There is nothing quite like a film that sticks in your head for weeks after it is over. Psychological thrillers can seriously mess with your brain, causing you to question everything you know. Some of the best movies are filled with twists and turns where you never really know what is happening. According to a popular internet forum, these twelve films are seriously dark and twisted psychological thriller films to torture your brain.
1. Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window has had many different adaptations since its release. Still, the original remains one of the most well-known psychological thrillers of all time — and for a good reason. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller tells the story of a photographer who believes he’s witnessed a murder from his window.
2. American Psycho (2000)
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. American Psycho is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.
3. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
Plagued by waking nightmares, two siblings suspect something evil is taking over their family at an isolated farmhouse. The Dark and the Wicked is so disturbing that many viewers claim they had to sleep with their lights on for days after watching it.
4. 1408 (2007)
1408 follows a successful author who enjoys worldwide acclaim debunking supernatural phenomena. He checks into the Dolphin Hotel, ignoring the warnings of the hotel manager.
He learns the meaning of real terror when he spends the night in a reputedly haunted room – room 1408. One movie lover comments, “Don’t let the PG-13 rating fool you. This movie gets hard to watch at points.”
5. The House That Jack Built (2018)
Failed architect and vicious sociopath Jack recounts his elaborately orchestrated murders. He views them as a towering work of art that defines his life’s work as a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest. While this one lands a little on the long side, it is worth the watch due to how twisted and disturbing it is.
6. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images.
His girlfriend, Jezzie, and ex-wife, Sarah, try to help, but to little avail. Even Singer’s chiropractor friend fails to reach him as he descends into madness. One cinephile confesses this is their favorite movie of all time and one they revisit often.
7. Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac is a true crime adaptation about the real-life Zodiac killer. Throughout the late ’60s, a series of brutal murders took place in the San Francisco Bay Area. The murderer subsequently sent letters and ciphers to the police and local newspapers, along with bloody clothing, hinting at his identity. This film details the hunt for one of America’s most infamous killers.
8. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt tells the story of Uncle Charlie, a very charming man. However, his niece slowly realizes he is wanted for murder, and he soon recognizes her suspicions. Although one of the suspected murderers is killed and the case is considered closed, she still has suspicions.
9. Mulholland Drive (2001)
A dark-haired woman is left amnesiac after a car crash, deciding to wander the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty, a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity.
10. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Perhaps one of the most terrifying films, Rosemary’s Baby, follows a young woman who believes her baby is not of this world. Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors, the Castavets. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, she becomes increasingly isolated, and the sinister truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.
11. Diabolique (1955)
A boarding school’s cruel and abusive headmaster becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo — his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after his corpse mysteriously disappears.
12. Gaslight (1944)
Ingrid Bergman plays a young singer who meets the love of her life in Gaslight. Unfortunately, almost immediately after getting married and moving in together, he turns out to be manipulative and emotionally abusive. This movie will have you wondering who is in the right and who is in the wrong, right up until the bitter end.
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