Small But Clever Details From Psychological Thrillers That Demand A Rewatch

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Vote up the details you missed the first time around.

While there are plenty of subgenres that fall under the "Horror" umbrella, some of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made are among the best movies of all time. These are the kinds of films that don't just scare you; they chill you to the very bone, making you sleep with one eye open and jump at every sound, no matter how small. Psychological thrillers include the likes of Psycho, The Shining, and Silence of the Lambs, so it's fair to say these are the kinds of movies people watch over and over again. There have been countless psychological thrillers over the years, many of which have been woefully underrated, and due to their frightful nature, there are tons of small details many viewers never notice.

Fans of psychological thrillers have picked apart every aspect of the characters and events, finding interesting details that make them all the better. Still, no matter how many times you watch your favorite psychological thrillers, there's no way to see every detail that shows up on the screen - after all, they're absolutely packed with small but impactful details. Nevertheless, plenty of people have noticed them and posted their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit. This list takes a look at some of the best small details from psychological thrillers that demand a rewatch.


  • 1
    46 VOTES

    Christian Bale's Ability To Sweat On Cue Is On Point In 'American Psycho'

    From Redditor u/CORVlN:

    In the Director's Commentary for American Psycho (1999) according to director Mary Harron, during the business card scene, Christian Bale would break into sweat ON CUE for EVERY TAKE.

    46 votes
  • 2
    33 VOTES

    Jerry's Prediction Of Wrapping It All Up In 'Fargo' Is Accurate To The Second

    From Redditor u/MisterT12:

    In Fargo (1996), Carl says “30 minutes, Jerry we wrap this thing up” when there are exactly 30 minutes of the movie remaining.

    33 votes
  • 3
    32 VOTES

    Jack's Pose In The Photo At The End Of 'The Shining' Holds More Meaning Than People Realize

    From Redditor u/Real-Thangs:

    In the final scene of The Shining (1980), when the camera zooms in on a photo Jack Torrence can be seen in the Baphomet pose that was used in religious satanic statues.

    32 votes
  • 4
    31 VOTES

    The Spinning Top Isn't The True Indicator Of Reality In 'Inception'

    From Redditor u/EndlessEdvoid:

    Inception (2010) - The debate between people regarding the ending of Inception, was it real or not can be ended by looking at the wedding ring Cobb's wearing. In the real world, he has no ring whereas the ring is present in the dreams. In the final scene, he has no ring so the "happy ending" is reality.

    31 votes
  • 5
    21 VOTES

    Despite Being In Black And White, There Are Color Cues To Marion's Guilt In 'Psycho'

    From Redditor u/ShaneMP01:

    In Psycho (1960), Marion’s bra changes from white (angelic) to black after she steals the $40,000 to show that she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, her purse changes from white to black after she steals the money.

    21 votes
  • 6
    20 VOTES

    Lenny Purposefully Uses A Different Handwriting In 'Memento'

    From Redditor u/somu69:

    In Memento, Lenny tells us in the beginning that you learn to trust your own handwriting. When Teddy pressurizes him to write something about Natalie, he doesn't use his normal handwriting so that he doesn't trust it later. He changes it eventually with his real handwriting.

    20 votes