There has always been a highly appreciated dark side of cinema. Today we take a stroll the the parts where the light don’t shine. The part not haunted by the insidious creatures but the torch dwellers themselves. Today we have curated a list of 5 psychological thrillers that are curated just for the cold bloods. 5 films that dwell in the darkest corners of your minds.
The Lighthouse (2019)
Director – Robert Eggers
Runtime – 1h 50 mins.
Cast – Robert Pattinson, William Dafoe
Shot in the brilliantly claustrophobic 1:19:1 aspect ratio. The Black and White film derives the roots for it’s horrors from the paranoia and delusions caused by the monotony of isolation. The film does include some weird and unforgettable visuals. The acting performance of both Dafoe and Pattinson are enough to make your bones chilled and your jaws dropped.
The Babadook (2014)
Director – Jennifer Kent
Runtime – 1h 32 mins.
Cast – Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
The Babadook is a very dark tale, surrounding a widowed woman taking care of her son. Things change drastically as a mysterious book unexpectedly shows up at their door. The mother begins to feel haunted by a supernatural presence. However, the most horrifying part is that most of the horrors generate from the mother’s own deteriorated mind.
The Shining (1980)
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Runtime – 2h 24 mins.
Cast – Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
Here we have the iconic “Here’s Johnny” moment. The Shining has to be one of the top most scary psychological horrors out there. The slow descent of Nicholson into madness keeps the audiences on their feet. Under the immaculate supervision of Kubrick, the film roars on to it’s competitors. If you are a horror fan then add the film to your must watch list.
Get Out (2017)
Director – Jordan Peele
Runtime – 1h 44 mins.
Cast – Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams
Get Out has to be without question in the top 2 of the list, It is like Director Jordan Peele has dragged ear marked fears under a microscope and put all of them in the same pellet. Hard to classify as a genre, Get Out is the story of a man who visits the parents of his Caucasian girlfriend on a weekend getaway only to find out what horrors await him there. Get Out is a must watch and it has placed itself high among the top horror films of the century.
Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Runtime – 1h 49 mins.
Cast – Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh
As we move to the number 1 spot we return to the master of suspense, the OG Alfred Hitchcock. The film spreads it’s horror through the eyes of Perkins. The story revolves around Marion who disappears after stealing money from her employer and checks in to a motel. However, her life story takes a wild twist when she meets Norman Bates there. Psycho has to be the epitome of the Psychological Horrors with such gritty realities that delve deep in our minds and are dragged out explicitly by the amazing craft of the director.
This completes our list of our top 5 psychological thrillers of all time.