15 Psychological Thrillers That Will Make You Question Everything

This spilled popcorn jump at a scary scene in a horror movie is one thing, but psychological thrillers get in your head and stay there, for an entirely different kind of scare that can linger long after the closing credits. For those who like to think about movies (and aren’t too susceptible to nightmares), a kind of slow-burning scare is much more satisfying.

Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most accomplished psychological thriller filmmakers of all time, described the genre perfectly: “There is a stark difference between ‘suspense’ and ‘surprise,’ and yet many images continually confuse the two. ” Hitchcock’s talent, of course, was his ability to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next twist to finish rolling. That said, he’s certainly not alone in mastering the art of suspense over time — directors Jordan Pele, Martin Scorsese and David Fincherto name a few, have also created equally moving films filled with unexpected plots and characters that aren’t quite what they seem.

Whether you are a psychological thriller enthusiast looking for your next passion or trying to decide on a mind blowing movie to watch before Halloween, we’ve rounded up a list of the best hair-raising movies the genre has to offer. Chances are you’ll feel inclined to check your door locks after viewing them. And even if you’re not easily spooked, you might want to sleep with the lights on, just in case.

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