Movies like The People Under the Stairs

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)
 6.4
 35K
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When young Poindexter "Fool" Williams breaks into the creepy, immense old home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he uncovers a disturbing scenario underneath the stairs.
Style: rough, suspenseful, scary, surreal, macabre, humorous, realistic, semi serious, slasher, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, incest, cannibalism, serial killer, murder, human monster, manic, disfigurement, child abuse, guard dog, child protagonist, mansion, secret passageway, heist, ghetto, s&m, suburbs, terminal illness, eviction, starvation, cannibal, sadistic horror, sexual abuse, tarot card, heist gone wrong ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa, california, los angeles

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Most similar movies to The People Under the Stairs

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out slasher, scary, suspenseful and cult film films with plots about serial killer, deadly, psychopath, murder, brutality, psycho killer and gory mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The People Under the Stairs: The Collector (2009), Shocker (1989), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Pieces (1982), Vacancy (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: serial killer, psychopath, trap, home invasion, torture, held captive, deathtrap, homicidal maniac, masked man, maniac, hostage, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
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100%
 5.4
 16K
Shocker (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.
Style: slasher, sadistic, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, electric chair, supernatural, maniac, evil, psychopath, reincarnation, police investigation, vengeance, serial killer, chase, violence ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Style: tense, scary, suspenseful, harsh, serious ...
Plot: cannibalism, desert, incest, rape, survival, stalking, family in danger, kidnapping, violence, stranded, murder, burned alive ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 11K
Pieces (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, university, chainsaw, psychopath, stalking, woman in danger, investigation, sex maniac, perversity, killer, college ...
Time: 80s, year 1942, year 1982
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 99K
Vacancy (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and find hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film.
Style: slasher, scary, macabre, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: trapped, serial killer, survival horror, hidden camera, hotel, hostage, estranged couple, isolation, deception, murder, broken down car, voyeurism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Soul to Take (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: urban legend, serial killer, murder, psychopath, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, haunted by the past, small town, nightmare comes true, teenage life, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 90s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mari and Phyllis go to the "big city" to see their favorite band BloodLust. Along the way they meet up with newly escaped convict Krug and his gang.
Style: disturbing, slasher, suspenseful, bleak, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, youth, abduction, serial killer, woman in danger, crimes, psychopath, life is a bitch, revenge, violence spree, sheriff, confined ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 135K
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: serial killer, maniac, murder, camp, psychopath, drowning, cult, fear, revenge, serial murder, teenage life, strong sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1958, 50s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, crazy, psycho, psycho killer, maniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1984
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, bus, serial killer, bus trip, survival, chaos, family in danger, isolation, teenage life, suburban life, wilderness ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, splatter ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, masked killer, psycho terror, killing spree, miner, valentine's day, youth, brutality, revenge, violence, small town, characters killed one by one ...
Time: 80s, year 1960, year 1980
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), mental institution, child in peril, hospital, forest, massacre, sadism, killing spree, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 57K
New Nightmare (1994)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In this meta horror film, a demonic entity uses the fictional character of Freddy Krueger to enter the real world and torment "Elm Street" heroine Heather Langenkamp and her family.
Style: slasher, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, hospital, supernatural, sleeping, filmmaking, painting, serial killer, stalking, woman in danger, alternate reality, murder, disfigurement ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: ohio, los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.5
 106K
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, serial murder, torture, death, serial killer, murder, forest, human monster, vengeance, violence spree, back from the dead ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: raped by monster, mutant, desert, survival, cave, cannibal, rescue, supernatural, escape attempt, deadly creature, cannibalism, assault ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.
Style: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, hallucination, murder, art, policewoman, mental illness, obsession, vengeance, rapist, mind game, memory loss, rescue ...
Time: 90s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, florence
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 5K
Mother's Day (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, slasher, realistic ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, forest, dark humor, kidnapping, rape, vengeance, mentally unstable, survival, youth, wilderness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.8
 44K
Seed of Chucky (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Romania
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls' murder spree is underway.
Style: slasher, semi serious, scary, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, killer doll, serial killer, supernatural, urban legend, objects come to life, pregnancy, baby, homicidal maniac, paparazzi, psychopath, filmmaking ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 2000s, year 1998, 80s
Place: england, usa, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 5.4
 14K
Psycho III (1986)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Norman Bates is still running his little motel, and he has kept the dressed skeleton he calls mother. One of his guests is a young girl who has left the convent where she lived. To get some help he employs a young man. One day a nosey journalist ...
Style: slasher, twists and turns, realistic, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, mental illness, psychopath, serial killer, split personality, woman in danger, voyeurism, hotel, corpse, nun, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.1
 6K
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, stalking, murder, camp counselor, psychopath, psycho, teenage life, wilderness, forest, supernatural, death ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1981
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: slasher, scary, rough, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, fear, nightmare comes true, disfigurement, teenage life, back from the dead, murder, high school, sleeping, serial killer, trapped ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 331K
Scream (1996)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Style: slasher, scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: woman in danger, masked killer, serial killer, high school, psychopath, who done it, murder, small town, mystery, violent, heroine, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, semi serious, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: masked killer, serial killer, murder, small town, psychopath, journalism, halloween, insanity, satire, violence, maniac, killing spree ...
Time: contemporary
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Black Christmas (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: christmas, serial murder, serial killer, murder, incest, abortion, attic, psychopath, suicide attempt, pianist, prank telephone call, mystery killer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever ...
Style: macabre, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, serial killer, maniac, murder, psychopath, sadism, investigation, pedophilia, torture, torment, suffering, criminal psychologist ...
Time: year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, suspenseful, rough, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, stalking, crimes, supernatural, college life, school, law enforcement, isolation, who done it, frame up ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: slasher, brutal, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, cannibalism, desert, human monster, fear, kidnapping, survival, victim, torture, trapped, escape attempt, stranded ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Silent Scream (1979)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, 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, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: attic, psychopath, murder, college student, mystery, crimes, serial murder, brutality, secret room, estate, beach, haunted house ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, forest, psychopath, serial murder, murder, morgue, summer camp, supernatural horror, killing spree, sadism, massacre, camp ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A group of teenage girls heading into the city hook up with a gang of drug-addled ne'er-do-wells and are brutally murdered. The killers find their way to the home of one of their victim's parents, where both father and mother exact a ...
Style: slasher, brutal, scary, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, woman in danger, sadism, violence, sexualized violence, torture, murder, violence against women, rage, family, kidnapping, rape and revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%