What's your favorite thriller film
The 10 most exciting films with a surprising twist
I hate movies with a stupid ending. And that's why I love so-called "Mind Game Movies". Nothing is preprogrammed here. On the contrary: The end is usually the climax of the film and has such a WOW effect that the viewer almost gets a knot in their brains. Hence the name Mind game, because these films not only play with the minds of the protagonists, but also with that of the audience.
Of course, exciting films with surprising twists and turns are not a new invention. Already old master Alfred Hitchcock cleverly fooled his audience with the first psychological thrillers such as 'Vertigo' (1958) and 'Psycho' (1960). It is not for nothing that both films are absolute film classics.
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Around the 2000s there was a real hype about mind game movies. After 'The Sixth Sense' (1999) at the latest, it was no longer possible to be sure in any film whether everything was just a dream and whether the hero of the story was either crazy or long ago dead.
Christopher Nolan went one better with crazy strokes of genius like 'Inception' (2010) and paved the way to mind game Olympus.
Because it can be quite exhausting to pick out all the good mind game movies, we did the work for you. I proudly present you a series of exciting psychological thrillers that will leave your mouth open in the end.
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1. Exciting Films: The Forbidden Key (2005)
Off we go to the swamps of Louisiana. Here the young Caroline (Kate Hudson) takes a job as a nurse for the paralyzed Ben Deveraux. The old man is quick to let her understand that he's scared to death of something and that he needs her help. Indeed, things do not seem right in the morbid southern mansion.
Caroline receives a key from the cranky landlady, Violet, with which she can open all 30 rooms of the property. Only the attic where Ben had his stroke remains locked to her.
Up there, a pair of slaves once practiced hoodoo magic, as Violett says - with the urgent warning to stay away from the place. But of course the curiosity is greater and Caroline soon becomes part of an eerie ritual.
2. Exciting films: The Visit (2015)
Because mom wants to go on a cruise, her two children, 13-year-old Tyler and 15-year-old Rebecca, go on vacation with their grandparents for a week. However, she has never met her because her mother fell out with her own parents a good 15 years ago. But now Nana and Pop-Pop would like to get to know their grandchildren. Said and done.
Everyone has fun on the grandparents' farm and gets along wonderfully. But grandma and grandpa suddenly behave strangely and strangely. At first, the strange behavior can still be explained rationally. But when the children break the highest house rule and leave their room after 9:30 in the evening, it is clear that nothing is normal here anymore.
With 'The Visit', mind game pro M. Night Shyamalan proves how scary it can be when old and young meet. And that a hand-held camera can also be used as a video diary in such a way that the viewers Not from the wobble gets bad.
3. Exciting films: Split (2016)
News from M. Night Shyamalan: In 'Split' he tells the story of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a young man with dissociative personality disorder. 23 different personalities live in it, all of whom know about each other and are more or less harmless.
However, his therapist recently began receiving letters from Kevin's diverse alter egos asking for help. Allegedly there is a 24th personality who is only called "The Beast" and who makes others afraid. However, the therapist does not believe in such a monstrous being in a person.
Kevin kidnaps three young girls and keeps them in his basement dungeon. Among them is the outsider Casey, who keeps his various personalities on their toes. At least until "The Beast" actually paves its way to the surface.
Tip: 'Split' is part of a trilogy of films with 'Unbreakable - Unzerbrechlich' (2000) and 'Glass' (2019), but can be viewed as a film in its own right.
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4. Exciting films: The Curse of the 2 Sisters (2009)
'The curse of the 2 sisters' (original:' The Uninvited') is a remake of the South Korean horror film 'A Tale of Two Sisters' (2003). The original is much more eerie and artful than the softened US version, but if you don't like it that dark, this is definitely a good choice. The story basically stays the same.
Anna Ivers (Emily Browning) returns home from a mental hospital after attempting suicide. Before she went to psychiatry, her sick mother died in an explosion in the family's beach house. Together with her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel), Anna blames Rachel, the father's new friend, for this.
The two sisters doubt the real identity of their new stepmother and start their own investigations. But they'd have better let the secret of that night rest.
5. Exciting Movies: Girl on the Train (2016)
Who doesn't think up stories about the people who fly by the window while traveling by train? Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) feels the same way. She even has a favorite house where the supposedly happy couple Megan and Scott Hipwell live. Megan is no stranger to Rachel: She is the nanny to Rachel's ex-husband Tom.
One day Rachel watches from the train as Megan kisses a stranger. Shortly afterwards, the news said that Megan had disappeared. Rachel reports her observations to the missing person's husband. A little later, Megan is found dead.
Now Rachel is also suspected of murder. As an alcoholic with repeated blackouts, you soon won't believe anyone anymore. And even Rachel is slowly beginning to doubt her own innocence.
