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15 most suspenseful psychological thriller films (2015) - Top Netflix & Cinema

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best thriller movies of 2015 in cinema or our out on DVD or Netfix. Are Ben Affleck, Martin Scorsese & Ron Howard our new thriller genre directors?

Filmmakers in the field of suspense never had to worry as much about their reputation as their action flick counterparts. Especially with psychological thriller films. A solid conventional thriller, however cliché or unsurprising, never has to face as much contempt from critics as a run of the mill action film. Apparently, aspiring to become a Hitchockian master of suspense is a goal worth striving for. And I am glad this is the case, because this has pushed many talented art house directors into the thriller genre. Whether it is a home invasion film, an erotic thriller, a psychological thriller or a conventional detective story, it can be done tastefully and without losing its main appeal – to thrill. Read here about this decade’s (2010 -) best psychological thriller films up to 2016.
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    Sicario (02-10-2015)

    The Vore Review: 83%
    Length: 121 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : accurate • action-packed • evocative •
    Country: United States •
    Sicario - a movie released on 02-10-2015 starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio Del Toro. It is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Prisoners, Enemy & Incendies. Movie fans who enjoyed Helio & End of Watch should surely watch Sicario- Sicario deals with themes like drugs, police, violence, and incorporates action, crime, drama, and more elements.

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    Regression (05-02-16)

    The Vore Review: 75%
    Length: 106 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : frightening • gripping • mysterious •
    Country: United States •
    Regression - a movie released on 05-02-16 starring Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke & David Thewlis. It is directed by Alejandro Amenábar, who also directed The Others, The Sea Inside & Thesis. Movie fans who enjoyed Tesis & The Amityville Horror should surely watch Regression- Regression deals with themes like domestic violence, memories, police, and incorporates horror, mystery, thriller, and more elements.

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    Manson Family Vacation (06-10-2015)

    The Vore Review: 70%
    Length: 84 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : funny • uncanny • unusual •
    Country: United States •
    Manson Family Vacation - a movie released on 06-10-2015 starring Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips & Leonora Pitts. It is directed by J. Davis, who also directed Kevin, Soundtracker & D4G. Movie fans who enjoyed The Creep & Martha Marcy May Marlene should surely watch Manson Family Vacation - Manson Family Vacation deals with themes like crime, families, men, and incorporates comedy, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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Best thriller movies on Netflix or DVD in 2015

Best thriller movies out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Kill List (02-09-2011)

    The Vore Review: 77%
    Length: 95 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : dark • hard-hitting • noteworthy •
    Country: United Kingdom •
    Kill List - a movie released on 02-09-2011 starring Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring & Harry Simpson. It is directed by Ben Wheatley, who also directed Sightseers, Down Terrace & A Field in England. Kill List deals with themes like crime, darkness, death, money, and incorporates crime, horror, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'When people in 2015 talk about British horror, absurdist horror, there is only one real name in the game. Ben Wheatley. With Kill List he properly introduced himself, and his dark and absurdist style seems here to stay. Kill List is an unsettling thriller that already shows Wheatley’s love for horror elements. Shot intimately and slightly experimentally, the film is deeply invading and is more an investigation into the human psychology than a narratively nicely tidied up film.

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    Gone Girl (03-10-2014)

    The Vore Review: 84%
    Length: 149 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : based on a novel • entertaining • shocking •
    Country: United States •
    Gone Girl - a movie released on 03-10-2014 starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris. It is directed by David Fincher, who also directed Fight Club, Se7en & The Social Network. Movie fans who enjoyed Dark Places & The Visit should surely watch Gone Girl - Gone Girl deals with themes like infedility, marriage, media, police, and incorporates drama, mystery, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'The film is centered around a mediahype, but Gone Girl received more than enough attention itself. Marketeers must have known that with David Fincher as the intelligent director and Ben Affleck in a potentially dark role as the suspected husband, they had gold in their hands. And it actually really did deliver. Sure the story takes on high unlikely turns of events, but boy is it juicy stuff. Fincher is a talented writer/director, but he sometimes has the tendency to go so far in terms of making a plot waterproof, that it actually becomes dry and rather boring (A good example is the way too long and tedious Zodiac). Gone Girl is the opposite – it is constantly tickling the viewer’s curiosity and hunger for sensation, and gives the thriller enthusiast more than he/she could wish for. One of the few big budget productions that actually took me by surprise story-wise. Gone girl was based on the book by Gillian Flynn.

