A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
How far would you go to win the ultimate job?
The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Well this was a surprise! Exam, directed by Stuart Hazeldine and a film I'd never heard of before.
The film centres around 8 candidates for an important position in a mysterious corporation. This is the final test as all 8 are seated in a room and given an exam paper and a few simple rules. The papers turn out to be blank and the tension begins to build in the room as the candidates become confused and desperate to be the one to find the answer to this conundrum as the clock ticks down.
This fresh and original film took me by surprise by how good it was as I had set myself rather low expectations. The whole film is…
Question 1: What should you watch if you're in the mood for a low-budget thriller?
This movie has it's problems. Some really flawed logic, cliche writing, bad acting...But I've never been a fan of sound logic. What this movie does is hold your attention. It's a quick, 1 hour and 40 minute movie that doesn't take a whole lot of concentration to follow but still lets you feel like a genius when you solve the riddle.
8 people, 1 room, 80 minutes to answer the final question to get the dream job they all hope to receive. Just one problem: what is the question?
Is it possible to make a low budget movie about 8 people in a room interesting and entertaining? Absolutely yes!
This psychological thriller is tense and mysterious and has a great atmosphere, and especially in the first 80 minutes you are wondering what is going on.
The acting overall was great with Luke Mably as the star of this movie as White.
If only the final 10 minutes would have had the strength of the previous 80 minutes this would have been a master piece.
Like found-footage, the single location genre is one that I pretty much enjoy no matter how shitty the film. Exam is no different. It has a ridiculous amount of plot holes, the acting is laughable, and the ending is worse than a high school play. But, lo, I still sorta dug it.
I guess that means I dig high school plays.
There's a risk of me giving away spoilers if I write anything more than main plot in this movie; which is that there are eight people in a guarded room, they're all after a job, they're given a task of answering a question within 85minutes with instructions of not destroying the paper, not talking to the guard or leave the room. But the paper they all have in front of them is blank. What's the question? And what is their responses to this mindfuck of a test.
Me not wanting to write anything more concrete about it, I thought that I could write down some bad characteristics/personality traits that I have, that probably would make me fail this test miserably.…
Recommended by Dilip
All soldiers are gamblers.
Exam is unlike any exam you’ve ever witnessed or experienced. Eight people enter a room. With a chance for lifelong career success. What lies between them and the ultimate dream job, is a simple test. Only it’s not so simple. Yes, the idea for such a film with a handful of characters and a constant setting has been done numerous times before. But even with the few clichés that it does submit itself to and the unsatisfying, lazy climax, Exam for the most part is successful in grabbing the viewer’s attention with it’s interesting premise.
With some surprisingly impressive performances from the cast (especially from Luke Mably as White and Jimi Mistry as Brown), this film is definitely one worth watching for the original concept, the slight unpredictability and the thrilling screenplay.
Underwatched, in my opinion.
Una premisa interesante, aunque un tanto trillada: una serie de desconocidos en una habitación con una prueba determinante que deben resolver, por la que están dispuestos a hacer lo que sea. "El método" pero más flojita, y mejores actores, actores que por contra no interpretan personajes ni de lejos tan profundos como en otra prima hermana: Cube. Toda la tensión inicial se va desvaneciendo poco a poco, hasta quedar en pequeños arrebatos puntuales, cada vez con menos fuerza. Los intentos por profundizar en la vida o la psicología de los personajes son bastante pobres, y la inmensa mayoría de ellos da la sensación de que están un poco para hace bulto. Donde en Cube teníamos personajes realmente bien definidos, con…
La premisa de Exam es de esas ideas originales (aunque cada vez menos) y muy atractivas que si son bien desarrolladas te puede salir una peli tensa y cojonuda. Y bueno, durante la primera media hora lo consigue... Pero eso, solo durante ese tramo, porque a medida que el reloj del examen va bajando, la tensión creada va desapareciendo de igual manera que el misterio sobre la pregunta me va interesando cada vez menos y la peli es cada vez más aburrida. Puede que sea culpa mía, ya que supongo esperaba algo mucho más violento y macabro y no una versión light de lo que seríamos capaces de hacer para acceder a un puesto de trabajo.
well I spent my 80 minutes mocking the test takers. Have you ever come across a more unlikable bunch of ragtag munchkins? Candidate 4 was my favourite. Her absence was sorely felt throughout my entire household.
Yet another reason to hate the whites.
Just loved the movie. Most amazed thing is that - the whole movie is completed in one room. The story-line was much interesting.
The more I think about this movie, the less rating I give it.
Πολύ ωραία ταινία. Το αρνητικό που έχει είναι μόνο το ότι είναι γυρισμένη μέσα σε ένα μόνο δωμάτιο. Κατά τ' άλλα, σε κάνει να έχεις αγωνία όλη την ώρα και να προσπαθείς να καταλάβεις τι έχει συμβεί. Θα τη λατρέψουν όσοι αγαπούν τους γρίφους.
I was pretty impressed with the ending to this film and a lot of the ideas behind this film are very interesting. That being said, it could've been executed better and certain moments do seem cliche if you've seen other "time is running out" type films, but it's overall a pretty solid, entertaining film.
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…