Movies like When a Stranger Calls 1979

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When a Stranger Calls (1979)
 6.5
 11K
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: suspenseful, slasher, scary, psychological, rough, suspense, twists and turns, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: stalking, nanny, obsession, private detective, murder, psychopath, urban legend, serial killer, vengeance, police investigation, survival, mind game, mental institution, mystery, family in danger, stalker, babysitting, telephone call, gory, crimes, teenage life, danger, who done it, law enforcement, high school ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
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, serious and slasher films with plots about deadly, serial killer, murder, psychopath, crimes, danger and gory mostly in Thriller, Horror and Mystery genres. Some movies like When a Stranger Calls: Someone's Watching Me! (1978), Valentine (2001), Urban Legend (1998), The Hitcher (1986), He Knows You're Alone (1980). 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, tense, scary, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: stalking, nanny, serial killer, murder, mind game, survival, high school, psychopath, crimes, prank, danger, woman in danger ...
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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: nanny, police investigation, psychopath, woman in danger, college, stalker, phone terror, ventriloquist, gory, haunted by the past, student life, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, woman in danger, mentally unstable, psychopath, family in danger, dangerous attraction, who done it, crimes, serial killer, danger, mind game ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.9
 27K
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, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: woman in danger, serial killer, mystery killer, valentine's day, murder, psychopath, danger, gory, school, violence against women, success, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.6
 63K
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, scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, college, serial murder, murder, death, strangulation, gory, deadly, hanging, axe, gas station ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 45K
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, psychological thriller, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, stalking, hitchhiker, serial killer, chase, gas station, psychopath, frame up, highway, paranoia, danger, mass murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
He Knows You're Alone (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, slasher, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, chase, murder, law enforcement, stalking, crimes, woman in danger, police detective, deadly, danger, stalker ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 19K
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, atmospheric, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, mind game, murder, frame up, crimes, danger, police detective, deadly, dishonesty, riddles and clues ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A sadistic serial killer terrorizes a couple driving on a rural highway in Texas while killing numerous people and framing them for his killings.
Style: scary, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, on the road, hitchhiker, psychopath, survival, crimes, murder, woman in danger, vengeance, police investigation, danger, mind game ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, splatter, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, college, school, gory, vengeance, birthday, birthday party, master criminal, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: usa, virginia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 17K
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: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, gloomy ...
Plot: twins, murder, model, mystery, nudity (full frontal - brief), hallucination, insanity, psychopath, amateur detective, neighbor, witness, police ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, quebec, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, violence spree, obsession, dark humor, mind game, vengeance, split personality, deadly, woman in danger, investigation, film within a film ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: psychological, slasher, serious, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, mysterious character, psychopath, masked killer, danger, deadly, stalker, murder, college, prank, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, serial murder, murder, stalking, summer camp, crimes, mystery, psycho murderer, crazy, psycho, maniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1984
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Serial Killing 4 Dummys (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Casey Noland, a high school kid with no direction in life, decides to pursue the serial killing profession. Only problem...he can't bring himself to kill anybody. Will the help of a gothic chick named Sasha, he attempts to learn the ways of a ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, scary
Plot: serial killer, murder, high school, psychopath, mind game, mystery, police investigation, youth, danger, teenage life, obsession, dark humor ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Little Erin Merryweather (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Once upon a time, death preyed upon a New England college campus. Rumors swirl that "if you see a flash of red, you're dead!" Local golden boy, Peter Bloom (David Morwick) investigates the grisly killings until the stakes grow higher ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, fairy tale, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, college, mystery, investigation, amateur detective, mind game, crimes, danger, deadly, journalism, rivalry, stalking ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.2
 125K
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: psychological thriller, scary, slasher, rough, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: home invasion, survival, hostage, serial killer, hostages, murder, confined, cat and mouse, violence, mysterious character, bag over head, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, slasher ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, psychopath, serial killer, haunted by the past, family in danger, gory, supernatural, danger, deadly, rivalry, ghost ...
Time: 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 5.0
 2K
X-Ray (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While receiving a routine check-up, a beautiful woman is stalked by a maniac out to avenge a childhood Valentine's Day humiliation.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, hospital, stalking, psychopath, woman in danger, valentine's day, vengeance, danger, gory, stabbing, violence ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Do You Wanna Know a Secret? (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As a night out on the town turns into a nightmare, six young college students must fight for their lives as a killer hunts them down.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, spring break, vengeance, woman in danger, youth, stalking, deadly, crimes, danger, gory, mystery killer, dark secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 399K
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, rough, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: torture, mind game, psychopath, serial killer, game of death, plot twist, master criminal, insanity, fear, survival horror, captivity, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.1
 895
Dark Asylum (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Asylum is a taut psychological thriller about a deranged fearsome killer running lose in an abandoned high security Asylum. Pitting the county psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Belham against the psychotic maniac, Dr Belham is trapped in a maze of corridors, ...
Style: slasher, psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, mental institution, survival, mind game, danger, mental illness, murder, deadly, law enforcement, mentally unstable, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, gory, crimes, mystery, mind game, law enforcement, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Card Player (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Policewoman Anna Mari is forced to play a dangerous game with the title serial killer. If she loses, she witnesses the maniac's tortured victims having their throats cut in explicit close-up detail via webcam. She teams up with British cop John ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, serial killer, investigation, mind game, dangerous attraction, crimes, psychopath, murder, police investigation, vengeance, track down, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The Texas Chainsaw ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, scary, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, violence spree, psychopath, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, danger, deadly, mind game, stalking, woman in danger ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, wisconsin, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Genre guru Ulli Lommel (THE BOOGEYMAN, BTK KILLER) directs this horror film about the infamous Zodiac killer. Though decades have passed since the multiple murderer held the state of California hostage with fear, the mystery of his identity has ...
Style: psychological, scary, serious, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: murder, serial killer, law enforcement, police investigation, woman in danger, investigation, mind game, gory, psychopath, curses spells and rituals, danger, amateur detective ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A crazed killer stalks college students who gave up their vacation to clean a deserted dormitory.
Style: slasher, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, stalking, college life, school, supernatural, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement, who done it ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.6
 2K
Headspace (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man (Christopher Denham) must use his newfound intellect to stop a brutal series of murders.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, rough, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, obsession, murder, who done it, crimes, danger, intelligence, gory, supernatural, supernatural ability, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.5
 6K
The Hand (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, slasher, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, family in danger, obsession, vengeance, rivalry, serial killer, comics, hallucination, severed arm, brutality, midlife crisis, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 252K
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, rough, psycho film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, halloween, serial killer, violent, masked killer, violence, evil, mask, small town, serial murder, psychiatrist, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1978, year 1963 ...
Place: midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%