25 Great Psychological Thrillers That Are Worth Your Time
Described as a story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states, the following films are benchmarks for what a successful psychological thriller should aspire to be. Instead of displaying legions of gore and violence, their main objective is to play with your mind. To leave it up to you to construct the tension of what you have just witnessed. As the great perplexer David Lynch once said: “when you are spoon-fed a film, more people instantly know what it is. 25. Das Experiment is a 2001 German thriller from director Oliver Hirschbiegel, starring Moritz Bleibtreu as Tarek Fahd, or later only to be known as Prisoner 77. Tarek reads a newspaper advert regarding a social experiment in a simulated prison. Monitored and observed by scientists, the trial takes a plummet into the dark depths of human behaviour. A gruelling yet compelling watch, what makes Das Experiment even more powerful, is the fact that it is based on actual events. 24. 23. 22. 21.