Movies like When a Stranger Calls 1979

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When a Stranger Calls (1979)
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When a Stranger Calls (1979)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, slasher, twist ending, rough, macabre, atmospheric, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, serial killer, stalking, stalker, murder, private detective, vengeance, home invasion, babysitting, police investigation, psychopath, nanny, mental institution, urban legend, escaped mental patient, survival, mind game, mystery, family in danger, threatening telephone call, twists and turns, crimes, woman in danger, runaway, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to When a Stranger Calls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, scary, suspense and slasher films with plots about serial killer, murder, police investigation, revenge, brutality, violence and chase mostly in Thriller, Horror and Mystery genres. Some movies like When a Stranger Calls: Thesis (1996), Urban Legend (1998), The Hitcher (1986), Hush (2016), The Strangers (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, scary, suspense, tense, slasher ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, high school, home invasion, stalking, murder, babysitting, teenager, survival, psychopath, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
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100%
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as ...
Style: psychological, scary, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: stalker, home invasion, babysitting, nanny, psychopath, ventriloquist, obsession, phone terror, woman with a gun, police investigation, woman in danger, college ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Thesis (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: While doing a thesis about violence, √Āngela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...
Style: psychological, scary, disturbing, macabre, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, violent, voyeurism, death, twists and turns, mystery, investigation, videotaping, loser, research, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 68K
Urban Legend (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: There's a campus killer on the loose who's making urban legends, like the one about eating pop rocks and soda at the same time will make your stomach explode and the one about a psycho with an axe stepping into the backseat of your car at ...
Style: slasher, twist ending, suspense, bloody, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: serial killer, college, urban legend, twists and turns, murder, death, strangulation, serial murder, gas station, teenager, revenge, female psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 49K
The Hitcher (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.
Style: road movie, psychological, suspenseful, macabre, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, desert, insanity, chase, stalking, paranoia, psycho killer, car chase, car, motel, survival ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 136K
Hush (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.
Style: slasher, suspense, scary, tense, macabre ...
Plot: serial killer, deaf, home invasion, trapped, survival, murderer, deafness, female protagonist, masked killer, brutality, murder, deaf mute ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 133K
The Strangers (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: home invasion, serial killer, survival, murder, masked killer, survival horror, hostage, confined, violence, brutality, supernatural, torture ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2005, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.8
 29K
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, suspenseful, scary, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, valentine's day, woman in danger, murder, psychopath, mystery killer, revenge, school, death of friend, success, vengeance, public humiliation ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she ...
Style: bloody, suspense, scary, slasher, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, photographer, psychopath, twists and turns, violence, butcher, obsession, subway, torture, violent, crazy, dismemberment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 28K
The Resident (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Juliet, a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It's got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, suspense, scary ...
Plot: obsession, woman in danger, psychopath, landlord, paranoia, voyeurism, confined, stalker, hidden camera, revenge, deception, disturbed individual ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 18K
Sisters (1972)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is ...
Style: suspenseful, slasher, bloody, macabre, surreal ...
Plot: murder, twins, police, neighbor, hallucination, mystery, model, birthday, restaurant, twin sister, bakery, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: tokyo, new york, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 20K
Nightwatch (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, protagonist as suspect, crimes, mind game, frame up, dishonesty, police detective, riddles and clues, friend, student ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 423K
Saw (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, macabre, psychological, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: torture, serial killer, mind game, plot twist, survival horror, fear, violent, trapped, killings, survival, insanity, extreme violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Last Horror Movie (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A serial killer uses a horror video rental to lure his next victim. What begins as a teen slasher transforms into a disturbing journey through the mind of Max Parry, a mild mannered wedding photographer with a taste for human flesh.
Style: slasher, psychological, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, found footage, obsession, psychopath, dark humor, insanity, murder, mind game, split personality, woman in danger, vengeance, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 43K
The Ward (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Style: scary, psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, ghost, supernatural, dissociative identity disorder, split personality, murder, doctors and patients, twists and turns, brutality, confined, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspense, suspenseful, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, masked killer, psychopath, serial murder, teenager, crazy, demon, stalking, nudity (full frontal - brief), torture, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1984
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 13K
Terror Train (1980)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
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: slasher, scary, suspenseful, intense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, masked killer, prank, serial killer, psychopath, train, survival, stalking, uninvited guest, youth, magician, new year's eve ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 282K
Halloween (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, serial killer, psychopath, murder, masked killer, death, babysitting, violence, small town, psychiatrist, high school, evil ...
Time: year 1978, 70s, 80s, year 1963, 20th century ...
Place: california, illinois, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts ...
Style: slasher, twist ending, suspense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, teenager, psychopath, vengeance, twists and turns, high school, mystery, birthday party, college, school, master criminal ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: tokyo, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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See No Evil (1971)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the English countryside, Sarah Rexton (Mia Farrow), recently blinded in a horse riding accident, moves in with her uncle's family and gallantly adjusts to her new condition, unaware that a killer stalks them.
Style: slasher, suspense, scary, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, disability, mystery, horse, insanity, mad scientist, sexualized violence, psychiatry, life philosophy, torture ...
Time: 70s
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Black Christmas (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: slasher, scary, suspense, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: christmas, murder, serial killer, sorority, serial murder, holiday, winter, violence, prank telephone call, mental illness, psychopath, psycho killer ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 113K
Saw VI (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally ...
Style: slasher, scary, disturbing, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: trap, torture, characters murdered one by one, twists and turns, mind game, serial killer, violence, game of death, monster, strong violent content, police investigation, sadism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, scary, enigmatic, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, supernatural, photographer, murder mystery, mystery, police investigation, murder, obsession, psychic power, stalking, fashion, police detective ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 4.6
 49K
Psycho (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Criminal on the run, Marion Crane takes refuge at the motel operated by Norman Bates - a troubled man whose victims encounter a grisly fate at the hands of his "mother." Marion soon becomes the next victim and her disappearance prompts ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, slasher, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, split personality, motel, murder, crimes, eccentric family, isolation, parents and children, serial killer, secret, mental illness, psycho ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.0
 232K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, killer child, orphan, murder, female psychopath, twists and turns, mysterious character, parents and children, murderer, family in danger, serial killer, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 88K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, evil child, social worker, mysterious character, supernatural horror, child abuse, uncover truth, twists and turns, murder, demon, evil force, mental institution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 6K
Cop (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, psychological, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police corruption, psychopath, investigation, crimes, mystery, police officer, violence, vigilante, vigilantism, adaptation ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 255K
Sinister (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, haunted house, murder, supernatural horror, fear, crimes, paranormal activity, investigation, evil force, writer's life, family in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, year 1979, year 1986 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, sacramento california, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 83K
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: psychological, suspense, twist ending, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, afterlife, supernatural, psychic, paranoia, hypnosis, murder, clairvoyance, supernatural horror, psychic power, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.8
 114K
Gothika (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Canada, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, gothic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, serial killer, murder, investigation, psychiatrist, supernatural, mental institution, insanity, mind game, hospital, mystery, crazy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%