Lists by Schwenkstar

a list of 45 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: Prison escapes are often like a reverse "heist thriller" - just how does a criminal break OUT (instead of IN) of a heavily fortified location? A wonderful variation on the "impossible crime" motif that works both as a cracker-jack suspenser and a cerebral puzzler.

This list is focused on films where the escape is one of the primary elements of the film - that is, a plan is formulated and we see it being executed.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 8 titles
GIST OF THE LIST: The title says it all...
 
a list of 82 titles
Movies which feature a Faustian bargain - that is to say, a character who sells his soul to reap some sort of benefit or reward... but at a costly price!

Not to be confused with films that merely feature the devil as a character, this is a list which is very specific in its requirements - a character needs to make a deal with some sort of demonic figure, realize that such a deal was a terrible mistake, and finally attempt to escape the repercussions of the bargain.

Honorable mention to the films based upon Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey - it uses a similar plot device but it unfortunately has no specific demonic figure to make it eligible for this list.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 86 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: A collection of thrillers which have its characters confined to a single location and, at times, even confined to a single room for most (if not all) of the film's runtime. Many of these thrillers are unsurprisingly based upon plays which naturally have this constriction of limited locales. Furthermore, many of these films fall under the "interrogation thriller" title, which too often set its action in an interrogation room.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 146 titles
 
a list of 53 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: Films which follows the investigation of a crime and the ultimate exhaustive search for the culprit - a search which may even span decades. Some of these films are told within two parallel story lines - one following the investigation by police detectives and the other following the criminal and his exploits - while others remain a mystery until a surprise revelation in the end.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 74 people
Writers who specialize in thrillers that have a bevy of twists and turns within their plots.

[listed in no particular order]
 
a list of 188 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: A list of short films both new and old that feature twisty plots, thrilling scenarios, surprising revelations, and (at times) frightening horrors. Many of these small narratives would fit quite well in such programming as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS or THE TWILIGHT ZONE. In addition, many of these short films can be seen for free on YouTube or Vimeo.

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[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 8 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: "They're not dead! They're just paralyzed/drugged/cataleptic! For the love of God, don't perform that autopsy!"

Surprisingly, throughout the history of the thriller, this premise of someone not dead but waiting on an autopsy slab (or operating table) has been used quite often.

Other examples not filmed: Fear on Four's "A Routine Operation"

Here's a Stephen King quote on this particular sub-genre: "At some point I think every writer of scary stories has to tackle the subject of premature burial, if only because it seems to be such a pervasive fear. When I was a kid of seven or so, the scariest TV program going was Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and the scariest AHP—my friends and I were in total agreement on this— was the one starring Joseph Cotten as a man who has been injured in a car accident."

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 66 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: A list of thrillers that feature innocent people who are framed for a crime that they didn't commit and thus must go on-the-run from the law - and often on-the-run from the real criminals too - all the while trying to expose the actual culprits.

Not to be confused with just any old chase thriller or something of that ilk, this is a list which is very specific in its requirements - a character must be framed for a crime (but is actually innocent), he must be forced to go on the run from the police, and lastly he must also figure out who the real criminals are and how to expose them.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 32 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: Tricky thrillers that feature a character who mysteriously vanishes and the sub-sequential denial of that character's existence by others... often leaving the one and only character who knows of that person's existence to ask - am I crazy or is there a conspiracy?

Not to be confused with missing person mysteries or anything of that ilk, this is a list which is very specific in its requirements - a person needs to vanish, at least one person needs to realize that the said person has vanished, and other characters need to deny the character ever existed or was there.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
 
a list of 137 titles
THE GIST OF THE LIST: There are thousands of episodes on television, most of which are forgettable and not worth your time. However, every once in a while, there is a gem buried deeply in that vast world of entertainment. I have waded through the muck and mire of anthology, mystery, science fiction, and horror shows to present you a list of the most thrilling episodes in television history.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
 
a list of 25 titles
A list of films which inspires a western story...
 
a list of 39 people
Directos who specialize in thrillers that have a bevy of twists and turns within their plots.

[listed in no particular order]