Once it’s got hold of you, paranoia is nearly impossible to shake. When you stop trusting others in a situation (or even worse, stop trusting yourself), the result is often mayhem–just ask the characters from our list below, who looked that ugly beast anxiety in the face and (sometimes) lived to tell the tale.
Love. It can unleash butterflies in your stomach, make you feel weak at the knees…and leave you completely blind to some serious red flags about the object of your affection. Hey, it happens, but if you’re going to fall for your assassin boss, maybe just don’t trust him not to kill you when it’s over. Check out our list of the top 10 ways to know that you’re into the wrong person, as learned from the movies.
Sometimes they’re framed, other times they’re straight up diabolical, and often, you spend 90% of the movie trying to figure out which. Regardless of their M.O., agents gone rogue are an onscreen sensation that few can resist–they’re wildly dangerous, pitted up against fellow CIA/FBI/MI6/criminal masterminds, and usually racing against the clock to uncover a conspiracy. You can’t say their training went to waste. Check out our list below of ten thrilling instances of agents gone AWOL.
Stephen King is oft hailed as the “master of horror”–but not all King adaptations feature the occult. Some of his best book to big-screen reworkings are dramas, psychological thrillers and coming of age sagas. Check out the top eight times Stephen King enthralled us without using sorcery.
His works have spawned numerous (and terrifying) big screen adaptations, and made for classic moments in cinematic history–such as Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashing hell on Mars, and Harrison Ford kissing a cyborg.
While they may not be able to legally drink, these deranged teens find plenty more sinister ways to get into trouble—namely, killing family members, classmates, and even complete strangers. Sociopaths have always made for unpredictable characters, shifting from charming to murderous with a telltale chilling ease. In teenage form, with the fleeting power of youth, they’re even more terrifying. The underage psychopaths below take the cake.
When it comes to movies set in Alaska, it seems like anything goes. Convicts on trains, nights that last for months, alien abductions and even the occasional vampire coven are all fair game. Add a backdrop of harsh and snowy natural beauty and these stories are hard to beat.
There are plenty of valid reasons to avoid the NYC metro. Down in that labyrinth of tunnels, it’s alternately sweltering or frigid, the service delays are constant, and the rats are startlingly large. They’re bold, too. Now—as if passengers needed more to dread—movies have gone and thrown aliens, ghosts, supervillains and more into the mix of MTA horrors. Check out the top 8 reasons to skip the subway and pony up for a taxi below.
In the movies, felling main protagonists is a bold move. Some flicks, though, have had the balls to be even more aggressive—leaving not a single character left alive! Whether comedy or horror, biographical or scifi, our top six movies on the list below each dared to risk it all…and kill everyone off.
Sharks. Cinema’s most enigmatic beast. Leopard, tiger, great white, hammerhead: these vicious finned predators have always had a knack for terrorizing characters and stealing scenes–one even had it’s own ominous tune.
Iron Man’s The Mandarin. Shutter Island’s Dr. Cawley. Sexy Beast’s Don Logan. Ben Kingsley is just so good when he’s being bad. And look how many types of bad he can do! See our list below for best of Sir Ben’s baddies.
You know him for his unique, high-octane comic performances, and even when movies cranks up the drama Robin Williams naturally inhabits characters with such good-natured liveliness he can’t help but make you smile. Or so you thought. Check out these five films to watch the man behind Flubber and Good Will Hunting turn off the charm and go as dark as dark gets in five very different, equally chilling ways.
We all have to die sometime, right? Whether pushed out of a plane or pulled down into the murky depths by a sea creature, these characters at least know how to make a memorable exit.
Telekinesis is arguably the most desirable of all superpowers—moving objects without lifting a finger would be both thrilling and a killer party trick. In movies, we’ve seen telekinetic characters get all kinds of creative with their skills, but we’ve also seen them experience some serious downsides. As one super-human learned the hard way, with great power comes great responsibility. Check out our list below for our top instances of telekinesis in the movies!
There’s a special brand of nostalgia that one experiences when watching a movie set in the future … a future that we’ve already passed! Many of these movies had charmingly ambitious visions of the future: flying cars, casual space travel and (sometimes) reliable time machines–all advances that we’re still pining for in this old dusty world. Check out our top ten future movies of the past below.
The doctor-gone-mad plot is one of cinema’s most disturbing—after all, you’re never more than vulnerable than when sitting in the exam chair. Equipped with needles, scalpels and anesthesia, these demented physicians and scientists make for some of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Cue the full-body cringes.
Possessed dolls, undead serial killers and pin-headed “Cenobites” make these often campy horror series as fun as they are scary. Grab some popcorn and a safety buddy and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit petrifying) marathon of one of these franchise classics.
It used to be that no filmmakers would advertise that their movie had feminist ambitions; even now, some directors sidestep the issue. Despite this unfortunate trend, the movies below are wildly entertaining proof of what happens when empowering agendas shine through (even in subtle and complex ways).
These films take the timeless hostage scenario to a whole new level of twisted—where cannibals play mind games with cops, psychotic killers take the form of fan girls and snipers, bombs are on buses and vampire strippers are a thing. Our list of demented hostage films isn’t for the faint of heart.
1. Funny Games
When two deranged young men take a family hostage in their home, they’re forced to engage in a slew of savage games in order to stay alive. Naomi Watts’ and Michael Pitt’s grueling performances—loving, brave mother and perverse, psycho killer, respectively—and a thrilling, fourth-wall breaking scene make the movie well worth enduring the horrors.
2. Silence of the Lambs
FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) is drawn into a game of wits with one villain behind bars (the Hannibal Lector), while pursuing another serial killer, “Buffalo Bill,” on the loose. When Bill takes a new victim hostage, Starling’s race against the clock begins. She must get the information she needs from the cryptic psychopath Hannibal (cue the mind games) to apprehend Bill before he murders his prey.
More often than not, the most memorable movies we see are rooted in heavy, hard-to-watch subject matter. This can certainly be said of the gritty films on this list—all wartime pics set in Africa, all dealing with the real-life conflicts that have ravaged the beautiful continent over the last century.
For many, prom is the pinnacle of their high school career. There’s the romance, the decorations, the excuse to get fancy and, most importantly, the drama. In honor of this unrivaled event, we’ve compiled a list of the best proms on film.
Each actor to step into MI6 Agent Bond’s shoes has made the role his own–we’ve had some suave womanizers (Roger Moore, Pierce Bronsan) and some fierce menacers (Sean Connery, Daniel Craig)–and through it all the action franchise has remained a swaggering and unstoppable force at the box office. It’s a lot of pressure to be cast as a Bond, and it’s no surprise that the lucky men who’ve filled the role each needed some action-thriller practice to cut their teeth. Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite action pics starring Bond actors, before their stint as the legendary spy.
1. Layer Cake with Daniel Craig
Two years before his first Bond pic Casino Royale, the actor was being primed for stardom via this well-crafted British crime thriller. Craig plays “XXXX,” a London drug kingpin on the verge of retirement who finds himself knee-deep in the drug trade. With its impressively styled action sequences, Layer Cake is more than 007 1.0. It’s also a modern action classic.