Movies like Penance

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Penance (2009)
 3.4
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Penance (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sexual, sexy
Plot: psychopath, single parent, confined, danger, gory, woman in danger, kidnapping, captivity, slasher, mind game, deadly, dancer's life, mental institution, violence, single mother, religious fanatic, mother daughter relationship, violence spree, mate swapping, wannabe, poker, blonde, female nudity, chess, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary

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Most similar movies to Penance

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, scary and realistic films with plots about deadly, danger, psychopath, gory, crimes, slasher and confined mostly in Horror and Thriller genres. Some movies like Penance: The Hitchhiker (2007), Carl (2012), Kill Theory (2009), The Cellar Door (2007), The Life Zone (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 3.6
 941
The Hitchhiker (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Four young women driving across the desert to Las Vegas have their road trip turned upside-down when they pick up a handsome, seemingly-friendly hitchhiker. When their car breaks down near a roadside motel in the middle of nowhere, they find ...
Style: serious, scary, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: psychopath, on the road, gory, confined, slasher, danger, deadly, mind game, crimes, woman in danger, isolation, desert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
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95%
 2.6
 300
Carl (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychological horror/thriller depicting a backwoods family with a dark secret.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, scary, serious ...
Plot: psychopath, danger, violence, captivity, crimes, gory, deadly, strong violent content, good versus evil, confined, small town, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.4
 7K
Kill Theory (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive.
Style: surprise ending, realistic, rough, scary, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, friendship, slasher, survival, moral dilemma, isolation, gory, friends, confined, deadly, mind game, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Cellar Door (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Having developed an uncontrollable obsession with the beautiful young Rudy (Michelle Tomlinson), crazed serial killer Herman (James DuMont) kidnaps her and locks her in a cage in his basement. The only way for Rudy to survive this nightmare is to ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, mind game, confined, woman in danger, captivity, survival, obsession, isolation, rivalry, crimes, slasher, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 1.9
 544
The Life Zone (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kidnapped by a mysterious figure, three women find themselves trapped in an abandoned hospital. Held against their will for months, the prisoners are faced with life-transforming decisions and must struggle for their lives.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: captivity, pregnancy, kidnapping, hospital, mysterious character, psychopath, confined, woman in danger, isolation, danger, abortion clinic, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.3
 2K
Rogue River (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When a young woman takes a trip down Rogue River, her car mysteriously disappears. Lost without transport or communication, she accepts the hospitality of a stranger who offers her shelter for the night at his cabin. With no other options available, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: brother sister incest, survival, confined, danger, psychopath, woman in danger, police officer killed, kidnapping, strong violent content, profanity, sexual content, captivity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.2
 849
Dark Asylum (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Asylum is a taut psychological thriller about a deranged fearsome killer running lose in an abandoned high security Asylum. Pitting the county psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Belham against the psychotic maniac, Dr Belham is trapped in a maze of corridors, ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, mental institution, survival, mind game, danger, mentally unstable, mental illness, murder, slasher, master criminal, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Borderline Cult (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Three serial killers team up at the US/Mexican border town of Juarez and go on a killing spree.
Style: rough, scary, serious, realistic, based on true events
Plot: psychopath, murder, serial killer, danger, law enforcement, gory, tough heroes, woman in danger, deadly, confined, life is a bitch, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Inhuman Resources (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Six captive office workers are literally chained to their desks by a demented, escaped serial killer; former regional manager Thomas Reddmann (Redd). He assigns his 'human resources' the impossible task of proving his innocence or ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, scary, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, workplace, serial killer, deadly, office, gory, graphic violence, boss and employee, captivity, workplace situations, obnoxious boss, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 3.4
 510
Desecrated (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A rich heiress and her friends head for a weekend of fun at her isolated ranch house in the middle of no man's land. They soon find that the caretaker's dark past, has taken him down a bloody killing spree.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: slasher, psychopath, buddies, isolation, deadly, mysterious character, ranch, struggle for survival, danger, heiress, violence, in the woods ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.2
 1K
Scrapbook (2000)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young woman named Clara is captured by a serial killer named Leonard who records his “life story” by keeping a scrapbook of his many victims. In addition to adhering Polaroids, scraps of clothing, and other small trophies to the pages, Leonard ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, sexual abuse, woman in danger, psychopath, mind game, deadly, danger, isolation, violence spree, captivity, sexual torture, sadism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 2.9
 571
Deadly Weekend (2014)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Two young couples take one last trip to the country before moving to different cities. Unfortunately, when secrets come out and jealously takes a toll the weekend takes an unexpected and deadly turn for the worst.
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: survival, psychopath, isolation, strong violent content, deadly, in the woods, confined, slasher, danger, group of friends, murder, trap ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 2.7
 512
Animus (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Hoping to find proof of the paranormal, five film students set out to document the legendary Copper Queen Hospital. But as the sun goes down, they experience something far worse than they ever could have imagined and they find themselves pursued by ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: danger, ghost, deadly, supernatural, riddles and clues, psychopath, gory, slasher, hospital, blood
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.0
 695
Junkyard Dog (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A gritty psychological-horror-thriller that delves the demented mind of a cannibalistic serial rapist who kidnaps his tenth victim in as many months on Halloween night.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, slasher, serial killer, captivity, crimes, confined, law enforcement, danger, deadly, graphic violence, psycho killer, cannibalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.6