6. Exciting films: Orphan - the orphan (2009)
After a stillbirth and surviving alcohol addiction, Katherine Coleman (Vera Farmiga) decides to adopt a child together with her husband John. In the orphanage, the polite Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) makes a direct impression on the two of them, as she is very understanding for her age.
But Esther turns out to be extremely backward and terrorizes the other two children of the Colemans, the deaf-mute Maxine and the older Daniel. When it slowly dawns on Katherine that something is wrong with the girl, it is long too late.
Sounds like a typical psycho movie with children? Yes and no. Because for a change, neither the devil nor his demons have a hand in this. Everything is scary realistic and the plot twist at the end is really not bad.
7. Exciting Movies: Demonic (2001)
In 'Demonic' (original: 'Frailty') the tables are turned and shown what parents can do to their children. More precisely, it is a father here who forces his two sons to go on a demon hunt with him. An angel appeared to him who gave him a list of demons in human cover that he should destroy.
His younger son Adam immediately believes his father and willingly goes into battle with him. However, the older son Fenton has his doubts and is shocked by the violence against normal people. He has to decide: will he kill innocents or will he soon end up on the red list as a demon himself?
The exciting story is told in flashbacks. The now adult Fenton (Matthew McConaughey) reports to the police with a confession.
So Fenton survived the traumatic childhood. But the film wouldn't be a mind game movie if it were that simple. And believe me, the ending gives the film a horror of biblical proportions.
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8. Exciting Films: The Invisible Guest (2016)
At first glance, we are dealing with a classic locked-room thriller, a murder in a locked room: the young businessman Adrián (Mario Casas) is said to have killed his mistress in a hotel room. However, he stiffly states that there was someone else in the room.
The top lawyer Virginia Goodman (Heike Schroetter) should now help him to create a presentable story for the process. As Adrián tells her, it is all rooted in a car accident in which a young man died. But it quickly becomes clear that Adrián's affair is by no means the only secret here.
So more and more inconsistencies appear in Adrián's story. The confused viewer can only make sense of the many questions at the end. When the resolution finally comes, you find yourself trying to applaud the Spanish director and screenwriter Oriol Paulo loudly.
9. Exciting films: me. May. Not. Sleep. (2014)
'I. May. Not. Sleep '(original:' Before I Go to Sleep ') is the exciting answer to '50 first dates' (2004): Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) suffers from amnesia and overnight forgets everything she has learned during the day. She has lived in this state since she was seriously injured in the head in an attempted murder ten years ago.
Christine is now trying to find out what exactly happened back then. Unbeknownst to her husband Ben (Colin Firth), she recently started working with neuropsychologist Dr. Nibble on her memory. To do this, she regularly leaves video messages on a camera. At some point she also finds the message that she cannot trust anyone.
Christine becomes more and more paranoid. All of their fellow human beings get caught up in lies and even photos no longer seem to show the truth. New memories keep coming back in fragments. But that only makes Christine’s nightmare worse.
10. Exciting Movies: Mindhunters (2004)
A group of profiler trainees head to an abandoned US Navy base to take their final exams. The task: Find the fictional serial killer "The Puppeteer" and make it unharmed.
The search for clues leads to a dramatic accident in which one of the young profilers dies. Horrified, his colleagues want to leave the island. But when you step onto the jetty, the jetty and the boat blow up. The profilers in Spe are stuck and now actually have to chase a real killer.
However, this is always one step ahead of them. He sets them the most perfidious traps (Hello, 'Saw') and seems to be well informed about each individual. At some point it dawns on the agents that the killer can only be one of them. But who?
For me, 'Mindhunters' is still one of the most exciting films of all time. At Wer.streamt.es you can find out where you can stream the psychological thriller anywhere at home.
More exciting mind game films
Because the end shouldn't be an end here either, there's a list of exciting classics among the mind game movies - in case you've tasted blood and don't know these films yet: Must see! You definitely won't regret it.
- The Usual Suspects (1995)
- Seven (1995)
- Matrix (1999)
- Memento (2000)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Butterfly Effect (2004)
- The Game (1997)
- Shutter Island (2010)
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Enemy (2013)
- The Village (2004)
- Identity (2003)
- The Secret Window (2004)
- Shelter (2010)
- I See You (2019)
- Ghostland (2018)
- Stay (2005)
- Vanilla Sky (2001)
- Swimming Pool (2003)
- Black Swan (2010)
- Twilight (1996)
- American Psycho (2000)
- The Others (2001)
- Wild Things (1998)
- Prestige - The Masters of Magic (2006)
- The Hole (2001)
- Gothika (2003)
- Triangle (2009)
- Gone Girl (2014)
- Hard Candy (2005)
- The orphanage (2007)
- Cabin in the Woods (2011)
- The Skin I Live In (2011)
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