The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown.
– H.P. Lovecraft
Psychological and mystery thrillers invoke an array of emotions – horror, awe, terror and most importantly, fear. These movies will make you traverse unknown lands, force you to walk through the mysterious and explore the unexplored ways of the world.
The genre of dark movies luckily has a number of movies that are worth-watching, so here we have curated a list of amazingly dark movies which should be on your must watch list! Check them out.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Amidst a myriad of stories surrounding Hitler’s reign of terror, a tale had gone untold which was brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg. Oskar Schindler, an otherwise greedy German businessman undergoes a change of heart and becomes an unlikely humanitarian when he decides to save the lives of 1000 Jews by recruiting them as workers in his factory.
The film’s setting is that of the Holocaust, not the subject though. It actually reveals the contrasting personalities of a psychopath and a conman; both the results of men caught in troubled situations of the war.
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Set in the backdrop of the Vietnam War, a war veteran experiences a series of flashbacks, dissociation and hallucinations whilst mourning his dead child. What follows is a string of events surrounding the protagonist’s attempts to understand his past. In order do so he must make sense out of his delusions, reality and perception of death.
The Prestige (2006)
Two friend and fellow illusionists turn out into bitter enemies after they undergo a tragedy. To live up to this embitterment they devise plans and sacrifices that bring them fame but also escalate terrible consequences. The destructive power of revenge, obsession and rivalry are showcased in this movie.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Directed and written by Roman Polanski, this psychological horror movie has been tailor-made to give you chills. The movie unravels the story of a pregnant woman who gradually discovers that her husband had made a secret pact with a secret religious cult. The father of the baby is none other than the devil himself!
Black Swan (2010)
In this extraordinary movie with hard and twisted edges, you see a committed dancer stepping into black ballet slippers raising the question and simultaneously answering of what is the cost of an artist’s perfection.
This query gnaws at her. Pursues her. Tempts her and eventually eats away her sanity. A cost too high to pay over something as simple as playing a swan in a ballet.
A serial killer who justifies his crimes as an absolution for the world’s ignorance of the seven deadly sins is being hunted by two homicide detectives. The movie takes us through all the brutal killings one by one as the detectives try to track what goes on in the murderer’s mind.
Requiem For A Dream (2000)
A parable of happiness lost and found, The Requiem portrays the story of four people in their drug-induced utopias. Their identities get shattered when they find that the addictions have become stronger than before.
An audacious and unsettling Japanese horror film, Audition (Odishan) is about a widower also a TV producer who is on the lookout for prospective wives. He happens to finalize what he thinks is his woman of dreams but apparently turns out to be his biggest nightmare!
Blue Velvet (1986)
Some loathe it, the others love it. One of the most acclaimed works of David Lynch, Blue Velvet traces the story of a beautiful and mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. What kicks off the series of events is the discovery of a severed human ear found in the fields by a young man.
Alfred Hitchcock at his best, Psycho revolves around the character of a woman who wants to make a desperate change in her life. She steals a sum of fortune from her employee’s client and seeks refuge in an isolated motel. One night at the motel and her life is slated to take a turn down the line thanks to an unrelenting psychotic!