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When horror is well directed and well presented, it can really entertain. A good horror flick is like a really juicy forbidden truth - you know it's bad for you but you just can't resist!
For all you horror freaks, here's a list of totally nightmare-inducing films that'll certainly leave you scared out of your wits.
Our thirst for psychological thrillers seems to be insatiable. They give us unsettling narratives, crazed characters and malign motives. And yet, as with horror movies, we are drawn to them, again and again—despite our better selves.
Some believe that this is precisely the point. Psychological thrillers allow us to explore the more sinister sides of our imagination, and even let us live as our darker selves—vicariously, momentarily and without suffering any of the consequences. As Paul Roberts wrote in a 1995 edition of Psychology Today on "Forbidden Thinking"—"We all have dark impulses. None of us wants them. Yet attempts to suppress them can turn them into agents of harm."
However, there may be more innocent reasons behind the enduring popularity of psychological thrillers. The best movies in the genre are often recognised for the mind-bending power of their plots, and if we watch movies partly to escape—to distract ourselves from the dreary, unstimulating reality of our day-to-day lives—then there are few more captivating routes out. Movies such as Memento, Fight Club and Donnie Darko both appeal to our problem-solving tendencies and outmaneuver them.
The unique ingredients that define a psychological thriller continue to divide critics. The genre's closest cousin may be horror, with both known to produce sweaty palms. But while the borders of any genre are blurry, there are important differences.
Perhaps the key contrast to horror is in the audience reaction, and what they remember afterwards. Whereas a good psychological thriller has you on the edge of your seat, constantly questioning what might happen next, a good horror movie has you gripping the arms of your chair (or perhaps the person sitting next to you), waiting for the next scare. Once the movie is over and you leave the theater, one should leave you puzzling over how the plot played out—the other is more likely to leave you with, well, horror.
But psychological thrillers do have a similar focus on fear and suspense. "Fear isn't so difficult to understand," Alfred Hitchcock—perhaps the master of the genre—once said. "After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual."
Is your mind playing tricks? Or is something evil going on? These Psychological Thrillers feature unseen dangers, untrustworthy characters, and unsettling suspense.
Do you remember being a child and the best means for entertainment was TV? They can say what they want about our generation, but we had the best television shows. Nickelodeon alone occupied our minds with the best TV shows that could ever be offered.
To honor the network’s legacy, here are some of the nostalgic shows from our childhood that made a part of those long-lasting memories.
Guide: 01-10 - Nickelodeon Shows 11-40 - Nickelodeon Animations 41-50 - Nick Jr.
A Perfect Depiction of a Sociopath Who'd Do Anything for Love!
'You' is the classic story of boy meets girl, except the boy is actually a deranged stalker. Yes, a story we have been told before but this time we are getting it from the point of view of the stalker.
It's smart and mean in all the right ways, with a devilish sensibility and a clever, inviting pessimism, like the friend who wants you to sit in the back with her and make jokes. 'You' rolls its eyes at trying-to-be-cool people the same way actual cool people do.
In the first season, we saw Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager immediately smitten with Guinevere Beck, a poetry grad student. She goes by Beck, so you can immediately tell how cool and irreverent she is - well, how cool and irreverent she wants to be. She's actually tedious and self-absorbed and way too into Instagram; and that's good news for Joe, our stalker. I won't say anymore as you should know by now where this is going.
The second season sees Joe now wanting to keep a low profile and be a better person but could he really accomplish that after all he's done? In this season we see that love attracts and seeks the same type of love. We always think that our actions are justifiable because they're "out of love" but when someone does the same things back for us, we can finally see what is wrong with us.
Great acting, inventive storytelling, truly unsettling, and underlyingly creepy; 'You' is a binge-worthy Netflix title and my recommendation for your next watch.
A Perfect Blend Of Unsettling Environment and Horror Through The Tone And Cinematography
Sitting on the comfort of my couch and freezing from the winter cold in the middle of the night, I stumbled upon this movie on Netflix. Curious, I started watching it.
The whole cinematography and the creepy tone that's set gave me chills throughout the movie (or maybe it was just the cold). As the story started to unfold and the slow pacing of uneasiness started to get to me, I felt the pounding of my heart and the goosebumps across my whole body; it was at this moment that I decided to give it 10 stars for achieving the feeling of scariness that happens once in a blue moon with horror movies.
Although the buildup was unsettling and the characters, tone and direction did their best to create that feeling, the climax felt underwhelming (and it's the same case with some other reviews I've seen). Nonetheless, in the world of bad horror movies, it's one of the better ones.