There are different types of films that appeal to different people when it comes to thrillers. On one hand, there are action-packed thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, and on the other, there are the slow-burn thrillers. The latter takes a completely different approach and takes its time to build the suspense. These kinds of films have their own appeal and take you on a slow ride that is equally exciting. If that is something that you love, here is a list of the 10 best slow burn thriller movies to add to your watchlist.
The Lovely Bones
This is the story of a 14-year-old who is murdered by her terrifying neighbor and is seeking justice. The film is directed beautifully by Peter Jackson and the visuals will leave you mesmerized. Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon is the perfect casting. The film might give you nightmares but you will surely not be bored.
A Quiet Place
This is a one-of-a-kind thriller that doesn’t use sound effects to keep the audience engaged. A Quiet Place depicts a post-apocalyptic world, overrun by creatures who kill things that make sounds. The story revolves around the Abbott family as they try to survive in a world full of monsters.
This film showcased Jordan Peele’s amazing directing talent and became a cultural phenomenon in 2017. The plot cleverly weaves race in the center of the film and will leave you incredibly tense and terrified. The movie also plays around with unsettling dialogue and haunting expressions that represent the true horrors depicted.
If you love psychological horror then Rosemary’s Baby is a must-watch for you. It is a classic that has stood the test of time and will give you the chills. The film slowly builds up the suspense and mystery around the baby and the ending is simply shocking.
The Sixth Sense
Perhaps this is one of the most popular and successful films on this list. M. Night Shyamalan peaked in this supernatural thriller that has the most famous plot twist in cinematic history. The film takes its time but the payoff is amazing. Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcolm Crowe who helps a young boy who can see spirits. If you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet, it should definitely be your next watch!
A film that portrays the slow descent into madness really well and builds chilling slow burn suspense is The Lighthouse. Director Robert Eggers does an incredible job in this psychological horror film about two men as they lose their sanity over time.
If you only know Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, then you are certainly missing out. Prisoners is a 2013 slow burn dark film that will leave you shocked by the end. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film has some great acting performances and talks about complex themes. Also, the chemistry between Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best reasons to watch it.
This film highlights mental health issues and the pressure to succeed in a field really well. Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina who is competing for the lead role in the ballet. However, Nina’s obsession to get the part combined with her mental issues causes her to have hallucinations that take her far from reality. The ending is jaw-dropping and will stay with you for a long time.
Another Robert Eggers film on the list is The Witch starring Anya Taylor Joy. The story depicts a Puritan family in New England that experiences supernatural occurrences. The family starts believing that the occurrences are the results of witchcraft and blame the eldest daughter, calling her the witch. The film has a solid climax that will leave you shocked and entertained at the same time.
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