Movies like Scanners

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Scanners (1981)
 6.7
 54K
Scanners (1981)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement.
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, intense, scary, rough, serious, suspense, surprise ending, psychotronic ...
Plot: mind control, telekinesis, scientist, murder, mind reading, supernatural ability, world domination, misfit, social misfits, telepathy, violence, investigation, conspiracy, exploitation, on the run, paranormal phenomena, rivalry, serial murder, good versus evil, foreknowledge, renegade, master villain, heroic mission, pregnant woman, psychic power ...
Time: 80s, 20th century

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Most similar movies to Scanners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, cult film and psychotronic films with plots about murder, violence, death, danger, catastrophe, brutality and dialogue mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like Scanners: They Live (1988), Firestarter (1984), Scanner Cop (1994), Scanner Cop II (1995), Videodrome (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
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They Live (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: distopia, alien invasion, conspiracy, anti conformity, alien, mind control, evil alien, advertising, drifter, heroes, good versus evil, interspecies sex ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles
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100%
 6.0
 32K
Firestarter (1984)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As youths, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Heather Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Drew ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, scary, exciting ...
Plot: little girl, supernatural, experiment gone awry, on the run, supernatural ability, psychic, government agency, fire, conspiracy, kidnapping, scientist, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 2K
Scanner Cop (1994)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sam Staziak, a rookie cop with the Los Angeles Police Department, is also a 'scanner' (psionic). When a string of murders begins to decimate the police department, Sam faces sensory overload and possible insanity as he uses his powers to ...
Style: scary, bleak, rough, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, vengeance, supernatural, adoption, police station, fighting crime, supernatural ability, rivalry, psychic power, addiction, drug abuse, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.0
 977
Scanner Cop II (1995)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A demonic 'scanner' terrorizes Los Angeles and the only person who can stop him may not have the neurons for the job.
Style: scary, exciting, serious, slasher, rough ...
Plot: police officer, psychopath, mutant, save the day, supernatural ability, law enforcement, heroes, rivalry, investigation, crimes, serial killer, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.
Style: serious, scary, rough, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, heroes, social misfits, good versus evil, rivalry, master villain, betrayal, misfit, escapades, supernatural ability, supernatural, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 91K
Videodrome (1983)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.
Style: surreal, psychological, psychedelic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hallucination, insanity, brainwashing, mind control, paranoia, virtual reality, postmodernism, investigation, bdsm, tv show, mind game, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, toronto ontario canada, brazil, malaysia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 68K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: dark hero, supernatural ability, supernatural, coma, destiny, changing the past or future, a vision, heroes, investigation, serial killer, psychology, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, future
Place: usa, maine, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
Style: suspenseful, rough, gothic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: experiment gone awry, supernatural ability, supernatural, government agency, secret past, conspiracy, burned alive, scientist, murder, race against time, anger, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1955
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Village of the Damned (1995)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An American village is visited by some unknown life form which leaves the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn't take the "parents" long to realize that the kids ...
Style: scary, tense, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space and aliens, mind game, pregnancy, evil alien, genetics, supernatural ability, alien life-form, village, supernatural power, small town life, babies and infants, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 60s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 15K
The Fury (1978)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, telepathy, supernatural, family relations, rescue, chase, government agency, espionage, conspiracy, government agent, vengeance, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1978
Place: middle east, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Deep within the mysterious Arboria Institute, a disturbed and beautiful girl is held captive by a doctor in search of inner peace. Her mind controlled by a sinister technology. Silently, she waits for her next session with deranged therapist Dr. ...
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, stylized, futuristic ...
Plot: mad scientist, behavior control, captivity, power relations, confined, hospital, exploitation, telepathy, doctor patient relationship, strong violent content, government facility, drugged ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 60s, year 1966
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 81K
Christine (1983)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, macabre ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: objects come to life, obsession, car, chase, survival, vengeance, supernatural, bullying, murder, brutality, betrayal, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1978, year 1979 ...
Place: california, southern california, plymouth, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 2K
The Sender (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A disturbed telepathic man is able to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: supernatural, mental illness, mental institution, mind game, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, supernatural ability, misfit, psychopath, psychic, mind control, hospital ...
