Movies like Nightmare 1981

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Nightmare (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A drug-treated schizophrenic plagued by horrible nightmares escapes from the hospital and goes on a killing spree.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic, bleak, psychological, suspense, brutal, sadistic
Plot: slasher, murder, knife murder, serial killer, nightmare, gore, violence, psychopath, stalking, gory, family in danger, crimes, danger, deadly, mentally unstable, youth, bondage, italian horror, american horror, weirdo, serial murder, torturer, choked to death, world trade center, east coast ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: florida, usa, new york, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out scary, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about murder, serial killer, psychopath, deadly, slasher, gory and blood mostly in Horror, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Nightmare: The Mutilator (1984), The Final Terror (1983), Sleepaway Camp (1983), Final Exam (1981), The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, slasher, teenager, maniac, beach, violence, death, swimming pool, serial killer, stalking, psychopath, gory ...
Time: 80s
Place: north carolina
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100%
The Final Terror (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, slasher killer, knife murder, bus, serial killer, river, wilderness, slasher, prank, stalking, psychopath, forest ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: southern california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.3
 20K
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.
Style: disturbing, scary, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, summer camp, psychopath, teenage life, crimes, knife murder, mystery killer, danger, youth, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 4.8
 2K
Final Exam (1981)
Genre: Horror
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, high school, knife murder, college, serial murder, school, prank, psychopath, chase, murder, gory ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A crazed killer stalks college students who gave up their vacation to clean a deserted dormitory.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, mystery killer, slasher, violence, dormitory, psychopath, stalking, college, serial killer, gory, school, power drill ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set against Sin City, Las Vegas, "Murder-Set-Pieces" tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder - a voyeuristic nightmare of blood, sex and brutality.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, sexual, suspenseful ...
Plot: slasher, murder, psychopath, danger, strong sexual content, gory, crimes, deadly, violence spree, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, gore, violence, blood, hitchhiker, torture, psychopath, chainsaw, gory, family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.9
 1K
The Slayer (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.
Style: serious, suspenseful, surreal, scary, psychological ...
Plot: island, beach, slasher, murder, mystery killer, unknown killer, slasher killer, fear, death, artist, violence, evil ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Burning (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A caretaker at a summer camp is burned when a prank goes tragically wrong. After several years of intensive treatment at hospital, he is released back into society, albeit missing some social skills. What follows is a bloody killing spree with the ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary, sadistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: slasher, murder, summer camp, camp, slasher killer, hospital, serial killer, revenge, psycho killer, extreme violence, campfire story, maniac ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Beyond the Darkness (1979)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and puts her in bed at the mansion. Following this, he tries out ...
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: obsession, murder, creep, serial killer, slasher, necrophilia, torture, death, violence, psychopath, gory, evil ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.4
 2K
Absurd (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man has been driven insane by church-sanctioned scientific experimentation which also causes him to be nearly impossible to kill. He is pursued to America by a priest where he embarks upon a killing spree while the priest tries to hunt him down ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, rough, suspense
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, psycho killer, monster, death, sadism, priest, cannibal, slasher, gory, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.2
 7K
The Dentist (1996)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Dr. Feinstone has everything, a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry; but when he discovers his wife's affair, he realizes that behind every clean, white surface lies the stench of decay.
Style: serious, rough, sexual, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: murder, dentist, mentally unstable, knife murder, serial killer, slasher, violence, death, torture, voyeur, victim, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: beverly hills, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.0
 1K
Unhinged (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: College students, Terry, Nancy and Gloria are on their way to a rock concert, driving through a torrential rainstorm...only to crash their car, badly injuring one of them. Seeking shelter and aid they come across a house occupied by a man-hating ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, murder, psychopath, mystery killer, serial killer, secret, stalker, violence, gore, voyeur, blood, voyeurism ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Don't Go in the Woods (1981)
Genre: Horror
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: offbeat, serious, suspenseful, scary, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, violence, stalking, vengeance, murder, psychopath, danger, gory, dangerous animal, wilderness, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.3
 4K
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, bleak, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, psychopath, summer camp, slasher killer, camp counselor, death, psycho, campfire, forest, stalking, murder ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A TV newswoman (Lauren Tewes) catches a pervert (John DiSanti) watching her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who cannot see, hear or speak.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, mind bending ...
Plot: serial killer, slasher, stalking, knife murder, creep, pervert, psychopath, sister, rapist, gory, reporter, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.1
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Blood Feast (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: In the sleepy suburbs of Miami, seemingly normal Egyptian immigrant Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) runs a successful catering business. He also murders young women and plans to use their body parts to revive the goddess Ishtar. The insane Ramses ...
Style: scary, rough, serious, suspenseful, sinister ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, gory, murder, slasher, psychopath, zombie, investigation, vengeance, supernatural ability, suburbs, good versus evil, supernatural ...
Time: 60s
Place: florida, miami, usa, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: scary, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, murder, summer camp, lake, camp, psychopath, gory, axe, vengeance, in the woods, summer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 6.6
 60K
Halloween II (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, serial killer, slasher, knife murder, murder, mask, sheriff, small town, gory, stalking, obsession, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: illinois, usa, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, surreal, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: slasher, supernatural, disfigurement, nightmare, teenage life, creep, serial killer, high school, boiler room, booby trap, dream, alcoholic ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, scary
Plot: murder, serial killer, gory, in the woods, slasher, psycho, violence, psychopath, kids in trouble, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, murder, knife murder, morgue, camp, psychopath, gory, summer camp, strong sexual content, in the woods, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Friday the 13th (2009)
Genre: Horror
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: scary, suspenseful, rough, exciting, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: psychopath, slasher, danger, in the woods, serial killer, back from the dead, death, murder, gory, camp counselor, vengeance, violence spree ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Henry has wandered into a small town looking for work and a place to stay. He gets a job delivering and cleaning porto-potties and moves in with a co-worker until he gets his feet off of the ground. Henry and his new friend soon start to kill.
Style: rough, serious, scary, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, slasher, violence, psychopath, gory, crime, serial murder, investigation, police investigation, mind game, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Black Christmas (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. A remake of the 1974 horror movie, Black Christmas.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: christmas, serial killer, psychopath, slasher, murder, holiday, hospital, dysfunctional family, gory, danger, violence, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, knife murder, slasher, stalker, psychopath, chase, murder, gory, stalking, who done it, woman in danger, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Sorority House Massacre (1986)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A little girl's brother kills the whole family but her (she escapes by hiding in the basement). He is committed, and she grows up with a new family, eventually going to college, where she joins a sorority. Due to a memory block, she ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, college, knife murder, murder, sorority, hospital, hiding, escaped mental patient, serial killer, gory, psychic power, mental institution ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Chrissie and her friends set out on a road trip for a final fling before one is shipped off to Vietnam. Along the way, bikers harass the foursome and cause an accident that throws Chrissie from the vehicle. The lawman who arrives on the scene kills ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, psychopath, violence, gore, blood, torture, chainsaw, cannibalism, sadism, knife ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Don't Go in the House (1979)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As a child, Donald was tormented by his mother who used fire as a punishment. Now a deranged adult, Donald stalks women at clubs, then takes them home where he kills them with a flamethrower.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: abusive mother, disco, serial killer, slasher, murder, burn victim, psychotic, maniac, old house, flamethrower, dancing, sadism ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. Years later, when he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his childhood trauma materializes once again.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, orphan, knife murder, slasher, christmas, santa claus, decapitation, boy, gore, holiday, blood ...
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1984, year 1971
Place: salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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