The most courageous movie fanatics are the ones that follow and enjoy the most fearless genre of entertainment, Psychological Thriller movies. The Psychological thriller is full of unexpected twists and turns, tension, anxiety, terror, and uncertainty reflected viewers and have them sitting on the edge of their seats. The viewers are left or forced themselves to question what the hell did they witness? Sometimes it urges them to ask themselves, their close ones, and even their reality.
Now that the stage has been set, this listicle consists of 10 Psychological Mind Bender movies that will make you question everything:-
1. Shutter Island (2010), a psychological Neo-noir drama
Nothing in this movie is as it seems. It is a twisted psychological Neo-noir drama directed by Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a US Marshal and Teddy Daniels, played by Mark Ruffalo, investigates an island currently a mental asylum. This movie will keep you hanging at the edge and at times intellectually creep you out as the US Marshal and his partner Teddy Daniel embark on the course to an insane asylum on an island where a killer has escaped. In doing so, Teddy Daniels discover a shocking truth about the place.
2. Get Out (2017)
The movie Get Out is a funny and brilliant subversive horror film with a massive twist about a young American guy traveling on a trip to the country. He eventually realizes his worst fears while meeting his white girlfriend’s horrifying family upstate on a celebration weekend. Every sentence spoken by the characters becomes a shred of retrospective evidence of the outcome.
The movie’s slow-burn quickly becomes irrelevant as it adds the needed effect to the first half, hinting that something is quite not suitable. In contrast, the second half will keep you at the very edge of the seat as it is filled with action and twists.
3. The Platform (2019)
The Platform (Spanish: El Hoyo, transl. The Hole (The Hole (Spanish) is a 2019 Spanish movie, a surprise hit at 2020’s Toronto Film Festival, suspenseful, dramatic, dystopian thrillers, and highly gory sci-fi/thriller movies by Spanish debutant director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia.
The movie is set in the future, where prisoners are housed in a vertical self-management center known as ‘The Pit.’ It acts as a mirror of our society as the tower-style building, the wealth of food typically descends as inmates in the upper cells are well-fed while the lower inmates are left to starve. This movie might keep you off your food for some time.
4. The Girl on the Train (2016)
This list of psychological thriller movies will not be completed without the most anticipated one. Based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel by the same name, The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller movie starring Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson.
The basic plotline follows the commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), a divorced alcoholic, who catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect and romantic couple, Scott and Megan. They live next to her ex-husband, and she watched them from the window of her Train. When Megan suddenly goes missing, Rachel Watson embarks on the journey of a chaotic investigation that takes her deeper into her dark past.
The much-awaited Bollywood remake of the movie The Girl On The Train, Ribhu Dasgupta, starring Parineeti Chopra, has been released.
5. Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl is an unsettling mystery physiological thriller based on a novel by American writer Gillian Flynn. It is directed by David Fincher, who brings out the best in the movie by following the life of Nick Dunne after his disappearance of his on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. The increasing pressure of the police and media crumbles the facade of a loving and blissful union, thus unwrapping the mystery of did he or did he not.
Imagine your husband saying, “I imagine cracking open her head, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers.” Suffice to say, Gone Girl is a psychological thriller movie with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat and deviated from the common who did it to who to believe.
6. Midsommar (2019)
As the movie begins, you may feel like the story is too slow. But hang on, as the visuals and symbolism take place, you will start recognizing the interconnection between land, the way the community use magic, shares the emotion and embodied frequency. As critics acclaim, this psychological thriller movie has surpassed Hereditary in terms of sheer brilliance.
This movie is a visual psychedelic palette, filled with vivid, ceremonial, and shamanic, which will give you a scare.
7. Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan is a seductive and thought-provoking psychological thriller that will make you question whether one academy award was enough for Natalie Portman.
It follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with paranoia and delusion when she receives a promotion and is not able to achieve perfection.
8. Psycho (1960)
This list of psychological thriller movies won’t be complete without the pioneer of this genre, a bit of Alfred Hitchcock. If you haven’t already seen Psycho, then you’re missing the best of a psychological thriller. The nail-biter sequence of this movie, the bathroom scene, is a must-watch.
9. The Lighthouse (2019)
The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers, set on a remote island is the claustrophobia of horror and psychological thriller. It follows a young man played by Robert Pattinson trying to keep his sanity while working for his unlikable superior played by Willem Dafoe for the four-week shift.
10. Arrival (2016)
The 2016’s Psychological thriller movie, Arrival isn’t the typical Alien vs. Predator or movie; this movie stars Amy Adams and is a sci-thriller that received eight Academy nominations. The film’s plotline follows humans trying to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors and will leave you with millions of questions, even after the credits roll.
That’s the end to the list of 10 Psychological mind-benders movies, honoring the best entertainment genre.
Edited by Prakriti Arora