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SCREAMBOX’s ‘The Anchor’ and 5 More Psychological Horror Movies to Watch
Horror movies that feature an intense and probing study of its characters’ minds can often be the most terrifying. An external dilemma is scary all on its own, but learning what makes dangerous people tick is something else entirely. The protagonist of SCREAMBOX‘s latest release, The Anchor, has her own encounter with an unpredictable person when she receives a disturbing phone call at work. TV newscaster Se-ra (Chun Woo-hee) gets a “tip” from a mother claiming a man has broken into her house. She insists the intruder will kill her after having murdered her daughter. Se-ra, believing this is a sick prank, then doesn’t help the caller. Later, she realizes the grave mistake she’s made.
Jung Ji-yeon‘s first movie isn’t as straightforward as the plot makes it sound. In fact, The Anchor is a twisty thriller full of genuine jolts and pleasant surprises. It’s also confidently made, well-acted and startling. The director is one to look out for in the future.
In addition to The Anchor, which is now streaming on SCREAMBOX, these five other psychological-horror movies peel back the skin and expose inner demons on a visceral level.
Suddenly in the Dark (1981)
Upon his return from studying butterflies in the field, a biology professor (Yoon Il-bong) brings home a new housemaid named Mi-ok (Lee Ki-seon). The professor’s wife, Seon-hee (Kim Young-ae), is apprehensive about Mi-ok, then downright scared as bizarre things begin to happen around the house. Also known as Suddenly in Dark Night or Suddenly at Midnight, this South Korean cult classic can be best described as both supernatural and psychological horror. It’s a stylish and surreal movie that paved the way for modern K-Horror.
Audiences will likely feel unclean after watching the German movie Schramm. Even though it barely runs over an hour, this shocking tale of a severely antisocial man (Florian Koerner von Gustorf) is as deeply unsettling as it is graphic. The faint of heart might want to consider their limits before adding this curio to their watchlist. For those more brave souls who can tolerate transgressive storytelling, Schramm depicts the most dangerous kind of loneliness: those who want to connect but can’t do so in a safe and healthy way. Jörg Buttgereit’s movie is often compared to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Perfect Blue (1997)
Satoshi Kon’s debut film was added to Shudder earlier this year after living on the edge of wider recognition for a good twenty-five years. While often lumped in with other anime, Perfect Blue is in its own category of animation. This outstanding film, a loose adaptation of Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, shadows a young pop entertainer’s transition from singing to acting. As her TV role becomes more and more demanding, and an obsessed fan turns into a dangerous stalker, Mima suffers an extreme breakdown. This animated terror is a monumental achievement for Japanese psychological horror.
George A. Romero might be best known for making zombies rise, but the renowned horror filmmaker once penned an aggressive psycho-horror called Bruiser. This flawed yet fascinating hidden gem stars Jason Flemyng as an unhappy white-collar named Henry. His wife dislikes him, he hates his job, and he daydreams about his own death as well as hurting others. One day Henry wakes up to find his face has been replaced with a white, featureless face. Henry then goes on to use his anonymity to kill. Bruiser is an uncharacteristic movie for Romero, though it now has better reviews and more of an audience after being overlooked for so many years.
The Swedish movie Knocking focuses on a woman named Molly (Cecilia Milocco), whose recent trauma leads to a horrifying outcome after she moves into a new apartment. Molly is kept awake by the mysterious knocks and screams she hears from a neighboring unit. However, no one, especially the police, believes her. Knocking is the slowest of slow burns, but Frida Kempff’s debut is a gripping thriller that boasts both a superb sound design and a convincing performance from the lead. Like The Anchor, Knocking can be watched on SCREAMBOX now.
The Anchor is now streaming on SCREAMBOX!
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