A list of some of my personal favourites, while some scenes in these films may appear to be funny or strange, they can often have a very dark undertone, particularly when it comes to something as complicated and mysterious as the human mind and how it works. Be careful.

Se7en (1995)

Set in a Hellish version of New York where is is constantly pouring with rain and where there is a constant sense of impending doom and death, Se7en details the grisly and diabolical crimes of a serial killer who is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins and forcing them to atone for them in the most sadistic ways possible

Split (2017)

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and continued to elude science, it is believed that some can also manifest astonishing physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single, unique character. Though Kevin (James Mcavoy) has yet revealed only 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to dominate and feed the rest.

Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a beautiful, aspiring young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Susanna Kaysen was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder-a mental affliction with symptoms so ambiguous almost any adolescent girl might qualify-she is subsequently sent to a renowned New England psychiatric hospital where she spends the next two years in a ward for teenage girls. There, Susanna loses herself in an OZ-like dystopian nether world of seductive, childlike and disturbed young women.

Donnie Darko (2001) – Teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued with visions that the world is coming to an end. These disturbing dreams take shape and evolve into the exploration of parallel universes and unchartered dimensions of the human psyche.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Jodie Foster plays an FBI trainee assisting with the search for a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. She’s sent to get advice from famous psychotic Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), and the two form a strange and unique bond. Meanwhile, Buffalo Bill continues to strike, as well as dancing around with his genitals tucked between his legs to let us know he’s really crazy. One of the best psychological thrillers of the modern era.

Misery (1990)

This classic psychological horror Adapted from a Stephen King novel, stars James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. He gets into a severe car accident and is saved by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a reclusive woman who nurses him back to health. However things start to take a dark and sadistic turn as Wilkes finds herself becoming more and more fanatically obsessed by the author.