A good thriller is hard to find, easy to miss and impossible to forget. And our selection is from such films. We have collected an explosive mixture of Hollywood, European and Asian cinema for those who have blood thickened again.
Happy Worthy Life declares with all responsibility: there are no “random” tapes, all are personally verified and each has its own trump card. Some have more drama, less action, and vice versa. Some of them will seem too provocative, some tough, and a couple of them will make you delve into yourself and turn your soul inside out. But the fact that they all will tickle the nerves and break the patterns is 100%.
The terminal (Terminal), 2018
Opens our selection of a very ambiguous, but quite decent noir thriller. At the terminal station, in a gloomy, deserted place, the prettier waitress Annie works, but she is cute only at first glance. In fact, this is a bold, insidious predator who plays a difficult game with several bandits, who seem to be unconnected. For a sophisticated viewer, the film may seem somewhere banal, somewhere harsh, somewhere secondary. But its advantages can not be taken away – a great acting, atmospheric neon style and famously twisted story.
Resident Shadow (Marrowbone), 2017
Recently, mystical cinema can rarely surprise, but only if it is not a Spanish thriller. A mother and four children moved to another country in an abandoned mansion to escape from the hands of a cruel tyrant – the father of the family who escaped from prison. After the sudden death of his mother, Jack – the eldest son – remains in charge. Now he needs to circumvent the law, stretch out to 21 years to become a guardian for his brothers and sisters and a full owner of the house. Everything went according to plan until a dad maniac showed up. The psychological thriller with a touch of mysticism and horror stuns the denouement, after which the jaw will have to be picked up from the floor.
Ghost Stories 2017
This film, although it is declared as a horror movie, but in fact it is not, it makes you think more than it scares. Although at certain moments you can still jump from fear to the ceiling. Professor Goodman is a convinced skeptic and does not believe in the supernatural. He exposes mediums and psychics from famous television shows. But once the stories of 3 people who supposedly really faced the other world come to him. The film is in the best traditions of British cinema, with unexpected twists and enchanting finale, from which you still need to come to your senses.
Bunker (La cara oculta), 2011
Once Adrian returned home and found a message in which his beloved abandoned him and asked him not to look. Overwhelmed by grief, the guy goes to the bar and there he meets the waitress Fabiana, who cannot help but notice his tears. Between the heroes feelings flare up, and soon the girl moves to her lover. However, she still does not manage to experience quiet measured happiness, because something mysterious and frightening is constantly happening in the mansion. The main difference of the film is a simple but brilliant idea with an unbanal ending. However, the Spanish thrillers always do.
Get Out, 2017
Only the lazy did not hear about last year’s Oscar-winning film directed by Jordan Peel. But if suddenly you did not watch this film because you do not like horrors, urgently correct the situation. A dark-skinned guy is going to get acquainted with the parents of his white girl, where an ominous secret awaits him. The social subtext may have become a bit boring, the script will seem familiar to some people, but there is some special charm in this tape that could be achieved either by musical design, or by the unexpected presence of humor, or by a shocking ending. This is definitely a worthwhile movie that scares not with screamers, but with details that usually should not seem scary at all.
Handmaid (Ah-ga-ssi), 2016
The South Korean film delicately balances between romantic history and the action-packed thriller, but most importantly, you do not need to be a gourmet of Asian cinema in order to enjoy it. It has drama, and comedy, passion and hate, pain and pleasure. The swindler named Earl wants to marry the rich Japanese Hideko, who lives a recluse in a luxurious mansion under the supervision of a strange uncle. He wants to put the girl in a psychiatric hospital, and to seize her wealth. To get closer to the victim, the fraudster persuades his friend Sukhi to become Hideko’s servant for a decent reward, and she agrees. Soon, a simple-looking venture entangled in a complex web, where it is not clear who the puppet master is in this story.