Time: 80s, year 1965
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 99K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Style: mind bending, surreal, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, cyberspace, escape from reality, video game, chase, distopia, technology gone awry, inventions and discoveries, future dystopia, computers and web, mind control ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 29K
The Brood (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: body horror, mutant, experiment gone awry, transformation, murder, genetically altered, strangulation, attic, surrealism, doctors and patients, dwarf, abusive mother ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 36K
Phantasm (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mortician, investigation, small town, murder, good versus evil, family relations, siblings relations, adaptation, crimes, obsessive quest, tall man, mausoleum ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 21K
Shivers (1975)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, cynical, sexy ...
Plot: parasite, zombie, body horror, mad scientist, race against time, infected, dangerous attraction, plague, island, creature feature, sex scene, exploitation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 176K
The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, suspense, rough ...
Plot: mad scientist, scientist, experiment, mutation, mutant, tragic love, science, transformation, experiment gone awry, teleportation, research, deadly creature ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
 18K
Rabid (1977)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After undergoing radical surgery for injuries from a motorcycle accident, a young woman develops a strange phallic growth on her body and a thirst for human blood -- the only nourishment that will now sustain her.
Style: disturbing, scary, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: vampire, rabies, infected, murder, surgery, accident, body horror, mad scientist, experiment gone awry, plague, mutant, chaos ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada, montreal, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 19K
The Hidden (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An alien is on the run in America. To get his kicks, it kills anything that gets in its way, and uses the body as a new hiding place. This alien has a goal in life; power. Hotly pursued by another alien (who's borrowed the body of a dead FBI ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, space and aliens, benign alien, fbi, investigation, alien encounter, special agents, mistaken identity, alien, mind control, robbery, violence ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Puppet Masters (1994)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Earth is invaded by alien parasites aka "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds. A trio of American government agents attempt to thwart this.
Style: scary, suspense, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind control, evil alien, alien contact, space and aliens, alien, alien invasion, deadly creature, ufo, murder, alien encounter, political corruption, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 21K
Phantoms (1998)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, its up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive.
Style: scary, twist ending, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, hotel, apocalypse, survival, extinction, monster, military, good versus evil, sheriff, ghost town, quarantine ...
Time: 90s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.3
 14K
Infini (2015)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A search and rescue team are transported through deep space to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon which is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.
Style: suspense, futuristic, intense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: rescue, survival, space travel, plague, mind control, insanity, rescue mission, death, sole survivor, mutation, characters killed one by one, military ...
Time: 23rd century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: The story concerns Dr James Xavier, ably portrayed by Ray Milland. He has invented a serum for improving human vision. When his funding is cut he proceeds to experiment on himself -- with horrifying results. From the director who gave you Swamp ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: monkey, hospital, experiment, surgery, scientist, experimenting, supernatural, supernatural ability, experiment gone awry, gambling, scheming, laboratory ...
Time: 60s
Place: las vegas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 2K
The Kindred (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Amanda's deathbed request to her son, John, was for him to destroy all the lab notes etc. from her last experiment. She also blurts out he had a brother. At the funeral John meets Melissa, who claims to be his mothers biggest fan. Together with ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, intense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mutant, mad scientist, murder, experiment gone awry, survival, investigation, death, creature, laboratory, transformation, secrets, genetics ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 117K
Hellraiser (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Larry and his wife, Julia move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, ...
Style: scary, gothic, macabre, dark fantasy, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: brutality, demon, murder, supernatural, vengeance, monster, undead, violence, surrealism, death, dangerous attraction, adultery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 21K
The Signal (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, psychopath, infidelity, apocalypse, survival, murder, violence spree, brutality, violent, zombie, supernatural, deadly creature ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
Style: futuristic, scary, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberspace, virtual reality, cyberpunk, experiment gone awry, mentally challenged, technology, vengeance, a.i., misfit, technology gone awry, inventions and discoveries, chimpanzee ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Terminal Man (1974)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control the seizures, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. ...
Style: experimental, scary, mind bending, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, experiment gone awry, murder, mind control, technology gone awry, time travel, computers and web, chaos, psychopath, disorder, technophobia, serial killer ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.3
 4K
Watchers (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknow to him, the dog is being stalked by another escaped creature thats not quite so friendly.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: experiment gone awry, survival, on the run, genetic engineering, government agent, laboratory, stalking, dog, supernatural ability, heroes, creature, teenage boy ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%