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    Captain Philips (11-10-2013)

    The Vore Review: 83%
    Length: 134 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : adventurous • biographical • horrifying •
    Country: United States •
    Captain Philips - a movie released on 11-10-2013 starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi & Barkhad Abdirahman. It is directed by Paul Greengrass, who also directed The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy & United 93. Movie fans who enjoyed Kapringen & The Last Hijack should surely watch Captain Philips - Captain Philips deals with themes like fear, poverty, third world, violence, and incorporates biographical, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'I was in doubt about whether I should instead of Captain Phillips suggest the Danish film Kapringen which deals with the exact same topic. The Danish film was also released in 2013, and is also about Somalian pirates hijacking a cargo ship, but it is a much more genuine, understated and realistic film than Captain Films. However, it is more a drama than a thriller. And Captain Phillips really thrills – it is a jittery, breathtaking film that reaches extreme levels of intensity. In other words, it is an incredibly tense thriller. Tom Hanks does a great job at making you care for his poor soul. Should really be seen in a cinema-worthy setting.

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    Prisoners (20-09-2013)

    The Vore Review: 92%
    Length: 153 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : astonishing • riveting • smart •
    Country: United States •
    Prisoners - a movie released on 20-09-2013 starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal & Viola Davis. It is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Sicario, Enemy & Incendies. Prisoners deals with themes like fear, parenting, police, violence, and incorporates crime, drama, mystery, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Prisoners is topping this round-up because it stays within genre conventions (over-all at least) without ever becoming cliche or predictable. More than that, Denis Villeneuve shows how making a thriller should be done. Next to having a great plot with clever unexpected twists and turns, Prisoners gets you emotionally invested in the characters – the ones you are expected to be rooting for, but also the ones you might not expect yourself to care for. In other words, Villeneuve has managed to create real flesh and blood characters who, when inserted into extreme situations, act ambiguously, and consequently make you as a viewer question and investigate everything. His next feature, Enemy, a doppelgänger film also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is way less straightforward, and almost feels like Villeneuve proving he is not just doing genre films now. Enemy is also great, but I wouldn’t mind Villeneuve sticking to excellent genre films like Prisoners.

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    Tom at the Farm (14-08-2015)

    The Vore Review: 82%
    Length: 102 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : brilliant • dazzling •
    Country: United States •
    Tom at the Farm - a movie released on 14-08-2015 starring Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal & Lise Roy. It is directed by Xavier Dolan, who also directed I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats & Mommy. Tom at the Farm deals with themes like gay, grieving, manipulation, and incorporates drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Critics can’t stop talking about Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (2014). That Nolan knows what he is doing in terms of producing excellent and moving drama is nothing new to us. That he also knows his stuff when it comes to thrillers was a pleasant (but not too big) surprise. He proved this with Tom at the Farm (Tom a la ferme), a ‘gay yet Hitchcockian suspense film’

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    Borgman (29-08-2013)

    The Vore Review: 75%
    Length: 113 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : chilling • weird •
    Country: Netherlands •
    Borgman - a movie released on 29-08-2013 starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis & Jeroen Perceval. It is directed by Alex van Warmerdam, who also directed Ober, Voyeur & The Northeners. Borgman deals with themes like domestic violence, forest, parenting, and incorporates drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'This was the film that broke the Dutch 38-years silence at Cannes. Cult director Alex van Warmerdam brings the home invasion thriller genre to the next level. Comparisons may be made to Haneke’s Funny Games, but this European thriller is much weirder, creepier and more disturbing. That is because it is less ironic than a Haneke film, but waymore twisted. Some may find it tedious after a while because, like Les Salauds and Killer Joe, the suspense is mainly developed by setting up a disquieting atmosphere. Van Warmerdam certainly succeeds there

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    Out of the Furnace (06-12-2013)

