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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, surreal, suspenseful, mind bending, rough, scary, psychological, surprise ending
Plot: incest, school, child abuse, prostitute, dealing with death, gory, mystery, sexual abuse, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, father daughter incest, mental illness, kids in trouble, deadly, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, writer's life, mind game, vengeance, innocence lost, crimes, youth, family problems, s&m, delusion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and scary films with plots about crimes, deadly, murder, mystery, danger, gory and blood mostly in Thriller, Horror and Drama genres. Some movies like Strange Circus: Suicide Club (2001), Hidden in the Woods (2012), A Siren in the Dark (2009), The Afflicted (2011), Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, offbeat, serious, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, police investigation, gory, murder, supernatural ability, chaos and mayhem, mystery, website, youth, investigation, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: sexual abuse, gore, gory, strong sexual content, dysfunctional family, in the woods, life is a bitch, isolation, abuse, danger, on the run, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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: serious, rough, sexual, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, supernatural ability, investigation, uncover truth, obsession, drug abuse, missing person, teenage life, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, serious, realistic, scary
Plot: child abuse, parents and children, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, danger, family problems, deadly, crimes, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, bad mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, surreal, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, pregnancy, ghost, gory, slasher, mystery, psychopath, crimes, deadly, supernatural, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: psychological, atmospheric, serious, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: twins, mistaken identity, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, mystery, love and romance, rivalry, couples, disorder, mind game, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: surreal, serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: architect, voyeurism, estate, domestic disturbance, mystery, missing person, psychological thriller, crimes, danger, deadly, family problems, tunnel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic, rough ...
Plot: ghost, murder, crimes, deadly, psychic power, fugitives, mystery, danger, sex, train, flashback
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: slasher, manipulations, kidnapping, rivalry, vengeance, gory, destructive relationship, infidelity, crimes, deadly, couples, dismemberment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: gory, love and romance, resort, village, couples, ghost, mystery, golden years, mysterious character, prostitute, writer's life, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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, disturbing, scary, brutal, macabre ...
Plot: rape, insanity, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, sadism, murder, incest, strong sexual content, pedophilia, gory, perversity, evil ...
Time: 21st century, ancient history
Place: serbia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, scary, realistic, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mysterious character, family in danger, violent death, haunted by the past, danger, family problems, vengeance, obsession, family in crisis, family life, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 4.4
 597
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, stalking, mystery, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement, mentally unstable, woman in danger, psychopath, police detective
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: nightclub, sex, police, crimes, secret, club, deadly, mentally unstable, mystery, haunted by the past, mental illness, battles ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, rape, lesbian, revenge, incest, christmas, drowning, gory, mentally challenged, school, young heroes, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, scary
Plot: cult, internet, suicide, dysfunctional family, nihilism, prostitute, innocence lost, computers and web, woman in danger, danger, youth, on the run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: hospital, gory, ghost, losing-it hero, hypnosis, doctor, patient, mentally unstable, mysterious character, mind game, mental illness, mute or deaf ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, confined, gory, bullying, face mask, torture chamber, school shooting, crimes, danger, deadly, survival, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 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: serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: vengeance, suicide, high school, deadly, gory, crimes, rivalry, youth, corpse, mask, electrocution, hit with a baseball bat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: rough, serious, realistic, sexual, suspense ...
Plot: convent, incest, sexual abuse, clergy, strong sexual content, hidden identity, eroticism, prostitute, school, against the rules, sexual relations, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, mind bending, psychological
Plot: psychiatrist, suicide, island, mystery, ghost, supernatural ability, borderline personality disorder, domestic disturbance, village, afterlife, mental illness, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.8
 900
The Darkroom (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A teenage boy befriends an escapee from a mental institution who sees visions of horrible murders being committed.
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic
Plot: murder, mentally unstable, gory, mental institution, mystery, haunted by the past, memory loss, crimes, danger, deadly, social misfits, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: prostitute, addiction, gory, drug abuse, life is a bitch, sexual relations, curses spells and rituals, crimes, danger, deadly, couples, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: serious, rough, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, afterlife, gory, countryside, crimes, deadly, mystery, mentally unstable, slasher, contests and competitions, chaos and mayhem, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, psychopath, prostitute, rape, dysfunctional family, necrophilia, knife, heroin, obsession, marriage crisis, longing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, mental illness, murder, past, betrayal, infidelity, delusion, mentally unstable, mystery, parents and children, secret, childhood trauma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, east end london, africa, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.7
 550
The Attic (1980)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at altar. She fantasizes his death and finds joy only with her pet monkey. When the monkey disappears, a shocking past is revealed.
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, scary ...
Plot: attic, family life, murder, deadly, mystery, family relations, pets, vengeance, human nature, introspection, parents and children, psychopath ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: prostitute, lesbian relationship, gays and lesbians, gynecologist, homosexuality, woman in danger, injustice, crimes, danger, deadly, society, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Snake of June (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Set in an anonymous Japanese metropolis, the film tells the tale of shy career woman, Rinko and Shigehiko, her hygiene-obsessed, workaholic husband. The couple explore their sexuality in a number of ways, causing their lives to be disrupted.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, erotic, suspenseful ...
Plot: stalking, sexual relations, mystery, couples, power relations, mind game, couple relations, doctors and patients, crimes, love and romance, sex aid, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, europe, italy, japan, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Bloody Murder 2: Closing Camp (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Trevor Moorhouse returns! Coming to Placid Pines is difficult for Tracy, who's brother, Jason, was one of Trevor's victims near the end of the original. When Tracy's nightmares begin to come true as one by one the counselors are ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: summer camp, forest, murder, gory, juvenile delinquency, serial killer, slasher, mind game, mystery, violence spree, teenage life, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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