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…
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.
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.
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.…
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.
That was lamme
For fans of the real-time genre, not necessarily those of psychological thrillers.
“How fucked up are you?”
“There are 20 minutes left; this fucked up”
It’s kind of frustrating how Exam bases its entire plot on a big mystery yet so much of it feels predictably familiar. I’ll be the first to admit what a sucker I am for these kinds of “put a few strangers together in a room and give them a clue to solve and let’s see what they do to each other”-movies but they often tend to end up in the same tracks and Exam isn’t exactly any different from that. From the get-go though, the premise is undeniably promising.
I can’t complain on the way Exam builds its mystery though, because for such short runtime director Stuart…
Single room story telling almost at its best. To make the plot work completely it had to insert a lot of extra exposition which is somewhat odd or out of the ordinary. This information that needs to be told is about the outside world and has quite a bit of effect on the outcome of the story on the inside of the room. The exposition is well layed down in the plot but it has too much weight in the climax, making the ending far-fetched and a little bit disappointing. Up till that point though, the film is very interesting. Solid characters, no stereotypes, logical thinking people, the kind you'd expect to be in this room. It's very intriguing to…
Great premise with a strong start but the ending was pretty stupid. I was excited when it started out like an escape the room type vibe and I was pumped to see them uncover clues. Kind of a let down that it just went the same old Lord of the Flies type route rather than something a little more adventurous. Not an unenjoyable watch, but definitely something of a missed opportunity. Cheesy at the end.
Modern day Britain is fighting a fatal pandemic that can only be kept at bay with expensive hourly medication. Eight people take part in a rather unorthodox interview for a coveted job at a biological research company, who may just hold the answer to a cure. Each candidate is given a blank piece of paper, and 80 minutes to solve an unspecified puzzle...
The premise alone is intriguing, and even at the film’s lowest points kept me holding out for a great reveal, but ultimately my overall satisfaction with Exam was affected when I looked back at it all as a whole. Unless you’re one of those cats that just live in the moment, man, my guess is…
More puzzles and mystery would make this film better imo, but instead they went for 80% arguing and fighting. I enjoyed the simular films "Circle" And "Cube" a lot more. Should have been called "Rectangle", maybe that would make it better.
a diamond in the low budget film category. my mind was in several places during this movie, but it was amazing. this simple concept was executed beautifully. i wish my exams were more exciting but less confusing than whatever happened in this film.
I was hoping this movie would remind me of CUBE, and it kind of does, but it's not as satisfying. It doesn't commit hard enough often enough.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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