Cinematic Anxiety

I recently watched Todd Haynes' 1995 film Safe and described it as "anxiety manifested in film stock." Since then, I've been thinking about other films that have produced a similar feeling in me. Films that evoke feelings of deep dread and paranoia, or make the viewer feel unsettled. Even in sequences where characters seem to be safe, something just feels off. Perhaps there's something lurking just out of frame...

Suggestions are welcome. If it's a film I haven't seen, I'll watch it before I add it.

  • Alien
  • Always Shine
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Argo
  • The Babadook
  • Black Swan
  • Breathe
  • The Descent
  • Dogtooth
  • Don't Breathe
  • Don't Look Now
  • Dunkirk
  • Enemy
  • Eraserhead
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Fat Girl
  • The Fits
  • Funny Games
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Gravity
  • Green Room
  • The Invitation
  • It Comes at Night
  • It Follows
  • James White
  • Jaws
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Krisha
  • Lost Highway
  • Martyrs
  • Misery
  • mother!
  • The Neon Demon
  • Nightcrawler
  • Night Moves
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Peeping Tom
  • Perfect Blue
  • Persona
  • Prisoners
  • Psycho
  • Queen of Earth
  • Raging Bull
  • Raw
  • Rear Window
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Safe
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Shame
  • The Shining
  • Shutter Island
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Son of Saul
  • Stoker
  • Suspiria
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Tom at the Farm
  • The Tribe
  • Under the Skin
  • The Vanishing
  • Victoria
  • The Wailing
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Whiplash
  • The Witch
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane