Movies like The Shortcut

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The Shortcut (2009)
 5.0
 4K
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: suspense, scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, dark, slasher, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: forest, youth, urban legend, chase, murder, friendship, psychopath, high school, child in peril, trespassing, amateur detective, siblings relations, young heroes, small town life, world war two, missing person, secret, teenage murderer, serial killer, ghost, sex crime, war veteran, prank, dog, survival ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 21st century, 50s, year 1953, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to The Shortcut

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and slasher films with plots about deadly, murder, youth, danger, serial killer, violence and crimes mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Shortcut: Smiley (2012), Wrong Turn (2003), My Soul to Take (2010), Cry Wolf (2005), House of Wax (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 3.4
 9K
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: slasher, psychological, serious, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, college, prank, masked killer, stalker, murder, mysterious character, psychopath, library, paranoia, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 119K
Wrong Turn (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: 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, suspenseful, suspense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, cannibalism, massacre, chase, disfigurement, manhunt, youth, trap, strong violent content, forest, friends, bodies ...
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, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: urban legend, serial killer, curses spells and rituals, murder, supernatural, psychopath, haunted by the past, small town, nightmare comes true, teenage life, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 2010s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.8
 27K
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, scary, suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, masked killer, murder, school, death, youth, murder mystery, prank, friendship, teenager, psycho killer, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 5.4
 124K
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: slasher, scary, suspense, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, torture, group of friends, psychopath, murder, violence, small town, ghost town, survival, masked killer, brutality, wax museum ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1974 ...
Place: usa, florida, paris france, louisiana, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.2
 21K
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, suspense, dark, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, high school, dead teenager, supernatural, murder, youth, teenager, violence, revenge, ghost, tragedy, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1993, 2010s, year 2013 ...
Place: usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.5
 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: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, forest, murder, psychopath, friendship, vengeance, crimes, teenage life, mystery, youth, suburbs, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, psychological, disturbing, homoerotic, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, aunt nephew relationship, closeted homosexual, female psychopath, gay slur, basketball, female serial killer, attic, control freak, gay teacher, homosexuality, serial killer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 5.2
 14K
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, serious, rough, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, revenge, high school, murder, father daughter relationship, secret, virginity, virgin, small town, sheriff, gang rape, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.6
 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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, macabre, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, supernatural, mystery, chase, death, nightmare, brutality, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, a vision, ghost, amateur detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.6
 6K
Crush (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A secret admirer's crush on a high school athlete takes a fatal turn.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, sexy, slasher ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: obsession, high school, stalking, high school hunk, high school life, love and romance, stalker, secret admirer, youth, dangerous attraction, crimes, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, suspense, tense, scary, slasher ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, high school, home invasion, murder, stalking, survival, psychopath, teenager, babysitting, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, young heroes, investigation, amateur detective, confined, crimes, youth, murder, social relations, small town, mortician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 107K
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, intense, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: psychopath, masked killer, death, torture, serial killer, murder, serial murder, lake, forest, violence, camp, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 237K
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: scary, psychological, macabre, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, being followed, sex, teenage girl, death, evil, stalking, sex scene, friendship, paranoia, voyeurism ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: michigan, california, detroit, usa, plymouth
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.9
 11K
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, scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, college, obsession, world war two, soldier, small town, vengeance, youth, homecoming, masked villain, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1945, year 1980, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.4
 2K
Nightlight (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Five friends play a game in a "mysterious" forest with a long history as a beacon for troubled young people contemplating suicide.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mystery killer, ghost, suicide, forest, ghost story, found footage, buddies, youth, game, violence, murder, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: summer camp, murder, psycho killer, psychopath, who done it, serial killer, investigation, teenage life, obsession, mind game, crimes, bully ...
Time: 80s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, suspense, scary, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban legend, afterlife, spirit, ghost, supernatural, murder, haunted by the past, legends and myths, vengeance, buddies, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 60s, year 1969
Place: salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.1
 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, suspense, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, dismemberment, survival, mystery, confined, youth, psychopath, murder, characters killed one by one, dead teenager, limbo, terror ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Nobody Gets Out Alive (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A group of college students escape their troubled lives but only to find themselves fighting for their lives from a revenge seeking mad man.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, forest, survival, strong violent content, rivalry, youth, vengeance, friendship, teenager, camp, escapades, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, suspense, scary, brutal, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, masked killer, murder, masked man, small town, crimes, police investigation, brutality, small town life, haunted by the past, dead teenager, teenage life ...
Time: year 2013, year 1946, year 1976
Place: texas, arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.9
 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, slasher, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: psychopath, torture, hospital, evil doctor, loss of friend, group of friends, murder, ghost, fight, youth, serial killer, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Hunting the Legend (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the Alabama woods. Only his rifle, blood and a 16" footprint were left behind... Five years later, his son seeks revenge.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: bigfoot, forest, found footage, vengeance, dangerous animal, legends and myths, murder, creature, monster, violence, death of father, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: scary, suspenseful, serious, slasher, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, murder, youth, haunted by the past, urban legend, curses spells and rituals, evil, teenager, found footage, serial killer, small town, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994, year 2011
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, possession, prison, urban legend, youth, human host, redneck, electric chair, serial killer, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Boy Behind the Door (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After Bobby and his best friend Kevin are kidnapped and taken to a strange house in the middle of nowhere, Bobby manages to escape. But as he starts to make a break for it, he hears Kevin’s screams for help and realizes he can’t leave his friend ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, scary ...
Plot: friendship, kidnapping, friends, violence, vengeance, chase, brutality, fear, death, psychopath, mystery, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.8
 28K
Valentine (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Five friends are stalked and murdered by a masked assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, valentine's day, woman in danger, psychopath, murder, revenge, mystery killer, school, death of friend, violence against women, success, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 39K
Turistas (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jungle, survival, torture, violence, murder, youth, transplant, strong violent content, chase, bondage, brutality, black market ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: brazil, latin america, argentina, south america, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Madison County (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders that happened there. But when the kids get to Madison County, the author is no where ...
Style: slasher, serious, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, forest, uncover truth, murder, violence, redneck, masked killer, graphic violence, serial murder, danger, deadly, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%