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The Shortcut (2009)
 5.0
 3K
The Shortcut (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Derek (AnDrew Seeley) moves to a new town and discovers a shortcut through the woods to his high school, he learns about a crazy old man who lives near its path: Legend has it that he abducted a group of teenagers years ago. Ignoring the warning, Derek and his friends set out to uncover the dark secret that's buried deep in the woods. But will they survive to tell it?
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic, surprise ending, twist ending
Audience: teens
Plot: urban legend, psychopath, youth, amateur detective, chase, danger, deadly, in the woods, small town life, forest, murder, child in peril, friendship, war veteran, prank, trespassing, secret, high school, small town, siblings relations, young heroes, teenager, dog, survival, football ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1945, 50s, year 1946, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to The Shortcut

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, scary and slasher films with plots about murder, teenager, deadly, youth, blood, danger and crimes mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Shortcut: Smiley (2012), Wrong Turn (2003), My Soul to Take (2010), House of Wax (2005), Night Warning (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 3.4
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Smiley (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named SMILEY can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim.
Style: psychological, slasher, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, mysterious character, psychopath, masked killer, deadly, danger, murder, college, prank, stalker, strong violent content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 112K
Wrong Turn (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Chris crashes into a carload of other young people, and the group of stranded motorists is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they're hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding.
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cannibalism, survival, chase, gory, disfigurement, danger, massacre, manhunt, youth, trap, deadly, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: west virginia, virginia, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Soul to Take (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, psycho film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, deadly, murder, psychopath, supernatural, urban legend, haunted by the past, small town, danger, nightmare comes true, gory, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 1990s, 90s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.4
 117K
House of Wax (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.
Style: scary, suspense, slasher, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, ghost town, torture, small town, wax museum, violence, group of friends, traffic jam, museum, arson ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: usa, louisiana, new york, florida, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Night Warning (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Rejected by her lover, the only man left in Cheryl's life is the orphaned nephew she has raised as her own son. She'll stop at nothing to keep Billy with her. When her plans misfire, she is swept up into an insane frenzy that means death ...
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, gothic, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, obsession, serial killer, investigation, psychopath, murder, high school, child abuse, police, mental illness, incest, coach ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 26K
Cry Wolf (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prank, school, friendship, death, high school life, crimes, nobody believes, masked killer, chase, characters killed one by one ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.2
 13K
Cherry Falls (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Cherry Falls is a quiet little town - until the night that a serial killer begins preying on its youth. After a third teen is found slain, the killer's modus operandi emerges: the victims were all virgins. Sheriff Marken is concerned for the ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, rape, small town, psychopath, revenge, murder, teenager, virgin, haunted by the past, deadly, youth, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.3
 20K
The Gallows (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but soon discover that some things are better left alone.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dead teenager, youth, murder, tragedy, teenage life, supernatural, social relations, deadly, crimes, found footage, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2013, 20th century ...
Place: usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 5.6
 2K
Acolytes (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three teens blackmail a serial killer into helping them get rid of a violent bully.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, tense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, friendship, teenager, handcuffs, crime, crimes, vengeance, teenage life, youth, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.7
 12K
The Return (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Joanna Mills has a successful career but feels her personal life is spinning out of control. She has few friends, an estranged father, and a crazy ex-boyfriend who is stalking her. Joanna begins having terrifying visions of a woman's murder, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, nightmare, mystery, supernatural, danger, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, a vision, amateur detective, deadly, crimes, wound ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.5
 100K
Friday the 13th (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ignoring the warnings of the locals, a group of teenage camp counselors takes on the job of reopening Camp Crystal Lake — on Friday the 13th no less, and raise the ire of Jason Voorhees, a masked, homicidal maniac.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: psychopath, masked killer, in the woods, serial murder, death, danger, torture, serial killer, murder, human monster, gory, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Far away from the site of a gruesome murder, a teenager named Jill Johnson arrives at a luxurious home for a baby-sitting job. With the children fast asleep, she settles in for what she expects to be an ordinary evening. Soon, the ringing of a phone ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: nanny, murder, survival, high school, stalking, serial killer, mind game, crimes, woman in danger, psychopath, danger, prank ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Beneath the Darkness (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.
Style: serious, scary, suspense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, profanity, serial killer, amateur detective, investigation, young heroes, murder, youth, deadly, danger, crimes, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 10K
The Prowler (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Style: slasher, rough, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, soldier, small town, vengeance, homecoming, youth, world war two, love affair, college, masked villain, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1944 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.2
 30K
Slender Man (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.
