Psychological movies should be watched with caution as they affect your mind. You suffer when you watch them but somehow in a weird sense, it makes you feel happy. Here are 10 different in their own way psychological thrillers which will blow your mind off but will give you some painful pleasure worthy to remember.
#10- The Uninvited
The Uninvited is an American remake of a Korean Horror movie. You might have heard that the Koreans and Japanese make the best horror movies. Emily Browning’s acting makes a person to recoil in the opening minutes. Her acting is ideal for a horror movie. She plays an innocent girl who returns from a psychiatric clinic. She is troubled by nightmares and is convinced that her real mother was deliberately burnt to death by her father’s girlfriend who is all false friendliness behind the sunshine.. The story is not as predictable as it may seem though.
It is more like a claustrophobic thriller where a worried mother awakes aboard a huge passenger jet, while taking her husband’s corpse for his funeral, to find that her little daughter is missing. How can a girl disappear from an airplane at 37,000 feet? It is a frightening thriller where the killer cannot enter or leave- but is the girl killed? Is she even on board or her mother has just lost her mind? The movie will stay with you for a while raising some questions in your mind even if you finish watching it.
#8- The Machinist
The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) who weighs just 121 pounds and his looks will make you flinch. Bale lost more than 60 pounds to play this role and that is what will make you dissolve in his performance and worry for his life. He plays a lonely insomniac who is dejected at work. There are two women in the world who are kind to him, they are not related to him though. An underweight sleepless man who finds himself trapped in the vise of world’s madness.
#7- Shutter Island
This movie starts to play on us even before it starts- the opening music is as gloomy and doomy as the movie itself. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, it is haunted island movie as the name suggests, shutter island is an isolated craggy island off Boston which is adapted as a prison for the criminally insane. The two leads visit it as U.S Marshals while the dread encompasses the viewer.
#6- Mulholland Drive
If you like a movie that makes sense, do not watch this movie. But again, this entire list is based on the unpredictable so why not this. This movie will make you get lost in a journey where you will find yourself. It will grab you and won’t let go until it’s done with you. It is a deeply unsettling movie through a subconscious city of night.
#5- Donnie Darko
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a disenchanted but an extraordinary teenager, this movie provides a moving and slightly mind bending journey through suburban America. After surviving an accident, Donnie explores what is it like to be alive.
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Misery is a movie where a story writer who, after an accident, finds himself at the mercy of his self proclaimed fan. Trouble begins when she finds out he is about to kill off her favourite character. It is an adaptation from a novel by Stephen King, in which he proves his genius and the ability to find horror in everyday situations.
#3- Requiem For a Dream
This movie is known to be a movie of extremes. From the camera tricks to the rush of the characters, all of it reaches down to the cellular level. If you want to explore the power and magic of movies, this is the exact movie for you. It tells parallel stories linked by the various relationships magically evoking the inner landscape of human brain and feelings. How happiness is gloriously found and tragically lost, it’s all right there.
What Peter Travers says about this movie should be considered here; ‘Mushrooms won’t help when it comes to Memento, the first film in the Sundance competition to go into wide release and my favorite among the sixteen dramas that vied for prizes.’
A man looking to avenge his brutally murdered wife has also some issues of his own. The movie is genuinely perplexing and dark but it’s a treat to watch for thrill-lovers.
Who would not watch a movie with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in it. And when it is known to be the bleakest films in the mainstream cinema history, obviously why not. This movie is dark, disturbing and occasionally gory. It saves its shocking revelations for the final scenes. Movies like these are indeed, lethal. Checkout Se7en rating on IMDb.