Movies like Scanners

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Scanners (1981)
 6.8
 41K
Scanners
Genre: Action, 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, suspenseful, scary, tense, rough, serious, suspense, cerebral, atmospheric, bloody ...
Plot: gory, violence, blood, master villain, mind control, brutality, splatter, gore, visceral, supernatural ability, mad scientist, heroic mission, psychic power, telepathy, scientist, misfit, mentor, cult, rivalry, technology, apocalypse, social misfits, mind reading, paranormal phenomena, telekinesis ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Videodrome
Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Canada
87 min.
 7.3
The Fly
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
USA, UK, Canada
96 min.
 7.5
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Most similar movies to Scanners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and suspense films with plots about catastrophe, violence, brutality, gory, danger, dialogue and murder mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like Scanners: The Brood (1979), Shivers (1975), Videodrome (1983), eXistenZ (1999), Rabid (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.9
 21K
The Brood
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: murder, supernatural, vengeance, psychiatry, divorce, serial killer, child abuse, blood, mental illness, doctors and patients, mutant, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: kindergarten, canada
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 6.6
 14K
Shivers
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, scary, serious, offbeat, witty ...
Plot: mad scientist, gory, zombie, violence, blood, splatter, pornography, murder, sexualized violence, island, gore, death ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
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System:   87%
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 7.3
 70K
Videodrome
Genre: Horror, Mystery, 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, dark humor, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, cult, obsession, brainwashing, surrealism, television, pornography, violence, cyberpunk, insanity, sex, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
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System:   83%
    User:   67%
 
 6.8
 85K
eXistenZ
Genre: Action, 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, stylized ...
Plot: virtual reality, video game, alternate reality, cyberpunk, postmodernism, technology gone awry, gory, computer game, violence, existentialism, technology, imaginary ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   82%
 
 6.4
 12K
Rabid
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, biting, serious, rough ...
Plot: gory, vampire, motorcycle, zombie, mad scientist, blood, cannibalism, violence, splatter, visceral, clinic, mutant ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, mine, quebec, montreal quebec
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System:   64%
    User:   75%
 
 6.0
 26K
Firestarter
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, scary, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, chase, revenge, conspiracy, murder, death, assassin, violence, adaptation, government agency, supernatural ability, on the run ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   67%
 
 6.7
 136K
Event Horizon
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the ...
Style: futuristic, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, space travel, insanity, survival, supernatural, violence, science, outer space, blood, transformation, gore, ghost ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   50%
 
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 7.5
 137K
The Fly
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, 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: suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: mad scientist, mutant, teleportation, transformation, science, experiment, deadly creature, brutality, tragic love, gory, tragedy, monster ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
 7.2
 51K
The Dead Zone
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: suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, tense, psychological ...
Plot: coma, investigation, supernatural ability, supernatural, heroes, twists & turns, dark hero, serial killer, murder, adaptation, destiny, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, maine, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   42%
 
 4.4
 44K
Jason X
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, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: slasher, gory, serial killer, murder, splatter, death, good versus evil, outer space, brutality, space station, androids, violence ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   43%
 
 5.9
 8K
Terror Train
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: train, slasher, serial killer, gory, murder, revenge, vengeance, college, supernatural, splatter, blood, gore ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   41%
 
 6.1
 9K
The Crazies
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Citizens of a small town are infected by a biological weapon that causes its victims to become violently insane. As uninfected citizens struggle to survive, the military readies its own response.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, gory, virus, blood, death, murder, isolation, paranoia, violence, insanity, brutality, plague ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pennsylvania, asia, usa, vietnam, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
 7.3
 89K
They Live
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: serious, offbeat, suspenseful, satirical, exciting ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, teleportation, brainwashing, conspiracy, gunfight, greed, chase, evil alien, aliens, surveillance, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   44%
 
