Movies like Just Before Dawn

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Just Before Dawn (1981)
 6.2
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Just Before Dawn (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area. Ignoring the warnings, they set up camp, and start disappearing one by one. If that sounds too run-of-the-mill, there's a genuinely shocking plot twist half-way through...
Style: slasher, scary, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychotronic, cult film, awful
Plot: psychopath, mountain, murder, stalking, survival, maniac, adventure, youth, danger, isolation, teenage life, legends and myths, deadly, group of friends, violence, wilderness, characters killed one by one, two killers, serial killer, machete, ranger, bad guy, slasher killer, human monster, creep ...
Time: 80s, year 1980

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Most similar movies to Just Before Dawn

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out slasher, serious, suspenseful and scary films with plots about psychopath, murder, deadly, crimes, gory, serial killer and danger mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Just Before Dawn: Don't Go in the Woods (1981), Madman (1981), Terror Train (1980), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), The Final Terror (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Don't Go in the Woods (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Four backpackers decide to take a hike in the mountains of Utah. But within the woods lurks a killer. But who...or what...is it? The lazy local sheriff blames bears. But the escalating body count seems to point to a human killer. Ignoring the ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, vengeance, serial killer, danger, murder, stalking, survival, on the run, wilderness, mental illness, isolation, group of friends ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.2
 5K
Madman (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At a summer camp for youths, cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, summer camp, murder, stalking, camp counselor, slasher killer, psychopath, teenage life, danger, wilderness, forest, back from the dead ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1981
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.8
 11K
Terror Train (1980)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, rough, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, college, masked killer, psychopath, train, party, prank, stalking, revenge, danger, youth, uninvited guest ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A group of young and wild motocross racers venture through the desert and are stranded at an old mining ranch. They soon realize that they are being watched by a group of savage cannibals unknown to the civilized world. The film is full of ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, psychopath, serial killer, bus, bus trip, survival, supernatural, escapades, family in danger, suburbs, isolation, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Final Terror (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of friends and their girlfriends head out for what is expected to be a vacation of hiking, camping and a good time, but when a backwoods mama finds them on her turf, it becomes anything but a vacation.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, suspense, psycho film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, fugitives, stalking, group of friends, in the woods, serial killer, deadly, youth, gory, river, wilderness ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: southern california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.6
 6K
Dark Ride (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ten years after he brutally murdered two girls, a killer escapes from a mental institution and returns to his turf, the theme park attraction called Dark Ride. About to crash his path are a group of college kids on a road trip who stumble across the ...
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, amusement park, mental institution, murder, serial killer, deadly, crimes, youth, gory, homicidal maniac, maniac, violence ...
Time: contemporary, year 2003, year 1989, year 1990
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, serial murder, murder, stalking, summer camp, crimes, mystery, psycho murderer, crazy, psycho, maniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1980
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An idyllic summer turns into a nightmare of unspeakable terror for yet another group of naive counselors. Ignoring Camp Crystal Lake's bloody legacy, one by one they fall victim to the maniacal Jason who stalks them at every turn.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, summer camp, axe, forest, massacre, lake, sadism, killing spree, masked killer, camp ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young girl who possesses the power of telekinesis accidentally causes her father's death after a family dispute at Crystal Lake. Years later, when a doctor tries to exploit her abilities, her power becomes a hellish curse, and she unwittingly ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, supernatural, summer camp, psychiatrist, supernatural horror, sadism, massacre, forest, telekinesis, lake ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Woods Have Eyes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a group of young campers wander into the backwoods of upstate New York to see if Cappy's Cabin--a place they think exists only in urban legend--is real, they find themselves in a twisted game of predator and prey as night begins to fall. ...
Style: slasher, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: murder, supernatural, serial killer, psychopath, survival, isolation, danger, deadly, crimes, in the woods, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After the Crystal Lake Massacres, Jason is pronounced dead and taken to the hospital morgue, where he is mysteriously revived, allowing his diabolical killing spree to continue at the camp where the gruesome slaughtering began. But this time, in ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, serial murder, murder, morgue, summer camp, killing spree, supernatural horror, massacre, sadism, camp, knife murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A crazed killer stalks college students who gave up their vacation to clean a deserted dormitory.
Style: slasher, serious, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, stalking, college life, school, supernatural, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement, who done it ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Mutilator (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As a child, Ed was cleaning his father's hunting rifles for as part of a surprise birthday treat for his old man when one firearm accidentally discharges fatally striking his own mother in the back. His father, Jack Sr came home, saw his wife ...
Style: slasher, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: beach house, murder, psychopath, serial killer, stalking, vengeance, mentally unstable, youth, buddies, danger, mysterious villain, teenager ...
Time: 80s
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.7
 4K
