Movies like Strange Circus

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Strange Circus (2005)
 7.0
 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: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, enigmatic, suspense, scary, rough, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, child abuse, incest rape, dysfunctional family, family problems, pedophile, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, mystery, mental illness, innocence lost, parent child relationship, school, prostitute, violence, female protagonist, boss, woman in a wheelchair, sexualized violence, writers, sexual relations, pedophilia, pervert, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan

Most similar movies to Strange Circus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and suspenseful films with plots about violence, danger, blood, crimes, deadly, vengeance and brutality mostly in Thriller, Drama and Horror genres. Some movies like Strange Circus: A Serbian Film (2010), Hidden in the Woods (2012), The War Zone (1999), Suicide Club (2001), Heart of Midnight (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.0
 61K
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: banned film, brutal, disturbing, macabre, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, pedophilia, sadism, insanity, violence, gory, strong sexual content, pornography, necrophilia, sexual perversion, murder ...
Time: 21st century, ancient history
Place: serbia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Hidden in the Woods (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 97 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: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: incest rape, sexual abuse, forest, father daughter incest, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, on the run, kids in trouble, family problems, vengeance, siblings relations, in the woods ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.3
 10K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, innocence lost, mature, family relations, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, life is a bitch, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 20K
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: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric, meditative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, suicide, gory, hacker, mystery, deadly, brutality, cult, website, insanity, murder, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: nightclub, police, mental illness, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, family problems, female protagonist, rape, hallucination, battles, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, cult film, atmospheric, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, hallucination, incest, diary, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989, year 1988, 80s
Place: canada, philadelphia, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, twist ending, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, haunted house, guilt, family relations, losing-it hero, danger, delusion, amnesia, tragedy, suicide, ghost, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 16K
The Quiet (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After her widowed father dies, deaf teenager Dot moves in with her godparents, Olivia and Paul Deer. The Deers' daughter, Nina, is openly hostile to Dot, but that does not prevent her from telling her secrets to her silent stepsister, including ...
Style: psychological, rough, twists and turns, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, incestuous relationship, murder, mute or deaf, orphan, crimes, godparent, society, mind game, family problems, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
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: scary, psychological thriller, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, domestic disturbance, architect, paranoia, intruder, danger, mystery, missing person, deadly, family problems, telephone call, voyeurism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, convent, s&m, strong sexual content, couples, religions or cults, graphic violence, society, prostitute, dishonesty, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Anger stemming from being abused as a child drives an alcoholic's daughter to kill as an adult.
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, danger, obsession, ocean, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, supernatural, vengeance, ocean or sea, dark secret, female psychopath, curse ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, mind bending ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, kidnapping, school, missing person, kindergarten, mystery, family relations, crimes, journalism, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 90K
Dogtooth (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Greece
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family ...
Style: thought provoking, odd, disturbing, psychological, biting ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, father daughter incest, power relations, family relations, family problems, punishment, parents and children, eccentric family, perversion, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Miss Violence (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki's family keep ...
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: incest rape, dysfunctional family, child prostitution, perversion, child abuse, domestic violence, suicide, incest, parents and children, family problems, abusive father, father daughter incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, a mother takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, decrepit old mansion. However, the kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by their mother who becomes less and less ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: siblings relations, survival, confined, estate, old mansion, attic, incest, family life, mind game, danger, family problems, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 31K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, suspenseful, splatter ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, supernatural, mystery, haunted by the past, flooding, custody, parents and children, danger, losing-it hero, family problems, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.4
 544K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: bleak, twist ending, psychological, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: revenge, incest, father daughter incest, vengeance, mind game, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, confined, brother sister incest, sin, twists & turns, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 1988, year 2003 ...
Place: korea, asia, new york, stockholm sweden, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: disturbing, realistic, serious, scary
Plot: dysfunctional family, mass suicide, cult, family relations, nihilism, suicide, internet, woman in danger, on the run, youth, teenage life, leaving home ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mysterious character, psychopath, obsession, haunted by the past, family life, vengeance, crimes, deadly, danger, family problems, violent death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, domestic violence, child abuse, investigation, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 77K
Audition (1999)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Style: scary, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, sadism, torture, psychopath, murder, ballet, mentally unstable, sadistic horror, gory, violence, perversion, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Seeds of Yesterday (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Sheffield family reveal and go through some home truths as their middle child inherits the Foxworth mansion. The family's ghosts looming over, and more tragedies are in store as the curse lives on.
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating, rough, enigmatic ...
Plot: brother sister incest, estate, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, death in the family, sexual relations, family life, family problems, life is a bitch, adoption, family curse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary, mind bending
Plot: psychiatrist, afterlife, supernatural, mystery, danger, supernatural ability, deadly, social relations, teenage life, mental illness, babies and infants, clergy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 5.2
 872
The Watch (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Cassie, a psych student, was kidnapped and traumatized as a child by a disturbed person. To exorcise her demons and to finish her thesis, she decides on an experiment in isolation, working at a secluded watch tower as a fire lookout. But once ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: manipulations, mind game, danger, manipulation, haunted by the past, mystery, isolation, rivalry, female protagonist, supernatural, surveillance, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.3
 642
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: psychological, suspenseful, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, woman in danger, danger, mystery, crimes, mentally unstable, psychopath, deadly, stalking, graphic violence, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 16K
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: macabre, rough, disturbing, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: father daughter incest, sexual abuse, incest, rape, violence spree, necrophilia, psychopath, dysfunctional family, prostitute, family relations, heroin, breast feeding ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, woman in danger, society, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, family problems, couples, prostitute, deadly, double murder, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 38K
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: bleak, psychological, mind bending, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, family relations, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, england, united kingdom, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
We Are What We Are (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In this reimagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, director Jim Mickle paints a gruesome portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive, giving us something we can really sink our teeth into.
Style: macabre, suspenseful, scary, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: cannibalism, rain, family relations, prayer, small town, gory, parents and children, siblings relations, danger, missing person, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Ring 0: Birthday (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Taking place thirty years before the events of Ringu, Ringu 0 provides the shocking background story of how the girl on the video became a deadly, vengeful spirit.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: split personality, supernatural, mystery, curse, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, mental illness, deadly, danger, ghost, curses spells and rituals, a vision ...
Time: 20s, 50s, 1920s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%