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Top 5 psychological Horror Movies

  • Jun 11, 2010
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I just realised that there are 3 Polanski films on this list. I suppose that makes sense when you think about it.
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Oldboy
Oh yes, this IS a horror movie!
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Repulsion
Polanski's film of a young woman going mad as she is left alone with her demons is one of my favorites.
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The Tenant
Polanski himself stars in this one as a timid man who rents an apartment after its previous occupant tried to commit suicide.

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June 17, 2010
YES great list, I love Oldboy. Been a while since I watched that, weekend here we come.
June 17, 2010
I saw it for the first time only recently so it's fresh in my mind.
June 18, 2010
You can't take the horror out of it no matter how hard you try.
 
June 12, 2010
I've never seen (or heard of) OldBoy, Repulsion or The Tenant but would love to see them after appearing on your list. I would however love to see why, in your opinion, they were so great! Rosemary's Baby was a good one to put on the list as far as psychologically horrifying; to see a woman knowing something is wrong and not knowing where to turn to or who to trust always gets me in the gut when watching---I loved it!
June 12, 2010
OLDBOY isn't for everyone. It's a Korean film and it's not just psychological it's violent and pretty hard to take. I'd advise checking out some reviews of it first. REPULSION starred Catherine Deneuve and it was Polanski's first feature film in English. THE TENANT is French They're all pretty easy to find.
 
June 12, 2010
Okay, you've got some great stuff, but I'm sure you could extend this list to at least ten if not more.
June 12, 2010
Probably. But the guy who did the original list only had 5 on his so I went with it.
June 13, 2010
I would add Cronenberg's "The Fly" off the top of my head.
June 13, 2010
Out of all the stuff Cronenberg has done I'd say that THE FLY is probably one of the least psychcologically based.
June 13, 2010
I don't know, I would say that the idea of a physical and mental transformation that you have no control over is the essence of psychological horror. Kafka thought so too.
June 13, 2010
Well just because there are bugs involved doesn't mean that this is comparable to "Metamorphosis". Wait, wasn't that Camus? I wouldn't win on Jeopardy today. I really don't know.
June 13, 2010
Well, yeah, sort of. The idea of people metamorphosing into insects or arachnids dates back to ancient Egyptian culture and early African folklore, but it was more the Greeks that popularized it and turned it into a punishment decreed by the gods. However, the first real example of a person turning into a bug in a work of literature was in Kafka's 1915 novella "The Metamorphosis" about Gregor Samsa who awakes to find that he's become a giant beetle.
June 13, 2010
I KNEW that I didn't know. I even read the damned thing.
June 13, 2010
I'll be reviewing some Kafka at some point in the future... way off in the future.
June 14, 2010
Way, way off I hope.
June 14, 2010
Not interested? Oh, I'm so hurt!
June 15, 2010
I'd read it but there are other things I'd rather see I supose.
June 16, 2010
Okay, okay, no big beetles for Queenie then. ; )
June 16, 2010
Cronenberg's SPIDER is far more psychological than THE FLY--or there's always (shudder) CRASH. I have another new list up by the way.
June 16, 2010
I loved "Crash" too. In fact, almost everything Cronenberg has done has been in the category of either psychological drama psychological horror, or psychological thriller. You could even add "A History of Violence" to that statement too.
June 16, 2010
CRASH was a little embarrassing. It sort of said that his psychoanalyst was going to be making a LOT more money in the future.
June 17, 2010
You didn't like it? I thought it was great, but then I love anything that's disturbing or depressing... at least, so long as it's intentional. Right now, I'm all over "Requiem for a Dream" which I've watched three times in a row. See, I am a masochist. Gloom and doom makes me happy.
June 17, 2010
Even my daughter didn't like it. She embarrassed Rob in the lobby of the theater by doing the dialogue from one of the scenes.
June 17, 2010
Weird. By the way, I never saw "Spiders", at least that I can remember. Is it good?
June 17, 2010
Not plural, singular. A lot of people didn't like it--it wasn't "Cronenberg" enough for them. I liked it though. Certainly a lot more than CRASH.
June 17, 2010
Hmmmmm, I'll have to give it a view sometime.
June 18, 2010
I'd be interested in seeing if you hate it as much as everyone else seems to.
June 18, 2010
I'm not really hateful unless we're talking about the majority of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and remakes... oh, and pretty anything having to do with Jerry Bruckheimer, Roland Emmerich, and Michael Bay. And then there's also my dislike of mainstream politics, but I wouldn't go so far to call that hate, at least not when I'm in a good mood. ; )
June 18, 2010
Okay. Dislike strongly.
 
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