Psychological Thrillers

The Collector

April 7th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

I’m a huge fan of Terence Stamp, and rather fond of Samantha Eggar, who won a Golden Globe and got an Oscar nomination for this film, so I was excited to watch it. It did not disappoint! I’m also a fan of John Fowles’ The Collector, and felt the movie stayed very true to the book. I can’t say the movie is really scary by today’s standards, though, even though the book is. This may indeed have been an influence on modern thrillers like Silence of the Lambs, but it’s no Psycho! What it is, is a really fascinating psychological study of a rather milquetoast, possibly slightly autistic, little man who can only relate to the world at a distance. Read More…

Suspicious River

December 18th, 2010 by Wayward Muse

A perfect example of “traumatic reenactment,” Suspicious River might confuse those who have no familiarity with the concept, but it is not far-fetched. The Netflix synopsis is uncharacteristically accurate and complete. What is left for the viewer to discover is the story-behind-the story. Read More…

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