A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Fear is a place.
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
As you may be able to gather from my chosen letterboxd username, I really like horror films. Contrary to popular belief, it's not because I find them scary for that's a reserved trait delved out to very few films.
It's easy to not be afraid of vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves or musclebound invincible men in hockey masks because they're not real. I'm not saying those sort of films can never be scary because it really depends on the atmosphere of the film and the person watching it, every film is different and what affects a person's psyche is varied. But when it comes to something as human as a psychotic break, a killer among friends, an isolated location that was…
You stick with this job too long, it'll mess you up man. It gets inside of you - the stress.
This is probably one of the strangest horror films I've ever seen.
It's cheap looking but superbly acted and directed.
It's got a cheesy setup but turns into something you don't expect.
It's got Horatio Cane in a haunted asylum.
Does it sound good already? Well, a lot of people would be inclined to disagree. But ignore those Netflix star ratings, because I think Session 9 is a great little horror flick that I think is horribly underrated and unjustly criticized. Some of those complaints are valid but some I believe we're born out of viewers simply not getting what…
David Caruso is a terrible actor. Or is he?
It could be one of those personal things, I guess, but whenever I see him on screen he just doesn't look right to me in terms of his mannerisms and reactions. Plus, he seems to have put in exactly the same performance in every film and TV episode I've seen him in since right back in the first episode of NYPD Blue I saw him in, regardless of the character he is playing.
I say that as someone who really liked CSI: Miami as well, and as someone who really liked this film. But I am quite sure that I liked…
"Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.
It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump scares. A fantastical story is presented in a straightforward manner that was hypnotic in a strange sort of way. But a very entertaining way. A slow burn that delivers.
This was one I took a chance with. All I had read before viewing was a short synopsis so I figured this would be just an okay kinda ghost story type thing, and was I ever wrong.
This film is so expertly delivered by director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) that I was drawn in right from the start, and the whole cast are on the top of their game. All the performances are very convincing, with the phenomenal Peter Mullan heading the pack.
The pacing and the tight, isolated setting reminded me of The Shining, giving me that same feeling of some impending evil lurking around every corner. And as most of the film is set in the daytime, it…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The execution wasn't nearly as good as the idea this movie had. It was so nearly great, but doesn't quite make it.
The beginning was brilliant- perfectly executed suspense-building and mood. I loved the atmosphere-enhancing external shots: rustling weeds, spiders, etc. The ending was unsatisfying but maybe because I've seen too many horror movies. To the writer's credit, I didn't start figuring out what was going on until only about 20 minutes was left in the film.
This is fuk
A different kind of horror movie that uses atmosphere and location to create a level of tension and mistrust among the characters pushing them towards the ending.
I had a stepbrother recommend this movie to me sometime in the early oughts, and at first I ignored it, because my stepbrother's favorite films usually involve WWE stars in the main roles. I was wrong. This movie is amazing.
I love horror. I've made attempts at writing horror fiction and I know how difficult it is to compose. I know how slippery and subjective horror can be. Things that terrify me--like abandoned mental hospitals, the dissolution of identity, the faintest suggestion of the supernatural--can make some people go "Eh, it was okay I guess. It needs more jump scares".
The performances are great, even Mr. Caruso himself is adequate. Peter Mullan holds the movie together with his haunting performance.
Another thing: I've watched this movie with friends (they've all liked it) and totally freaked out people in the next room with just the soundtrack alone. The soundtrack is a lonely, warped thing.
this movie was merely alright.
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. I am a complete sucker for abandoned hospital horror movies of any kind. It could be the crappiest movie on earth and I would still like it if it was set in an abandoned hospital. That being said, this was not the crappiest movie on earth, in fact, it was pretty decent.
Hadn't seen this since it first came out on vhs and it's far better than I remember (I could probably bump this up to four stars upon more reflection). Effectively creepy and grounded by a more emotional story than you usually get in horror films.
Between the awesome setting and the interesting premise, I had some pretty high hopes for this after getting into it. It wasn't bad... I just wanted it to be so much more. I was relieved that it wasn't a schlocky gore-fest full of jump scares, but when the movie turned its focus on the psychological madness angle (which, let's be honest, shouldn't be all that much of a surprise from a movie that takes place in an abandoned asylum), it didn't really deliver.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).