There’s a good argument that every movie benefits from knowing a little more. If a movie takes an unexpected direction when it comes to its story, characters, or genre, it’s definitely better to go into the movie without knowing such things. Plus, with trailers, rumors, and social media revealing so little at times, real surprises are becoming harder to come by.
That being said, some movies benefit more than others from entering blind. The following are all shining examples of movies that provide a great experience even if you already know them. They will be summarized very briefly, being careful not to reveal too much. Long story short, if there’s anything you haven’t seen and don’t know about here, watch them as soon as possible, and before any painful spoilers come your way.
10/10 ‘Barbarian’ (2022)
barbarian Already shaping up to be one of the most intriguing horror films in years, and surely 2022’s biggest so far. It plays straight and subverts various horror tropes in its well-paced, unpredictable runtime, and in the process makes for an exciting watch for horror fans.
So, how much do you need to know? It’s important to know that if you have a hard time with claustrophobic and/or dark spaces, this might not be the movie for you, and neither is it going to convert non-horror fans. But as for the plot? Go with literally nothing, because barbarian It’s a unique and consistently thrilling ride that aims to keep you on your toes for every single one of its 102 minutes, and it largely succeeds in doing just that.
9/10 ‘Psycho’ (1960)
Chances are, you’ll find out about the big twists Psycho Even if you’ve never seen the classic, it’s a must-see Alfred Hitchcock movie But assume for a moment that you don’t, as audiences in the 1960s didn’t know what they were in for. The things that happen in this movie – and in one particularly famous scene – were really shocking to the audience at the time. If of psycho While the big moments weren’t commonly referenced and parodied, they still shock audiences today.
Hitchcock had famous rules for movies that were shown Psycho, which emphasized how closely its twists were intended to be preserved. Obviously, moviegoers before the 1960s sometimes got to the movies late, but Psycho Screenings were not allowed to allow late admissions, so some of these surprises come early. Still, if it’s a movie screwed to death, it’s worth watching (just stay away from the grotesquely unnecessary 1998 remake!).
8/10 ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2011)
Cabin in the woods Presents itself as a very derivative horror film in its opening scenes. As the title suggests, there is a cabin buried deep in the woods. It’s isolated, creepy, and, for some reason, seen as a favorite place to visit by a group of young people, all of whom look like standard movie stereotypes in their introductory scenes.
However, the film quickly presents itself for what it really is, and from there, the plot thickens and becomes more and more unpredictable. It never exactly feels like a parody, but becomes a commentary on the state of horror films and the mindset of the people who watch them. The way it explores its satirical, darkly comedic ideas is, of course, not well-deserved.
7/10 ‘One Cut of the Dead’ (2017)
A cut of the dead A charming low-budget zombie film that’s rough around the edges, but still fun to watch. Part of that fun comes from the way it’s presented in one take, and the fact it’s meta, with a story about a group of people making a low-budget horror film who find themselves attacked by real zombies.
Eventually, the movie moves away from this initial premise, and becomes something else entirely. The “one cut” presentation also disappears, but for good reason, and in its place is something even better, with an excellent second half that expertly re-contextualizes and improves upon the film’s still enjoyable first half. It is an expertly written and ridiculously clever film, and offers an experience unlike anything else.
6/10 ‘Fresh’ (2022)
The broadest (and best) way to describe it fresh It could be said to be a movie about the difficulties of dating in general in the 21st century. Daisy Edgar-Jones Plays a young woman who seems unable to find even a halfway decent man until she meets him Sebastian Stein character by chance, and the two hit it off surprisingly well.
This movie plays for over half an hour until the opening titles are shown. At that point, the movie reveals what genre it’s actually going to be, and gives you some idea why it’s called that. fresh. If you can get to that point of not knowing where it’s going to go, it will undoubtedly be a more rewarding and compelling film to watch play out.
5/10 ‘Parasite’ (2019)
Already a classic and critically acclaimed parasite Has a title that makes it sound like a horror movie. It’s not quite one, and to say so isn’t giving too much away. However, this is a film that tackles many other genres, and it mixes comedy, drama and suspense in a way that has never been done before.
parasite Basically a movie about two families who are separated by class and wealth, and what happens when they interact. It’s keeping it super vague, but seeing the plot slowly take shape before the plot twist at the halfway point is something about everything. parasite Such an unforgettable movie… and to give anything away after that halfway point would be a borderline crime.
4/10 ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’ (2004)
Truth be told, there aren’t really any plot-specific spoilers Godzilla: The Last Battles which must be kept entirely secret from the unseen. This is mostly because there is no plot The Last Wars; At least doesn’t make any kind of logical sense.
However, unlike many movies, this is not a fault, because Godzilla: The Last Battles Not many movies. It’s an excuse to get one of the most powerful versions of Godzilla in the history of the series to fight as many monsters as possible, while featuring a crazy human story that gleefully references Hollywood blockbusters. Star Wars, matrixand The X-Men. It’s probably the wildest giant monster movie of all time, so the lesser known is going to be good.
3/10 ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)
Some would say that big things are revealing Spider-Man: No Way Home It wasn’t the best kept secret. There were a lot of rumors surrounding the movie while it was in production, and it was speculated on much more heavily than the average MCU movie, that’s for sure.
For anyone who went in there expecting something they didn’t know for sure, it ended up being a very satisfying experience. And to the film’s credit, it is the most ambitious, dramatic and twist-heavy spider man film in the MCU so far, which means that everyone who might know something already might not know it.
2/10 ‘Red State’ (2011)
Red State A film that really stands out among the crowd of Kevin Smith Other directorial efforts. It’s a far cry from the kind of relaxed comedy he’s best known for making, as any humor here is very dark and sparse, becoming more of a serious action/thriller than anything else.
It’s a movie that aims to constantly subvert your expectations, and while the swerves it takes throughout may prove too scary for some, they’ll likely prove thrilling and exciting for others. In any event, it’s great to see Smith take a risk like this and pay off handsomely, because it can’t be overstated how far from something like this it is. Clerks or Following Amy.
1/10 ‘Hereditary’ (2018)
Making one of the best – and most disturbing – horror films of the past decade, Ari Ester Immediately made a name for himself as a director to watch out for. Hereditary is a movie that starts off normally enough, with a suitably scary atmosphere and some family drama… until it takes a turn for the most disturbing and traumatic.
After an incredibly intense sequence, Hereditary It never stops spiraling down into darkness and horror that is as sad as it is terrifying. Toni Collette The lead role is phenomenal, too Hereditary Emerging as a film that will likely shake even the most jaded and hardened horror fans.
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