes:
mental illness grief rivalry 
Mood:
mysterious 
Locations:
cemetery farm 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship brother brother relationship musician little girl uncle niece relationship brother in law sister in law relationship 
Story:
folk tale tale directorial debut dog sex scene watching tv cat animal in title mountain creature brother couple killing an animal looking at oneself in a mirror barn β€¦sheep birth breakfast growing up film industry joy special effects shot in the neck tractor parenthood iceland fable on location locked in a room misery vcr sleeping on a couch newborn remote vhs tape family life childless couple land rover herd livestock psychodrama experience worried mother new family remote location herd of sheep human animal hybrid husband wife sex shot on location feature directorial debut sheep farm sleeping in a barn worried wife  (See All)

Pon (2002)
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Pon (2002)

After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband Chang-hoon invite Ji-won to move to their house in Bang Bae that is empty and closed. When the young daughter of …her friends Young-Su answers a phone call in her mobile phone, the girl screams and changes her behavior, feeling a great attraction for her father and rejecting her mother. Meanwhile Ji-won receives weird phone calls and sees and listens to a teenager playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano. After investigating her phone number, Ji-won discovers that the original owner of the number, Jin-hee, had vanished and the two next owners of the number have mysteriously died in unusual circumstances. Her further investigation about Jin-hee discloses that the teenager was absolutely disturbed with her obsessive love for a man that had broken the relationship with her, and later she unravels dark and tragic secrets about the fate of Jin-hee. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
murder death revenge infidelity ghost pregnancy extramarital affair guilt murder of husband 
Mood:
rain nightmare car chase 
Locations:
hospital snow bathtub elevator ocean taxi driver 
Characters:
mother baby girl husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor female protagonist psychiatrist self mutilation ghost in mirror 
Story:
secrets dark blood one word title female frontal nudity flashback bare chested male title spoken by character knife surprise ending telephone call cell phone dream corpse face slap β€¦punched in the face painting car crash classroom journalist strangulation stabbed in the chest tied to a chair park stalker screaming possession doll death of child flowers diary laptop schoolgirl threatened with a knife heart attack falling down stairs kicked in the stomach art gallery duct tape over mouth murder of a child gasoline photo album serial murder taser long hair subway station piano playing korean pregnancy test wrist slitting south korea treadmill footprint flickering light older man young girl relationship security system handkerchief trapped in an elevator sex scandal hiding in a car jealous wife anonymous telephone call nail through hand hole in wall phone terror stabbed in the ear telephone terror fingernail cut off scared to death egg donor body hidden behind a wall moonlight sonata  (See All)

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Mask Of The Devil (2022)

After accepting a job at a low-rent pornographers, a feisty young woman must fight to survive against an ancient evil intent on killing everyone in its path.

Subgenre:
suspense supernatural 
Themes:
fear filmmaking evil the devil 
Mood:
parody slasher 
Characters:
girl filmmaker father 
Story:
present day horror film young woman present dark sex blood mask shooting decapitation curse prologue attack business β€¦general heroine machete skull low budget movie set boyfriend note body count trip body run no budget clothes jump franchise premiere working fun count order ancient playing enthusiasm bond tribal filmmakers cursed dread steal range stolen final girl impression proof sacred deep porn business die root leave oddball backstory familiar  (See All)

Grimcutty (2022)
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Grimcutty (2022)

A suburban teen girl and her little brother must stop a terrifying internet meme brought to life by the hysteria of their parents.

Subgenre:
family drama 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
town 
Characters:
mother girl boy teenage girl 
Story:
horror film co production internet creature attack brother heavy metal room phone challenge hysteria social media kids generation decision β€¦young boy creepy cutting support little brother sneaking out saxophone player younger brother meme real life air thought cardboard talk mass hysteria online game core save figure supernatural creature theme internet addiction track team adults only creature design first place horror movie mid air  (See All)

Settlers (2021)
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Settlers (2021)

Remmy and her parents, refugees from Earth, have found peace on the Martian outskirts until strangers appear in the hills beyond their farm. Told as a triptych, the film follows Remmy as she struggles to survive in an uneasy landscape.

