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.
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.
Billed as a psychological murder mystery/horror film, this 2003 offering by writer Michael Cooney and director James Mangold for the most part rises above the usual mire of the genre by some interesting plot inventions and some very nice camera work (at least in the set up). It also doesn’t hurt that this film features John Cusack and Ray Liotta, along with Amanda Peet.
The setup is a well worn one; during a nasty storm, a disparate group is forced to spend the night at a run down Motel, where, one by one, the guests are killed. In a nice touch the film even mentions that this formula has been used many a time before. But in this instance things…
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.
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...
A film that had me hooked from the get go, interesting set of characters, interesting premise and script, and really unpredictable. A real nice treat and it's a brilliant thriller that has all the characteristics of a thriller.
I saw this film back in 2003 when it was released, at the ripe young age of 19, and I enjoyed it. Not a life changing, oh my God I can't wait to experience this again form of enjoying, obviously, because this was my second viewing 10 years later. The point being, a decade ago this would be a 3/5 review, but you know what falters for this film? The way it holds up a second time through, when you already know the twist that once seemed clever and daring.
Frankly, Identity is a film that once you have had a peek behind the curtain, it really is boring to go back and do it again. I didn't pick up…
Good, but sometime too stereotypicall and except the end a bit too obvious.
In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated thrillers out there. This movie has so many genuinely interesting turn-of-events, you're completely invested the whole way through.
The twist may be old hat nowadays but when this came out 11 years ago it was pretty mind boggling.
Amanda Peet's dwindling accent aside, this movie is great.
Eeeh. I seem to recall this was a lot better. Not a total failure by any stretch; it just spoils the ending way way too early, and even the final twist is obvious (to me at least) a mile off. The premise could have made a much better film. When at top steam it is still atmospheric and almost creepy. The death of the transported prisoner is still rather... outrageous :) No like this time due to letting down my expectations.
Started off decent but slowly desolved into shit.. I am disappoint mr. Mangold.
With the veneer of a slick Hollywood thriller, this is really a very pulpy slasher/whodunnit with an increasingly obvious gimmick used as a framework for the whole thing. It's also one of those gimmick's that I find never has a satisfactory resolution, no matter how well the film is constructed.
Featuring a number of great actors, this is still a pretty enjoyable film that adds layer upon layer to its central mystery as things progress. So long as you ignore the sillyness of its central conceit, all the more outdated once you realise what's truly going on. I think this film thinks it's far more clever than it actually is, though for the most part that doesn't prevent it from being an enjoyably over the top ride.
One of my favorite films, and even with a twist ending still surprisingly rewatchable. To me, it's the best tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's classic film "Psycho" that I've seen, as well as being a throwback to the days when many horror thrillers revolved around mystery. Good performances by everyone in the cast, especially John Cusack as our protagonist. Any flaws are nitpicks... this is a solid and well made thriller.
227/365 (365 films in 365 days)
What started out as a classic 'whodunit' film, sure to tail off into cliché thriller tropes, ended up being quite an exciting film to watch.
The ending ruined EVERYTHING this movie had going for it.. Fuck, Mangold, why?!
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