Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Evil Dead, Trance, & Scary Movie 5
Danny Boyle's first film since helming the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics centers on Simon, an art auctioneer turned thief whose life is threatened by his criminal cohorts when he can't remember where he stashed the loot. When he seeks a hypnotherapist to uncover the memory, he begins a chain reaction that rattles his reality. James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel co-star; Danny Boyle directs.
With Simon suffering from amnesia, Trance is a mystery guided by an unreliable narrator, making each twist dramatic and mind-bending. In a story told from a questionable source, audiences are offered a chance to decipher a code to uncover what really happened between the lines. Whether the tale of a justifying junkie, a musing musician, or a seemingly sweet schoolboy each of the features below forces you to question everything you see.
Trainspotting (1996) Another film directed by Danny Boyle and penned by recurring collaborator John Hodge, this kinetic crime drama is based on the cult-adored novel by Irvine Welsh. Ewan McGregor stars as Mark Renton, a heroin addict on a quest of self-discovery and search for happiness. But on the way his loops in and out of sobriety make this trip one that involves sexual misadventures, a harebrained heist, and some harrowing hallucinations. Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Kelly MacDonald co-star; Danny Boyle directs.
Detour (1945) On its surface, this noir classic born from the unlikely slate of "poverty row" productions appears to be about a piano player (Tom Neal) who has found nothing but bad luck as he hitchhikes across America. But there's something suspicious and outlandish about his hard luck story that makes you wonder if he's not some innocent, frightful stooge, but rather a duplicitous serial killer. Edmund MacDonald and Ann Savage co-star; Edgar G. Ulmer directs.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) This iconic silent classic unfolds a terrifying story about a sinister shrink Dr. Caligari, who wields a terrible control over a sleepwalker, urging him into nocturnal murders. Terrifying and strikingly told in the German Expressionistic style, its conclusion throws everything before into question when some new information on its narrator lures its audience to reconsider its source. Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt and Fredrich Feher star. Robert Wiene directs.
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