Style: suspense, macabre, scary, gothic, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil spirit, forest, urban legend, teenage protagonist, fear, supernatural, kidnapping, occult, violence, survival, demon, panic attack ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Cutting Class (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following ...
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, high school life, high school, woman in danger, murder, serial killer, opposites attract, graphic violence, profanity, gory, youth, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Beautiful Mandy Lane isn't a party girl but, when classmate Chloe invites the Texas high school student to a bash in the countryside, she reluctantly accepts. After hitching a ride with a vaguely scary older man, the teens arrive at their ...
Style: sexy, scary, serious, suspenseful, slasher ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: teenage life, serial killer, youth, murder, high school, psychopath, mystery killer, virginity, crimes, danger, beauty, terrorizing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 216K
It Follows (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, sex, stalking, dangerous attraction, danger, paranoia, evil, death, friendship, chase, demon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 5.2
 10K
Reeker (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Strangers trapped at an eerie travel oasis in the desert must unravel the mystery behind their visions of dying people while they are preyed upon by a decaying creature.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rave, serial killer, bad smell, survival, confined, danger, deadly, youth, mystery, psychopath, gory, out of the way ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Hide and Go Shriek (1988)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of teenagers spends the night in a furniture store for a graduation party. A psycho killer starts to hunt them down and kill them off.
Style: slasher, realistic, serious, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, prostitute, murder, store, survival, tattoo, graduation, hide and seek, furniture, woman in danger, deadly, danger ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On a prom-night dare, a trio of high school friends chant an incantation, unleashing an evil spirit from the past with deadly consequences.
Style: slasher, serious, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban legend, afterlife, ghost, supernatural, danger, murder, haunted by the past, profanity, vengeance, legends and myths, deadly, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1969, 2000s, 60s ...
Place: salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 46K
Ma (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sue Ann is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her ...
Style: twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, slasher ...
Plot: female psychopath, mental health, party, underage drinking, teenager, kidnapping, danger, social network, parents and children, torture, african american, murder ...
Time: 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Several teenagers in a small-town in Colorado concoct a July 4th prank based on a frightening legend that goes awry when their friend ends up accidentally killed; however, the teens agree to keep their involvement a secret from the authorities, who ...
Style: slasher, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, small town, rock concert, psychopath, who done it, vengeance, prank, deadly creature, danger, urban legend, gory, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: colorado, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: It's summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provides as little supervision as possible. Greedy camp owner Frank and junior partner Ronnie do their best to keep everyone in ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, camp, psychopath, summer camp, psycho killer, who done it, investigation, deadly, crimes, danger, mind game, gory ...
Time: 80s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.0
 7K
Autopsy (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Emily Johnson, her boyfriend Bobby and their friends Clare and Jude are recent college grads driving cross-country, taking a last vacation together before they face the "real" world. An accident leaves them hurt and stranded on a lonely ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hospital, psychopath, torture, ghost, danger, gory, murder, group of friends, evil doctor, fight, youth, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A masked maniac terrorizes the same small community where a murderer known as the Phantom Killer struck decades earlier.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, brutal, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: masked man, serial killer, murder, masked killer, small town, small town life, crimes, haunted by the past, danger, deadly, social relations, teenage life ...
Time: year 1976, year 2013, year 1946
Place: texas, arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.2
 5K
Playback (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now, an evil spirit has been awakened and will stop at nothing to find his true heir.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, slasher, psychotronic
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, murder, danger, deadly, youth, haunted by the past, curses spells and rituals, urban legend, evil, teenager, small town, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1994
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.8
 41K
The Forest (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Style: suspenseful, scary, enigmatic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, missing person, family relations, in the woods, ghosts, suicide, hallucination, maggot, violence, forest, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Hangman's Curse (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bullying students are becoming deathly ill after screaming the name of a legendary ghost. What's to blame? An exotic illness? An illicit drug? Or is it the supernatural? The clues are few and time is running out for the students of Rogers High ...
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens, horror for children
Plot: high school, ghost, curse, urban legend, secret mission, supernatural, investigation, haunted by the past, uncover truth, deadly, mystery, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Hold Your Breath (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: There is an old wives' tale that you should hold your breath when passing by a cemetery lest an evil spirit rejected by both heaven and hell gets inside of you when you inhale. Someone in a carload of college kids on holiday doesn't hold ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, possession, prison, curses spells and rituals, human host, supernatural, danger, urban legend, youth, deadly, electric chair, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1950s, 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%