10 Cult-Related Psychological Films That Will Absolutely Mess With Your Head
Everyone loves movies with confusing plots. Their unparalleled suspense and tension keeps us on our toes; they puzzle and confuse us, but keep us watching until the very end. They make us think, doubt and come up with our own conclusions. cult movie
But have you ever thought about movies and symbolism? These kind of films bring a whole different meaning to “WTF” that may be hard for some to keep up with, yet so hard to stop at the same time.
1. The Neon Demon
An aspiring model, Jesse (Elle Fanning), is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. This movie portrays the dark side of the fashion world, which involves cannibalism and necrophilia.
2. Shutter Island
And again DiCaprio leads us through the film’s labyrinth. Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals that are assigned to investigate the disappearance of a murderer from Shutter Island Hospital, a prison for the criminally insane on the remote island off Boston. But Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) has another, more personal reason to go to the island: he wants to confront one of the prisoners incarcerated on Shutter Island that he believes murdered his wife.
Unfortunately, the marshal soon discovers that there might be some kind of hideous experiment going on that he and his partner may be involved in. And will they ever get off the island? Teddy begins to doubt his memory and even his sanity…
3. Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick shows us what happens when you stray from home, pitting Tom Cruise against a secret sex cult that threatens his idyllic family life.
A good-for-nothing father, Noah, decides to show his ten-year-old daughter Jeliza-Rose the house where he spent his childhood, which is situated in the boundless wheat fields. It so happens that the young girl ends up alone on the decrepit country estate, where she lives inside her own imagination. This definitely isn’t a movie for a mainstream audience. You don’t have to understand it, you don’t have to believe it, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off it until the very end.
5. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko is a weirdo, and the film itself is as strange as it gets. The plot is tricky to comprehend, but captivating. This film has gained a very large number of followers, many of which consider it to be an iconic piece of cinema. Fans say that this movie is a cult masterpiece.
6. Rosemary’s Baby
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film with supernatural horror elements written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on “Rosemary’s Baby” novel by Ira Levin. The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals; but little does she know that it is not the cult she needs to worry about, but her baby.
Rosemary’s Baby is a kind of godmother to all of the Satan-themed horror films that followed it, from The Exorcist to The Omen to The Exorcism of Emily Rose. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
7. The Wicker Man
Skip the Nicolas Cage adaptation of this 1973 British folk-horror tale, which channels the paranoia of the social and political landscape in the country during the era. Robin Hardy’s Wicker Man finds a pious Christian police sergeant seduced by a group of pagan islanders before a nightmarish ordeal that puts his faith to the test.
8. Inland Empire
It seems that David Lynch’s films have long earned themselves a special place in cinematography. There is no need to either describe or even explain any of his movies, and this includes “Inland Empire”. They don’t conform to our understanding of common sense, nor do they follow any logic. The film is a must for hardcore movie lovers.
9. Martha Marcy May Marlene
This film stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.
10. Sound Of My Voice
A documentary filmmaking couple sets out to expose a fraudulent cult leader (Brit Marling), who claims to be a time traveler from a war-stricken future and leads secret basement meetings. The documentary takes a different turn when one of the directors starts to fall under her spell.