Final Exam (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a small college in North Carolina, only a select few students are left to take mid terms. But, when a killer strikes, it could be everyone's final exam.
Style: slasher, psycho film, serious, realistic, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, serial killer, murder, school, psychopath, prank, chase, campus, crimes, teachers and students, high school, student life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 61K
The Collector (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
Style: slasher, scary, brutal, macabre, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, trap, serial killer, home invasion, gory, torture, deathtrap, held captive, homicidal maniac, masked man, hostage, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
He Knows You're Alone (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, slasher, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, chase, murder, law enforcement, stalking, crimes, woman in danger, police detective, deadly, danger, stalker ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 3.5
 2K
Blood Trails (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The biker Anne has a violent one night stand with the supposed cop Chris after a minor infraction. Two days later, feeling guilty and traumatized, she decides to go hiking with her boyfriend Michael in the Whistler chain of mountains, a spot where ...
Style: slasher, serious, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, dangerous attraction, survival, teenage life, isolation, wilderness, danger, stalking, deadly, psychopath, gory, murder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, masked killer, murder, psychopath, survival, vengeance, halloween, student life, woman in danger, danger, stalking, sibling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 101K
Friday the 13th (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ignoring the warnings of the locals, a group of teenage camp counselors takes on the job of reopening Camp Crystal Lake — on Friday the 13th no less, and raise the ire of Jason Voorhees, a masked, homicidal maniac.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: psychopath, masked killer, in the woods, serial murder, death, danger, torture, serial killer, murder, slasher killer, human monster, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 2000s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 242K
Halloween (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, psycho film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, halloween, serial killer, violent, masked killer, evil, violence, mask, psychiatrist, small town, teenage life, serial murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, year 1963, 60s ...
Place: midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.0
 2K
X-Ray (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While receiving a routine check-up, a beautiful woman is stalked by a maniac out to avenge a childhood Valentine's Day humiliation.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, hospital, stalking, psychopath, woman in danger, valentine's day, vengeance, danger, gory, blood, stabbing ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Homicidal maniac Jason returns from the grave to cause more bloody mayhem. Young Tommy may have escaped from Crystal Lake, but he’s still haunted by the gruesome events that happened there. When gory murders start happening at the secluded halfway ...
Style: slasher, scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mask, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), mental institution, child in peril, forest, killing spree, massacre, sadism, knife murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.2
 6K
Timber Falls (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Romania
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A weekend of camping in the mountains becomes an excursion into hell for a young couple, who become pawns in a grotesque plot hatched by deranged locals.
Style: scary, slasher, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, forest, murder, danger, rescue, gory, serial killer, psychopath, religions or cults, confined, fanatic, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 4.2
 335
Backwoods (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Karen and Jamie bike out to a remote wooded area for camping. Jamie saves a young girl’s life with an emergency tracheotomy and her grateful father, Eben, invites the campers to his place for some dinner...where they also meet William, Eben’s ...
Style: slasher, realistic, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: mountain, wilderness, murder, losing-it hero, on the run, youth, race against time, danger, deadly, couple relations, isolation, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Silent Scream (1979)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs. Engels prefers to stay in her room in the attic, but her son Mason helps the students get settled. Soon one of the students is killed. The ...
Style: slasher, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: attic, psychopath, murder, college student, mystery, estate, danger, crimes, serial murder, brutality, beach, haunted house ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 125K
Friday the 13th (1980)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: maniac, serial killer, murder, camp, drowning, psychopath, cult, danger, fear, gory, revenge, serial murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 50s, year 1958 ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 8K
Intruder (1989)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.
Style: slasher, serious, scary, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, supermarket, gory, woman in danger, who done it, danger, stalking, crimes, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 3.0
 615
Bleed (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Dana is failing Biology. To pass she must attend an extra credit assignment with several classmates that will lead them into a remote region of the Great Dismal Swamp, a place teeming with life... and death. While the group keeps one eye out for ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, serial killer, wilderness, psychopath, danger, deadly, youth, buddies, escapades, teachers and students, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.7
 30K
Hatchet (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, scary, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: axe, serial killer, swamp, survival, supernatural, tour guide, murder, crimes, danger, deadly, psychopath, tourist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.6
 1K
Psycho Cop (1989)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Officer Joe Vickers would probably make a good policeman if it weren't for his two nasty habits. Firstly, he is a devoted satanist; secondly - he likes to kill people. When he meets a group of teenagers spending their vacation in a wood hut, he ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, slasher, suspense, rough ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, survival, youth, danger, police officer, deadly, violence spree, kids in trouble, in the woods, gory, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%