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Psychological horror movies 2010-02-07 23:49:48 Reply

I was wondering if you guys could give me some suggestions as to what good psychological horror movies to watch. I just finished watching "Session 9" and although the ending was a little predictable for my tastes, I thought it was terrific movie for the most part.

For those of you who don't know exactly what I mean by "Psychological horror", I mean movies like "Jacob's Ladder", "The Vanishing", "Rosemary's Baby", etc. Definitely not gore-fests like "Saw" or "Hostel", or J-Horror like "Ringu" or "Ju-on".

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-07 23:52:31 Reply

Go watch 'the hottie and the nottie'

You'll be traumatized.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-07 23:57:03 Reply

At 2/7/10 11:49 PM, RecklessYouth wrote:

:I just finished watching "Session 9" and although the ending was a little predictable for my tastes, I thought it was terrific movie for the most part.

"And where do you live, Simon?" "I live in the weak...and the wounded....Doc."

That part gave me the chills.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-07 23:59:22 Reply

this is worse than any horror movie: http://www.neonbubble.com/article/necrop hilia-for-beginners


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:01:47 Reply

At 2/7/10 11:52 PM, Im-A-Pirate wrote: Go watch 'the hottie and the nottie'

You'll be traumatized.

My ex-girlfriend made me watch that abomination. I still wake up in cold sweats some nights because of that movie.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:04:25 Reply

At 2/7/10 11:57 PM, Funkybob2 wrote: "And where do you live, Simon?" "I live in the weak...and the wounded....Doc."

That part gave me the chills.

I liked that part, too. I thought it was a nice supernatural twist to the movie. I just didn't like the climax too much, it felt a little cliche.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:11:03 Reply

Shutter Island is coming out, that looks like it will be a good movie to fuck with the mind.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:25:40 Reply

At 2/8/10 12:12 AM, TomFulpIsNotGreat wrote: Are you sure even THIS doesn't fuck with your mind?

Creepy, but what am I supposed to be seeing? All I see are some dirty walls and some fucked up looking tree


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:27:29 Reply

At 2/8/10 12:11 AM, Ganon-Dorf wrote

Shutter Island is coming out, that looks like it will be a good movie to fuck with the mind.

the part where the old patient looks at leo and goes "shh" scares the fuckin shit out of me


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:29:59 Reply

At 2/8/10 12:01 AM, RecklessYouth wrote: My ex-girlfriend made me watch that abomination. I still wake up in cold sweats some nights because of that movie.

I'm in for a big treat :3


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:30:32 Reply

Watch eraserhead...although it isn't really scary, it's very weird lol. Watch it while smacked and it will blow your mind.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:35:29 Reply

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 00:38:12 Reply

At 2/8/10 12:30 AM, Bladezguy wrote: Watch eraserhead...although it isn't really scary, it's very weird lol. Watch it while smacked and it will blow your mind.

Thats exactly the kind of movie I had in mind, but alas, I've already seen it. Psych-horror movies don't necessarily have to have "scary" elements, like murder and gore and monsters and the like. It just needs to be highly atmospheric with a prevailing sense of dread, at least thats the characteristics I see that these types of movies tend to have in common.

And yes, I have watched "Eraserhead" while toked up, and boy oh boy was that alotta fun.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 01:02:21 Reply

Orphan is actually a pretty good psychological horror movie.

The characters are well written and surprisingly well acted, and it is genuinely disturbing.
Bit sad that the sexual elements were so overblown, though.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 01:16:22 Reply

At 2/8/10 01:02 AM, EvilerBowser1001 wrote: Orphan is actually a pretty good psychological horror movie.

The characters are well written and surprisingly well acted, and it is genuinely disturbing.
Bit sad that the sexual elements were so overblown, though.

Just read a small synopsis of the movie. Not exactly what I had in mind, but I think I'll give it a shot.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:04:59 Reply

Any Steven King movie such as The Fog or The Shining etc.
Silent Hill
A Clockwork Orange haven't seen but I heard it's good
I also think The Midnight Express is a little scary just because how insane it is but not really a "horror"
Suspiria
Movies by Dario Argento (best are his 1970's, 1980's films) but they aren't really psychological
Also heard Solaris (1972) was good but I have no idea what it is.

I like GOOD horror movies but it's sad I can't think of more xD. I liked Jacoub's Ladder but unfortunately I only watched half of it cause the video cut off or something.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:13:36 Reply

The Shining would probably be to your tastes.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:16:17 Reply

At 2/8/10 02:04 AM, Icecry0 wrote: A Clockwork Orange haven't seen but I heard it's good

Not really a horror film at all, but it is definately an amazing movie that everyone should see.

OP, I reccomend American Psycho.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:26:43 Reply

At 2/8/10 12:11 AM, Ganon-Dorf wrote: Shutter Island is coming out, that looks like it will be a good movie to fuck with the mind.

