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 starts off as a classic who-done-it psychological thriller. Fielding a strong cast of John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, and Alfred Molina among others.
Identity does a great job of confusing the viewer, but in a good way. If there are a lot of viewers like me, then the goal of a who-done-it is to figure out who the killer is as the earliest you can (before the film alludes to it). Honestly, I thought I had the killer pegged three times. So it's pretty sharp with the mind games.
Also, if you like your thrillers stormy, than this film is a treat for you. It storms and rains throughout the entire film. Rarely do you get a glimpse of the sun. This fact helps to rid the story of those pesky cellphones and their ability to ruin a good story.
Overall its a solid film that utilizes a good cast and a stormy atmosphere.
IDENTITY is an effective mystery/thriller for the first two acts.
...but i'm going to pretend the third act didn't happen.
Hated this as a kid, but watching it now I kinda dug it. Sorry, @Quan_Chi
Después de poco más de una hora preguntándome por qué coño escogí una película tan inverosímil y parecida a Destino Final sólo que no tenía nada de destino y mucho menos lógica, es que pude averiguar el meollo del asunto.
El twist del casi final está muy bien cuidado, y para mí es casi sublime. Estoy exagerando, pero no lo digo porque la historia que nos habían estado narrando fuese estupenda y mucho menos porque el twist en si sea estupendo, sino porque gracias a ese giro la película funciona, completamente, la hace ver redonda, con algunos escondrijos que tendrás que averiguar, pero después de lo que parecía ser un inevitable desastre, la ayuda a solucionarse.
Como tal, la trama…
Film 409 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
I was very engaged by Identity, I was liking it, it was a very solid thriller that was unpredictable and engaging. Then when it starts wrapping up, we're thrown a lame, waste of time twist that made me say "For fuck sake". This had the type of twist I hate the most, I won't spoil it, but for fuck sake.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's really a shame that earlier this week I also watched John Carpenters "The Ward" or I would have enjoyed this a lot more.
I rememer originally watching this at the age of 14 and being disappointed that it wasn't your run of the mil slasher flick like it was marketed as.
Watching it now, I can appreciate it for what it is. A fine thriller that balances it's slasher elements and psychological thriller elements perfectly.
Great cast, fun kills, clever twists, fantastic location and snappy writing.
Identity is a favourite from the 00s for sure.
John Cusack does a great job in his role, with the rest of the cast being good but not hitting Cusack's level. Some of the twists are really great, successfully enhancing the quality of the story. Mangold. The dark, creepy atmosphere. An original concept. "Whores don't get second chances".
The first 20 minutes or so are pretty subpar. The way the characters are brought together to the motel is quite messy, however one of the reveals kind of, maybe, almost makes this okay? Some character motivations are confusing, and quite a few of the decisions are just plain stupid. I can accept a few dumb choices by characters, but there were too many. The final two…
Synkkä ja myrskyinen yö. 10 toisilleen tuntematonta tyyppiä odottaa kelin kirkastumista jumalan selän takana rähjäisessä motellissa. Pikkuhiljaa päitä alkaa putoilla.
Jännäritrilleri. Ei oikein lähtenyt. Loppukliimaksi jotenkin shittanen.
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…