Movies like Celia

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Celia (1989)
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Celia (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in mid 1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air and the country's farmlands overrun by a plague of rabbits, the film depicts a long hot summer seen through the eyes and over-active imagination of nine year old Celia. Shaken by the death of her beloved Grandmother, Celia finds herself adrift between the cruel games and rituals of childhood and the incomprehensible world of grown-ups. With monstrous creatures stalking her dreams by night, those imagined terrors blur by day with the banal brutality of the adult world and lead to tragic and shocking consequences. Ann Turner's refreshingly unsentimental debut feature is a dark fable of childhood's end. An enthralling film to rank alongside Lord of the Flies, The 400 Blows and Stand By Me.
Style: scary, tense, serious, surreal, disturbing, suspense
Plot: corporal punishment, suburbs, coming of age, nightmare, vengeance, youth, family relations, parents and children, graphic violence, violence spree, mentally unstable, daydreamer, deadly, rivalry, young heroes, grownups, childhood trauma, female director, monster, fight, child, teacher, police, blonde, death ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia, melbourne australia

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Most similar movies to Celia

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, scary and tense films with plots about family relations, deadly, danger, murder, supernatural, youth and death mostly in Drama, Horror and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Celia: Paperhouse (1988), Heartless (2009), Wicked Little Things (2006), The Company of Wolves (1984), Audrey Rose (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, supernatural, coming of age, supernatural ability, friendship, alternate reality, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, parallel world, house, drawing, nightmare ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
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Heartless (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story follows Jamie, a troubled young man with a birthmark on his face, which has left him feeling isolated and fearful, hiding from the world outside. He lives in the East End of London, an area notorious for its violent hooded gangs. According ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, scary, tense ...
Plot: evil force, social decay, vengeance, moral dilemma, human nature, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, rivalry, social misfits, graphic violence, demon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe
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80%
Wicked Little Things (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Karen, Sarah, and Emma Tunney are all moving to a small town in Pennsylvania where, unknown to them, in 1913, a horrid mine accident trapped dozens of children alive, underground. But there's a problem. They're still alive.
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, suspense, rough
Plot: zombie, zombie child, small town life, parents and children, small town, missing person, deadly, danger, mother daughter relationship, ghost, abandoned house, dead children ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An adaptation of Angela Carter's fairy tales. Young Rosaleen dreams of a village in the dark woods, where Granny tells her cautionary tales in which innocent maidens are tempted by wolves who are hairy on the inside. As Rosaleen grows into ...
Style: gothic, fairy tale, surreal, dark, stylized ...
Plot: werewolf, beast, dark fantasy, woman in danger, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, supernatural, danger, mind game, dangerous animal, imaginary ...
Time: 18th century, 80s, 20th century, 1700s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 5.8
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Audrey Rose (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A man is convinced that a young girl is the reincarnation of his own daughter Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car accident, along with his wife, two minutes before the girl was born.
Style: psychological, scary, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, family relations, betrayal, obsession, nightmare, stranger, supernatural, reincarnation, love and romance, couple relations, hypnosis, loss of daughter ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india, new york, asia, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Ginger Snaps (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger's first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger's wounds ...
Style: gothic, scary, rough, dark humor, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: werewolf, coming of age, female werewolf, goth, obsession, beast, transformation, gory, high school, puberty, blood, cure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
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67%
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Heatwave (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A woman attempts to stop a redevelopment plot which she thought was the cover-up for fraud and other criminal activity.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: against the odds, rebellion, society, fighting the system, crimes, rivalry, state affairs, injustice, opening a door, fireworks, dead woman, press conference ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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63%
Under the Bed (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two brothers team up to battle a creature under the bed, in what is being described as a "suburban nightmare" tale.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, scary, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare comes true, family in danger, suburbs, deadly, supernatural, monster, brother brother relationship, teenage life, graphic violence, gory, family relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 6.5
 32K
Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, dark fantasy, orphan, mentally challenged, imaginary, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, friendship, down on your luck, figment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 85
Moving Out (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Coming-of-age story about an Italian-Australian teenager making his way in the world.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: suburbs, coming of age, immigrants, family relations, misfit, society, youth, life turned upside down, teenage life, culture clash, death, teenage boy ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: spanish civil war, cat, coming of age, film within a film, civil war, innocence lost, beehive, oppression, family relations, imaginary character, society, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Germany, India, Netherlands, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
Plot: family relations, human nature, society, hidden identity, dishonesty, parents and children, family life, obsession, gender bending, favoritism among siblings, denial, gender disguise ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.6
 796
Ruby (1977)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Strange killings occur at Ruby's drive-in theatre, sixteen years after the murder of her gangster boyfriend.
