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Psychological Movies That Will Haunt You

These movies didn’t win any grand awards, except Silence of the Lambs,
which won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan
Demme), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), and
Best Screenplay (Ted Tally). The plot lines will make you fidget, the
images will make you want to turn your head away, even though you can’t
tear your eyes from the screen. These movies are not for the faint of
heart. You’ve been warned.

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Clarise Starling is a newbie FBI
agent who must get into the mind of psychologist and serial killer Dr.
Hannibal Lecter in order to find the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin,
who has been kidnapped by a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Anthony
Hopkins is deliciously evil as Hannibal Lecter. Jodie Foster exudes a
softness, an almost fragile quality, as Agent Starling, who bewitches
Lecter. Rated R for violence, language, and adult situations.

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

This was Stanley Kubrick’s last film, and
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s last film together. Dr. William Hartford
and Alice are a seemingly happily married couple, until Alice reveals a
devastating truth. Beneath the luxurious New York apartment, the
prestigious medical office, and the superficial looks, is a couple that
is spiraling towards despair, secrets pushing them further and further
apart. This is a disturbing look at societal taboos and the ragged
relationships between men and women. Rated R for sexual content, nudity,
language, and adult situations

Dead Calm

Dead Calm

This is yet another Nicole Kidman flick. Rae
(Kidman) is married to John Ingram (Sam Neill). After a personal
tragedy, John takes his wife on a voyage in their sailboat. While out at
sea, the couple encounters a man named Hughie (Billy Zane) in a life
boat. They welcome him on their sailboat, but John is suspicious of
Hughie and his story about the other people on the boat he was on. John
and Rae are led down a dangerous path. How far would you go to protect
yourself and the one you love? Rated R for language, violence, nudity,
and sexual situations.

Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

As Tom Hanks said in Sleepless in Seattle,
this movie scared “the —- out of every man in America.” Dan Gallagher
(Michael Douglas) is content with his marriage with Beth (Anne Archer),
and life with their daughter Ellen. In a moment of weakness, however, he
allows Alex (Glenn Close) into his life. Dan quickly learns that lust
has consequences, as he tries everything to cut ties with an
increasingly obsessive Alex. The price of infidelity is more than you
can ever imagine. Rater R for language, violence, nudity, and sexual
situations.

Se7en

Se7en

Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is about
to retire when he gets hitched with a new partner, Detective David
Mills (Brad Pitt), and he gets swept into a morbid world. Somerset and
Mills must capture a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins (envy,
gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and envy) as his calling card. The
images are dark, and a seedy world erupts from the streets where there
are no happy endings. A taut thriller that will keep you awake for days.
Rated R for graphic violence.

The Cell

the cell

Visually, this movie is spectacular, but
ultimately disturbing. Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) is a child
psychologist who must invade the mind of a serial killer, Carl Stargher
(Vincent D’Onofrio), in order to find his latest victim. Directed by
Tarsem, best-known for music videos like REM’s Losing my Religion,
the movie’s plot borders on the ridiculous, but you can’t escape its
graphic surrealism and the vibrant colors that pulsate between the
film’s dialogue. Rated R for language and violence.

Fight Club

Fight Club

Edward Norton narrates the story of a simple
guy whose life is in the gutter, his hopes and dreams relegated to
evaluating accidents. Then he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a man that
changes his life. Suddenly, Norton’s character is brash, confident, and
unafraid. His once-boring life turns 180 degrees, becoming deathly
exciting. But is this the life he wants? Is he the person he wants to
be? Rated R for language and violence.

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

This film is directed by Roman
Polanski, from the Ariel Dorfman play. Paulina Escoabr (Sigourney
Weaver) is convinced that Dr. Miranda, a man her husband has brought
into their home, is a man that once tortured her (Ben Kingsley).
Although her husband protests against her accusations and Dr. Miranda
denies everything, Paulina is convinced that she is looking into evil’s
eyes. She holds a mock trial in hopes that Dr. Miranda will reveal his
true identity. Paulina will accept nothing less than a confession from
Dr. Miranda. Death and the Maiden is emotionally intense and asks the question “Can you be both judge and jury?”

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