Thursday, August 3, 2023

Gaslight-Themed Horror/Suspense


GASLIGHTING: Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim's mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition. (rather sounds like our present administration and cults....)
If you're doing a marathon day of thematic movies, gaslightings is a wonderful one. 

The Screaming Woman: 1972. Olivia de Havilland. (Ray Bradbury movie). 
A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has been buried alive. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman's mind has snapped so they can take control of her money.

Fright Night:  1985. Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall. A teenager believes that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire. He turns to an actor in a television horror show for help to deal with the undead.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death: 1971. 
A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

When Michael Calls: 1972. Michael Douglas.
A woman begins to receive ominous phone calls from her nephew, who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line? (**If you love autumn and old-fashioned Halloween in New England, this is a nostalgic thrill**)

Midnight Lace:  1960. Doris Day. Rex Harrison. 
In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question after she claims to be the victim of a threatening stalker.

The Truman Show: 1998. Jim Carrey. 
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte: 1964. Bette Davis. Olivia de Havilland.
An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Gothika: 2003. Halle Berry. Robert Downey, Jr. 
A depressed psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

What Lies Beneath:  2000. Michelle Pfeiffer. Harrison Ford. The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

The House on Haunted Hill: 1959. Vincent Price. 
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. The wife plans to gaslight a guest into killing her husband. 

When a Stranger Calls: 1979. Carol Kane. 
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Gaslight: 1944. 
Ten years after her aunt was murdered in their London home, a woman returns from Italy in the 1880s to resume residence with her new husband. His obsessive interest in the home rises from a secret that may require driving his wife insane.


Enjoy your thriller-themed gaslight films. There are lots more where these samples came from. Even "Hocus Pocus" has its own gaslighting when the kids can't get the grownups to believe or help them when they proclaim the Sanderson sisters are after them. 

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