    The Vore Review: 70%
    Length: 116 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : dark • haunting •
    Country: United States •
    Out of the Furnace - a movie released on 06-12-2013 starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck & Zoe Saldana. It is directed by Scott Cooper, who also directed Crazy Heart, Black Mass & Austin Powers : The Spy Who Shagged Me. Out of the Furnace deals with themes like forest, revenge, vigilante, village, and incorporates crime, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'As a bit of a old fashioned masculine film, Out of the Furnace with its gritty art-house look, was actually more enjoyable than I initially expected. I was afraid it would be some sort or forced realistic tough guy film revenge film, and it obviously was, but much better executed than I thought. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of acting as most actors were playing their typical characters, but the hill billy bad guy role by Woody Harrelson is more than noteworthy.

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    Blue Ruin (09-07-2014)

    The Vore Review: 77%
    Length: 90 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : intense • remarkable •
    Country: France •
    Blue Ruin - a movie released on 09-07-2014 starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray & Amy Hargreaves. It is directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who also directed Murder Party, Green Room & Crabwalk. Blue Ruin deals with themes like families, punishment, revenge, and incorporates crime, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Without a doubt my favorite American indie thriller of 2014. The main character is clearly a bit of a nutter, and as a viewer you slowly and surely get more information, but the modus operandi of the suspense mainly is founded on the what the hell is next? principle. It is a bloody yet arty revenge film that ranks among 2014’s most noteworthy indies. Director Jeremy Saulnier basically bet his house on this project, and I am glad he was willing to take such risks. Not just financially, but also with regard to artistic and narrative decisions made for the film – truly original.

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    Les Salauds (07-08-2013)

    The Vore Review: 75%
    Length: 100 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : confusing • hard-hitting • mysterious •
    Country: France •
    Les Salauds - a movie released on 07-08-2013 starring Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni & Julie Bataille. It is directed by Claire Denis, who also directed White Material, 35 Shots of Rum & Trouble Everyday. Les Salauds deals with themes like justice, murder, revenge, sex, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Claire Denis is not for everyone. She has proven that over and over again, and with Salauds it’s no different. However, if you want dark, twisted, and disorienting poetry, than Les Salauds is for you. It is a noir-ish revenge film without you first realizing it. There is a narrative (don’t worry), but it’s being approached in such a complex and poetic manner that you might as well be without. You see images, you see people, but you feel the emotions and atmosphere. The suspense does not work in a logical way, but creeps up on you and gets under your skin. It disturbs you and stays with you, and for that reason is one of the new best psychological thrillers of the 2010’s.

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    L’inconnu du Lac (12-06-2013)

    The Vore Review: 72%
    Length: 100 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : controversial • fascinating • incomparable •
    Country: France •
    L’inconnu du Lac - a movie released on 12-06-2013 starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou & Patrick d'Assumçao. It is directed by Alain Guiraudie, who also directed The King of Escape, No Rest For The Brave & That Old Dream That Moves. L’inconnu du Lac deals with themes like gay, murder, sex, and incorporates drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Best described as a psychological erotic thriller located in an Eric Romer kind of setting, The Stranger by the Lake caused the very first conflict among our editors in 2014. Where some found it intelligent, mysterious and ultimately suspenseful, others could not help feel it was a forced arty production that ultimately committed the sin of being boring. And I guess that both parties are kind of right. It is a summery film that in the first place is simply after giving you a naturalistic yet dreamy impression of a meeting spot for gays. Not much happens and the tension build-up is dreadfully slow and rather dispersed. For some it peaks too late, but for me it was right on time, and when it peaks, it really peaks.

