Movie identification questions with only a screen shot are not considered high quality questions, but they are indeed questions.

I would like to know what steps can be taken to identify a movie from a screen shot on my own.

For example, I found this screen shot (warning: graphic imagery) while browsing some Facebook pages and I would like to know what movie it's from. How do I identify this movie on my own? Is it even possible?

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    Is this not a question for META?
    – user27221
    Nov 7, 2015 at 3:41
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    Too bad I didn't see (warning: graphic imagery) until after I shat myself.
    – n_b
    Oct 12, 2016 at 4:58
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    @n_b I thought it was a bluff to start with; I will not sleep soundly tonight... Oct 12, 2016 at 11:28

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Probably the best start to identifying a movie from a screenshot, is opening Google Image Search and dragging the screenshot into the search box.

  • Much easier than loading an image to my phone. Was unaware that either solution existed, but this is much easier and it seems that it may be more accurate. Image search shows Carnival of souls while goggles says Jacobs Ladder. I find more references to CoS than JL. Mar 23, 2013 at 8:02
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    It is indeed the '98 version of Carnival of Souls.
    – Nobby
    Mar 23, 2013 at 14:48

Another good option is TinEye, which is a reverse image search service, and it's quite useful for finding an image online in different sites.


Easiest way: If you are using Google Chrome you can right click on an image and select "Search Google for this image" and voila!

The picture you have posted is from Jacob's Ladder (1990 Film).

  • Thanks. It's actually from Carnival of Souls, I watched it 2 weeks ago (horrible movie btw). Nov 22, 2013 at 15:36
  • @DustinDavis - A horror movie? You don't say :P I've just had to binge watch 2 series of My Little Pony to erase that scene from my mind. Oct 12, 2016 at 11:29

Download the gophoto.it extension for chrome, and whenever you right-click any image you get an extra option labelled "Search for similar images".

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