Trends of Terror 2019: 64 Psychological Thrillers

Psychological thrillers depict the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. They focus on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 64 psychological thrillers sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Gerald's Game

A woman attempts to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
Kinky

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Animals: 
Dog
Relative: 
Father
Catastrophes: 
Crash
6
Better than sex!
6
5.04
8
7.04
2
4
3
Performances
Plot
Dialogue
Writer and director Mike Flanagan, assisted by writer Jeff Howard, adapted what some assumed nearly impossible to adapt; a novel from Stephen King about a woman handcuffed to her bed frame after her husband died from a heart-attack in the midst of a sexual game. This happens twenty minutes in and the rest is pure mental gymnastics. The result is fascinating.
Three questions arise. First, did Stephen King cheat his way out of such a powerful gimmick? Second, the same question applies to the screenwriters. Last, but not least, is Gerald’s Game any good, considering the restrictive premise? Well, it’s an imaginative way of telling a story but the story isn’t that interesting. It’s touching, it’s twisted, it’s surprising, but it’s not that entertaining.
Gerald’s Game won’t go easy on you. It’s highly intellectual, deeply emotional and truly shocking. This is not just a horror movie about vanilla BDSM gone wrong. It’s a story of remorse and regrets. Let’s put it this way; whatever frustrates you in the second act will play out for the best by the third one. This film gradually grows on you until all hell breaks loose.
My Movie Reviews

Be your own film critic!

• Record the movies you see.
• Break them down and analyze them.
• Categorize them.
• Share your movie journal with friends.
• 200 pages, 6" x 9"

My Nightmare Diary

• Write about your nightmares in this dream diary. Write about places, people, and what scared you. Draw pictures of your nightmares.
• A great notebook to keep at your bedside to record your dreams and analyze them.
• 120 pages, 6" x 9"

Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.