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…
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.
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.
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.
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 was interested to see why Ray Liotta and John Cusack wanted to do a horror/thriller, and in the end I was disappointed. The film starts out like a FINAL DESTINATION movie. I laughed at every death scene because, like DESTINATION, I could not take the movie seriously. And that disappointed me - that a more serious tone was forgone for the usual horror bullshit. I thought this film would somehow rise above it. It does toward the end. A twist arrives and it changes the stakes a little, and the film suddenly becomes interesting. But instead of moving on to another and more superior twist - the end credits start rolling. I saw the end a mile off but assumed there would be more. The film could have been so much better had the writers sat down and brainstormed for one more day. Cusack was okay, but Liotta was fun to watch as always.
This is one of those films that doesn't stand up to repeat viewings unfortunately. One of my favorite films, I can still remember seeing this in the theater and being blown away. It was my most anticipated film for 2003 and had one of the best trailers ever. 10 strangers are drawn to a lonely Nevada motel during a rainstorm and people start to die one-by-one. The appeal of this film and others like it are really from that first viewing. I wish I could unsee this to go back and watch it fresh for the first time again. However, once you know how it all goes down and the why behind everything, the film loses most of it's punch and mystery. This was a 5 star film for me and has held steady as such over the years, but after a re-watch, I'm going to have to drop it down a notch. Still some excellent performances and characters.
This film has it's own "identity" crisis.
Movie with a twist!!!
Identity has a few pacing issues, but otherwise it is an engrossing murder mystery with a great, albeit somewhat unbelievable, twist at the end. John Cusack is great, as is Ray Liotta, and the cinematography is especially excellent, giving the entire film a gritty, dark mood.
Identity was an atmospheric and well put together mystery. I enjoyed the ride and was genuinely surprised by the twists and turns this film took. The cast, story, and acting were all aces! My only disappointment is that I hadn't heard of it sooner.
man with multiple identity disorder has all his peeps get thrown into a hotel
The storytelling falters big-time after the big reveal. With eerie suspense and a twist that's quite clever, it's a shame Identity loses all of its momentum so suddenly in the third act.
Lately a mess of mystery thrillers can turn rashly into a horror trip very expectedly. If it could be stopped though we wouldn't be boggled by the few 'done-goods', being Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods and before that the psychotic Saw from James Wan (do mistake me if any others are left out).
James Mangold's Identity handles the account without luring itself knowingly into a certain genre very well. I was allured by its conundrums within the twists and enthusiastic murder scenes, thus having me guess and ponder a lot.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
It has to be a reveal, something…