Thursday Movie Picks: Psychological Thriller

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we’ll talk about some amazing psychological thrillers!

#1 Whatever Happend to Baby Jane

Even though this film is almost 60 years old, it still chills me to the bone and give me the creeps!

#2 Mulholland Drive

The main feature of every David Lynch film is that it somehow fucks with your head. I feel like Mulholland Drive did so the most, so it simply had to be on this list!

#3 Vertigo

Another classic. I may not like all of Hitchock’s films but Vertigo was certainly an experience. So many plot-twists and thrilling chases. It was influential for so many other movies that followed in it’s wake!

What’s your favorite psychological thriller? Let me know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Psychological Thriller

  1. Baby Jane is just so flat out frightening thanks to Bette’s go for broke playing and Joan’s more subtle but still very effective performance. It made such a huge impact when it came out as well. A terrific fit for today’s theme.

    I wish I could say I love your other two as much though I don’t hate either.

    Vertigo has never sent me to the moon as it has for so many. It’s a very well made picture with top flight performances by its two leads but its story is an ugly one. As Hitchcock films go it falls solidly in the middle of the pack for me.

    I waited years to see Mullholland Drive and what finally turned the trick was Ann Miller’s participation in the small role of the landlady. I’d seen almost all of her films, though I am still two short, and since I’d heard so much about the film in general I finally gave in, rather reluctantly since it didn’t seem like my kind of thing. It was odd and interesting in parts but once was enough.

    Since this week’s theme had such a plentiful supply of choices I thinned out mine by focusing on the more madness inducing slant of the theme.

    The Baby (1973)-Recently widowed social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) is given the case of the Wadsworth family: raspy-voiced Mrs. Wadsworth (Ruth Roman in a wonderfully complex performance), her two very strange adult daughters Alba and Germaine (Suzanne Zenor & Mariana Hill), and her 21-year-old son Baby (David Mooney) whom they have kept infantilized to the point that he still lives in a crib and diapers. Discovering that Baby’s condition isn’t physiological but rather a result of abuse and neglect Ann tries to intercede, but Mrs. Wadsworth is having none of it. Thus begins a battle that escalates to extremes as Mrs. Wadsworth fights to keep control and Ann insists that she’s only interested in Baby’s best interests…. but is she?

    Shock Corridor (1963)-In pursuit of a Pulitzer Prize ambitious reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) feigns madness and has himself committed to an insane asylum to investigate and solve a recent murder sure it will win him the award. But once inside the rigors and horrors of confinement lead him to slowly lose his grip on reality. Lurid by necessity but director Sam Fuller keeps a firm hand preventing the film from slipping into exploitation.

    Shutter Island (2010)-In the 50’s two Federal Marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), enter the peculiar dream like world of Ashecliffe Hospital, an insane asylum located on the remote, windswept Shutter Island, to investigate an apparent escape from the seemingly impenetrable skerry. As a hurricane engulfs the madhouse the men and in particular Teddy begin to question all they know as both their safety and sanity are imperiled. Top-flight Scorsese uses a very effective fractured version of the great Dinah Washington song “This Bitter Earth” to maintain the film’s edgy vibe all the way through the credits.

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  2. I have not seen Mulholland Dr. and hope to one day even though David Lynch is one odd duck. I love Baby Jane with Betty Davis pulling out all the stops as the nutbar who truly hates her sister. Where Crawford wanted to still look glamourous, Davis ended up doing her own make-up to make herself look more hideous. Vertigo is a great movie even though it is not one of my favourites even though it stars the wonderful James Stewart and directed by Hitchcock. It is so manipulative and I love the colour green used throughout the film.

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    • Did you see the show Feud? It’s all about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford clashing on set. It was such a fascinating insight into the production of Whatever happened to Baby Jane and into their lives.


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