Psychological

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991.

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991. 150 150 Thomas Richardson

Alongside terrific and terrifying characters such as Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, there is another sinister dramatis persona evoked in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs – that of…

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2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968. 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

Figure 1: Parody recreation of the ‘Dawn of Man’ sequence in The Simpsons S3 Ep8 (1991) dir. Carlos BaezaFigure 2: Animal Mother (pictured)Inscribing violence onto the body of animality and…

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1922. Dir. Zak Hilditch. Netflix. 2017.

1922. Dir. Zak Hilditch. Netflix. 2017. 150 150 Tabitha Gent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E_fT0aTsjI Fig 1 – 1922 Trailer Fig 2 shows a portrait of the James’ Family. Zak Hilditch’s 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1922 follows the story of Wilfred James, a…

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A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016)

A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016) 150 150 Angeline Parker

Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness uses the symbolic imagery of eels in this psychological horror film. The scenes in which they feature are some of the most perturbed, which…

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Willard. Dir. Glen Morgan. New Line Cinema. 2003.

Willard. Dir. Glen Morgan. New Line Cinema. 2003. 150 150 Olivia Calverley

Glen Morgan’s disturbing horror film Willard portrays the life of social misfit Willard Stiles (played by Crispin Glover), and a colony of trained rats who live in the basement of…

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The Lighthouse. Dir. Robert Eggers. A24. 2019.

The Lighthouse. Dir. Robert Eggers. A24. 2019. 150 150 George Knighton

“𝑩𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒚’𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒔 𝒃𝒆. 𝑰𝒏 ’𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒓.” The Lighthouse is a film about madness and evil. The film uses the arrival and death…

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The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009.

The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009. 150 150 Coda Heap

What can dogs tell us about criminality? With regards to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, the answer is ‘quite a lot.’ Dogs are used within the film to align the binaries of…

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The Shining. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Warner Brothers. 1980.

The Shining. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Warner Brothers. 1980. 150 150 Isabelle Hill

A notoriously disturbing moment in The Shining (1980) is the ‘bear costume’ scene, which poses questions why Kubrick specifically chose this animal and its symbolic purpose in this bizarre shot.…

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Oldboy. Dir. Park Chan-wook. Show East & Tartan Films. 2003.

Oldboy. Dir. Park Chan-wook. Show East & Tartan Films. 2003. 150 150 Archie Scott

Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film Oldboy is at its core a thriller, a revenge story of Oh Dae-su (played by Choi Min-sik) imprisoned in a room for 15 years without any…

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Twelve Monkeys. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures . 1996.

Twelve Monkeys. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures . 1996. 150 150 Alice Connolly

Twelve Monkeys begins: human beings whoop and rattle in cages, buried deep underground. Wild animals roam free in the streets; in the churches, on top of this underground prison. But who…

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