Movies like Scanners

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Scanners (1981)
 6.8
 47K
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, cult film, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: telekinesis, mind control, violence, scientist, world domination, mind reading, murder, supernatural ability, misfit, social misfits, investigation, conspiracy, exploitation, on the run, paranormal phenomena, telepathy, gory, good versus evil, serial murder, foreknowledge, killing off one by one, heroic mission, rivalry, master villain, renegades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century

Most similar movies to Scanners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, cult film, serious and scary 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), Videodrome (1983), Village of the Damned (1995), The Fury (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 108K
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: cult film, exciting, serious, offbeat, suspenseful ...
Plot: alien invasion, distopia, anti conformity, conspiracy, advertising, evil alien, interspecies sex, alien, mind control, drifter, good versus evil, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 29K
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: suspenseful, psychological, scary, rough, exciting ...
Plot: supernatural, experiment gone awry, on the run, fire, little girl, supernatural ability, government agency, danger, conspiracy, kidnapping, scientist, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vermont, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 82K
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, disturbing, psychological, cult film, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hallucination, insanity, brainwashing, mind control, paranoia, virtual reality, tv station, mysterious character, investigation, bdsm, mind game, tv show ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, psychological, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, mind game, pregnancy, supernatural ability, deadly, space and aliens, village, supernatural power, supernatural, danger, babies and infants, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, Japan, USA
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: scary, futuristic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, gory, misfit, social misfits, drug abuse, pregnancy, political corruption, police corruption, heroic mission, experiment gone awry, conspiracy, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 13K
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, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, supernatural, rescue, family relations, danger, government agency, espionage, conspiracy, telepathy, government agent, vengeance, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1977
Place: middle east, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 71K
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, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: objects come to life, obsession, car, chase, classic car, survival, supernatural, vengeance, bullying, murder, brutality, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1978, year 1958 ...
Place: california, southern california, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 93K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Canada
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, futuristic, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, escape from reality, video game, cyberspace, technology gone awry, computers and web, future dystopia, danger, inventions and discoveries, hacker, alternate reality ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 25K
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: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, scary, cult film ...
Plot: mutant, body horror, experiment gone awry, transformation, genetically altered, danger, murder, attic, strangulation, surrealism, doctors and patients, dwarf ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.8
 625
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: cult film, scary, exciting, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: police officer, crimes, investigation, danger, supernatural, heroes, deadly, slasher, gory, psychopath, mutant, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, danger, supernatural ability, supernatural, deadly, government agency, secret past, conspiracy, scientist, murder, top secret, burned alive ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 90s, year 1955, 1950s ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 17K
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, violence, robbery, fbi, world domination, alien encounter, investigation, danger, benign alien, special agents, mistaken identity, alien ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
 16K
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, surgery, murder, accident, mad scientist, gory, experiment gone awry, body horror, danger, plague ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada, montreal, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 18K
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, sexual ...
Plot: zombie, parasite, body horror, mad scientist, sex addict, gory, danger, race against time, infected, plague, dangerous attraction, island ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 61K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, dark hero, coma, destiny, supernatural, neo noir, changing the past or future, a vision, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, future
Place: usa, new hampshire, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mental institution, mental illness, mind game, supernatural ability, mentally unstable, misfit, danger, doctors and patients, psychopath, psychic, mind control ...
Time: 80s, year 1965
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, space and aliens, evil alien, alien contact, alien invasion, alien, deadly creature, murder, danger, political corruption, alien encounter, parasite ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
 19K
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, suspenseful, tense, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, sheriff, hotel, apocalypse, survival, extinction, danger, monster, military, quarantine, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 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, search, survival, space travel, plague, mind control, insanity, rescue mission, death, mutation, characters killed one by one, sole survivor ...
Time: 23rd century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 102K
Hellraiser (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
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: gothic, scary, suspenseful, macabre, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: demons, dark fantasy, murder, violence, supernatural, danger, demon, gory, vengeance, undead, monster, blood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, scientist, surgery, experimenting, supernatural, supernatural ability, experiment gone awry, gambling, scheming, laboratory ...
Place: las vegas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 20K
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: scary, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, chaos, infidelity, apocalypse, danger, murder, survival, violence spree, slasher, brutality, violent, gory ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 2K
The Kindred (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 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, danger, deadly, death, creature, laboratory, transformation ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: serious, scary, exciting, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, murder, experiment gone awry, mind control, space and aliens, chases and races, life is a bitch, imaginary, deadly, crimes, serial killer, technology gone awry ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Contamination (1980)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
Style: rough, scary, serious, suspenseful, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mars, outer space, murder, investigation, good versus evil, race against time, danger, survival, alien, blood, space travel, heroic mission ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, latin america, manhattan new york city, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 123K
Hollow Man (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: experiment, mad scientist, invisibility, danger, scientist, psychopath, invisible man, murder, crimes, violence, disorder, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: usa, pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA, Japan
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, experiment gone awry, mentally challenged, vengeance, technology gone awry, inventions and discoveries, misfit, a.i., technology, man versus machine, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.4
 50K
Jason X (2001)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the year 2455, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries -- a brown world of violent storms, toxic landmasses and poisonous seas. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled, not to live, but to research ...
Style: scary, futuristic, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: outer space, space station, survival, murder, danger, slasher, scientist, heroic mission, experiment gone awry, slasher killer, unstoppable, violence spree ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 32K
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, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, small town, murder, mortician, gory, deadly, good versus evil, siblings relations, family relations, violent, adaptation, weird ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Ghost in the Machine (1993)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Karl, a technician in a computer shop, is also the "Address Book Killer," who obtains the names of his victims from stolen address books. Terry and her son Josh come into the store to price software, and a salesman uses Terry's ...
Style: futuristic, scary, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, hospital, technology, murder, virtual reality, computer, computer virus, psychopath, single parent, stalking, ghost, electrocution ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%