Picking up a movie to watch is one of the most difficult tasks, especially with the endless number of genres. Each genre has an endless number of titles to pick from. However, one genre that actually stands out is psychological thrillers. Mind-bending stories that’ll keep you biting your nails (not literally) till the very end.
The films from this genre just make you ponder on the possibilities of life, death, and more. And some of them are worth watching and rewatching, be it because of the complicated plots, unclear endings, or underlying messages. Here are the top five psychological thrillers that are absolutely worth rewatching:
5. Get Out
- Released in: 2017
- Directed by: Jordan Peele
- Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, LaKeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, and more
Get Out is one movie that’ll create a certain eerie feeling very early in the story and will develop into something downright horrifying. Based on a twisted and extreme form of racism, Get Out is believed to be one of the finest movies of the 21st century.
However, the movie isn’t limited to just what the story is. Hints have been dropped, imagery has been used, and symbols are literally everywhere, you just need to see them. And all of it isn’t possible in a single watch.
4. Shutter Island
- Released in: 2010
- Director: Martin Scorsese
- Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, and more
The film follows the U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, who is investigating a missing person case in a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. However, is it all actually the way it looks? Or is it an illusion altogether?
Shutter Island is one mind-boggling neo-noir psychological thriller that’ll keep you at the edge of your seat till the very end. But, the actual details and hidden symbolism will only be visible when you’ll watch it again.
- Released in: 2019
- Director: Bong Joon-ho
- Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, Park Myung-hoon, and Lee Jung-eun
Parasite is an Oscar-winning South Korean drama that touches on the themes of wealth inequality and class difference. It follows a family that poses as skilled and qualified ‘unrelated’ workers and cons a wealthy family into employing them. But are they the real parasites?
The film taps into some very dark concepts with quite stark imagery. Though it won’t be visible to first-time viewers, it’d be more understandable after a rewatch.
2. Donnie Darko
- Released in: 2001
- Director: Richard Kelly
- Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, and more
If you’re someone who’s into dark sci-fi, the tangent universe, altered reality, and more, then Donnie Darko is just the pick for you. It is a cult classic psychological thriller that deals with a lot of relatable themes with a twisted sci-fi angle. Time travel, alternate universes, mental health, destiny, Donnie Darko has it all.
It follows a troubled teenager, Donnie who starts hallucinating a life-sized monstrous rabbit, named Frank. The monster starts affecting Donnie’s actions, and things seem to go south really soon. Being a complicated story with lots of underlying details, it is difficult to interpret its true meaning without watching it again.
- Released in: 2000
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, and more.
Christopher Nolan is practically one of the biggest names in directing and filmmaking, so we can’t expect anything less than amazing coming from him. And Memento is one name in his list of the most mind-boggling stories. It follows Leonard Shelby, who is suffering from anterograde amnesia. His condition doesn’t let him create any memories, while his wife’s killer is on the loose. How is he going to uncover the truth and take his revenge?
The film is filled with tiny details and underlying symbolism that one can only decipher after rewatching, sometimes even more than twice.
With this, we come to the end of the top five psychological thrillers that are absolutely worth rewatching. Stay with us here at Spiel Times for more content, and feel free to reach out with any and all sorts of queries and suggestions.
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