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    Argo (12-10-2012)

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Length: 120 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : action-packed • entertaining • historical • thrilling •
    Country: United States •
    Argo - a movie released on 12-10-2012 starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston & John Goodman. It is directed by Ben Affleck, who also directed Gone Girl, The Town & Good Will Hunting. Argo deals with themes like espionage, human rights, islam, revolution, and incorporates drama, historical, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'I happened to be working at an embassy when I was watching Argo, and I can’t deny this made the film extra interesting. Perhaps in such measure that it tipped the scales in favor of it becoming more than just a solid conventional international thriller. Because that it certainly is, a well-acted period film that narrates, with poise and accuracy, a historical happening that was huge in the world of international diplomacy. The suspense was crafted quite cleverly. Argo did not need to rely on action scenes, but knew perfectly well that what it needed to rely on was the psychological feeling of being shallowed up by a foreign country in which you can trust no-one, and you just hope to make it out alive amidst the chaos. If you are an Affleck Fan, you might want to check out his Boston crime film The Town (2010)

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    Drive (16-09-2011)

    The Vore Review: 84%
    Length: 100 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : excellent • iconic • retro •
    Country: United States •
    Drive - a movie released on 16-09-2011 starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan & Bryan Cranston. It is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who also directed Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising & Bronson. Drive deals with themes like cars, city, crime, love, and incorporates crime, drama, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'Few films have managed to become instant mainstream cult films. Drive is the sublimation of Refn’s experimenting with the concept of violence. As Refn says: violence is just like sex, it’s all about the build-up. And he builds it up alright. Ryan Gosling’s character is quiet and mysterious, but you sense something boiling underneath. When it finally comes out the explosion is shocking, disturbing and yes, satisfying. This combined with an incredibly cool soundtrack by Kavinsky, and shots of L.A. at night, make for a cult classic. He got everything right. Refn’s next feature, Only God Forgives, proves that he can also get it wrong. His wife made an interesting documentary about him failing after the huge success of Drive.

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    Killer Joe (05-07-2013)

    The Vore Review: 70%
    Length: 102 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : dark • engrossing • thrilling •
    Country: United States •
    Killer Joe - a movie released on 05-07-2013 starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch & Juno Temple. It is directed by William Friedkin, who also directed The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement & The French Connection. Killer Joe deals with themes like drugs, murder, sex, and incorporates crime, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'This is not for the faint of heart. And I mean that. I was surprised about how exceptionally explicit the film is when it comes to violence. It is the perfect example of what happens when you get involved with the wrong people. Some people you simply should not associate with – not even in times of distress. In this case that person was Mister rom com McConaughey on the start of his mcconaissance. It was the first film that allowed him to show more than we have seen of him before. Here you can see the darkest side of his character in True Detective.

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    Shutter Island (19-02-2010)

    The Vore Review: 82%
    Length: 138 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : based on a novel • captivating • creepy •
    Country: United States •
    Shutter Island - a movie released on 19-02-2010 starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer & Mark Ruffalo. It is directed by Martin Scorsese, who also directed The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas & The Departed. Shutter Island deals with themes like insanity, memories, police, and incorporates mystery, thriller, and more elements.

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    Our thoughts:
    'This year Scorsese and DiCaprio once again proved to be a golden duo. Wolf of Wall Street was a huge hit. Shutter Island is in comparison a way more modest film. In execution at least. Story-wise it definitely is a mind-fuck, but perhaps one you could see coming. Nonetheless, I do think it’s a great thriller, one that has a nostalgic feel about it. Anything taking place at an isolated Island is awesome psychological thriller material, and DiCaprio and Marc Ruffalo are bringing their a-game to making it happen.

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Upcoming new thriller movies

Best upcoming thriller movies with release dates.

    Inferno• by Ron Howard

    No trailer released yet

    Release Date: 14-10-2016 // Country: United States
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones & Ben Foster
    Previous releases by director: A Beautiful Mind, Happy Days & The Andy Griffith Show
    Associated with: mystery • thriller •
    On IMDb

    A Man in the Dark • by Fede Alvarez

    No trailer released yet

    Release Date: 26-08-2016 // Country: United States
    Starring: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy & Stephen Lang
    Previous releases by director: Evil Dead, El Cojonudo & Panick Attack!
    Associated with: horror • thriller •
    On IMDb

    Shut In • by Farren Blackburn

    Trailer of Shut In

    Release Date: 15-01-2016 // Country: United States
    Starring: Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay & Oliver Platt
    Previous releases by director: Kill Bill: Vol.2, Desperate Housewives &Innocent Voices
    Associated with: drama • horror • thriller •
    On IMDb

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