Style: mind bending, scary, suspenseful, serious, psychotronic
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, supernatural, gangsters, slasher, ghost, revenge, crime, supernatural ability, mentally unstable, danger, gang, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1950s, year 1951, year 1935
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Possessed (2000)
Genre: Horror, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An 11 year old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't remember any of it. After giving up on the protestants, ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: clergy, parents and children, family relations, church, curses spells and rituals, uncover truth, supernatural, mind game, deadly, society, danger, losing-it hero ...
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The Reflecting Skin (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of ...
Style: surreal, scary, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: vampire, murder, surrealism, parents and children, family relations, investigation, supernatural, danger, crimes, molestation, gas station, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: midwest, united states, usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Irresistible (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.
Style: scary, serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, secret, paranoia, mentally unstable, crimes, fear, seduction, love and romance, stalking, mental illness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: kosovo, melbourne australia, australia
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42%
The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
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Style: surreal, atmospheric, touching, contemplative, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, hopes, grief, suffering, child abuse, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.0
 16K
Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, escapades, secret identity, heroes, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, year 1900, 1900s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Black Rat (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Six classmates receive an e-mail from Asuka, who they thought had committed suicide, asking them to meet up later that night. But when a person wearing a bloody rat mask surprises them and begins a ferocious attack, the students realize that someone ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: vengeance, suicide, deadly, rivalry, youth, crimes, slasher, school, high school, survival, danger, masked killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.1
 802
How to Save Us (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Brian Everett's younger brother Sam goes missing on the island of Tasmania during the middle of a mysterious quarantine forcing Brian to traverse across enemy lines to save his brother from an army of ghosts.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Plot: island, missing person, survival, ghost, danger, deadly, supernatural, confined, isolation, rescue, demonic possession, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Carnival of Souls (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alex Grant is a troubled young woman, 20 years ago, she witnessed her mother get murdered by a carnival clown. She has nightmares of the clown - Louis Seagram. First a kind man then turned bad and also tried to rape Alex's mother. Alex fears ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, tense, serious ...
Plot: carnival, evil clown, slasher, vengeance, murder, haunted by the past, witnessing a crime, danger, deadly, circus, childhood trauma, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 1K
Faust 5.0 (2001)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On his way to a medical convention, Dr Fausto runs into a man who claims the Doctor removed his stomach eight years ago in a surgical operation. Against all odds, he is still alive. The man turns up repeatedly and promises Fausto to make all his ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, surreal, scary ...
Plot: terminal illness, doctors and patients, couples, desire, doctor, wish come true, fall in love, murder, prostitute, abandoned hospital, convention, volvo ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.2
 155
The Echo Game (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A young mother must protect her daughter from a rogue scientist on a murderous rampage to steal the girl's psychic powers for herself.
Style: suspenseful, scary, mind bending, serious, psychotronic
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, family relations, parents and children, supernatural ability, deadly, profanity, sexual content, chase, danger, betrayal, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Pet Sematary II (1992)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The "sematary" is up to its old zombie-raising tricks again. This time, the protagonists are Jeff Matthews, whose mother died in a Hollywood stage accident, and Drew Gilbert, a boy coping with an abusive stepfather.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, back from the dead, family in danger, small town, death in the family, murder, supernatural, burial, gory, slasher, chase, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1992, 1990s
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 15K
The Gate (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three young children accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the three kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: supernatural, demon, suburbs, heavy metal, demons, backyard, legend, dead dog, occult, nanny, dawn, hole ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
I Am the Cheese (1983)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, disturbing, non-linear ...
Plot: teen angst, conspiracy, deadly, youth, rivalry, crimes, uncover truth, mental institution, kidnapping, missing child, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 7K
Spiral (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, small town, supernatural, mystery, deadly, danger, curses spells and rituals, insanity, transformation, survival horror, curse, vortex ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Stones of Death (1988)
Genre: Horror
Country: Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The residents of a housing development find themselves in trouble after they discover that their development was built on top of a sacred aboriginal graveyard.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: curse, security guard, doctor, attempted strangulation, waking up, toilet, radio, blonde, underwater scene, stone, high school, snake ...
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 6K
Viy (1967)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, dark fantasy, witch, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil, surrealism, danger, church, escapades, supernatural ability, evil dead, priest ...
Place: ukraine, russia, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Let the Right One In (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, captivating, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, vampire, bullying, friendship, loneliness, bully, hidden identity, deadly creature, mysterious character, youth, vampire human love, immortality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, 1700s, 18th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%