 656
Sick Boy (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sick Boy stars Skye McCole Bartusiak as Lucy, a young woman who steps in for a friend to take a job babysitting a young boy confined to his room due to a mysterious illness. Lucy begins to suspect the child’s mother, played by horror legend Debbie ...
Style: tense, serious, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: woman in danger, child illness, danger, confined, deadly, parents and children, family problems, violence, murder, family relations, domestic disturbance, evil
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Devil's Ground (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While traveling from California to Bangor through a lonely road, Carrie Mitchel is advised by the gas station attendant Jimmy to rest in a hotel; however, she decides to continue driving through the night and almost hits a wounded teenage girl with ...
Style: realistic, scary, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, violence spree, psychopath, gory, danger, deadly, crimes, survival, murder, masked killer, escapades, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Bikini Girls on Ice (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When a bus-load of women's college soccer players get stranded on their way to a bikini car-wash fundraiser, they decide to set-up shop in front of an abandoned gas station on the edge of town. Little do they know the place is the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: slasher, gas station, bikini, psychopath, danger, stalking, crimes, deadly, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), survival, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Babysitter Massacre (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A group of young women teamed together in their youth to run a babysitting business, when one of their friends died suddenly the group fell apart. Now years later they are all going their separate ways as college approaches, but on Halloween night ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, tense, serious ...
Plot: slasher, halloween, serial killer, danger, stalking, strong sexual content, youth, deadly, crimes, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 3.1
 1K
Escapee (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: While on a class observation trip at a local mental hospital, young psychology major, Abby Jones has a chilling encounter with high-risk patient, Harmon. She returns home for an evening of normal study with her two roommates unaware of the darkness ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, psychopath, convict, woman in danger, obsession, deadly, track down, violence spree, isolation, murder, serial killer, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Don't Let Him In (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Two couples spend a weekend in the country, only to cross paths with a brutal serial killer. As the body count rises, suspicion spirals into paranoia, climaxing in a terrifying battle for survival.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, slasher, survival, danger, deadly, countryside, isolation, couples, crimes, murder, psychopath, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hoboken Hollow (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As Trevor drifts through Texas on collision course with a nightmare he is still haunted by the evils of the war he recently returned from and a promise he failed to keep. When a stranger offers a ride, Trevor finds himself battling the brutal ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic
Plot: psychopath, gory, haunted by the past, deadly, danger, crimes, farm, murder, bondage, torture, kidnapping, hitchhiker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 19K
No One Lives (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.
Style: scary, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, trap, psychopath, gang, massacre, deadly, captivity, hostage, danger, serial killer, serial murder, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.6
 3K
Dead Tone (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As another semester draws to a close at the University of Dreyskill, a simple game dreamt to help students avoid studying becomes a bloody battle for survival in this stalk-and-slash frightener from filmmaking duo Brian Hooks and Deon Taylor.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, surprise ending, realistic ...
Plot: slasher, serial killer, crimes, psychopath, rivalry, youth, deadly, mind game, gory, survival, investigation, death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Nite Tales: The Movie (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Actors: Flavor Flav, Dante Basco, Chico Benymon, Andrea Bogart, James Ferris
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, slasher, psychopath, murder, heist, crimes, legends and myths, college, deadly, storm, danger, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.1
 851
Trackman (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A perfect bank heist turns deadly when the robbers and their hostages flee to the abandoned underground subway station where they encounter the Trackman, a deformed madman that prowls the darkness.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: psychopath, slasher, gory, confined, serial killer, criminal heroes, supernatural, crimes, danger, deadly, isolation, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.5
 826
Shiver (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wendy Alden, a young secretary in Portland lacking in self- confidence becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds the resources of courage to fight back and escape.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, scary ...
Plot: danger, violence, serial killer, obsession, psychopath, deadly, crimes, murder, police, blood, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.1
 4K
Lake Dead (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three sisters and a group of their friends take a trip to the home of the recently deceased grandfather -- who died a particularly grisly death -- to learn more about the promise of an inheritance, only to encounter a family of psychos who have ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, disturbing, serious
Plot: slasher, murder, serial killer, crimes, deadly, danger, gory, family relations, siblings relations, lake, incest overtones, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Dead in 3 Days 2 (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 95 min.
Story: One year ago, Nina survived the attacks of a serial killer. She wants to flee from these memories but one call at night recalls all memories and she is again in the middle of a murder mystery.
Style: serious, scary, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, survival, amateur detective, escapades, danger, psychopath, woman in danger, riddles and clues, crimes, deadly, gory, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.7
 3K
Broken (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After dating a wonderful man, Hope comes back home, sees her daughter Jennifer and goes to sleep. She wakes-up in the woods with a psychopath...
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, kidnapping, captivity, survival, forest, danger, mind game, family in danger, confined, vengeance, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.1
 2K
Territories (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five friends return home from a marriage in Canada to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, kidnapping, captivity, vigilantism, danger, escapades, deadly, drugs/alcohol, survival, isolation, crimes, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%