10 Artfully Sinister Movies You Missed (Part 1)
Note :- As the title suggests, the list contains movies that belong to thriller-horror genre, which may not be suitable to all people. The movies contain plot and acts, which cannot be classified as your casual movie watching experience.
Imagine living in a world, where every movie lover has enough cash to buy tickets, to every single film that ever screened in theaters. Unfortunately, we live in a reality where it’s pretty much impossible. That said, every year hundreds of movies are released, and since movie industry is over a century old, it is understandable to miss some of the good ones. Here is a list of the 10 most artfully sinister movies you may have missed.
Oldboy is a disturbing film on this list. The movie gained a cult following, and was proven popular enough to justify an American remake. The 2003 South Korean original is directed by Park Chan-wook. It involves the bloody vengeance a man enacts, after being imprisoned for 15 years by an unknown party for unknown reasons. This is the one and only film, that kept me quiet for a whole 5 mins after seeing it. I literally couldn't close my mouth, and yet there wasn't any sound coming out of it. Oldboy had such an impact on me, that words are too little to describe that impact. Therefore this film is definitely in my top films ever made. It has a massive ingredient that a lot of films seem to miss out on, a divine plot. Even though the acting and screenplay are world class, the plot is really the cherry on the cake.
The skin I live in (2011)
The movie is far more intelligent than most horror films. It has a deceptively lush and meditative tone. The Skin I Live In has more going on under the surface to upset the viewer, than it first appears.
Pedro Almodovar has created a daring and entirely unique masterpiece. A word that I do not use lightly or often. The Skin I Live In has a lot that of aspects that feel very Almodovar. The film is a startling, wild study into a world of obsession, revenge and the complexities of the human flesh. The structure here is one of it's more interesting aspects. Almodovar has really outdone himself here, crafting a tale of wicked intensity and rarely met eccentricity.
When asked about atypical number of strong female characters that populate his films, Pedro said, "I write more female characters than male characters... in Spain, we have many more wonderful actresses than actors... the male figure is less expressive... [that being said,] I cannot imagine any male actor better than Antonio to express passion and desire".
Strange circus (2005)
The movie is considered as one of the greatest masterpiece by critics. Strange Circus starts out as a story, about a quiet young girl named Mitsuko. One day she hears some strange noise coming from her parents room. Curiosity gets the better of her, and she witnesses them having sex. Her Dad catches her in the act, and from that moment this movie gets really crazy. I'd rather not tell you what follows, but it's definitely not for the average movie-goer. At some points Strange Circus gets pretty confusing. You are led to question who's who and what's happening. By the end of the movie many things have risen to the surface, but there are still aspects to ponder about. Which is rare these days. There aren't many movies when the credits are almost done rolling, and you're still sitting there thinking about what just happened. Personally I appreciate when movies do this. It's not frustratingly challenging, but it definitely will keep you up a little longer.
Hard to believe, Yorgos made this gem of a movie with a budget of 250,000 euros. The movie is about a whole language of deceit, created by a father. Who makes sure that his family don't venture into the unknown, which he fears will corrupt them. This film talks about the myths and lies we are told to maintain status quo, and the appearance of stability and normality. It explores the abuse of protecting a child from outside influences to the extreme of denying human instincts. Its shows how telling children lies for their own safety makes them fearful of the world. Patronizing there innate understanding about life. It’s amazing because it creates a world with an absurd, fully realised, vocabulary. That is completely understood by the members of this family. Its surreal nature forces you to question the oddness and the parameters of your own existence. A life unquestioned and unexplored leads to a stagnant swamp of confusion.
The woman (2011)
Movie is based on a lean adaptation of a novel by Jack Ketchum. The Woman tells the tale of a feral woman. The woman is captured by, a traditional family man who is an attorney in a solo practice. As the movie proceeds, it is clear that the man's patriarchy goes way beyond, into that of a power-crazed maniac. The tension is palpable between the man and his captured trophy. The woman's presence in the lives of the family members affects each differently. Be prepared for shocking and intense graphic violence, and plot twists you would never expect. Not for the squeamish. The story is compelling, and so are the characters in this study of human nature.
The acting is practiced and believable. The writers have a good handle on the dynamics of domestic violence. I see this film as exemplifying domestic violence taken to its furthest extreme. How domestic violence perpetuates itself, through the generations can be seen in the distance. You will like the way woman is the central character of the film, also being incidental to the drama unfolding within the family unit.