This. Its been extremely critically acclaimed so far and apparently has several huge twists to completely fuck with your mind.
I wont be returning to this thread after this post though as I'm sure some dick is going to post the twists.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:37:32 Reply

Identity is kind of good, the only down side with the movie is that John Cusac is starring in that film, as a ex cop how has lost he's family etc the same when comes Cusac.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:52:00 Reply

At 2/8/10 02:37 AM, Mismo wrote: Identity is kind of good, the only down side with the movie

is the title.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:58:33 Reply

At 2/8/10 02:52 AM, o0-0o wrote:
At 2/8/10 02:37 AM, Mismo wrote: Identity is kind of good, the only down side with the movie
is the title.

The title is "Identity".


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 02:59:42 Reply

At 2/8/10 02:58 AM, Mismo wrote:
The title is "Identity".

I said that was the downside. For obvious reasons I won't get into for people who haven't seen it.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 03:20:46 Reply

At 2/8/10 01:02 AM, EvilerBowser1001 wrote: Orphan is actually a pretty good psychological horror movie.

The characters are well written and surprisingly well acted, and it is genuinely disturbing.
Bit sad that the sexual elements were so overblown, though.

"I will cut off your little dick before you even know what it's for." That line is so disturbing.

If you want some really psychologically fucked up films, watch Philosophy of a Knife or Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, but only at your own risk. Antichrist is a much tamer version of those, except it's still not for the faint of heart.

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 03:56:30 Reply

The Cube is a fun B-grade psychological horror movie - also sci fi.

And uh... maybe one of the sunniest horror movies I've ever seen was Tideland by Terry Gilliam. At least I consider it a psychological horror movie of sorts.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 05:05:40 Reply

I'm not sure if it counts as a horror or thriller.

But Event Horizon is a pretty chilling movie.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 06:07:27 Reply

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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 11:20:15 Reply

At 2/8/10 03:56 AM, Bacchanalian wrote: The Cube is a fun B-grade psychological horror movie - also sci fi.

And uh... maybe one of the sunniest horror movies I've ever seen was Tideland by Terry Gilliam. At least I consider it a psychological horror movie of sorts.

"The Cube" sounds pretty strange and surreal. Definitely putting that on my to-watch list. "Tideland" I had heard was either the best or the worst movie people have seen. Gonna give it a watch as well.


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 11:25:31 Reply

At 2/8/10 05:05 AM, Oppugnant wrote: I'm not sure if it counts as a horror or thriller.

But Event Horizon is a pretty chilling movie.

I've seen it. One of the most underrated horror movies I've witnessed, as I thought the revelation of what was wrong with the ship was pretty chilling. Who knew Paul Anderson could actually make a decent movie, huh?


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Response to Psychological horror movies 2010-02-08 13:15:02 Reply

A Tale Of Two Sisters: a Korean psychological horror cult classic about a family moving into a new house in the middle of nowhere. Yes, things end up seeming out of the ordinary: a step-mother that's just a tad bit too anxious to please; a daughter that does not speak; girls under the sink; dead budgies; etc - first time I watched this film, I had to re-watch it from the beginning again as I was utterly confused. When you understand what's going on, it becomes truly disturbing.

Martyrs: a brilliant French arthouse horror that just pushes the boundaries of cinema - the first 30 minutes MIGHT just seem a little predictable (with a nasty scarred lady-beast representing a haunting emotion for SOME REASON), but after that, you're thrown down into the darkest cesspit that film has to offer... and it isn't pretty. Two girls: one was tortured at a young age but managed to escape - they were both looked after at an orphanage and gained a close bond. The girl that was tortured is still constantly tortured by guilt until the day when she tries to overcome it. Why was she tortured, though? Well, that leads to an amazing sequence that the other girl must experience... This film is a piece of grotesque art.

Eraserhead: once stated by David Lynch - "This film is many things: it's a comedy; a romance; a horror". Yeah, well keep in mind that David Lynch is the mastermind behind ABSURDA (his own film production agency): this film really does require an open mind. It may take a few watches to gain an idea of what actually is going on - it's all about your own interpretation. Nevertheless, you'll still get creeped out by Eraserhead. A man and his girlfriend have a child that resembles a sort of reptillian feotus. Oh, you are sick!

The Balir Witch Project: I stated in another thread recently why I love this film so much - I may be flamed for expressing my opinion on this film... it is an atmospherical film: there isn't anything that really jumps at the screen (and, of course, if you're into the silly torture-porn horror franchises, you should not watch this film) - it's playing with psychology. The film is an interesting ephasis of the line between sanity and insanity. As we watch the teenage documentarians in the distressing situation, we should start wondering to ourselves: what would we do in that situation?

Throughout the movie, an eerie atmosphere is created effectively - most definitely with the ending (I won't be specific for those who want to see the film). The film really does play with the smallest of details too: when watching the film, make sure you are paying attention as the statements that seem least significant will definitely come to play on your mind towards the end.

I do enjoy a lot of psychological films, but those are just three from the top of my head. If you're interested in a good horror film, I'd suggest you look into watching these three.


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