Best psychological horror to watch [Throwback Thursday]

Are you planning a marathon of horror movie? Let’s see together the best psychological horror not to be missed, da Rosemary’s Baby to We

Have you thought about preparing for a slap-up horror marathon during the holidays? Among the various subgenres of horror, we find the psychological horrors. These are films based on the fears of the characters and their emotional instability, on everything related to the mind of the protagonists.

If in most horror films, fear is triggered by situations of real horror, blood or jumpscarein psychological horror horror focuses on the atmosphere, eerie sounds and fears of the protagonist, not necessarily supernatural in nature.

Top 5 must-see psychological horror movies

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Among the best exponents of the genre, we certainly find Rosemary’s Babyone of the most cult psychological horror films, directed by Roman Polanski. It was the first film in the United States for the Polish director, considered by many to be a milestone in cinema, especially horror.
guy and Rosemary I’m a young couple who just moved to New York. Since they don’t know anyone, they accept their neighbors’ invitation to dinner and Guy is fascinated by them, so much so that he always asks their opinion on everything. Guy suddenly becomes very successful and, in the process, Rosemary becomes pregnant. The pregnancy, however, does not go as expected: the woman loses more and more weight and is the victim of excruciating pain and she begins to suspect that she is the victim of a conspiracy that also includes her husband.
The entire film is based on the point of view of Rosemary, who falls more and more into a vortex of anxiety and terror when he realizes that something is wrong. The very structure of the film resembles a descent into hell: from the jovial and almost sit-com atmosphere we gradually arrive at an infernal ending, with a sense of unease that becomes more and more pressing.
Polanski it attacks society, religion, the traditional values ​​of the family, metaphorically representing them with the supreme symbol of evil.

The Shining (1980)

Shining (1980)

If we talk about psychological horrorsthe master of horror cannot be missing: Stephen King. From one of his own most famous novelshe arrives Shining1980 film, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The main character is Jack Torrance, a former teacher addicted to alcohol, who seeks inspiration for his novel. He is given the opportunity to work as a guardian at the Overlook Hotel, a hotel immersed in absolute nothingness and he decides to move there with his family. Here, strange and disturbing things will start to happen and her son Danny he will discover that he has the gift of “shining”, or a high capacity for clairvoyance and telepathy, which allows him to see what happened in that hotel in the past. Meanwhile, Jack begins to lose his mind and slip more and more insane.
Although the plot is already disturbing on its own, Kubrick decides to put the “12” load with a series of fixed and symmetrical shots, which feed the viewer’s sense of claustrophobia.
Shining is a horror that breaks the mold and demonstrates how easy it is to frighten and keep viewers on the perennial thread of tension, with directorial and musical gimmicks. The suspense is artfully calibrated, quoting the modus operandi of Hitchcock.
Kubrick signs a real masterpiece of modern cinema (although the transposition is not liked by Stephen King), manipulating time and space as he pleases and transmitting fear and horror with the sole use of music or symbolic images.

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Kathy Bates in a scene from Misery Must Not Die (1990)

Misery doesn’t have to die (1990)

We stay in the world of Stephen King with Misery doesn’t have to die1990 film, directed by Rob Reinertaken from the novel Misery.
Paul Sheldon he is a successful writer, who owes his fame mainly to the literary saga with the protagonist Misery Chastain. But the writer decided to end it with the death of the protagonist. After a car accident, he is saved by Annie Wilkes, huge fan of Paul’s work. Initially Annie presents herself as a very caring woman, interested only in the health of the writer. But as the days go by, Annie will reveal herself to be a sadistic torturer, who won’t let Paul go until she writes a new novel, in which it is revealed that Misery isn’t really dead.
To dominate the film is certainly the impeccable performance of Kathy Batesas Annie, a sadistic woman who will do anything to get what she wants.
Also in Misery doesn’t have to die, horror and fear are presented in the noises and silences, in which Annie moves with ease. The film delves into her sick psyche, leading the viewer to independently see how far a psychopath like her can go.
The horror is not given by the torture inflicted on Paul, but by Annie’s looks and by that sense of unpredictability they transmit, looks that could precede a smile as yet another torture.

The sixth sense
The Sixth Sense (1999)

The sixth sense (1999)

Among the best psychological horror could not miss The sixth sense1999 film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Malcolm is a respected child psychologist living in Philadelphia. One day, he is stopped by his former patient, now an adult, who accuses him of not helping him with his problems: therefore, he shoots him and commits suicide. Malcolm, having recovered, takes care of the little one Colea shy boy who confesses that he can see dead people.
For the few who haven’t seen it yet, we won’t mention the main twist of the story.
The sixth sense manages to perfectly balance drama, thriller and horror, thanks to the presence of supernatural elements. But everything is based on that oppressive sense of tension, which is breathed throughout the duration of the work. Everything focuses on the character of little Cole, capable of frightening the viewer even with a single glance behind his interlocutor.
Despite being one of the most spoiled films in history, The sixth sense always manages to keep us on our toes.

The best psychological horror to see
We (2019)

We (2019)

We close our list of psychological horror with a very recent film: We Of Jordan Peele. After the great success of Get Outthe director returns to terrorize us, this time with the theme of the double.
Adelaide is a woman who returns to her childhood home by the sea, along with her husband and two children. The woman is haunted by an unresolved trauma from the past and she continues to haunt the thought that something bad is about to happen to her family. One night, the family Wilson she is awakened by some noises in the garden and they find four figures, holding hands and eerily resembling them.
Jordan Peele uses the theme of the double to criticize society, with a strongly political underlying message: We it is a film which, in addition to disturbing the viewer, spurs him to a profound analysis, a recurring element in Peele’s cinematography, as we have seen until now.
We is based on silences and on the tension that is cut with a knife: the director manages to attract the viewer into his net, dragging him to the bottom and frightening him, without resorting to useless jumpscare.

And which of these psychological horror films do you prefer?

Best psychological horror to watch [Throwback Thursday]