A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The secret lies within.
Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Identity is one of the finest thrillers that I have ever seen, reveling in genre cliches but twisting those tropes on their head which combines for a silly and utterly delightful little movie. John Cusack and Ray Liotta bring fantastic performances to this twisty story, and they stay serious and focused when it comes to the material. Throughout the film, the main attribute that sticks out is the tight pacing and ominous atmosphere, culminating in a 90 minute film that doesn't need to be a second longer; mainly because nothing could be added to perfect it anymore.
I don't think a motel has looked this creepy since Psycho, and that is a result of Phedon Papamichael's inky and bleak cinematography…
A pulpy, rain-soaked mystery that is part Hitchcock, Hawkes, and hothouse noir, James Mangold's "Indentity" engages with a fine cast, solid direction, and evocative atmosphere. It is an enormously entertaining thriller that combines a twisty who-dun-it with a tale of twisted madness.
Mangold's murder mystery follows a group of strangers who hole up at a remote motel while a torrential desert rainstorm howls outside. One by one, the members of the group meet a murderous demise. The narrative moves between this main thread and another that finds an imprisoned serial killer moving closer to his death row-end. How the strangers at the motel are connected and who will be the next to die are the question that power the plot,…
Film 10 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
"As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away."
When I first saw James Mangold's Identity back in 2003 I absolutely loved it. It's full of twists and misdirections that kept me guessing until the very end and I thought it was fantastic. When I joined Letterboxd I added it and rated it based on my memories of that initial viewing and gave it five stars. I've changed a lot since 2003, and I had a feeling once I watched this film again my rating would likely drop. It's a film that's twists and…
I saw this when it was released back in 2003 and I still don't think I've seen a film since that kept me guessing like this film did. Director James Mangold cleverly leads the viewer in several very plausible directions as to what's actually going on here and then caps it off with one of my favorite twists ever in a film! It's got a nice ensemble cast who all give very good performances. It's a film that is definitely my type of thing so I probably like it more than a lot of people, but I think it's an excellent entry into the mystery/thriller genre and well worth a watch for anyone who hasn't seen it.
From October: 31 Days, 31 Horrors
Love this film. LOVE IT. So well acted and utterly brilliant. Even though the twist is obvious, it doesn't matter because the way it is slowly unravelled is phenomenal. 90 minutes of fabulousness.
i find this productively stupid, if that's even a thing, in that the most amusing part about it is how absurd and pointlessly self-conscious it is. mileages will fluctuate wildly based solely on individual tolerance for the idea of an entire movie deliberate constructed around a ridiculous contrivance that allows its makers to repeatedly pull the rug out from under you with no regard for logic or narrative consequence.
"Identity" is an engaging thriller with some great thrills, a brisk pace, good performances (for the most part), and solid cinematography. But the last 20 minutes are terrible, with a twist that's been done before, which made me not even want to finish the movie. But besides that, and a couple of mediocre performances, "Identity" is a solid thriller that I would recommend overall.
Nota = 5,5
Ten strangers, stranded at a motel together during a storm, suddenly they're picked off one by one and now we've got Identity.
Identity tries to be original but gets caught up in it's own mess about half-way through and spends the rest of the running flailing about and going nowhere.
It's as if the writers weren't sure what kind of movie they were interested in making.
Anyway I'll finish by saying if you're an absolute sucker for 'Who done it ?' style films then you'll probably find Identity enjoyable but if you're just looking for a thriller I'd recommend Enemy or Gone Girl instead.
All rather silly.
Identity is the sixth film in my 100film challenge. This psychological thriller/horror from James Mangold (Copland, The Wolverine) was a film I remember enjoying as a teenager. Over ten years later it was fun to revisit this film.
It has a B-move feel too it with strong cast, including the ever reliable Ray Liotta and John Cusack (pretty much doing what they always do). It is ultimately a clever and entertaining film, executing the whole ‘who-done-it’ thing rather well.
I think perhaps it now feels a little dated and I can imagine some people not liking it, but having said that audience frustration is part and parcel of a mystery story line. It depends have fair the audience is willing to played around with. On reflection it has some strong moments that make it quite memorable. A good watch overall.
Brilliant!! A movie you can watch over and over again. Top class
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It was you Timmy, it was always you.
Whoa, this movie wasn’t at all what I expected. …looking at the box at the video store, I was expecting something really gory. I mean, there was some gore but not nearly as much as I thought which was a relief coz I watched this right before bed. Even though, I like horror films, I can still find it hard to sleep after seeing something really graphic or scary.
I guess the less said about the plot of this movie the better so I’d like to talk about the cast. Holy shit! This has so many great actors in it. Maybe some of them weren’t all that known in 2003 (when this came out) but to see it now it’s…
Part slasher, part psychological thriller, all brilliant. This is the way a slasher movie should be made. Minus half a star for psychological inaccuracies.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…