Movies like Scanners

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Scanners (1981)
 6.8
 49K
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: mind control, telekinesis, 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

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Most similar movies to Scanners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, cult film and scary films with plots about murder, violence, danger, death, brutality, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like Scanners: They Live (1988), Firestarter (1984), Village of the Damned (1995), Videodrome (1983), The Hidden (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
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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: cult film, serious, offbeat, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: distopia, alien invasion, conspiracy, anti conformity, alien, mind control, advertising, evil alien, interspecies sex, drifter, heroes, good versus evil ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 30K
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: supernatural, experiment gone awry, little girl, on the run, supernatural ability, psychic, government agency, danger, fire, conspiracy, kidnapping, scientist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vermont, new york
⇓ 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, serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space and aliens, alien, mind game, pregnancy, evil alien, supernatural ability, deadly, village, supernatural power, small town life, babies and infants, danger ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 85K
Videodrome (1983)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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, disturbing, cult film, psychedelic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hallucination, insanity, brainwashing, mind control, paranoia, virtual reality, tv station, investigation, bdsm, tv show, deadly, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 18K
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, violence, robbery, fbi, alien encounter, world domination, investigation, mistaken identity, benign alien, special agents, danger ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, rough, futuristic, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, danger, escapades, master villain, political corruption, police corruption, experiment gone awry, heroic mission, pregnancy, drug abuse, gory, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 14K
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, government agent, telepathy, vengeance, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1977
Place: middle east, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 74K
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, chase, supernatural, classic car, car, survival, vengeance, bullying, murder, brutality, overprotective parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, year 1958 ...
Place: california, southern california, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.3
 1K
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: bleak, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, vengeance, gory, supernatural, rivalry, deadly, danger, supernatural ability, fighting crime, police station, adoption, psychic power ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 95K
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, psychological, tense, surreal ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, escape from reality, video game, distopia, cyberspace, technology gone awry, computers and web, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, danger, alternate reality ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 26K
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, cult film ...
Plot: body horror, mutant, experiment gone awry, transformation, danger, murder, genetically altered, strangulation, attic, surrealism, doctors and patients, dwarf ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.9
 652
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, serious, slasher ...
Plot: police officer, danger, deadly, profanity, terrorism, vengeance, murder, psychopath, mutant, gory, rivalry, serial killer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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, scientist, top secret, burned alive, murder, conspiracy ...
Time: 50s, 1990s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955 ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 17K
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, experimental ...
Plot: vampire, rabies, body horror, infected, surgery, murder, accident, mad scientist, gory, experiment gone awry, plague, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada, montreal, montreal quebec, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 19K
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: body horror, parasite, zombie, mad scientist, gory, plague, infected, race against time, danger, dangerous attraction, island, creature feature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 64K
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: neo noir, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, dark hero, supernatural, coma, destiny, changing the past or future, a vision, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder, premonition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, future
Place: usa, maine, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: psychological, stylized, atmospheric, surreal, futuristic ...
Plot: mad scientist, behavior control, captivity, confined, power relations, hospital, doctor patient relationship, exploitation, telepathy, profanity, drugs/alcohol, government facility ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1966
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, mentally unstable, supernatural ability, misfit, danger, doctors and patients, psychopath, psychic, mind control ...
Time: 80s, year 1965
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: space and aliens, evil alien, alien contact, mind control, alien, alien invasion, deadly creature, ufo, murder, danger, political corruption, alien encounter ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 20K
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, survival, apocalypse, extinction, danger, monster, military, good versus evil, quarantine ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, sole survivor, characters killed one by one ...
Time: 23rd century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, supernatural, supernatural ability, experimenting, experiment gone awry, gambling, laboratory, scheming ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: las vegas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.0
 37K
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Indonesia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, supernatural, danger, missing person, zombie, gore, gory, murder, video cassette, cannibalism, deadly, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.0
 106K
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, macabre, suspenseful, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: demons, dark fantasy, gory, demon, murder, violence, supernatural, danger, brutality, vengeance, monster, blood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: suspenseful, rough, scary, slasher, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, chaos, infidelity, apocalypse, danger, murder, survival, violence spree, brutality, violent, gory, zombie ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 4K
Watchers (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
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, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, experiment gone awry, dog, danger, on the run, genetic engineering, government agent, stalking, laboratory, heroes, supernatural ability, creature ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberspace, virtual reality, cyberpunk, technology, experiment gone awry, mentally challenged, vengeance, technology gone awry, a.i., misfit, inventions and discoveries, man versus machine ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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, survival, experiment gone awry, investigation, deadly, danger, death, creature, laboratory, transformation ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, experimental, exciting, scary, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, danger, murder, experiment gone awry, mind control, crimes, chases and races, life is a bitch, deadly, imaginary, serial killer, psychopath ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, hospital, technology, murder, virtual reality, computer, single parent, stalking, ghost, psychopath, computer virus, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%