For a while now, my appreciation for moves has grown. What fascinates me the most about movies is the ability for a film, while limited on time, to immerse its audience in the world of the film. For me, that is the most exciting attribute of a film. While not all films are not designed to do so, I do pay my respects to the ones that are able to elicit intense emotion and involvement while only being a member of the audience. While I enjoy a variety of types of movies, ranging from comedies to action, my favorite kinds of movies to watch are psychological thrillers.
Psychological Thrillers are under the subset of the genre of Thriller. Thrillers are known for eliciting the following emotions from the audience: intense suspense and anxiousness. Psychological Thrillers, in the same fashion, emphasizes the psychological state of characters, it specifically focuses on showcasing the dichotomy between a character’s sense of reality and reality itself. Such films usually incorporate a variety of other genres: drama, horror, suspense, etc… to further enhance the genre.
Every time that I watch a psychological thriller, I am thrown into the world of a character that not only exists in reality but predominantly exists in the mind. The prominent actor here is the mind. It is fascinating to see how essential the human mind is to creating and crafting the actions, perspectives, and livelihood of human beings. In many psychological thrillers, characters experience a reality that is distant from everyone else's reality, thus playing on the notion of 'perspective' and it being rightfully representing the reality of one's experiences thus far.
That is what draws me to psychological thrillers: the ability to be entranced into the mind of human and obtaining the ability to live within the mind and share the lens of perspective that the characters possess. It is just so fascinating to me to be able to watch a movie and experience the complexity of the human mind.
I hope that I elicited some interest to watch some psychological thrillers. Check out the trailers of 7 of my favorite psychological thrillers:
1. "Shutter Island" Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Mark Ruffalo
2. "American Psycho" Starring Christian Bale
3. "The Shining" Starring Jack Nicholson
4. "Seven (Se7en)" Starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt
5. "Fight Club" Starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton
6. "Inception" Starring Leonardo Dicaprio
7. "Basic Instinct" Starring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas
Check out some of these films, they are phenomenal!