Movies like Sam Was Here

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Sam Was Here (2016)
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Sam Was Here (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Sam, a forty-something door-to-door salesman, travels through the few inhabited zones of the Californian desert in search of clients, yet everything seems deserted.
Style: enigmatic, macabre, suspense, bleak, retro, ambiguous ending
Plot: paranoid, surrealism, identity crisis, child killer, motel, talk show, stranded, loneliness, on the road, psychopath, insanity, isolation, violence, brutality, solitude, desert, masked man, devastation, rifle, telephone call, pay phone, radio news, salesman, police officer, maniac ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: california, mojave desert

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, scary, suspenseful and macabre films with plots about murder, violence, death, blood, brutality, fear and insanity mostly in Thriller, Horror and Mystery genres. Some movies like Sam Was Here: Fender Bender (2016), Held (2020), Home Sweet Home (2013), The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007), Wrath of the Crows (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fender Bender (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first Fender Bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in ...
Style: suspense, psychological, bleak, rough, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, killer, murder, stalker, home invasion, evil man, terror, brutality, violence, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, home alone, teenage girl ...
Place: new mexico
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Held (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A couple's ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.
Style: suspense, bleak, brutal, scary, macabre ...
Plot: held captive, infidelity, murder, surveillance camera, masked man, marital problem, marriage, couple relations, fear, survival horror, escape attempt, insanity ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Home Sweet Home (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young married couple comes home from a date night to discover that they are imprisoned in their own house with a methodical killer inside.
Style: slasher, suspense, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: home invasion, masked killer, murder, serial killer, psychopath, sadism, danger, violence against women, violence, violence against a woman, stabbing, death ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever ...
Style: macabre, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, serial killer, sadism, maniac, murder, psychopath, investigation, pedophilia, torture, suffering, torment, criminal psychologist ...
Time: year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Wrath of the Crows (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Wrath of the crows is very gory and brutal, but tied by a strong concept and the whole story is focused on the characters' development. So there's not only splatter sequences, but also atmospheric moments, a few dream-like sequences and a ...
Style: macabre, sadistic, biting, suspense, splatter
Plot: psychopath, danger, mercilessness, murder, violence, jail, brutality, sadism, blood splatter, cruelty, sadistic violence, kicked in the groin ...
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43%
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Psycho (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Criminal on the run, Marion Crane takes refuge at the motel operated by Norman Bates - a troubled man whose victims encounter a grisly fate at the hands of his "mother." Marion soon becomes the next victim and her disappearance prompts ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, split personality, murder, motel, psycho, stolen money, eccentric family, parents and children, isolation, crimes, transvestism, secret ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, arizona
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41%
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The Void (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and ...
Style: dark, macabre, stylized, ambiguous ending, sinister ...
Plot: lovecraftian, another dimension, body horror, mutation, insanity, hospital, monster, murder, nurse, human experiment, brutality, transformation ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.6
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Darling (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A young woman slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home.
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, tense, psychotronic ...
Plot: insanity, murder, nightmare, schizophrenia, hallucination, female protagonist, alone, paranoia, dementia, fear, death, police officer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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38%
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Terrifier (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A maniacal clown named Art, terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.
Style: slasher, macabre, suspense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: maniac, killer clown, evil clown, halloween, clown, murder, kidnapping, stranded, massacre, psychopath, duct tape over mouth, disfigurement ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Carl (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychological horror/thriller depicting a backwoods family with a dark secret.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary, realistic ...
Plot: psychopath, danger, captivity, gory, deadly, crimes, strong violent content, small town, good versus evil, survival, confined, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the dead of winter, Kat and Rose, two very different girls, find themselves spending winter break at their prestigious prep school. What they don't know is that Kat is being stalked by an evil entity, and their lives are about to change ...
Style: enigmatic, demonic, bleak, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: possession, female psychopath, satanism, boarding school, murder, loneliness, exorcism, winter, demonic possession, teenage girl, evil child, flash forward ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Never Hike Alone (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 54 min.
Story: A hiker's survival skills is put to the test when he stumbles upon the remains of an old abandoned camp and discovers its long dark secrets.
