Movies like Joel

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Joel (2018)
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Joel (2018)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The shocking story of Joel Rifkin, a troubled young man whose hidden fantasies of power and control combined with his obsessive dedication to prostitutes led him to embark on one of the New York area’s most notorious murder sprees, claiming seventeen victims in the late eighties and early nineties.
Style: scary, tense, bleak, unusual plot structure, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, murder, true crime, prostitution, murderer, homicidal maniac, maniac, crimes, violence, investigation, death, psychopath, criminal, murder investigation, killings, sex maniac, brutality, crime investigation, chase, murder mystery, serial murder, double life, psycho killer, manhunt ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york

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Most similar movies to Joel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, scary and psychotronic films with plots about serial killer, violence, murder, serial murder, maniac, homicidal maniac and psychopath mostly in Horror, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Joel: Chikatilo (2021), Kill That Bitch (2014), Heavy Makeup (2015), Sacrament (2014), Hole (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Chikatilo (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The history of the hunt for the worst serial killer in the USSR
Style: rough, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, maniac, homicidal maniac, cannibalism, murder investigation, sex maniac, pedophile, sadistic killer, psycho killer, sadistic psychopath, serial murder, killing spree ...
Place: ussr
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100%
Kill That Bitch (2014)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A methodical killer is systematically slaughtering a group of women who are connected and bound by the same dark secret.
Style: twist ending, psychotronic, disturbing, scary, bleak ...
Plot: psycho, murder, fear, killer, murderer, victim, revenge, forest, torture, death, stalker, criminal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
My Master Satan: 3 Tales of Drug Fueled Violence (2015)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: My Master Satan: 3 Tales of Drug Fueled Violence is an anthology horror film that features three tales that revolve around serial killer/druggie Alister (Dakota Bailey) & his equally demented serial killer friends Woody, Charlie and Bubba ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, psychotronic, suspense ...
Plot: satan, master, murder, crime spree, youth, chase, vengeance, serial murder, killing spree, homicidal maniac, escapades, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 8.3
 21
Heavy Makeup (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a series of brutal murders occur in their Hollywood neighborhood, two women search for clues to uncover the identity of a serial killer who is targeting struggling young actresses.
Style: horror spoof, disturbing, psychotronic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: mystery, women, homicidal maniac, crime spree, murder of a woman, chase, brutality, cruelty, who done it, murder, mystery killer, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 3.6
 235
Sacrament (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Leaving the city behind for a weekend of booze, bud and bonding at the coast, seven friends find themselves stranded en route to South Padre Island when a big storm interferes with their plans. The town of Middle Spring is more than happy to welcome ...
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, scary, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: cannibalism, gay slur, gay couple, revenge, sadistic killer, serial killer, maniac, killing spree, true crime, violence, murderer, torture ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.3
 83
Hole (2010)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ed Kunkle is a convicted felon tormented by his own demons. Eve Adams is a single woman trying to cope with a tragic loss. Bodie Jameson is the detective looking for answers. All 3 lives intertwine with horrific consequences when their fears come ...
Style: spiritual, cult film, scary, psychotronic, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psycho, true crime, violence, crime spree, serial murder, characters in danger, crimes, maniac, killing spree, psychopath, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.5
 348
Purgatory Road (2017)
Genre: Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Helpless to stop a thief from stealing his father’s modest nest egg, Travis grows up blaming himself for his parents’ suicide. Becoming a priest who operates a highway confessional with his ambivalent brother, Michael, he offers sage advice to ...
Style: bleak, suspense, psychotronic, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: revenge, serial killer, brother brother relationship, sin, salvation, redemption, catholicism, priest, confession, sacrifice, religion, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 18
Tomato Man (2010)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In a small quite city in Indiana Lora comes up missing. Someone starts stalking women in the city in an attempt to calm his desires for the local news anchor Ann Marie. What starts as stalking soon becomes kidnapping which leads to the news ...
