The New Wave of Psychological Thrillers

Prepare to have your mind messed with.
Think Hitchcock, The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Gone Girl, Memento and Mulholland Drive. These movies thrill us and fill us with a sense of suspense and get under our skin. Their complex characters are laden with moral conflict and they make choices we wouldn’t.

Here’s the latest movies destined to mess with you:

It Comes at Night

It Come At Night
“A post-apocalyptic nightmare-and-a-half”- Thrillist

The prodigiously talented 28 year old film-maker of Krisha, Trey Edward Shultz, is a name to watch.

Scour the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes of his sophomore film, It Comes at Night, and you’ll see it has been meet with universal acclaim and praise – summed up best by The New York Times venerable critic A.O. Scott: “builds up the dread with ruthless efficiency... refreshing some of the oldest techniques in the book”... “terrifying to sit through, but it may be even scarier after it’s over”

Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough star in this sparse tale of the evil that men and women do in the name of survival. A new psychological thriller benchmark, It Comes at Night drips with paranoia, mistrust and the monstrous acts humans inflict upon each other.

Get Out

Get Out
Source: [Universal Pictures]

What a thoroughly modern conceit it is to combine psychological thrills and comedy - and trust comedian Jordan Peele to come up with this genre-bending mash-up. Get Out takes blaxploitation clichés, interracial issues and paranoia about ‘the other’ and flips them on their head...and isn’t it about time. A young black man enters a community that has a strange history of young black men disappearing. But these white folks seem friendly and harmless. Get out now!

The Invitation

The Invitation
Source: [XYZ Films]

You’ll never want to be invited to another dinner party again... A potent, sinister drama about loss, grief, redemption and survival - ending in a horrific burst of violence. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery and horror until even we the audience are unsure if the threats posed are real or imagined. “A must-see psychological thriller” says Cairo360.

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel
Source: [20th Century Fox]

Based on a period novel with a period setting, but a very modern take on psychological thrills, where a young Englishman (Sam Clafin, Me Before You) plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin (Rachel Weisz, The Bourne Legacy), believing that she murdered his guardian. Made all the more complicated when he begins to fall under her spell. If the veil isn’t enough to give you warning signs, this is one cousin you don’t want to mess with.

The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built
Source: [Zentropa Entertainments]

Never expect the expected from director Lars von Trier, whose last movie was the mind-bending Nymphomaniac. Currently filming in Sweden, The House that Jack Built is about the coming of age of a brilliant serial killer, set over 12 years and focusing on 5 key murders. Starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, this promises to be von Trier’s most brutal movie to date- and that’s saying something. This experimentalist is going to take the psychological thriller genre and give it a gut-punch.

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