Movies like The People Under the Stairs

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The People Under the Stairs
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: scary, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, macabre, rough, disturbing, bloody, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, cannibalism, sexual abuse, child abuse, dog, insanity, mental illness, blood, kidnapping, violence, parents and children, splatter, crimes, slasher, suburbs, danger, shotgun, haunted house, deadly, mentor, supernatural, murder, police investigation, culture clash, youth ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: california, usa
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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 scary, suspenseful, suspense and bloody films with plots about blood, murder, mentor, violence, brutality, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The People Under the Stairs: Shocker (1989), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Last House on the Left (1972), New Nightmare (1994), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Shocker
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: scary, suspense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
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Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: california
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The Hills Have Eyes
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 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: suspenseful, scary, tense, harsh, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, cannibalism, desert, gory, blood, violence, brutality, violent, family in danger, danger, stranded, wilderness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, mine, southern california
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The Last House on the Left
Genre: 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, scary, bleak, serious, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, gory, slasher, rape, murder, kidnapping, revenge, brutality, violence, gore, sexual abuse, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, connecticut
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System:   72%
    User:   84%
 
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 44K
New Nightmare
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: scary, serious, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hospital, slasher, gory, alternate reality, storytelling, supernatural, death, transformation, serial killer, blood, ghost, chase ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california
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The Hills Have Eyes Part II
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: suspenseful, scary, serious, idiotic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, slasher, survival, dog, bus, cannibalism, dangerous animal, deadly creature, motorcycle, violence, serial killer, suburbs ...
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Alice Sweet Alice
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Alice is a withdrawn 12-year-old who lives with her mother and her younger sister, Karen, who gets most of the attention from her mother, leaving Alice out of the spotlight. But when Karen is found brutally murdered in a church, suspicions start to ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, atmospheric, psychological ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961
Place: new jersey, usa
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Parents
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Michael is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on ...
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Plot: cannibalism, school, self discovery, blood, parents and children, suburbs, dark fantasy, dysfunctional family, cannibal, eccentric family, workplace, parenthood ...
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The Visit
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances ...
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, surprise ending, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: children, murder, siblings relations, plot twist, family relations, farm, supernatural, diaper, golden years, farmhouse, hide and seek, oven ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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    User:   49%
 
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Motel Hell
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters...to make ...
Style: scary, humorous, dark humor, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, gore, cannibalism, cult, murder, violence, serial killer, hotel, splatter, monster, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   44%
 
The Hills Have Eyes II
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: scary, serious, suspenseful, rough, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gory, slasher, desert, survival, splatter, rape, cannibalism, gore, mutant, torture, strong sexual content, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007
Place: new mexico, usa, mine
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System:   42%
    User:   43%
 
The Stendhal Syndrome
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 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: surreal, psychological, suspenseful, stylized, brutal ...
Plot: serial killer, art, gory, murder, sexual abuse, brutality, obsession, vengeance, memory loss, violence, insanity, rape ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: europe, florence, italy, rome italy
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System:   41%
    User:   44%
 
Black Christmas
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: suspenseful, scary, psychological, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, cult, murder, christmas, obsession, holiday, violence, police investigation, mental illness, halloween ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
My Bloody Valentine
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: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, small town, vengeance, murder, halloween, splatter, supernatural, brutality, gore, blood ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1960
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System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
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Lord of Illusions
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult who are preparing for the resurrection of their leader Nix, a powerful magician who was killed 13 years earlier.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, dark ...
Plot: supernatural, investigation, good versus evil, mystery, private detective, cult, magic, neo noir, dark fantasy, supernatural ability, murder, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york
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The Midnight Meat Train
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, psychological, serious, bloody ...
Plot: serial killer, gory, gore, blood, photographer, violence, cannibalism, murder, monster, obsession, splatter, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   29%
 
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
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: scary, suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, murder, gory, hospital, brutality, death, violence, blood, mental institution, revenge, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, america
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System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
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Saw III
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jigsaw has disappeared. Along with his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detective scramble to locate ...
Style: psychological, scary, surprise ending, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, gory, torture, violence, gore, mentor, brutality, blood, terminal illness, insanity, slasher, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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, humorous, suspenseful, dark humor, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, gory, murder, small town, halloween, witch, splatter, gore, insanity, mentor, parody ...
Time: contemporary
Place: portland oregon
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System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
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Office Killer
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder ...
Style: psychological, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: workplace, gory, office, slasher, vengeance, murder, loneliness, obnoxious boss, protagonist as suspect, pornography, serial killer, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, virginia
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System:   35%
    User:   32%
 
My Soul to Take
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, psycho film, surprise ending
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, haunted by the past, slasher, urban legend, gory, small town, murder, psychopath, danger, deadly, supernatural, nightmare comes true ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   34%
 
The Hills Have Eyes
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
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: scary, brutal, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, brutality, survival, slasher, gory, cannibalism, human monster, torture, stranded, stranded in the desert, wilderness, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa, mine
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System:   35%
    User:   36%
 
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Psycho III
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: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, murder, mental illness, serial killer, depression, male nudity, psychopath, hotel, split personality, violence, insanity, death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
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: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, crime, torture, murder, investigation, violence, brutality, slasher, kidnapping, fbi, bdsm, pornography ...
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania
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System:   34%
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Witchboard
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Playing around with a Ouija board, a trio of friends succeeds in contacting the spirit of a young boy. Trouble begins when the evil spirit, Malfeitor, takes over one of their bodies.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, suspense, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, gory, obsession, blood, serial killer, ghost, slasher, college, splatter, demons, supernatural ability, ouija board ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   34%
 
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Dr. Giggles
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1957, Evan Rendell flees after his father is lynched for killing multiple patients in his effort to find a replacement heart for his ailing wife. After 35 years, Evan escapes from a mental institution and returns to town for revenge, killing off ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, small town, vengeance, murder, gore, blood, violence, brutality, serial killer, hospital, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
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 14K
The Dark Half
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Thad Beaumont is the author of a highly successful series of violent pulp thrillers written under the pseudonym of ‘George Stark’, but when he decides to ‘kill-off’ his alter-ego in a mock ceremony, it precipitates a string of sadistic ...
Style: scary, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, book, supernatural, alter ego, family, ghost, adaptation, supernatural ability, writers, splatter, mentor, gory ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
Friday the 13th
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: scary, suspenseful, suspense, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, camp, murder, cult, gory, revenge, teenager, blood, brutality, violence, death ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1950s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   36%
 
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Housebound
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Style: dark humor, scary, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, mystery, plot twist, ghost, splatter, ghosts, violence, gory, curses spells and rituals, twists & turns, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
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System:   32%
    User:   32%
 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
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: suspenseful, scary, surreal, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: slasher, supernatural, gory, serial killer, dreams, teenager, murder, blood, death, violence, revenge, monster ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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System:   32%
    User:   34%
 
Burnt Offerings
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A couple and their 12-year-old son move into a giant house for the summer. Things start acting strange almost immediately. It seems that every time some gets hurt on the grounds the beat-up house seems to repair itself.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, murder, obsession, ghost, blood, death, losing-it hero, mystery, demons, supernatural ability, ghosts ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   32%
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