Style: psychotronic, suspense, disturbing, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, pervert, small town, psycho, investigation, homicidal maniac, society, revenge, cold blooded killer, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Day of a Thousand Screams (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: TV reporter Natasha McGrath is sent to a remote area. Along with her small crew and a couple of campers, they encounter a man who watches, taunts and kills them one by one: repeatedly.
Style: disturbing, scary, suspense, psychotronic, suspenseful ...
Plot: possessed human, car trouble, massacre, stranded, lost, chase, murder of a woman, murder, death, revenge, murder victim, crime spree ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 9K
A Dark Foe (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The plot follows a tortured FBI agent suffering from an irrational fear of darkness, as he investigates a mysterious former prostitute in order to catch a vicious serial killer.
Style: suspense, scary, psychotronic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: revenge, fbi agent, serial killer, maniac, disguise, killing spree, psychopath, rivalry, fear, masked killer, chase, violent ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, psychology, crime, brutality, profiler, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, baltimore, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Yearly Harvest (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young journalist named Jin Maddison has traced the origin of many Christmas traditions to a remote town in the Midwest called Selah. Years ago another famous journalist died in an accident there while investigating the same story. Jin travels to ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Plot: children, christmas, missing child, woman in danger, murder investigation, manhunt, revenge, criminal, kidnapping, psycho killer, vengeance, child murder ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 104
Coyote (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An insomniac writer's sleep-deprived hallucinations distort reality as paranoia drives him to extreme violence.
Style: psychotronic, suspense, humorous, scary, bleak
Plot: paranoia, writers, death, insanity, murder, maniac, psychopath, psycho killer, sadistic killer, serial killer, violence, killing spree ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Henry has wandered into a small town looking for work and a place to stay. He gets a job delivering and cleaning porto-potties and moves in with a co-worker until he gets his feet off of the ground. Henry and his new friend soon start to kill.
Style: slasher, rough, psychological, scary, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, who done it, deadly, criminal heroes, danger, crimes, buddies, tragic hero, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.9
 23
Joker Game (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: All seniors at a high school stay together at a camp, including student Chinatsu. On their first day, the home room teacher announces that all the students must play the card game "Old Maid". In order to reverse the declining academic ...
Style: scary, suspense, disturbing, psychotronic, bleak ...
Plot: school, japanese schoolgirl, card playing, card game, heroes, crimes, cruelty, friends, chase, who done it, society, cold blooded killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Who's Watching Oliver (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a ...
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, bleak, scary, suspense ...
Plot: killing spree, mental illness, mother son incest, serial killer, murder, abusive mother, abusive father, violence, male rape victim, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, psycho killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Anniversary at Shallow Creek (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Six best friends find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time. They fight for their lives against a serial killer who has more in store for them than death.
Style: suspense, scary, disturbing, slasher, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, friendship, characters killed one by one, violence, maniac, psychopath, homicidal maniac, violent, brutality, dishonesty, deathtrap, death ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Smiley Face Killers (2020)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As a strange wave of mysterious drownings of male college students plagues the California coast, Jake struggles to keep his life together at school. Finding himself stalked by a hooded figure driving an unmarked van, Jake fears he may become the ...
Style: mysterious, tense, suspenseful, slasher, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, true crime, murderer, pursuit, stalking, violence, teenage life, teenager, characters killed one by one, fear, society, masked killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Penance (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blood drenched terror grips the beautiful city of San Diego as mutilated bodies begin to surface. Lead Homicide Detective Mason "Nostradamus" Brannigan believes it to be the signature of methodical killer Dante: The Inferno Killer who ...
Style: slasher, disturbing, psychotronic, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: revenge, blood, murder, serial murder, psychopath, brutality, violence, danger, deadly, chase, mystery, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 4.1
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Capps Crossing (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: David has lost his girlfriend and his mind. Capps Crossing is his only refuge. When six hikers make the mistake of choosing Capps Crossing to spend the weekend, David will stop at nothing to make sure they never come back.
