When you come across a great film, it's always a good idea to do some research and check out other movies that are in the same sphere, so to speak. With our If You Liked series we intend to do just that. Each week we'll be presenting you with a selection of films you'll love "if you liked" that week's particular highlighted movie and/or director.
This week’s film recommendations are based on the recently released psychological thriller, 10 Cloverfield Lane. After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. One of the men, Howard, tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard's controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, Michelle finally discovers the truth about the outside world.
Today we'll be sharing with you six other psychological thrillers that you're sure to love – Cube (1997), The Descent (2005), Devil (2010), Exam (2009), Phone Booth (2002) and The Shining (1980).
Without remembering how they got there, several strangers awaken in a prison of cubic cells, some of them booby-trapped. There's onetime cop Quentin, scientist Holloway, young math genius Leaven, master of escapes Rennes, autistic savant Kazan and architect Worth, who might have more information on the maze than he lets on. The prisoners must use their combined skills if they are to escape.
The Descent (2005)
A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.
Five strangers' day begins with an elevator ride in a Philadelphia office tower. But, what happens next is anything but ordinary. The elevator gets stuck, and the trapped passengers, who expected to be together just a few minutes, now face the revelation of their secrets and transgressions. Frightening events turn annoyance into terror, as they begin to realize that one of their number is Lucifer himself.
Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, their supervisor gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don't talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don't spoil their papers and don't leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they're completely blank.
Phone Booth (2002)
Stuart Shepard is a sleazy publicist who uses an outdoor phone booth to call his girlfriend because his wife keeps tabs on his cell phone bills. But when Stu answers the phone in the phone booth, he's trapped after being told by a caller -- a serial killer with a sniper rifle -- that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
If you liked The Witch, we highly recommend checking out Cube (1997), The Descent (2005), Devil (2010), Exam (2009), Phone Booth (2002) and The Shining (1980).
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