Best Thrillers of 2016
written by Sriram Sundar
The greatest fascination and thrill for any person is the study of human psychology and behaviour. Such mind-games for survival creates an extraordinary atmosphere of mystery and intrigue! There is no greater thrill than pitting one’s mind with a worthy opponent and staying a step ahead in the psychological war-fare.
Very often, thrillers have complex story lines and can be challenging to follow, so as a viewer you are always guessing what is going to happen next.
So let us begin the list of the Best Thrillers of 2016 where you can experience danger without actually being in danger.
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This one is not for the easily queasy audience. It is a stark, dreadful vision – but one that is fascinatingly executed, with a compelling central performance from Kika Magalhaes as a matter-of-fact monster!
Directed by debutant Nicolas Pesce, this is about a young girl exposed to unimaginable tragedy. And then being shot in black and white makes it more intense to watch!
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_P8WCbhC6s
Directed by Mike Flanagan, this film is about a mystery writer Maddie (Kate Siegel) who is unaware of her friend Sarah is being massacred feet away from her — pounding on her back door for help, too desperate to realize her Maddie can’t hear her! And then it’s her turn, to run, to defend herself or to fight it out till the very end.
8. The Boy
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpIbO6HEwr8
Greta (Lauren Cohan) arrives for a nanny job to a storybook mansion deep in the English countryside, to find dark corridors, creaking floors, mysterious owners, and a porcelain doll who is being treated as a person alive!
Director William Brent Bell masters the slow build, making us wonder throughout the film who’s crazy and who’s not!
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkoEE1i0CX8
Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
A thriller about an alcoholic’s struggle to make sense of a close-to-home murder as well as her own mind. Directed by Tate Taylor, this film is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H1Ii1LjyFU
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Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, this film does a spectacular job of capturing nightmare logic. You sense danger even if you can’t explain it.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76yBTNDB6vU
What can $300,000 make you do? Three teenage thieves – Rocky (Jane Levy), Money (Daniel Zovatto) and Alex (Dylan Minnette) – desperate to make enough money and leave for a better life in California, break into the house of a blind Army veteran Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang).
Directed by Fede Alvarez, this isn’t just any old home invasion thriller but it understands the limitations of the genre and works wonders within them!
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tddlYXhgFoo
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Toby (Chris Pine) and ex-con loose cannon Tanner (Ben Foster) stage a series of heists against various branches of the bank, all the while pursued by Jeff Bridges, on deliciously crusty form as a Texas ranger nearing the end of his career.
Directed by David Mackenzie, this film is highly recommended not only for those who like bank robberies and persecutions, but also those who enjoy a good, well narrated film with a clever script and good direction.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iBBgcp7PY
Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) when attacked in her home by an unknown assailant vows to track the man down, but soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game – a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control and destroy them.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, this film is one hell of a erotic thriller!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. The Neon Demon
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cipOTUO0CmU
Sixteen-year-old Jesse (Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of being a model. She struggles to assert herself, making it a necessity for Dean, and concerned make-up artist Ruby (Jena Malone) to become more than just foils.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the women in this movie are all impossibly beautiful and incredibly shallow at the same time. Stellar performances, amazing visuals and a unique storyline will cement this as a cult classic.
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