2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This Oscar-winning horror thriller portrayed the nerve-twisting FBI investigation of serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) by agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster).
The treatment of sexism within the Bureau of Investigations, portrayed through point of view shots, twinned with Bill’s psychopathic rampage against his female victims makes for an intense and unnerving watch. Not to mention Sir Anthony Hopkins’ standout performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, which saw him steal the show with approximately 12 minutes of screen time and win the Academy Award for Best Actor in ‘92.
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1. Ringu (1998)
The original “the original is much scarier than the remake” horror, directed by Hideo Nakata, brought the grotesque psychological mind-melt that is Samara into the world. With its cursed tape, tendrils of wet black hair and nightmarish eyeballs, Ringu reminded adults of what it was like to be truly scared. Reducing many into childhood regression, or failing that, the foetal position – this movie rocked the 90s horror scene with its twisted tale of seething hatred turned paranormal. This Japanese box-office success is hard to top, as once it contorts and cracks into your mind; you’ll be hard-pressed to get it out again.
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