Every once in a while, a movie will sit with you long after the credits roll. From real-life issues to horrifying endings, these films are guaranteed to do just that. Have you seen them?
1. The Mist (2007)
This is a science-fiction horror film. It is adapted from a Novella of the same name written by Stephen King. The story relates to the horrors of being trapped in a place without escape. When a storm damages David Drayton’s (Thomas Jane) house, he heads into town to gather food and supplies with his son.
While in the grocery store, a mist engulfs the city, locking them in. With the fog come monsters to fight and lives to save, but at what cost? The ending is bleak and will leave you stunned and sitting in silence.
2. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her dreams to have a child like many other women. She finally gives birth to a boy but can’t bond with him.
Kevin is a fussy toddler (Rocky Duer) who becomes a sociopath (Ezra Miller). After he creates unspeakable acts of violence, Eva is forced to deal with her son’s horrific actions only via letters to her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly).
3. Threads (1984)
Ruth (Karen Meagher) and Jimmy (Reece Dinsdale) decide to get married owing to the unexpected pregnancy. But their lives are in turmoil when the Soviet Union and the United States go to war. They are separated when a nuclear attack destroys a NATO base near home. Ruth suffers to survive in the post-apocalypse.
4. The Changeling (1980)
John Russell (George C. Scott) is on a holiday with his family when his wife and daughter are killed in a car accident. The trauma leads to him living alone in a vast, secluded house. He starts to feel the presence of a boy ghost who died in the same home. Russell consults Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere) for help uncovering the house’s secrets.
5. Funny Games (2007)
Funny Games is a psychological thriller revolving around a vacationing family who becomes the target of two sadistic young men who subject them to a series of disturbing and violent games—Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, and Brady Corbet star in the leading roles.
6. Gothika (2003)
Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is a psychiatrist whose life is wrecked when she misses hitting a girl. She wakes up in her mental hospital under her peer, Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.) She learns she’s accused of killing her husband even though she doesn’t remember a thing after the incident.
She’s close to solving the mystery but must escape the asylum first. This movie freaked me out, and I did not see that ending coming!
7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
It’s based on the book by the same name by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. The movie is set in dystopian England. It states the story of a juvenile offender, Alex (Malcolm McDowell), who is jailed for all the violence and murder.
To regain his freedom, he adapts to the behavior modification technique, where he’s conditioned to detest violence. When he returns, he becomes the victim of his victims.
8. For Colored Girls (2010)
A group of Black women in New York faces personal crises like heartbreak, abuse, abandonment, infidelity, etc. Crystal (Kimberly Elise) struggles with her existence as an abused lover. Jo (Janet Jackson) is a successful lady, but her husband has a double life.
Juanita (Loretta Devine) is a relationship counselor, even though her life is in chaos. These three women and others are joined together with a sense of belonging, and they promise to get back up to overcome the challenges.
9. Joker (2019)
Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Rafael Phoenix) is a failed comedian of Gotham City. He wears two masks — the one for his day job as a clown and the second to be part of the world. People bully and degrade him, which turns him into a madman cum criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
10. Melancholia (2011)
It’s the story of two estranged sisters, Justine (Kristen Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). It explores their psychological and emotional experiences as they try to get to terms with the impending doom of a new planet dangerously close to the Earth. Despite the theme of depression and anxiety, the movie is visually appealing to make it unforgettable.
11. The Girl Next Door (2007)
This is a very depressing movie based on the true story of Sylvia Likens. The story follows the abuse and torture of a teenage girl (Blythe Auffarth) by her caretaker (Blanche Baker), who is made a spectacle for her neighboring children. It shows the dark human nature in a very intense and unsettling way.
12. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Johnny Got His Gun is based on the anti-war book of the same name by Dalton Trumbo, who is also the movie’s director. It’s about an Army soldier, Joe Bonham (Timothy Bottoms), who loses everything in a war: his sight, speech, hearing, and even the sense of smell. The only thing he’s left with is his sense of mind, which is a curse in his eyes, so he plans to take his life to end his nightmare.
13. Blackkklansman (2018)
The film Blackkklansman is based on the actual tale of Ron Stallworth, a black investigator who disclosed the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Ron Stallworth (John Washington) is the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He embarks on a perilous journey to infiltrate and expose the notorious Ku Klux Klan. He forms a team to undercover the notorious clan.
14. Dreams of a Life (2011)
It’s another documentary film that tells the true story of Joyce Vincent (Zawe Ashton), a woman who died in London. It is about discovering the truth of the life of a woman who was once very intelligent and capable. Nobody noticed her absence. Her mortal remains were found after three years. It’s the morbid reality of out of sight, out of mind.
15. Kids (1995)
This is a controversial film exploring the lives of New York teenagers. Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) has one goal: to sleep with as many virgin girls as possible without telling them about him being HIV positive. While he’s out on a quest for another victim, Telly and his best friend, Casper (Justin Pierce), Jenny (Chloë Sevigny), one of Telly’s early victims, is also on a quest to save girls from him.
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