Hey guys! Hope you’ve all had an amazing week. If there’s one thing that I love doing, especially in the colder, darker months: it’s watching a thriller. I don’t like horror films at all, you wouldn’t be able to pay me enough to watch one but the ones that make you sit right on the edge of your seat are just my absolute favourite. Ones that have you clawing your face off because you know he’s behind the door! are what I call an evening well spent. This list is not my favourite thriller films but just ones that I’ve watched recently and really enjoyed – they are also all on UK Netflix so if you’re in that area then you will be able to watch them!
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- You Get Me (2017.)
This kind of feels like a remake of Fatal Attraction only with less tension. I really enjoyed this film, don’t get me wrong. It features a young man who is pictured below who after a fight with his girlfriend has a one night stand to get back at her only to regret it the next day. However, his one night stand isn’t willing to let him go so easily. I think the best thing to learn from this film is that you never know who people are or what they’re truly capable of. I would rate it a 7/10. It wasn’t earth-shattering but created enough tension and uncomfortableness to earn its thriller status. The fact that it used modern technology like texting and social media was really interesting, too, as it is a very easy way to stalk people.
2. Don’t Breathe. (2016.)
I really enjoyed this film just because of the concept of it. I love intruder films so much (but I’m terrified of burglars? So, I’m possibly a masochist in that right.) and this one is one of the best films I’ve ever seen as it turns the genre on its head. Three teenagers break into a blind veteran’s home in hopes to rob the place easily because of his condition but he turns out to be 10000x stronger than them. The only thing I would say with this one is a huge trigger warning because there is something so gross at the end that I almost turned it off. But I would give it a 9/10.
3. Hush. (2016.)
This was one that I had on my watch list for so long but never got around to watching it. Simply because it looked like it was either going to be really really good or really really shocking. It was the former, luckily! It’s very similar to Don’t Breathe in that it focuses around a young woman who is deaf and her house is stalked by the man in the mask below. Cinematically, it is stunning. It immerses the audience into her point of view which leads you frustrated as for the first twenty minutes of the film, she has no idea that anyone is even there whereas the audience can see it clear as day. It’s quite gory which put me off a bit but it’s very well made. I would give it an 8/10.
4. Sleeping With The Enemy, (1991.)
Now, I’ve never really been a fan of Julia Roberts but this did change my opinion of her. I’d been told by a colleague to watch this film and I have to admit, I was reluctant for whatever reason but I was so glad I watched it. All of the characters were so well played and the subtle tension buildup was one of the best I’ve ever seen. The plot involves a woman who is so desperate to escape an abusive marriage that she Gone-Girls herself and fakes her own death. However, her husband soon works out what she has done and sets out to find her and return her home. There was nothing I didn’t enjoy about this film so I would give it a 10/10. Would thriller again.
5. The Stepfather, (2009.)
This was another film that I put off watching just because I had seen the establishing scene in a media class a few years ago and it scared me so much that I thought the rest of the film was going to be scary, too. But it’s probably the least scary of this list. Everyone knows the stigma that comes with being a step-parent but the step-father in this fills the stereotype by beginning to tear through the seams of his new family. I really enjoyed this film, it left me with the excited shivers that you get when you’ve seen something good. The only thing I would say is I would have liked more tension/jumpscares. I know, I’m a sucker for punishment. 9/10.
So, there you have it! Which thriller is your favourite? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. Would you like me to write another genre list? Let me know which one you would like to see!