Movies like Scanners

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Scanners (1981)
 6.8
 41K
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: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, rough, serious, tense, suspense, surprise ending, canadian science fiction, cerebral ...
Plot: mind control, violence, psychic power, telepathy, scientist, mind reading, paranormal phenomena, telekinesis, murder, gory, world domination, master villain, supernatural ability, heroic mission, misfit, rivalry, social misfits, good versus evil, renegades, foreknowledge, killing off one by one, blood, brutality, gore, human experiment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century

Most similar movies to Scanners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and rough films with plots about danger, murder, death, violence, blood, gory and deadly mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like Scanners: Videodrome (1983), Scanner Cop II (1995), eXistenZ (1999), Firestarter (1984), The Brood (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.3
 71K
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, serious, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brainwashing, cult, bdsm, hallucination, suicide, tv station, gory, obsession, media, assassination, audition, mind control ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.8
 531
Scanner Cop II (1995)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, 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: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, bleak ...
Plot: police officer, gory, slasher, terrorism, murder, crimes, danger, deadly, supernatural, serial killer, supernatural ability, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 85K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, 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: futuristic, surreal, clever, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: virtual reality, inventions and discoveries, technology gone awry, video game, parallel world, gas station, postmodernism, gory, pop star, bodyguard, hacker, imaginary ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.0
 26K
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: psychological, stylized, serious, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, fire, telepathy, on the run, government agency, college, intelligence, supernatural ability, experiment gone awry, chases and races, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 6.9
 21K
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, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: dwarf, body horror, mutant, murder, attic, strangulation, divorce, doctors and patients, psychologist, supernatural, vengeance, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: kindergarten, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 15K
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: sexual, serious, offbeat, scary, witty ...
Plot: zombie, body horror, parasite, mad scientist, gory, island, sexual attraction, attack, panic, race against time, violence spree, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 13K
Rabid (1977)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
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, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vampire, clinic, motorcycle, murder, rabies, body horror, surgery, accident, gory, infected, mutant, zombie ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, mine, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.2
 52K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: 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: suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, coma, destiny, changing the past or future, supernatural, dark hero, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder, tragedy, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, new hampshire, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Village of the Damned (1995)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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: atmospheric, serious, scary, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: village, evil alien, supernatural ability, small town, alien, mind game, pregnancy, world domination, alien life-form, doppelganger, mystery, danger ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA, Japan
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, suspenseful, futuristic, rough, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, gory, master villain, social misfits, supernatural ability, betrayal, heroic mission, good versus evil, dishonesty, rivalry, drug abuse, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Scanners III: The Takeover (1991)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female scanner turns from a sweet young thing into a murderous, power-crazed villain after she takes an experimental drug developed by her father. Her brother, who is also a scanner, is the only one powerful enough to stop her.
Style: rough, serious, futuristic, suspenseful, canadian science fiction ...
Plot: computer, gory, master villain, social misfits, supernatural ability, switching roles, heroic mission, good versus evil, rivalry, addiction, adoption, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: montreal quebec, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, suspenseful, futuristic, scary, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind control, murder, danger, crimes, deadly, imaginary, disorder, serial killer, experiment gone awry, technology gone awry, time travel, computers and web ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
 18K
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: suspenseful, scary, serious, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, sheriff, hotel, good versus evil, gory, deadly creature, supernatural ability, race against time, survival, danger, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, serious, rough, ambiguous ending, gothic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, supernatural ability, experiment gone awry, time travel, supernatural, deadly, government agency, chases and races, imaginary, disorder, radiation, evangelist ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 20th century, 1950s, 1990s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.4
 44K
Jason X (2001)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: futuristic, scary, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: slasher, knife murder, slasher killer, serial killer, outer space, good versus evil, murder, space station, scientist, cryogenics, spacecraft, survival ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: evil alien, space and aliens, mind control, alien, deadly creature, small town, alien contact, rescue mission, escape, alien encounter, murder, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 12K
The Fury (1978)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
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, tense, scary, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, chase, psychic, telepathy, telekinesis, beach, hotel, amusement park, levitation, vengeance, government agency, espionage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1978
Place: middle east, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Released from captivity in Vietnam, two American Army officers return to civilian life and discover they have acquired an insatiable taste for human flesh. A city is terrorised... as they stalk the inhabitants to satisfy their primitive appetites.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, violence, murder, cannibalism, cannibal, maniac, chaos and mayhem, gory, danger, flea market, deadly, chaos ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, vietnam, georgia, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A couple encounters a perverted gas station attendant who threatens them with a shotgun. They take a deserted path in Texas to seek help, but only meet up with a cannibalistic clan interested in helping themselves to fresh meat.
Style: scary, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, human monster, death, murder, gory, psychopath, danger, survival, vengeance, zombie, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: texas, california, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.4
 6K
The Recall (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When five friends vacation at a remote lake house, they expect nothing less then a good time, unaware that Earth is under attack by an alien invasion and mass-abductions.
Style: light, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: escape, shot in the chest, escape attempt, female nudity, gun, camera, soldier, kiss, punched in the face, russian, pistol, paranoia ...
Place: california, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 19K
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, psychopath, chaos, infidelity, deadly creature, zombie, vengeance, serial killer, apocalypse, slasher, survival, violence spree ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.7
 9K
Altered (2006)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Fifteen years ago, a group of men's lives were forever changed by a strange occurrence. Now, the same group of men will spend a night together ... in terror.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, alien encounter, supernatural, abduction, alien, mind control, infection, bunker, telepathy, hysteria, animal trap, sheriff ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Land of the Dead (2005)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, future dystopia, survival, zombie apocalypse, gory, skyscraper, mercenary, arson, siege, back from the dead, drugs/alcohol, urban ...
Time: future, 1990s, year 1995
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, suspenseful, scary, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, hospital, technology, virtual reality, ghost, computer, magnet, electrocution, single mother, psychopath, murder, single parent ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.7
 8K
Puppetmaster (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Toulon, a puppet maker, discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. His puppets become murderous little demons and escape. Distraught, the master takes his life. Years later, psychics tune into the existence of ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, hotel, puppet, objects come to life, ghost, supernatural, serial killer, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, family in danger, good versus evil, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1939, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 27K
The Blob (1988)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, evil alien, hospital, quarantine, freezer, military, sewer, gory, race against time, survival, danger, chaos ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 88K
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, bloody, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, demon, murder, gory, vengeance, danger, dangerous attraction, monster, blood, death, adultery, demons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two young Gatlin residents are orphaned after the younger brother kills their father. The terror of Gatlin goes urban when the two boys are placed in the custody of two foster parents in the city. The younger brother takes some corn seeds along for ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, blood, killer child, telekinesis, corn, city, cornfield, boy, priest, blood splatter, gory, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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, rough ...
Plot: desert, blood, cannibalism, survival, rape, gory, kidnapping, incest, family in danger, stalking, danger, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, mine, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young girl who possesses the power of telekinesis accidentally causes her father's death after a family dispute at Crystal Lake. Years later, when a doctor tries to exploit her abilities, her power becomes a hellish curse, and she unwittingly ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, psychopath, serial killer, murder, knife murder, psychiatrist, supernatural, teenager, lake, telekinesis, camp, gory ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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