10 Great Thrillers to Watch After You've Seen 'Suspiria'

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

A new version of 'Suspiria' is in theaters now, and once you've seen it, the IMDb editors have 10 more terrifying thrillers to watch.

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Tilda Swinton in Suspiria (2018)


Dario Argento's 1977 original was a landmark of Italian horror, and director Luca Guadagnino's "homage" (don't call it a remake) follows in the same surreal footsteps. Tense, terrifying, and genuinely tough to watch, the new Suspiria is an unrelenting assault on the senses — the kind of film that haunts you like a nightmare. And the IMDb editors have 10 more horror/thrillers that left them feeling the same way. Take a look ... if you dare.

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Meiko Kaji in Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

Even if you're not familiar with the Female Prisoner Scorpion saga, perhaps you've seen its star, Meiko Kaji, in cult movies like Lady Snowblood or the Stray Cat Rock series. Here, she's Nami Matsushima, an innocent woman sent to prison after being set up by her crooked-cop boyfriend, and while the exploitation levels border on the severe at times, there's a rugged artfulness to Kaji's performance that shows the integrity of so-called "pink cinema." Plus, its sequel, Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41, might be even better than its predecessor. Double plus: despite a handful of offers throughout her career, Kaji said no to Hollywood at every turn.

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Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing (1980)

Bad Timing

Looking to stop drinking and carousing? We recommend Nicolas Roeg's 1980 cult fave, which follows two thoroughly unlikable characters through the streets, bars, and cafes of Cold War Vienna. It's Art Garfunkel vs. Theresa Russell in a thriller that puts the "psycho" in "psychosexual." To wit: We're pretty sure those are actual glass bottles Russell repeatedly tosses at Garfunkel during one particularly frenzied scene.

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Jason Momoa and Suki Waterhouse in The Bad Batch (2016)

The Bad Batch

Ana Lily Amirpour's recent movie is a nasty chunk of exploitation that alienated the same critics who swooned over her feature debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. No one aside from The Hermit (played by Jim Carrey) is heroic in Amirpour's vision of post-civilization life, and perhaps the brutal realism was too much for people looking for another down-tempo vampire love story from Amirpour. But give The Bad Batch another 5-10 years, and those same critics will be writing think pieces about it, especially as Amirpour continues to innovate on the big and small screens.

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Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins in Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger Snaps

Taking an unfortunate cue from Hollywood, this Canadian horror movie became a rickety franchise. But its first chapter, where we meet two Goth sisters (Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle) who try and keep their bond when one of them becomes full-on werewolf, remains flawless to this day.

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Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss in The Stepford Wives (1975)

The Stepford Wives

Once you become a repeat-watcher of The Stepford Wives, knowing what's going to happen to the doomed friendship between increasingly desperate housewives Joanna (Katharine Ross) and Bobbie (Paula Prentiss) is the sort of thing that makes you want to go burn down the buildings where men gather exclusively. If hashtags existed in the '70s, #JusticeForBobbie would have been spray painted throughout the 'burbs.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Despite an opening-credits scene seemingly lifted from the earliest Troma movies, the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the most deliberately paced and richly populated horror movies in history. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) is, at first, more interested in sipping wine and potentially bedding his colleague (Brooke Adams) than listening to her story about her boyfriend, who seems more disconnected than usual. And the film is stocked with subtle flourishes like that, which reinforce the premise that we could all be replaced by hive-mind versions of ourselves and few people would notice the change.

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Viggo Mortensen in The Reflecting Skin (1990)

The Reflecting Skin

It looks like an Andrew Wyeth painting come to life, only with demons and vampires wandering the fields of wheat. Seth Dove is a typical '50s kid until a series of macabre events reshape his life. After Seth's best friend is murdered, not even the protection of a young Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen, who plays his older brother) can save him from a series of terrors, both real and imagined. If you're looking for new nightmare fuel, this is it.

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Charles Fleischer and Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac (2007)


Let's face it: the basement scene between Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Bob Vaughn (Charles Fleischer) is more unnerving that most horror/thrillers, and technically nothing happens aside from another loose thread about the Zodiac's identity threatening to become a stitch. Part procedural, part psychological exploration of obsession, it may very well be David Fincher's most overlooked film.

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Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, and Maurice Dean Wint in Cube (1997)


Playing some streaming-service roulette led to a recent viewing of Cube, Canada's deadliest export since Sidney Crosby. Sure, the acting is a bit bonks, but the themes are surprisingly prescient and the terror plenty visceral. Also, if you're tired of your friends constantly inviting you to Escape Rooms, show them this movie. You'll never have to hang with them again.

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Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield in A Delicate Balance (1973)

A Delicate Balance

Don't underestimate this mostly forgotten adaptation of Edward Albee's play. A Delicate Balance uses the inhabitants of a suburban Connecticut estate to put forth the thought that our familial and neighborly interactions might be so inherently toxic that they are, ultimately, a plague on humankind. If you watch this movie with a date and he or she falls in love with it, propose to them immediately.

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