Movies like Poltergeist 1982

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Poltergeist (1982)
 7.4
 123K
Poltergeist
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological, tense, serious, frightening, intense, light, rough ...
Plot: supernatural, poltergeist, ghost, haunted house, missing child, psychic, child in peril, parents and children, family drama, good versus evil, little girl, parallel world, apocalypse, gory, television, suburbs, ghosts, family, violent, chase, violence, childhood, curses spells and rituals, visceral, spiders ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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Halloween
Horror, Thriller
USA
91 min.
 7.8
The Conjuring
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
USA
112 min.
 7.5
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Most similar movies to Poltergeist

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out scary, suspense, suspenseful and atmospheric films with plots about supernatural, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, demons, brutality and adaptation mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Poltergeist: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Mama (2013), Pet Sematary (1989), Insidious (2010), Drag Me to Hell (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, ...
Style: scary, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, monster, ghost, ghosts, dysfunctional family, transformation, death, supernatural ability, magic, family, rescue ...
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona
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Poltergeist
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, parents and children, ghosts, curses spells and rituals, danger, demons, family problems, family, family relations, poltergeist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
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Insidious: Chapter 2
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, frightening, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, family, serial killer, parents and children, ghosts, hospital, investigation, afterlife, demons, police investigation, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986
Place: usa
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System:   58%
    User:   100%
 
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Poltergeist III
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Carol Anne has been sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle in an effort to hide her from the clutches of the ghostly Reverend Kane, but he tracks her down and terrorises her in her relatives' appartment in a tall glass building. Will he finally ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, vengeance, ghost, death, ghosts, skyscraper, mysterious character, urban, supernatural ability, afterlife, mystery, splatter ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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    User:   100%
 
 6.2
 154K
Mama
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, gothic ...
Plot: children, ghost, supernatural, adoption, redemption, secrets, danger, imaginary friend, afterlife, hospital, ghosts, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.6
 75K
Pet Sematary
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: supernatural, back from the dead, indian burial ground, family drama, death, family in danger, grave robbing, life & death, loss of pet, afterlife, zombie, gory ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england
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    User:   47%
 
 6.8
 241K
Insidious
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, supernatural, demons, family in danger, evil spirit, afterlife, alternate reality, parents and children, children, blood, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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    User:   50%
 
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 6.6
 172K
Drag Me to Hell
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, enigmatic, dark humor ...
Plot: curse, vengeance, demons, curses spells and rituals, gypsy, life turned upside down, supernatural, evil, psychic, witches, gore, deadly creature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 2000s, year 1969 ...
Place: pasadena california
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System:   41%
    User:   34%
 
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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System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
 5.4
 20K
Jessabelle
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman recuperating at her father's run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.
Style: scary, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, uncover truth, haunted by the past, mystery, ghost, woman in danger, danger, estate, voodoo, curses spells and rituals, disability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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System:   39%
    User:   38%
 
Children of the Corn
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town.
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sacrifice, small town, cult, children, murder, killer child, human sacrifice, isolation, religion, brutality, preacher, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: nebraska, usa, iowa
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System:   36%
    User:   32%
 
 6.0
 32K
Cujo
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Style: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, bad ending ...
Plot: dog, dangerous animal, danger, brutality, hiding in a car, blood, rabies, death, mother son relationship, murder, chase, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   36%
 
 6.8
 54K
The Fog
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, vengeance, revenge, ghost, zombie, storytelling, murder, violence, death, blood, monster ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1979
Place: california, usa
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System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
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 7.5
 369K
The Conjuring
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, exorcism, paranormal investigation, danger, riddles and clues, investigation, death, witch, haunted by the past, seance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 1960s ...
Place: new england, usa, rhode island
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    User:   30%
 
 7.4
 174K
The Conjuring 2
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, transformation, demons, ghosts, danger, single mother, family, demonic possession, ghost, paranormal investigation, demon ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1977, year 2003
Place: england, london
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System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
Paranormal Activity
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, paranormal activity, surveillance, danger, couples, family, fear, videotaping, desperation, psychic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
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System:   35%
    User:   40%
 
