The Neon Demon (2016)
Description: An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.
“It still has me feeling uneasy. Beautifully shot, fantastic soundtrack, and worth sticking around to the last shocking shot.”
Description: When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of LA crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.”
“It realllllly messed with me, and it made me look differently at the people I trust.”
Funny Games (1997)
Description: Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic ‘games’ with one another for their own amusement.”
“This movie messed me UP! I tried to watch it a second time later on, but I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to turn it off. It’s just so real and disturbing and will make you think about what you’d do if you were in similar situations.”
Ex Machina (2014)
Description: A young programmer is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid AI.”
“It’s a little creepy, but it draws you in. I was thinking about it for days after I first watched it.”
Description: Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
“How people respond in a crisis is terrifying, as is the realization that there is no master plan. The Cube exists simply because it does.”
The Imposter (2012)
Description: A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for three years.
“It’s a really freaky documentary about a random guy who claimed to be a family’s missing son. Somehow he tricked the family and lived with them for several years. The wildest part? It’s a true story.”
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Description: An Eastern European woman travels to the United States with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
“I saw it in theaters when it came out. Twenty years later, and I have not been brave enough to watch it again. It was absolutely brilliant but so emotionally draining. Björk is amazing, and the contrast of her musical numbers scattered amid a depressing plot is magical.”
Description: A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien life-forms after 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.
“I finished the movie and sat in silence while trying to piece together what I just watched. Just trust me on this one.”
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Description: In 1988, a teenage girl’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.
“It’ll make you question whether or not you truly know the people around you.”
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Description: A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
“This one made me feel so many things. It’s dark, sad, and moving.”
Description: A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
“It’s exciting and will scare the hell out of you. You’ll have to rewatch it over and over again to figure out what you missed.”
Description: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the moon, where he, working alongside his computer Gerty, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.
“I still can’t work out if it scared me or amazed me. Either way, it has stayed with me for years.”
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Description: Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
“I’ve watched this movie multiple times, and just seeing how everything unfolds is so unnerving. It’ll make you think for days.”
Black Swan (2010)
Description: A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
“It messed with my mind for months after watching it. I even googled what happened but still couldn’t quite get my head around it!”
Primal Fear (1996)
Description: An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
“You think you know what the twist is, and then they blow your freaking mind!”
Description: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.
“It’s so heartbreaking, and the plot twist messes it up even more. I sat there in shock when the movie was over.”
Description: A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins.
“I grew up in a very small and sheltered town, and after seeing this movie, I was in shock for a couple of days. The story is so real and plausible, even though it scared me. All young people should watch it.”
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Description: A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.
“It takes place in the future and is about the last immortal man on Earth who lives out every possible outcome of his life. It made me have weird dreams about parallel universes and made me question my existence.”
The Lobster (2015)
Description: In a dystopian future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in 45 days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
“Even though the plot is pretty simple, the movie is the weirdest freaking thing I have ever seen.”
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Description: A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
“It’s raw and real, and it left me with a weird feeling about this already messed-up world.”