Wednesday, 23 March 2011
This weeks 'DVD Rack' comes early thanks to Sam Smith's top five thriller special.
1. The Silence of the Lambs
Ok, so this one may fall into the horror/thriller genre but it had to be my number one. Anthony Hopkins portrays his most famous character the notorious Hannibal (the cannibal) Lector and still manages to send shivers up my spine whenever he appears on the screen. Not to mention Ted Levine’s portrayal of serial killer and skinner buffalo bill, seriously creepy and yet you can’t help but be captivated by his on screen presence. 'The Silence of the Lambs' is a none stop thrill ride that will most certainly keep you on the edge of your seat… but just a tip, might not want to eat your rare steak with liver beans whilst watching this one.
Yet another film on the darker side of the Thriller genre, but this one is truly fantastic and not just because Morgan Freeman (a true legend) is in it. 'Se7en' follows the Story of two cops investigating gruesome murders by a serial killer who believes in killing people for committing each of the seven deadly sins. A film that will literally have you wanting to change your ways just in case someone decides to copy it definitely deserves to be in the top five. Of course I also have to mention the cinematography in this one, a really great feel of film noir surrounds this film it’s dark, gloomy and brilliant.
Yes, I know it’s a tad cliché to put a Hitchcock film in my top five thrillers but I am sure you will all agree that 'Psycho' well and truly deserves its place among the greats. Although I would like to give honourable mention to Hitchcock’s 'Strangers on a Train' which is also one of my favourites however I think Psycho had to win it… two words ‘shower scene’ enough said.
4. Kiss The Girls
Based on the James Patterson Novel, not many people I’ve spoken to have seen this one which is such a shame! Another Morgan Freeman film, 'Kiss the Girls' is about a detective Alex Cross whose niece has been kidnapped by a mysterious killer self named Casanova. I love this film because it really does give you the Scooby Doo feeling… when you desperately try to guess the killer before the end. A great film, a great twist, a great cast what more could you want?
Everyone’s top film of 2010, 'Inception' wiped the floor with all of its competitors to be in the top five, I think it may have been my number one if not for legendary status of the above films. A totally original and imaginative storyline Inception will just blow your mind… literally. If you haven’t already seen it, you should ask yourself what you’re doing with your life.
I thought this list would be so easy! Here’s a few other thrillers that deserve a mention. 'Fight Club', 'Hide and Seek', 'Rear Window', 'Taxi Driver', 'American Psycho', 'The Wicker Man' and of course the legendary 'Jaws'. SAMANTHA SMITH