Children of the Corn: The Gathering
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Grace Rhodes, who is studying to be a doctor, returns to her hometown as a strange illness is afflicting the local children. The symptoms include a high fever and spasms, but even weirder is what happens the next day: All those with the illness ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, serial killer, violence, blood, murder, children, supernatural, ghost, mystery, corn, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
 5.7
 6K
Dementia 13
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 75 min.
Story: When her husband John has a heart attack while out in a rowboat on the lake, Louise Haloran throws his body overboard and later tells the family that he has left on an urgent business trip. Her main concern is that she can only inherit a part of the ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, supernatural, guilt, irish, police investigation, violent, violence, insanity, parents and children, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   31%
 
Movie in collections
 6.6
 67K
Hush
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, scary, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, deaf, survival, murder, home invasion, masked killer, slasher, disability, brutality, writers, blood, violent ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   35%
 
 6.6
 72K
Child's Play
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, suspense, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, voodoo, murder, supernatural, blood, toys, revenge, splatter, demons, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   27%
 
 5.9
 5K
Hell Night
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, bloody, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, haunted house, gory, serial killer, supernatural, ghost, college, survival, splatter, halloween, blood, murder ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   31%
 
 6.8
 18K
Salem's Lot
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 187 min.
Story: Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, dark ...
Plot: vampire, small town, supernatural, murder, death, ghost, splatter, adaptation, mysterious character, mentor, blood, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new england, usa, texas, england, new jersey
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System:   31%
    User:   29%
 
 5.6
 3K
Bad Dreams
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Unity Field, a "free love" cult from the '70s, is mostly remembered for its notorious mass suicide led by Harris, its charismatic leader. While all members are supposed to burn in a fire together, young Cynthia is spared by chance. ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hospital, gory, supernatural, zombie, cult, blood, suicide, splatter, afterlife, psychiatrist, insanity, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   28%
 
Movie in collections
 7.8
 185K
Halloween
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: suspenseful, scary, rough, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, halloween, violence, masked killer, murder, death, small town, psychopath, violent, gory, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1978, 1960s ...
Place: california, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   28%
 
 5.0
 6K
The Terror
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Lieutenant Andre Duvalier has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman. He asks the road to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn't answer, ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, supernatural, murder, vengeance, witch, ghost, revenge, palaces castles and temples, cult, blood, death, suicide ...
Time: 19th century
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   36%
 
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small ...
Style: scary, suspense, intense, disturbing, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ouija board, demons, ghosts, possession, dialogue, death, storytelling, devil, teenagers, survival, murder ...
Time: 1960s
Place: los angeles
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System:   30%
    User:   31%
 
 6.6
 56K
Candyman
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Style: suspenseful, scary, macabre, gothic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, revenge, urban legend, slasher, supernatural, gory, belief, haunted by the past, investigation, cult, slavery, bee ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   32%
 
 5.7
 9K
Dead Birds
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of Confederate soldiers who hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank, and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, tense, dark ...
Plot: supernatural, gory, haunted house, ghost, torture, supernatural ability, survival, danger, violence, brutality, civil war, demons ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: alabama, mexico, latin america, usa
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System:   29%
    User:   27%
 

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 7.1
 51K
Fright Night
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nobody believes teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he discovers that his suave new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), is a vampire. So when the bloodsucker starts stalking Charley, he turns to has-been actor Peter Vincent ...
Style: scary, semi serious, suspenseful, suspense, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, transformation, blood, small town, obsessive quest, danger, youth, violence, mysterious character, brutality, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   29%
    User:   31%
 
 5.9
 52K
The Possession
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, tense, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, father daughter relationship, divorce, ghost, jewish, demons, ancient mystery, brutality, hospital, death, blood, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   29%
    User:   24%
 
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