Style: suspenseful, psychotronic, slasher, suspense, rough ...
Plot: masked man, survival, homicidal maniac, psychopath, danger, running, serial killer, hiking, maniac, fight, brutality, violence ...
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sean Reynolds, a highly acclaimed investigative journalist (who strongly believed in paranormal phenomena), destroyed his career when the most watched episode of his reality show, based on paranormal phenomena, turned out to be a hoax. Sean saw a ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: forest, found footage, evil, survival, deadly creature, supernatural, legends and myths, danger, imaginary, dishonesty, cons and scams, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 70K
Wolf Creek (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, macabre, rough ...
Plot: sadistic horror, outback, psychopath, on the road, massacre, sadistic killer, tourist, torture, mercilessness, friendship, serial killer, sex maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1999
Place: australia, sydney australia, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
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The Prowler (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, soldier, small town, vengeance, homecoming, youth, world war two, love affair, college, masked villain, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 80s, year 1980 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Seclusion (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of friends is stalked by a killer at an isolated destination wedding.
Style: slasher, scary, disturbing, psychotronic, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, death, murder, whodunit, cabin in the woods, cabin, violent, serial killer, fear, violence, revenge, masked killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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 ⇓
31%
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The Return (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Joanna Mills has a successful career but feels her personal life is spinning out of control. She has few friends, an estranged father, and a crazy ex-boyfriend who is stalking her. Joanna begins having terrifying visions of a woman's murder, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, nightmare, mystery, supernatural, danger, supernatural ability, a vision, haunted by the past, amateur detective, deadly, crimes, wound ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Don't Go to the Reunion (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ...
Style: slasher, scary, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: respect, crazy, chase, revenge, vengeance, obsession, maniac, murder, blood, serial murder, threat, violence ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: usa
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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 ⇓
28%
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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 ⇓
28%
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Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, mind bending, suspenseful, surprise ending, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, stranded, mystery, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, characters killed one by one, motel, psychiatrist, investigation, psycho ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Slender Man (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.
Style: suspense, macabre, gothic, scary, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil spirit, forest, urban legend, teenage protagonist, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, kidnapping, violence, monster, survival, demon, panic attack ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Attack of the Morningside Monster (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When desecrated corpses and ritualistic symbols start appearing, the residents of Morningside, New Jeresey, are thrust into an unreal world of darkness.
Style: slasher, psychotronic, scary, suspense, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, policewoman, masked killer, dying woman, criminal, police officer, danger, violence, dishonesty, chase ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Lord of Illusions (1995)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult who are preparing for the resurrection of their leader Nix, a powerful magician who was killed 13 years earlier.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, neo noir, dark ...
Plot: supernatural, private detective, investigation, danger, fanatic, resurrection, mind game, mystery, crimes, religions or cults, sect, leadership ...
Time: 90s, year 1982, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, california, mojave desert
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27%
Alpha Delta Zatan (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Alpha Delta Zatan is set entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a frat house, the film follows the increased paranoia between members of a fraternity as they start to disappear at the hands of a masked killer.
Style: psychotronic, slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: masked killer, serial killer, violence, blood, death, paranormal, murder, paranormal phenomena, dormitory, psychopath, maniac, brutality ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A couple encounters a perverted gas station attendant who threatens them with a shotgun. They take a deserted path in Texas to seek help, but only meet up with a cannibalistic clan interested in helping themselves to fresh meat.
Style: slasher, scary, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, masked killer, psychopath, danger, survival, death, slasher killer, human monster, hitchhiker, gory, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, california, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
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It Follows (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, sex, ghost, stalking, dangerous attraction, danger, paranoia, evil, death, friendship, chase, demon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
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Psycho II (1983)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by "her" ...
Style: slasher, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, nudity (full frontal - brief), attic, starting over, motel, voyeur, revenge, mental illness, gory, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A group of six tourists looking to go off the beaten path, hire an 'extreme tour guide'. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since ...
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: stranded, abandoned building, tourist, abandoned city, mutant, radiation, death, nuclear power plant, group of friends, survival, virus, zombie ...
Place: ukraine, chernobyl, kiev ukraine, paris france, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%