“Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.”
― Pazuzu, 'The Exorcist' (1973)
After combing through movie lists from IMDB to Reddit, I think I've created the most complete collection of horror movies that climb inside your skull and mess with your brains.
Some people claim that the benchmark of true psychological horror is that the truly petrifying aspect is what isn't shown, not necessarily what is. But I've also included horror films that rely on the wholesale disintegration of the human psyche, and films where characters begin to lose faith in what is strictly real.
Beginner's Guide: Psychological Horror, via Film Inquiry:
What Exactly Is a "Psychological" Horror Film?, via PopMatters:
Why 'The Shining' is the Best Psychological Horror Film Ever, via The Tangential:
Why We Crave Horror Movies (PDF), via Stephen King:
Common Themes in Psychological Thrillers, via The Artifice:
Death, Grief & Why Horror Films Matter, via Talkhouse:
The Psychology of 'Annihilation', via Storytellers:
Psychological Thriller ‘Oculus’ Challenges Perceptions Of Horror Genre, via The Heights:
Psychological Horror in the Films of David Lynch, via film-o-holic:
Based on this post: http://imgur.com/a/pDE53
This is a list of genre films that have received good to great buzz. Some of the movies have had limited releases, some don't even have a release date yet. But all of them should be on your radar.Keep in mind, this is horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mindbender centric. Buzzed about movies like Foxcatcher, Gone Girl and Nightcrawler are not included. This list would be a mile long if all acclaimed films were included.
“If I ever had twins, I'd use one for parts.”
― Stephen Wright
Films featuring identical twins, clones, duplicates, body doubles, carbon copies, replicas, mirror selves, and dead ringers.
Meeting your doppelgänger is typically meant to portend your own death, and there's much about identical twins to lend them great dramatic potential. Whether their origins are biological or supernatural (or created via experimentation with closed timelike curves), encountering your doppelgänger often represents the (oft repressed) dual nature of the human person, and can serve as an arena for the battle between good and evil.
This list does not contain movies featuring fraternal twins, like Adam Sandler's 'Jack And Jill', non-identical clones, like 'Logan', or films where characters switch identities entirely, such as John Woo's 'Face Off' or 'Freaky Friday'.
Be aware that, in some films, the reveal of an identical twin plot-line can be spoilery. Browse this list with caution.
‘Cam’ and 5 Other Great Female Doppelgänger Movies, via /Film:
The Best Movies About Doppelgangers, via Ranker:
The Origins of the ‘Evil Twin’ in Gothic Horror and Hollywood, via The Conversation: