Movies like The Serpent and the Rainbow

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
 6.5
 22K
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, surreal, atmospheric, exciting, tense, cult film, macabre ...
Plot: voodoo, superstition, hallucination, anthropologist, zombie, jungle, rite, supernatural, danger, leadership, uncover truth, religions or cults, spider, cemetery, nightmare, zombification, poison, decapitation, death certificate, amazon, gory, buried alive, airliner, crimes, clergy ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1985, year 1978
Place: haiti, boston

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Most similar movies to The Serpent and the Rainbow

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out scary, suspenseful, serious and cult film films with plots about supernatural, deadly, gory, blood, danger, gore and violence mostly in Horror, Fantasy and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Serpent and the Rainbow: Begotten (1989), Pet Sematary (1989), Pumpkinhead (1988), Creepshow (1982), Pet Sematary II (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 10K
Begotten (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Begotten is the creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.
Style: macabre, surreal, bleak, experimental, avant garde ...
Plot: nihilism, chaos, surrealism, self mutilation, necrophilia, obsession, supernatural, postmodernism, perversion, reincarnation, human nature, gory ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 93K
Pet Sematary (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, macabre, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: afterlife, stephen king, zombie, family in danger, pet, pets, supernatural, back from the dead, indian burial ground, grief, coffin, grave robbing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.2
 20K
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.
Style: scary, rough, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, vengeance, supernatural, demon, evil, pumpkin, slasher, death in the family, supernatural ability, crimes, dealing with death, danger ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
 42K
Creepshow (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.
Style: suspenseful, dark humor, scary, macabre, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, zombie, murder, gory, cult, danger, death, violence, comics, torture, family relations, back from the dead ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1830s, 19th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Pet Sematary II (1992)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The "sematary" is up to its old zombie-raising tricks again. This time, the protagonists are Jeff Matthews, whose mother died in a Hollywood stage accident, and Drew Gilbert, a boy coping with an abusive stepfather.
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, back from the dead, abusive stepfather, family in danger, small town, death in the family, murder, supernatural, burial, gory, slasher, chase ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1992
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 20K
Wishmaster (1997)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Djinn having been released from his ancient prison seeks to capture the soul of the woman who discovered him, thereby opening a portal and freeing his fellow Djinn to take over the earth.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: wish come true, genie, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, violence, good versus evil, danger, demon, death, blood, mythology, transformation ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, psycho terror, slasher, serial killer, murder, pregnancy, monster, psychopath, danger, good versus evil, fetus, birth ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, ohio, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.8
 2K
Ritual (2002)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dr. Alice Dodgson gets her medical license revoked after the death of one patient. She's facing the possibility of not get any job when she accepts to be the nurse for one young man who suffers of cephallitis called Wesley Claybourne. Aside ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, serious, scary
Plot: voodoo, zombie, supernatural, danger, deadly, murder, doctors and patients, curses spells and rituals, gory, belief, female bonding, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: jamaica
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5.3
 20K
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures come to town to seek out a virgin to feed on.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, supernatural, vampire, danger, kidnapping, mother son incest, slasher, morphing, survival, parents and children, monster, chase ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa, indiana, california, ohio, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 28K
Thinner (1996)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate ...
Style: suspenseful, macabre, tense, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: curse, legal action, vengeance, death, supernatural, gangsters, justice, paranoia, guilt, redemption, husband wife relationship, corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's been many years since Freddy Krueger's first victim, Nancy, came face-to-face with Freddy and his sadistic, evil ways. Now, Nancy's all grown up; she's put her frightening nightmares behind her and is helping teens cope with ...
Style: scary, surreal, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: mental institution, disfigurement, slasher, serial killer, murder, supernatural, ghost, nightmare comes true, back from the dead, serial murder, trapped, sleepwalking ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 86K
Child's Play (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark humor, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, supernatural, murder, doll, psychopath, blood, gory, toys, youth, danger, nobody believes ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 22K
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: EC Comics-inspired weirdness returns with three tales. In the first, a wooden statue of a Native American comes to life...to exact vengeance on the murderer of his elderly owners. In the second, four teens are stranded on a raft on a lake with a ...
Style: dark humor, anthology, scary, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gore, murder, hit and run, zombie, blob, hitchhiker, lake, revenge, supernatural, gory, slasher, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, arizona, maine, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a dying Voodoo queen chooses an adopted apprentice as her successor, her true heir is outraged. Seeking revenge, he buys the bones of Blacula the vampire off of a dealer, and uses voodoo to bring the vampire back to do his bidding. In turn, ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, woman in danger, rivalry, police investigation, danger, wizards and magicians, gory, police detective, reincarnation, curses spells and rituals, vengeance, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Flesh for the Beast (2003)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Six parapsychologists investigate a reputed haunted mansion and are set upon by three flesh-eating succubus ladies under the control of the sinister warlock owner bent on finding a mysterious amulet to give himself more power.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary ...
