Movies like Strange Circus

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Strange Circus (2005)
 7.1
 5K
Strange Circus (2005)
Original name: 奇妙なサーカス
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.
Style: scary, psychological, rough, mind bending, serious, realistic, surreal, suspenseful, disturbing, surprise ending
Plot: incest, school, prostitute, child abuse, crimes, vengeance, youth, writer's life, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, mental illness, mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, family problems, s&m, dealing with death, mind game, gory, deadly, delusion, innocence lost, kids in trouble, mystery, father daughter incest, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Strange Circus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, scary and realistic films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, danger, mystery, blood and gory mostly in Thriller, Horror and Drama genres. Some movies like Strange Circus: Hidden in the Woods (2012), Suicide Club (2001), The Afflicted (2011), Gemini (1999), A Siren in the Dark (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Hidden in the Woods (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, gore, dysfunctional family, rivalry, gory, strong sexual content, deadly, family problems, on the run, vengeance, in the woods, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.6
 17K
Suicide Club (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When 54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train it appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the ...
Style: surreal, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, suicide, murder, gory, law enforcement, deadly, supernatural ability, chaos, supernatural, hacker, mystery, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Afflicted (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A story of incomprehensible abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four. Journey through the mind of a child that experiences a living hell, defined and defended by the twisted religious beliefs of her mother (imdb.com)
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, scary
Plot: child abuse, life is a bitch, parents and children, mentally unstable, deadly, danger, domestic disturbance, family problems, crimes, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, beating with a belt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.9
 2K
Gemini (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A successful doctor, Yukio's picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio's wife.
Style: mind bending, surreal, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: twins, mistaken identity, couple relations, love and romance, crimes, mind game, vengeance, mystery, rivalry, couples, disorder, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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A Siren in the Dark (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Cameron, a Police Officer with psychic abilities, is called upon to interview an accused teen in hopes of finding the whereabouts of the teen's missing gay lover. His investigation immediately spirals into sordid tales of drug abuse, sexual ...
Style: scary, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: mystery, deadly, supernatural ability, drug abuse, investigation, teenage life, law enforcement, missing person, obsession, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A female projectionist is haunted by the image of a small boy. Perhaps driven by insanity from a former abortion she goes on a killing spree, gutting women and removing their stomaches. Her relationship with her attractive and successful friend ...
Style: scary, realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, pregnancy, serial killer, slasher, love triangle, ghost, psychopath, curses spells and rituals, mystery, crimes, supernatural, journalism ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Uninvited Guest (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: What if ... you let a stranger into your house to use your phone, but while you've been patiently waiting in the kitchen, he just disappears ... or does he? Félix, an architect who has just split up with his girl-friend and inhabits a huge ...
Style: tense, scary, surreal, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: architect, voyeurism, tunnel, estate, crimes, mystery, domestic disturbance, danger, deadly, family problems, missing person, psychological thriller ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Bleeding House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Smiths -- a family with a secret past -- are visited by a sweet-talking southern gentleman who is looking for small town humanity. But they'll soon find out that kindness towards strangers is not always rewarded, and the secretive ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, scary ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, danger, family in crisis, crimes, mysterious character, out of the way, rivalry, vengeance, psychopath, haunted by the past, family in danger, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Films to Keep You Awake: Spectre (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Alejandro is an elderly writer, and is driving back to the small costal village where he was born and raised...
Style: realistic, mind bending, sexual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: fall in love, mystery, love and romance, golden years, writer's life, haunted by the past, curses spells and rituals, village life, dangerous attraction, mysterious character, homecoming, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
A Near Death Experience (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ellie suffers a strong shock to discover that, after suffering a near-death experience, can hear voices from beyond. He soon realizes that it is a gift with which you can help others.
Style: realistic, mind bending, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, murder, fugitives, mystery, crimes, deadly, danger, psychic power, flashback, sex, train
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Heart of Midnight (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young woman who is getting back on her feet after a mental breakdown, Carol Rivers discovers that her late uncle has left her a rundown nightclub. Carol decides to renovate the venue, but, in the process, uncovers dark secrets about the club and ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: nightclub, police, sex, crimes, life is a bitch, mystery, mental illness, deadly, family problems, haunted by the past, battles, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.4
 602
Alone (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Experience the fear as you're sucked into the disturbed mind of Alex. Tormented by harrowing voices of the past Alex searches for the one girl who can silence the horror of a tortured soul. As the quest becomes darker and more sinister ...
Style: scary, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, mystery, psychopath, mentally unstable, serial killer, police detective, stalking, danger, woman in danger, law enforcement, deadly
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Fine Dead Girls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Croatia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Iva and Maria, a young lesbian pair, rent a favorable, nice dwelling in a less good area of Zagreb, Croatia. But unfortunately, included in the rent are the neighbors, the neighbors from hell. The curious landlady, foreigners flogging nationalists, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, lesbian relationship, gender, society, crimes, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, deadly, family problems, couples, injustice, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.4
 1K
Hipnos (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Dr Sánchez Blanch owns and operates a psychiatric hospital where he specializes in hypnotizing his severely emotionally disturbed patients.
