The Best Suspense Movies So Far

Posted 2017-11-22 19:58:17

 

Zodiac

 


The crowning achievement of its director's career, a masterwork stubbornly faithful to its source material even while transcending it. Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale. A complex crime drama that limits its action, opting to save it for the times that bring the greatest impact.

 

The Sixth Sense

 


ou leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger. It becomes a clammy, chilly movie building toward a revelation that you cannot predict. As I say: I cannot tell you. You'd hate me if I did. I can only say, don't look now, but look sometime. Shyamalan's best film where he knew how to trick us with the history of a boy who sees dead people. It has one of the best endings I've seen in the genre.

 

The Prestige

 


The film is never less than engaging, though considering that the title The Prestige refers to the moment in a magic act that gives it its "wow" factor, it's kind of a shame that the ultimate "reveal" in the movie is a little too tricky for its own good. Although the slowish pacing early on over-indicates how both magicians' marquee misdirection (a disappearing act) will be achieved, The Prestige still manages a neat trick of its own.

 

Insomnia

 


The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it. Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him.

 

Hush

 


Silence is golden in "Hush," one of the more inspired concoctions to emerge from the busy Blumhouse horror-thriller assembly line in recent years. An effectively straightforward exercise in suspense, one that further positions Flanagan-who also made the year's well-received Ouija prequel-as a filmmaker with a strong grasp on horror's fundamentals.

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