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 6.0
 11K
Hardware
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mark 13 is a government-built killing machine programmed with artificial intelligence, able to repair and recharge itself from any energy source. Through a series of coincidences, the cyborg's head ends up in the home of a sculptress as a ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, gory, violence, artist, apocalypse, robot, desert, androids and robots, post apocalyptic, surveillance, death, androids ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
My Bloody Valentine
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, rough, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, small town, vengeance, murder, halloween, splatter, supernatural, brutality, gore, blood ...
Time: 80s, year 1960, year 1980
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
 6.4
 11K
The Fury
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, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, chase, supernatural, violence, blood, conspiracy, crimes, splatter, stylish, violent, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1978
Place: middle east, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
 5.3
 4K
Watchers
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, rough, suspenseful, suspense, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: dog, laboratory, monster, deadly creature, book, experiment gone awry, adaptation, mutant, danger, brutality, genetics, deadly ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   33%
 
 7.0
 87K
Hellraiser
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, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, supernatural, murder, vengeance, revenge, blood, gore, monster, hospital, dangerous attraction, splatter, demons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   31%
 
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 6.5
 11K
Phantasm II
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Mike, after his release from a psychiatric hospital, teams up with his old pal Reggie to hunt down the Tall Man, who is at it again. A mysterious, beautiful girl has also become part of Mike's dreams, and they must find her before the Tall Man ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, surreal ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gory, good versus evil, hospital, zombie, supernatural, murder, small town, blood, death, splatter, alien, deadly creature ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   35%
 
 5.4
 18K
Phantoms
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, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, gory, deadly creature, monster, devil, brutality, supernatural ability, violence, death, hotel, adaptation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   31%
 
 6.1
 47K
Vampires
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The church enlists a team of vampire-hunters to hunt down and destroy a group of vampires searching for an ancient relic that will allow them to exist in sunlight.
Style: scary, stylized, serious, rough, gothic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, gory, vengeance, revenge, supernatural, violence, blood, transformation, gore, chase, death, splatter ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   37%
 
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, ...
Style: scary, surreal, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, hospital, blood, zombie, slasher, betrayal, obsession, supernatural, torture, gore, insanity, transformation ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   36%
 
 6.3
 123K
Predator 2
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ten years after a band of mercenaries first battled a vicious alien, the invisible creature from another world has returned to Earth -- and this time, it's drawn to the gang-ruled and ravaged city of Los Angeles. When it starts murdering drug ...
Style: serious, rough, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gory, alien, chase, monster, violence, voodoo, drugs/alcohol, deadly creature, weapons, hunting, aliens ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   35%
 
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Beyond Re-Animator
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Once again tampering with mother nature to disastrous results, Dr. Herbert West continues his research while serving time in a maximum security prison for his previous exploits. West's limited prison-cell experiments are suddenly interrupted by ...
Style: dark humor, scary, serious, rough, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mad scientist, gory, zombie, prison, gore, violence, insanity, monster, survival, brutality, laboratory, blood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   27%
 
Land of the Dead
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, suspenseful, serious, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, gory, survival, apocalypse, splatter, gore, virus, end of the world, blood, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: future, year 1995, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   36%
 
 6.1
 19K
The Signal
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: psychological, serious, rough, dark humor, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, zombie, vengeance, apocalypse, violence, blood, brutality, death, splatter, deadly creature, gore, chase ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   26%
 
 6.7
 18K
From Beyond
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, macabre ...
Plot: mad scientist, gory, zombie, murder, supernatural, insanity, monster, transformation, blood, laboratory, splatter, torture ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   32%
 
 6.5
 12K
Maniac
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, gore, serial killer, violence, vengeance, slasher, obsession, splatter, brutality, blood, murder, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   30%
    User:   32%
 

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God Told Me To
Genre: Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: mystery, police investigation, supernatural, cult, murder, mysterious character, crime, violence, alien, hospital, gore, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1976
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   33%
 
 6.6
 26K
Pontypool
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When disc jockey Grant Mazzy reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it's just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, tense, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, small town, radio, survival, virus, violence, blood, death, apocalypse, splatter, visceral, gore ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, ontario canada
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System:   30%
    User:   26%
 
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