Themes:
home invasion 
Mood:
night stand up atmosphere 
Locations:
small town farm 
Characters:
mother girl 
Story:
horror film co production directorial debut dark science point of view couple planet stranger home reality invasion change walking run β€¦fiction science fiction valley strength remote frontier empowerment number gold rush air pig mask nine year old homestead hills dark side bad guys moment inner strength colonisation offering open door better life character development sense of duty  (See All)

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Thirteen (2003)
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Thirteen (2003)

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in sch…ool, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film 
Themes:
death friendship lesbianism drinking drunkenness seduction robbery divorce theft death of mother drug use dysfunctional family hollywood adoption drug addiction β€¦cheating self harm  (See All)
Locations:
urban setting school los angeles california 
Characters:
mother girl family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship friend tattoo brother sister relationship teenage girl teenage boy female protagonist teacher β€¦dancer thief actress single mother interracial relationship teacher student relationship self mutilation self destructiveness self injury  (See All)
Story:
teen angst female nudity f rated number in title blood one word title threesome female frontal nudity flashback dog sex scene kiss fight β€¦cigarette smoking dancing lesbian kiss panties shower telephone call cell phone title directed by female underwear face slap drink thong lie sunglasses marijuana classroom bisexual bra candle cocaine nonlinear timeline child abuse model van jeans liar pay phone domestic violence chicken class obscene finger gesture egg babysitter drug abuse watching a movie movie theater skateboard street life drug dealing drug overdose haircut shoplifting rap music underage drinking shopping deceit classmate growing up juvenile delinquent tank top hairdresser marijuana joint sexual awakening triple f rated bong needle plastic surgery puberty adolescence child molestation makeover masochism peer pressure 13 year old lsd teenage daughter popularity razor blade exam chewing gum underage smoking surrogate mother eating disorder clothing lifeguard spoon junior high school juvenile delinquency absent mother homework flashing pinball machine tattoo parlor recovering alcoholic reference to frankenstein shoe store fake id lawn sprinkler hockey stick teenage rebellion body piercing piggy back ride ear surrogate family hollywood boulevard venice beach california dress shop girls' bathroom promiscuous mother tongue piercing glue sniffing bad influence lateness stash belly button piercing ephebophilia stuffed toy animal childhood sexual abuse huffing overachiever morley cigarettes cutting self flunking out of school skating ramp  (See All)

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Rent-a-pal (2020)

Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother. While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy, the tape offers him …much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission. (Read More)

Subgenre:
video 
Themes:
mental illness love friendship loneliness dating looking for love 
Mood:
slow burn 
Characters:
mother friend 
Story:
mental health character driven directorial debut dark portrait basement love interest videotape dark humor movie set one day happy ending dementia first date bachelor β€¦credit card conversation tape mind middle aged man presidential campaign work out dead brother feature film dating service service real life social life person lonely talk living caring social security first time director middle aged love story adult video back story family member puppet master single guy dating agency 73 year old human suffering early twenties video dating  (See All)

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
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The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The child…ren go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age independent film suspense post apocalypse dystopia survival horror zombie apocalypse 
Themes:
murder death kidnapping fear escape dance experimental deception military paranoia hope panic apocalypse cannibalism near death experience β€¦evolution greek mythology  (See All)
Mood:
gore night darkness murder suicide 
Locations:
school hospital forest london england water woods wheelchair rooftop laboratory school teacher 
Characters:
girl doctor children female protagonist teacher zombie soldier nurse dancer hostage little girl teacher student relationship american abroad self mutilation female scientist β€¦zombie girl  (See All)
Story:
dark threat based on novel blood violence dog knife chase surprise ending pistol fire beating corpse shot to death blood splatter β€¦food machine gun shot in the chest shot in the head rescue slow motion scene cat battle held at gunpoint handcuffs british river combat scientist shot in the back f word survival orphan flashlight ambush massacre prisoner tied to a chair no opening credits disarming someone child in peril fictional war creature van transformation shot in the forehead binoculars character repeating someone else's dialogue beaten to death danger screaming product placement storytelling race against time knocked out baseball bat long take injection gift haunting rat six word title severed arm class silencer undead experiment identity underground hand grenade hypodermic needle mutant disease virus walkie talkie sergeant planet desperation parking garage puzzle social commentary eaten alive gas mask reverse footage tension child's point of view blood on face fight to the death cannibal child protagonist convenience store shot in the face assault rifle infection aerial shot shadow blood on shirt female doctor body count existentialism mutation severed leg wilhelm scream pigeon moral dilemma brain plant imprisonment hit with a baseball bat female soldier living dead face mask fire extinguisher female teacher armored car tower reading aloud abandoned house bunker redheaded woman hit by a truck military base worm mercy killing bitten in the neck british army killer child flesh eating zombie cure cell distrust riddle psychotronic film cut hand animal killing army base stupid victim outbreak child with a gun antidote decomposing body screenplay adapted by author examination bandaged hand vaccine zombie child woman in uniform young girl hazmat suit bitten on the arm child murderer pandemic student teacher relationship child murders a child hybrid black british water bottle hand wound case abandoned hospital camouflage uniform pod film with ambiguous title infected feral child arm wound horde abandoned city end of civilization spiral bitten by a zombie child killing an adult gender in title matchstick smell fungus child murders an adult blood poisoning gifted child heartbreaking opening credits pathogen reference to pandora's box strapped to a table reference to prometheus white savior army bunker abandoned library child kills man spore eating a cat reference to pandora whitewashing  (See All)

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