The horror genre is filled with narratives involving an external threat resulting in the distrust of others, but not even one’s own mind and perceptions can be trusted in a psychological horror film. These underrated films revolve around the uncertainty of the psyche, questions of sanity and madness, confusion, and self-doubt. Rather than being concerned with a stalking killer, protagonists in psychological horror movies must question the accuracy of what they know and believe. And if the audience is tied to the perspective of a character whose sanity is in question, this can lead to a wonderfully disorienting cinematic experience.
It is unforgettable when psychological horror is done well, as was the case with classics like Rosemary’s Baby or The Shining. But there are many films that fail to meet that same acclaim despite an effective ability to get in the audience’s head. These underrated psychological horror movies are maddeningly good and deserve more attention.
Which of these psychological horror movies merit additional consideration? Vote up your favorites below!
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