Horror What's your favorite Psychological Horror? - Movie or Series

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  1. Chloe

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    Battle Royale is the only movie that has ever actually made me uncomfortable, and that made me REALLY fucking uncomfortable. I had to take several breaks during it so I wouldn't throw up.

    What's your favorites? I'm interested in reading responses.
     
  2. RyderMcFly

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    In terms of psychological horror, I'd usually think of movies that f*** me up on the head with disturbing ideas (not imagery, mind you; none of that Saw, August Underground torture porn crap). Stuff like Se7en, Psycho, The Babadook, just generally movies that leave me uncomfortable about humanity itself.

    I think my favorite one though, would still be David Cronenberg's The Fly ( 1986 ). It was horrific in a very realistic sense, being an analogy for a terminal patient watching himself breaking down. I love how it started out very light-hearted in a sort of romantic comedy kind of way, making it fairly relatable for the audiences as you get this down-to-earth dorky guy, and then shit just went downhill from there as his good intentions were twisted by accident into something really tragic. I think that the mark of a good psychological horror movie is one that leaves you depressed about the story, and that ending certainly seals that feeling.
     
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    Hmm, right now its Martyrs (2008). Its a French-Canadian drama horror. It was the ending and all the unspoken implications that the movie left open for interpretation was what impressed me the most. A myopic opinion would be its just a body horror flick with a lackadaisical commitment to pseudo transcendental philosophy but I'd like to think otherwise. I've seen shitty gore stuff but this is quite different; it has a unique feel to it. Anyways, the ending credits song was so proper.



    I've heard they made an American remake of this early 2016 which got lambasted (haven't seen it and have no intention to; the criticism was prolly deserved).
     
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    I've seen it myself, and initially shared the "myopic opinion" as well. I still bear some sentiment of that opinion. I get what it's trying to say, but that doesn't make it any less sickening or edgy. There are better ways to express the message than that Serbian Film-ish execution.
     
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    Is that a movie you're referring to or a plot technique? If its a movie how are the two (Martyrs and Serbian Film) similar?
     
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    Well, it was really just me using a general analogy, since I've never really seen A Serbian Film (the movie title) to be frank. But from what I hear of its reputation, the nasty stuff that goes on in Martyrs almost fits the bill... minus the rapey stuff that happens in Serbian. Okay, it might've been a poor analogy, considering how distasteful A Serbian Film was. But out of all the torture porn I've seen, Martyrs was the first time I winced. I didn't even blink watching August Underground's Mordum.

    Like I said, there are better ways to express the message; the message Martyrs tried to convey doesn't really seem relevant to the kind of discomforting gore imagery it keeps forcing on the audience. You can make the audiences uncomfortable through conveying the twisted ideas in words and concepts rather than in-your-face "look how much suffering she's having" imagery. I think the audiences can be smart enough to think for themselves and be all the same disturbed by it, rather than be grossed out. The physiological factor of being disgusted by such bloody images overwhelms whatever reasoning we have that would have contemplated the philosophies of the film, so I feel that the shock-factor of the skinning was obstructive rather than contributive to the message.
     
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    Yes, quite understandable.
     
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    The most shocking thing about Serbian movie is how well its shot and put together. And haven't heard Mordum mentioned in years. Takashi Miikes Visitor Q deserves a mention as well.

    I'll post a more detailed list when I can be bothered.
     
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    Probably Event Horizon (1997). What scared me was the sense of unknown in that movie. I can't even explain the fear that it instilled in my mind. I don't know. Just thinking about where that crew went and what caused the phenomena...it was creepy.
     
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    I wasn't expecting the thread replies to be so excellent, thank you for your opinions!
     
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    Probably Nightcrawler because it's so true to life. There are really people like that out there, and they just blend in. They might not all be physically violent, but they're incredibly manipulative and twisted. Jake Gyllenhall is terrifying in it.
     
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    Clockwork Orange

    Excluding some of the choices here I would really agree with, I think Clockwork Orange is one of those movies that has scenes that even after it's been a while since you watched it they are stuck in your mind. I also favour those that have relatable characters that spiral out of control or give you a twist that feels so pausable that you can think it could happen somewhere in the world and that creeps you out because you can't be 100% safe.

    For example, Misery is not exactly a pure horror film but the idea of having the nice person that 'brought you to her place to help' you when you couldn't do anything by yourself be actually deranged and with violent mood swings while you are literally trapped with them hits closer than a movie about aliens, mythical monsters, wizardry, etc.
     
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    Not sure if these count as psycho-horrors, but watching them left me very uncomfortable and disturbed afterwards:

    Requiem for a Dream (2000): Don't Do Drugs, The Movie. It's so bad, that every time someone I know is looking for a feel-good movie, I always recommend this one.

    Waltz with Bashir (2008): Pseudo-documentary, where an ex-soldier from the Lebanon/Israel war interviews other ex-soldiers to retrace their memories of the conflict. Makes good use of animation - it's a weird decision, at first, since animation isn't normally used for heavy topics like this one, but it will all make sense once you get to the ending.

    Come and See (1985): Here's another war movie for you, this time coming out of the Russian front in World War II. Tells the story of a farmer boy who undergoes through a severe coming-of-age during the War. What's especially chilling is how visible the War's effects are on him, and how low humanity is willing to go in such dangerous times. It's one of the best, most disturbing movies I've seen that I'm not willing to watch again.

    Shutter (2004): The original Thai version, not the US remake. Watched this maybe three times in high school, and I've never been able to forget it since. A man uncovers some very uncomfortable truths after he investigates some strange shadows lurking in the background of his pictures. Everything before the climax is dark and foreboding, the ultimate reveal will make you second-guess everything you know about the lead character, and the final chase leading up to the ending is truly some of the earliest scariest stuff I remember seeing. There's a reason why this is my ultimo favorite horror movie, even if I'm no fan of the genre.
     

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