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What is your favorite Psychological Thriller?

Asked by Dewey420 (1170 points ) August 13th, 2010

Psychological Thrillers are my favorite genre of movies, and I’ve seen alot of them. To date, David Cronenberg is my favorite Director in this area, and eXistenze and Brainscan are two of my favorite movies. I would like to meet people who have weird tastes in movies like I do and share reviews. Please tell me your favorite movie(s) that are either Psychological Thriller, Sci-fi, Horror, even Romance if it’s weird and tripped out. I like the obscure and absolutely nothing offends me. I look forward to seeing everyones favorite movies and will most likely private message you back with my review after I see it. Note, the only movies I’ve ever wrote a bad review on were Blairwitch Project and Paranormal Activity.. I just really don’t like the “found footage” style movies. District 9 was pretty neat tho.

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Winters's avatar

Currently I’d have to say its a tie between Memento, Law Abiding Citizen, The Machinist, and Donnie Darko. But that’ll probably change in a few weeks

Vunessuh's avatar

The Machinist.
Mulholland Drive.

jonsblond's avatar

Jacob’s Ladder.

had to watch it twice

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Would Silence of the Lambs count?
If not, I’ll take Memento.

DominicX's avatar

Memento, Donnie Darko, Jacob’s Ladder…you guys are naming my favorite movies. :)

I love psychological thrillers. I’ll have to eventually see every one people name on this list.

I will add: The Shining and The Sixth Sense. @TheOnlyNeffie Silence of the Lambs definitely counts.

filmfann's avatar

Many of my favs have already been mentioned. I add Rear Window, Solaris, and Fail Safe.

HungryGuy's avatar

Just about any Twilight Zone episode. Or The Birds.

jonsblond's avatar

@DominicX I loved watching The Sixth Sense for the second time. I’m not sure which I enjoy more, the first viewing, or the second when I know what is going on.

Dewey420's avatar

These are all excellent so far. Thanks very much.

ApolloX64's avatar

Check out ‘Se7en’. Very good, but can be disturbing. Also ‘Inside Man’ was very good too. Most of the others mentioned here are some of my favorites too lol.

mrentropy's avatar

I finally saw Memento today. I thought it was spiffy.

DominicX's avatar

@mrentropy

I love Memento because it’s so different than any other movie I’ve ever seen. My boyfriend and I did a report on that movie for our film studies unit in English senior year. The people who hadn’t seen the movie had no idea what the hell we were talking about. Not an easy movie to present to a class in a small amount of time.

MacBean's avatar

@DominicX I bet a few people who had seen it didn’t have a clue, either. XD

HungryGuy's avatar

I also remember a show called Night Gallery, very similar to Twilight Zone.

MacBean's avatar

Cronenberg? Psychological thrillers? Really? Everything I’ve seen of his, I’d call body horror…

Some good ones have been named so far. I’ll add Possession, Peacock, Spider, Funny Games and Hide and Seek.

mrentropy's avatar

@DominicX Memento is definitely unique.

I also thought Moon was great.

Dewey420's avatar

@MacBean Cronenberg is a good director, you may not think so but you may be wrong. I’ll still check out those you mentioned however.

MacBean's avatar

@Dewey420 I didn’t say he was bad. I said he was body horror, not psychological thriller. It’s like if you called Stephen King a romance writer. Uh… Okay, there’s a love story inserted in some of his stuff (He is a romantic at heart! Seriously!) but… that’s not really his point.

deni's avatar

Silence of the Lambs scares the shit out of me. Because it gets in your head sooo well. Thats what makes it so good in my opinion…it’s genuinely frightening.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Them
Right at Your Door
Keane

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I forgot about Se7en, I loved that movie!

mammal's avatar

Has anyone seen shutter island? That was pretty decent, but not inspired, Scorsese strayed from his traditional strengths.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

@mammal I just remembered Inception because you reminded me of Leo Dicaprio. Thanks! I thougth Shutter Island was alright, too.

Pupsdruese's avatar

Saw (but only Part 1) the other Parts are all scrap

MacBean's avatar

@mammal I did like that movie, even after reading the book. It was a pretty nice adaptation.