Plot: psychopath, zombie, gory, experiment gone awry, afterlife, supernatural ability, supernatural, deadly creature, deadly, danger, femme fatale, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 327K
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.
Style: gothic, scary, dark, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: dark fantasy, witch, supernatural, ghost, curses spells and rituals, investigation, small town, magical, murder, gory, legends and myths, mystery ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1700s, georgian era
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.6
 10K
Venom (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Venom is a fright-filled voodoo thriller loaded with a sizzling cast of the screen's hottest young stars. Set deep in the eerie swamps of southern Louisiana - Agnes Bruckner (Murder By Numbers), Jonathan Jackson (Tuck Everlasting) and Meagan ...
Style: scary, rough, suspense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: voodoo, swamp, back from the dead, slasher, teenage life, danger, survival, youth, monster, zombie, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Ice from the Sun (1999)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An alternate reality encased in ice, a woman who is turned into a dimension-hopping assassin, and a wizard's apprentice who is so evil he is a common enemy to the angels in heaven and the devils in hell.
Style: suspenseful, offbeat, bleak, scary, serious ...
Plot: deadly, heroes, rivalry, danger, crimes, imaginary, supernatural, chaos, gory, hitman, coming out, chaos and mayhem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.6
 19K
Nightbreed (1990)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.
Style: gothic, scary, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, dark fantasy, serial killer, supernatural, murder, afterlife, escape, heroic mission, obsessive quest, social misfits, insanity, psychiatrist ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 9K
The Sentinel (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A commitment-shy New York fashion model moves into an old brownstone apartment, meets her weird neighbours and discovers she’s sitting on the gateway to Hell.
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, gothic, suspense ...
Plot: police detective, demon, murder, supernatural, ghost, hell, model, woman in danger, danger, investigation, crimes, secret society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, italy, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Night of the Demons (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While conducting a seance during a Halloween party, high-school seniors unlock the demon that remains locked in the crematorium.
Style: scary, gothic, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, haunted house, demon, gory, survival, halloween party, supernatural, slasher, teenager, transformation, zombie, demons ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
City of the Living Dead (1980)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young woman has visions that suggest the eruption of the living dead into the world through a portal, spurred on by the suicide of a priest.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, macabre, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, supernatural, violence, buried alive, priest, cemetery, suicide, investigation, danger, rescue, psychic power, race against time ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1980, 80s
Place: usa, new england, manhattan new york city, georgia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Dead Matter (2010)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tells the story of a vampire relic with occult powers that falls into the hands of a grief-stricken young woman who will do anything to contact her dead brother.
Style: gothic, scary, serious, suspenseful
Plot: zombie, vampire, obsession, curses spells and rituals, deadly, supernatural, gory, imaginary, danger, witchcraft, rivalry, reanimation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus's estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby's Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, collector, ghosts, inheritance, halloween, ghost, family in danger, danger, machine, violence, survival ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Graveyard Shift (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: John Hall is a drifter who wanders into a small town in Maine. He needs a job and decides to seek employment at the community's top business: a large textile mill. He is hired to work the "graveyard shift" -- from around midnight to ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rat, supernatural, slasher, gory, survival, uncover truth, deadly, rescue, deadly creature, dangerous animal, danger, workplace ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
 1K
Rampo Noir (2005)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Mars Canal - Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover. Mirror Hell - When a series of women are discovered with their faces ...
Style: anthology, serious, suspenseful, psychedelic, avant garde ...
Plot: obsession, fascism, split personality, supernatural, mental illness, deadly, mysterious character, danger, crimes, gory, gore, disability ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 155K
Evil Dead (2013)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Evil Dead, the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series, features Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with a group of friends where the ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, bloody, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gory, demons, zombie, supernatural, profanity, demon, survival, violence, friendship, blood, curses spells and rituals, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.1
 2K
Mausoleum (1983)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the strange changes
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, scary, serious
Plot: murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, deadly, danger, violence spree, afterlife, curses spells and rituals, investigation, supernatural, graphic violence, wedding ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Local teens have long commemorated the death of 'Mary Hatchet' -- a girl who took an ax and killed her family in the 1970s -- with the aptly named Blood Night. But things never got truly bloody until Mary's ghost (Samantha Facchi) ...
Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: gory, psychopath, serial killer, slasher, danger, supernatural, deadly, youth, crimes, survival, vengeance, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 1K
The Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Children turned into zombies wreak havoc in a coroner's building with just a burned-out psychic, an experienced cop and two coroners to stop the madness.
Style: cult film, scary, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: zombie, coroner, supernatural, law enforcement, danger, deadly, violence spree, curses spells and rituals, chaos and mayhem, cult, deadly creature, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%