There’s an inherent irony and difficulty in recommending films you should watch with as little information as possible. But sometimes you’re looking to be surprised, and just knowing that there are surprises doesn’t ruin the content of the surprise.
At least that’s what one movie fan who says they recently watched Kevin Smith’s Tusk and were shocked in the best way is looking for when they ask other film fans for suggestions of movies to watch with little to no foreknowledge. As always, other film lovers are more than happy to recommend various movies that deliver delightful, horrifying, and hilarious surprises.
1. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Bone Tomahawk is a western that follows a group of men tracking down an indigenous tribe that kidnapped one of their wives. Saying anything further would give away the surprise you certainly won’t see coming from this standard Western premise. It’s also noteworthy that the film is incredibly well written by writer/director S. Craig Zahler and stars Kurt Russell as one of the travelers.
2. Event Horizon (1997)
Event Horizon starts off seeming like a riff on Alien and turns into something much more unexpected and perhaps more frightening. The film follows a space crew sent to explore a ship that disappeared years ago but has recently reappeared on the radar. It’s got a stellar cast featuring Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne and is perhaps the best movie directed by Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson.
3. Mulholland Drive (2001)
Most David Lynch movies should be watched with minimal information about what’s in store. But Mulholland Drive stands out among his filmography as a film that’s impossible to pin down and arguably his best. The movie begins with a beautiful young woman hoping to become a star coming to Los Angeles and takes several twists and turns from there.
4. Hard Candy (2005)
Before Elliott Paige played the lovable misfit Juno in Juno, they played a mysterious young girl who meets up with an adult man after meeting him online in Hard Candy. That’s all you need to know before going into Hard Candy, as everything else that happens is perfectly revealed over the course of the movie.
5. Annihilation (2018)
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s book of the same name, Annihilation follows a group of women entering a mysterious area known as “The Shimmer” that springs up around a comet that hit the Earth. I won’t tell you what happens in The Shimmer, but trust me; Annihilation is one of the most exciting and fascinating science fiction films of the 21st century.
6. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
One Cut of the Dead is a movie about making a movie that contains several surprises for viewers. Without spoiling any of them, I can give away that the film includes a genuinely incredible, over 40-minute long take that has to be seen to be believed.
7. Barbarian (2022)
2022 was an excellent year for horror, but nothing was as surprising (in various ways) as Barbarian. The movie begins when two people are accidentally double-booked for an Airbnb, but you’ll never guess where it goes from there. It’s also impossible to get a sense of the film while watching it, making it all the more exciting, fun, and scary.
8. The Thing (1982)
The only thing you need to know about The Thing is that an alien crash lands in Antarctica, and the crew of a research station finds it centuries later. Where it goes from there is horror and science fiction movie history and legend. If you don’t already know, save yourself the knowledge, and experience one of the most amazing and amazingly surprising movies ever made.
9. Sunshine (2007)
Sunshine, similarly to Event Horizon, follows the crew of a spaceship. But their mission isn’t to investigate an abandoned ship; it’s to restart the sun. It’s a wild concept that the film, full of an outstanding international cast, plays straight and is all the better for it, especially as the story takes increasingly wild twists and turns as the crew approaches the sun.
10. The Handmaiden (2016)
Park Chan Wook’s Oldboy is a classic of “go in blind” cinema, but his 2016 film The Handmaiden deserves just as much attention. The movie, which follows a young woman pickpocket who a con man enlists to con a wealthy heiress out of her fortune, isn’t just a wonderfully surprising movie; it’s also Park’s best.
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