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 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.
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.
"His story's so unbelievable I think it might be true."
This is just such a cool movie. I absolutely love how interconnected the film is right from the very start and the threads of connection throughout maintain that intrigue. In a way, this is a more psychological retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but it really goes beyond that. It delves into some topics that aren't often explored in film, but done so in unique and thrilling fashion.
It's a creepy movie, with some classic whodunnit mystery, but eventually takes a turn that is anything but classic. The story is just so interesting and so strange that the audience gets caught up with it. The film lets…
An almost the perfect kind of example of a film I'd like to make, wrapped in a kind of dodgy execution of another film that removed most all of the stakes and tension, closing with a twist that was as funny as it was disappointing.
A mess, but with enough redeeming moments to be worth seeing.
potentially great idea with bad/ableist storytelling :/
This went in crazy directions that I was not expecting at all. I love these types of thrillers where people are killed off one by one and we have to figure out who did it. This was heaps of fun.
Buon thriller psicologico, piuttosto cupo e con un finale più articolato del previsto.
I always love the idea of Multiple Personalities Disorder. I have watched this film when it first release and it still give me the shiver. Thriller-packed movies with twisted ending. That ending still gave me a shock till now.
On a dark and stormy night some strangers check into a motel (the sort of motel that should have gone bankrupt years ago) and bad things start to happen. Some of the people try to run away, others try to figure things out -- so does the audience. In this sort of horror film the audience usually has the advantage in terms of figuring things out -- that's one of the rules. The horror film maker's job is to postpone that moment while dropping enough clues among the red herrings to keep us glued to our seats and then finish with a satisfactory climax. There also needs to be something we care about (usually one or more characters that we…
(...) Sem querer soar demasiado histérico, “mas que raio de merda foi esta, pá? Ando eu a preocupar-e com pessoas imaginárias? Ou melhor identidades imaginárias? Maluquinho a imaginar maluquinhos… Não há pachorra!”
Depois de beber um cálice de vinho do porto para me acalmar (mentira, eu não bebo vinho. Foi um bagaço com mel), cheguei à conclusão que Identity até é uma incursão interessante pela mente de um criminoso com “síndrome de Fernando Pessoa”. (...)
Crítica completa: a35mm.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/identity-2003/
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…