Don’t be mistaken – I’m not simply talking about films that are so gruesome and/or blood-curdling that you have indelible horrifying images in your mind for the rest of your life. Here, I list out 7 of the movies that either leave you so empty that you start to suspect whether you’re a zombie from birth, or fill you up with so many philosophical thoughts that you want to change your career to, well, a philosopher. These may scar you for life.
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Produced by: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay
Screenplay by: Spike Jonze
Although it might seem like an extremely long advertisement for Apple, Her is undoubtedly impressive (even for the non-hipster.) It is a movie of perfect concoctions: vintage and modernity in its style and light-hearted and oppressive in its emotion portrayal.
Directed by: Tony Kaye
Produced by: Greg Shapiro, Carl Lund, Bingo Gubelmann, Austin Stark, Benji Kohn, Chris Papavasiliou
Written by: Carl Lund
Fundamentally rooted in a sea of melancholy, Detachment is the movie for you if you’re painfully confused by the intricate maze of life and love and wonder if anybody else feels the same way as you do, or merely because you are a big fan of Adrien Brody’s perpetual pensive face.
The Hunt (2012)
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Produced by: Morten Kaufmann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Thomas Vinterberg
Written by: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
For those who have been contemplating over the true nature of humanity, director Thomas Vinterberg reveals the answer that you wished you hadn’t known, and wish you wouldn’t have to face the truth for the rest of your life.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Produced by: Eric Watson, Palmer West
Screenplay by: Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby, Jr.
We have lost our way in some point of our life; some are lucky, some are not. Jared Leto proves to us 10 years earlier that he won the 2014 Best Supporting Award because he deserves to.
Directed by: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Produced by: Julio Fernández
Written by: Jaume Balagueró, Luis A. Berdejo, Paco Plaza
Alright. I didn’t promise that there won’t be any horror flicks in this list. REC is here for the right reason: pulling you deep into the movie with its ‘found footage’ filming style. That’s all, but its filming technique is certainly the best among all the others of the century.
The Exorcist (1972)
Directed by: William Friedkin
Produced by: William Peter Blatty
Screenplay by: William Peter Blatty
It is a classic, full stop. Excuse me while I try to erase the image of possessed Linda Blair from my head.
Fight Club (1999)
Directed by: David Fincher
Produced by: Art Linson, Ceán Chaffin, Ross Grayson Bell
Screenplay by: Jim Uhls
You think it’s impossible to turn your life around. You think you’d be a commuter till the end of time, doing a job you lack passion in, getting married to a man/woman you have little feelings for, or simply put, wasting your life away. But, classic cult movie by cinema giant David Fincher shows you that sometimes, you have the power to change it.