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Psychological Thrillers on Netflix

Don’t like horror movies too much? Prefer psychological thrillers instead?

Then this post is for you. If you have Netflix, that is. Then again, I dare say that statistically, the chances of you not having Netflix is insignificant.

Personally, I prefer mind-f#ck movies compared to horror movies. Gore (not the politician turned activist) and I don’t go very well together. And while all my muscles are tensed up while watching a psychological thriller – that’s good for the core, so I heard – I enjoy exercising my brain now and then. The heated argument intelligent discussion that comes after is the cherry on top.

If you’re a kindred spirit, I’m here to help you out. So that you don’t have to wade through what the platform has to offer, here are some of the best psychological thrillers you’ll find on Netflix. Enjoy!

Netflix psychological thrillers

Shutter Island

What do you get when you put Leonardo diCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Martin Scorsese together? One heck of a movie that will bend and twist your mind like nothing else.

Shutter Island is all about an institution for the mentally insane, and escaped patient, and FBI agents investigating the case. What could go wrong?

Natural Born Killers

Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis,Tommy Lee Jones, and Robert Downey Jr. – awesome mix right there, but it boils down to the original writing by Quentin Tarantino. Even though he sold the rights to the movie (he didn’t have the money to get it made himself), his style is stamped on all over the place.

Two crazy in love lovers on a killing spree – just because. Their adventures – and behavior – are mind-boggling in themselves, but add to that the sensationalism that only the media can bring, and you have quite a mess. It does have a bit of blood (killers, hello?) and is not as much of a mind-f#ck as Shutter Island, but it can hold its own.

The Experiment/Das Experiment

Hands down, one of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever watched. The Experiment is based on the Standford Prison Experiment and is about individuals participating in a social experiment where some are assigned as guards, others as prisoners. They are all placed in a controlled prison-like environment, with the goal of observing the behavior of the subjects.

If you want a truly disconcerting movie about human nature, this is the one to watch.

Silence of the Lambs

“Hello, Clarice.” Two words. Just two words.

Goosebumps all over. Every single time.

There you go. Four movies to keep you busy all weekend.

Related: 7 Netflix Horror Movies You’ll Want to Watch

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