Abode of the Damned (Eliza Graves), 2014
The film, based on the story of Edgar Allan Poe, is intriguing with its original idea. Young handsome doctor Edward Newgate came from London to a psychiatric clinic in the wilderness. Soon, the guy notices the unusual behavior of Director Stonehurst and some employees: it seems like they themselves are out of their mind. And the terrible screams coming from the basement cause even more questions and suspicions. After the unpredictable denouement of the film, I want to make myself a tea in a porcelain cup and review it again.
Shelter (El Orfanato), 2007
The most “ancient” in our selection, but not inferior to modern films, the Spanish “Shelter” pierces the hearts of all who love not just horrors, but thrillers enveloping with mysticism. Laura was once a pupil in an orphanage, where she spent a happy childhood. Now, an adult woman with her family moves to this mansion to restore it and rediscover it for orphans. After the move, little Simon, Laura’s son, seemed to be replaced: the once kind, sweet boy suddenly had cruel fantasies and a desire to play dangerous games. Sad, catchy and, of course, unexpected at the end, this film remains in memory for a long time.
Cloverfield, 10 (10 Cloverfield Lane), 2016
Waking up after a car accident, Michelle finds himself handcuffed to a battery in someone else’s basement. Soon, a man appears on the threshold who claims that he saved her from imminent death, because the planet was subjected to a chemical or nuclear attack. According to Howard, going out is deadly and his bunker is the only place to survive. Of course, Michelle does not believe a single word of his “savior”, considering him a maniac, but he soon realizes that all this can be true. The main highlight of this closed horror thriller is the intrigue that keeps the viewer in ringing tension from the first frames to the very end.
The Girl on the Train, 2016
Every day, Rachel watches the perfect pair from the train window. But everything changes when a stranger is trumpeted in the news as a missing person. The main character is drawn into this complicated story, because she was the only one to notice what no one paid attention to. This is the rare case when the ratings of critics and viewers, both here and in the West, are divided exactly in half: someone considers this film to be brilliant, and someone considers it an ordinary thriller. But definitely this gloomy, sad ribbon can surprise and leave a lasting impression in the soul.
Judgment Night (The Purge), 2013
This film did not come here by accident. Yes, it is controversial, yes, film lovers will find something to complain about, but his idea is so original (with which everyone agrees, even those who did not like it) that it is worth looking at least for her sake. So, in the world of the future there is no crime and war, and all thanks to one night of the year when you can do anything with anyone and no one will punish you for that. The film may be a little clichéd, but tense, perhaps crumpled, but with dashing zigzags of the plot and, most importantly, with a hidden meaning that you do not immediately catch.
The Beast (2017)
A gorgeous British fairy tale for adults, from which blood runs cold. Mall 27, and she lives on a secluded island with her family, in which the rules are too strict. The girl suffocates from misunderstanding and oppression from her relatives, but once love breaks into her life. However, soon the guy begins to be suspected of a series of brutal murders that occurred on the island, and the Mall faces a choice: to be with Pascal and challenge society or to remain on the side of the majority. To some, the film may seem too romantic even against the backdrop of events, but is this not a plus?
Meeting place (The Place), 2017
This chamber film is cruel and merciful at the same time, it inflicts a lot of point blows on the patterns of thinking and famously twists the plot in a spiral, adding new details each time. A certain person is sitting in a cafe, on his desk is a thick diary. People come to him with one goal – to get what they want, to fulfill their most cherished dream. But there is one condition: for the desire to be fulfilled, you need to complete the task, and the bigger the dream, the more unusual, dangerous and unpleasant the price may be. No murders, special effects, expensive scenery and dust in the eyes, only an original idea, thoughtful plot and gorgeous dialogs.
Revenge of Lizzie Borden (Lizzie), 2018
And we end our selection with a tape that does not yet have a rating. In the United States, it will go on sale in September 14, and its appearance in Russia will have to wait until November. But we are already madly intrigued by the story, which took the legend as a basis and blew it up from the inside. The name Lizzy Borden became a household name thanks to the complicated story of the brutal murder of her father and stepmother. During one of the most high-profile processes of justice, in spite of the iron evidence of the girl’s guilt, the jury acquitted her and released her. The film promises to be tough, tense and, of course, provocative, but we only need this, right?