Style: scary, psychological, mind bending, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: hospital, supernatural, isolation, mind game, mental illness, mentally unstable, deadly, gory, ghost, mute or deaf, crimes, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, brussels, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.1
 51K
A Serbian Film (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: rough, brutal, macabre, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: rape, sadism, sexual abuse, insanity, gory, necrophilia, murder, strong sexual content, mentally unstable, incest, pedophilia, pornography ...
Time: ancient history, 21st century
Place: serbia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
An American Terror (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Josh wakes each day to a series of Hells. Between uncaring parents and bullying at school he has little to live for. After a brutal event and ensuing humiliation of an online video, Josh and his friends decide to take revenge by staging a massacre ...
Style: scary, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, deadly, teenage life, social relations, high school life, danger, isolation, youth, gory, psychopath, confined, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Nobody Loves Alice (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Nobody Loves Alice is about Alice, a sad and lonely woman who always dreamed of finding the right person to be with...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, psychological, scary ...
Plot: slasher, manipulations, kidnapping, rivalry, vengeance, infidelity, gory, couples, deadly, crimes, destructive relationship, computer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
School of the Holy Beast (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After the mysterious death of her mother, Maya takes religious vows to find out what terrible things happened to her mother inside the Sacred Heart Convent. As soon as the door closes to the nunnery, the nuns start torturing her. She also has to ...
Style: erotic, realistic, sexual, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: sexual abuse, convent, incest, sexual relations, curses spells and rituals, gays and lesbians, against the rules, life is a bitch, crimes, dangerous animal, gender bending, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 33K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: offbeat, psychological, bleak, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, betrayal, haunted by the past, murder, delusion, infidelity, past, crimes, mystery, parents and children, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, africa, east end london, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.6
 953
Sick Girl (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Izzy is raising her younger brother, Kevin, by herself. Their parents are deceased and her older brother, Rusty, is away in the Marines. When Izzy learns that her little brother is being bullied at school, she does what any unstable, psychopathic, ...
Style: realistic, rough, psychological, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: murder, rape, revenge, lesbian, incest, drowning, christmas, mentally challenged, family problems, gory, death in the family, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 3.8
 182
Dark Places (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Keri Walker is a drug-addicted prostitute who ends up killing her latest john in self-defense. She finds shelter at a place run by a couple who find pleasure in others' pain. The haven house turns into a hell house and Keri must do whatever she ...
Style: scary, rough, surreal, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prostitute, crimes, gory, couples, deadly, danger, drug abuse, life is a bitch, sexual relations, curses spells and rituals, addiction, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Dorothy Mills (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a gloomy, God-fearing island community is rocked by the murder of a young child, a psychologist is called in to examine Dorothy Mills, the teenager accused of the crime. Despite the villagers' resistance, the therapist soon suspects that ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, mind bending, scary
Plot: island, psychiatrist, suicide, village, clergy, social relations, supernatural, supernatural ability, misfit, mentally unstable, deadly, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.0
 229
Black Rat (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Six classmates receive an e-mail from Asuka, who they thought had committed suicide, asking them to meet up later that night. But when a person wearing a bloody rat mask surprises them and begins a ferocious attack, the students realize that someone ...
Style: scary, bleak, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, suicide, high school, youth, crimes, deadly, gory, rivalry, cell phone, electrocution, corpse, mask ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 4.2
 295
Between (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Nadine, a beautiful lawyer from Chicago, travels alone to Tijuana, Mexico in search of her missing sister. Her investigation presents unsettling encounters leading her on a mind-bender as she attempts to unravel the compelling truth.
Style: mind bending, psychological, realistic, scary, serious ...
Plot: afterlife, love affair, deadly, missing person, riddles and clues, mystery, couple relations, life is a bitch, crimes, mind game, obsessive quest, missing sister ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.8
 3K
Trauma (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, crimes, investigation, haunted by the past, deadly, supernatural, mysterious character, supernatural ability, danger, mind game, ghost, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.3
 2K
The Spiral (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, car accident, code, rebirth, deadly, family problems, couples, supernatural, terminal illness, gory, supernatural ability, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 14K
Visitor Q (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A father who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute, and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, surreal, sexual, psychological ...
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, psychopath, dysfunctional family, prostitute, rape, heroin, knife, necrophilia, obsession, suburban life, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A teenager named Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Toyokawa, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", which grows darker after the mass suicide of 54 ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, scary
Plot: dysfunctional family, nihilism, suicide, internet, cult, youth, woman in danger, computers and web, siblings relations, prostitute, on the run, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 11K
My Little Eye (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five young people apply to live in an isolated house together for six months whilst their every move is filmed by numerous cameras.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, scary, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, isolation, vengeance, mind game, mystery, danger, rivalry, deadly, serial killer, crimes, slasher, voyeurism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
I'll Bury You Tomorrow (2002)
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Is there love after death? The small rural community of Port Oram can answer that. When deranged young Dolores Finley (Zoë Daelman Chlanda) appears out of nowhere to begin work at the Beech's Funeral Home, the local mortuary soon becomes more ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, offbeat, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, afterlife, mystery, crimes, chaos and mayhem, contests and competitions, supernatural, slasher, countryside, mentally unstable, deadly, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%