Style: suspense, slasher, scary, bleak, psychotronic ...
Plot: violence, murder, death, fight, hiking, serial killer, camping, serial murder, vengeance, maniac, friends, mystery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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29%
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Criticsized (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A serial killer taunts police while increasing the body count on live streaming TV.
Style: psychotronic, tense, scary, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, murder, internet, serial killer, manipulation, killer, serial murder, chase, psychopath, danger, violence, police officer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 1.8
 311
Joker's Wild (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: After a clown-masked assailant guns down Aurora's Place, the resident theater owner fights to re-open her business.
Style: scary, psychotronic, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: killer clown, murder, mass murder, massacre, masked killer, psychopath, homicidal maniac, brutality, violence, serial killer, violent, maniac ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 2.8
 373
The Mad Hatter (2021)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An eccentric professor takes four of his students to the mansion of the “Mad Hatter”, an urban legend driven insane by mercury poisoning and grief. He says that there’s nothing to worry about now: the strange, shambling “caretakers” that ...
Style: fairy tale, disturbing, bleak, scary, suspense ...
Plot: youth, brutality, danger, psychopath, violence, murder, deadly, friendship, disguise, chase, pursuit, maniac ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 106
Captured (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A weekend getaway to shoot a music video turns into a nightmare for a rock'n roll band when they become the crazed obsession of an escaped convict that is purposely targeting the female lead of the band.
Style: psychotronic, tense, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, threat, violence, masked killer, characters killed one by one, friendship, woman in danger, psychopath, danger, killing spree, deadly ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.1
 359
Re-Cut (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When twin girls are found dead in their family’s barn, reality star turned TV-reporter Meredith Phillips and her de-facto camera crew are dispatched to rural Wisconsin to investigate the gruesome deaths. In their relentless drive to break the ...
Style: psychotronic, scary, suspense, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: murder, murder investigation, show, uncover truth, revenge, victim, law enforcement, chase, crimes, police officer, evidence, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Bundy and the Green River Killer (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A police detective consults with incarcerated serial killer Ted Bundy to help him catch The Green River Killer. Based on terrifying true life elements which inspired Silence of the Lambs. In 1984, police in Washington State are investigating a spate ...
Style: psychological thriller, clever, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: maniac, fbi, serial killer, true crime, mind game, investigation, crimes, homicidal maniac, murder mystery, murderer, murder investigation, violence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 3.3
 374
Prom Ride (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: It's the end of the school year for a group of high school friends. Their senior prom was to be a night of elegance, rejoicing and celebrating, but when a psychotic killer hijacks their stretch limo, he is determined to have them Dead On ...
Style: slasher, psychotronic, scary, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: prom, survival, serial killer, maniac, fear, chase, teenage life, homicidal maniac, murder, psychopath, violent, mystery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Taught in Cold Blood (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A troubled teen is torn between a girl who loves him and a mysterious stranger who pushes him to kill.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, psychotronic, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, stalking, matricide, death, psychopath, teenage life, obsession, masked killer, young woman, small town, characters killed one by one ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Veteran Boogey Man and Zodiac Killer director Ulli Lommel continues his long tradition of delivering tense thrills with this relentless look at the life of the elusive, Kansas-based serial killer known to authorities only as "B.T.K." ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, chase, mind game, life is a bitch, police investigation, investigation, danger, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.5
 7K
Ryde (2017)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Technology brings us closer. Or perhaps it brings strangers, a little too close. But how much can you really trust someone? With a new ride share service, you never know who will be getting in a car with. Or if you'll ever get out.
Style: bleak, scary, unusual plot structure, disturbing, suspense
Audience: date night
Plot: psychopath, driving, maniac, serial killer, taxi driver, violence, danger, death, taxi, crimes, murder, pubic hair ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%