Dewey420's avatar

Ok,
Law Abiding Citizen
Jacob’s Ladder
Pi
Rear Window
Fail Safe
Possession
Peacocks
Spider
Funny Games
Hide & Seek
Right at your Door
Them
Keane

all those I haven’t seen and Silence of the Lambs, The Shining, and The BIrds I haven’t seen in a long time so.. how about just really effed up ones too like Naked Lunch, Doom Generation. Altered States, Teeth…any ideas on more?

ucme's avatar

Deliverance. Squeal squeal, ride em porky!!
Oh just thought of another, Blood Simple.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Red Dragon and Hannibal…the prequel and sequel to Silence of the Lambs, although the books are much better than the movies, IMO.

For some oldies, Laura, Rebecca, and Strangers on a Train.

And I really enjoyed Black Widow and Primal Fear.

MacBean's avatar

Teeth was effin’ great.

@Dewey420 What are your feelings about subtitles?

Dewey420's avatar

@MacBean I like them, I perfer them to voiceover. I like Crouching TIger Hidden Dragon in it’s original cantonese the best..sounds so awesome.. I like to hear swedish too. I’ll watch any subs.

MacBean's avatar

@Dewey420 Excellent. Have you seen Martyrs or Inside? Really intense new wave French horror.

Dewey420's avatar

@MacBean dang those look like they might actually scare me a little. Martyrs kinda reminded me of Silend Hill in some scenes..that game gave me nightmares. look forward to those two.

Dewey420's avatar

Does anyone on this post write reviews on Flixster? I feel it’s the only place my review might have value..rotton tomatoes has alot of hate reviews. \deweybuds420 is my flixster if anyone is on there.

Austinlad's avatar

@jonsblond, I so agree with you about Jacobs Ladder. I watched it about seven times before I came up with an explanation that satisfied me. Great movie.

Austinlad's avatar

The Game (with Michael Douglas).

Dewey420's avatar

Hotel New Hampshire is an odd one too.

mrentropy's avatar

Does “Identity” fit in here?

Austinlad's avatar

@mrentropy—absolutely! It’s a creepy one, isn’t it?

mrentropy's avatar

@Austinlad Yep, I sure thought so. And I like John Cusack.

Dewey420's avatar

I’ve been tryin to remember the name of that movie but I forgot is was Cusack in it. Identity was good.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Have you considered writing reviews for IMDB? It’s the 1st site my SO and I turn to for movie info.

MacBean's avatar

Oh god. The IMDb message boards are almost as bad as YouTube comments. Ugh. It’s a fantastic resource for facts, but not so much for opinions. (...in mine. XD)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@MacBean I agree. That’s why I’m hoping to recruit someone who could write decent reviews.

mattbrowne's avatar

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

DominicX's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer

According to IMDb, “Inception” is the 3rd greatest movie of all time. Don’t get me wrong, that was a great movie, but it’s probably about 80% hype.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@DominicX IMDb also has “The Shawshank Redemption” rated #1. I agree that it was well done, but #1? Maybe that is just this week and it will move down over time. As MacBean pointed out, the site is a great resource for facts. That is what we use it for. Reviews are occasionally read, and I wish they were much better than they are.

As for the ratings, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at them before, and now that you have pointed out this feature of the site, probably will never again. Movies are art, and one’s appreciation of art is subjective. I am just trying to say that IMDb has their good points, and I’d like to see potentially beneficial ones become better.

plethora's avatar

Primal Fear…...Loved Edward Norton’s performance
Malice…..Alec Baldwin was masterful
The Perfect Murder…...Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I forgot about Primal Fear, also. Pi is another of my favorite movies. There are a lot of movies that I love in this thread and had forgotten all about.

Austinlad's avatar

@plethora, great choices. I saw Primal Fear for the first time two nights ago on the recommendation of a fellow Flutherite. Norton was GREAT.

plethora's avatar

@Austinlad Yes…I think Norton is so good in it (first time I had ever seen him and wonder why I don’t see him more now) that I watch it from time to time.

Dewey420's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I do use IMDB alot, I like it’s interface over Flixster’s, but if I remember it costs membership fees to write reviews.

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