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torvar72 7/16/2010 7:20:56 AM

Where the hell is In The Mouth Of Madness great movie with a ending that has you going WTF??????

redhairs99 7/16/2010 7:27:17 AM

DangermouseZILLA, 2001: A Space Odyssey should definitely be on the list.  My favorite quote I associate with 2001 is when we finsihed watching it my "Science Fiction and the Cultural Imagination" class (BTW, AWESOME CLASS) in college.  We finished it and my professor told the class that "if we wanted to understand what happened at the end of the film, go and rent the movie and watch it NOT STRAIGHT."  Basically just told the class that the only way to figure out the ending was to be on drugs.

Chopsaki 7/16/2010 7:29:29 AM

Muenster: "The Matrix? What exactly was the mind-f*uck in that movie?"

It's not that the movie was trying to trick the audience but I think the point they were driving at is the world you thought was real was actually a computer program used to trick the entire human race thus the act of confusing another through manipulation.

EagleManiac: "And I think The Matrix was a joke of a movie."

Though I wasn't a huge fan of the sequels that statement is ludicrious.

Good call on Sixth Sense, Fight Club & The Usual Suspects. It's nice to see Memento get mentioned by name (pokes Hanso) that movie is pretty brilliant.

redhairs99 7/16/2010 7:30:59 AM

The Sixth Sense and Fight Club could've been on the list if I hadn't figured out the twists in the first 15 minutes of watching those films.  However, I think people might be confusing "twists" or "surprise reveals" with "true mindfucks."  The Crying Game had a shocking twist, but it the movie as a whole wasn't a "mindfuck."

monkeyfoot 7/16/2010 7:37:54 AM

I think what some have pointed out is correct: what is the definition of a Mindfuck and what is a Big Reveal?

In my mind, most of the movies on the list are Big Revealers. I think of a MentalFornicater as continually blowing your mind throughout the film rather than giving you just one big shock (usually at the end.) 

MF: The Matrix, 2001

BR: Jacobs Ladder, Sixth Sense

EagleManiac 7/16/2010 7:41:18 AM

Chopsaki, well, that's your opinion. I personally never understood why The Matrix was so successful considering it was such a bad movie. Keanu sucks, totally! He's been in some horrible movies, and his acting in the completely useless remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still was unforgivable! The Matrix was silly, convoluted, boring, and just down right stupid, IN MY OPINION. Not a fan of it at all. Well, except for Carrie-Ann Moss. She's a looker for sure!

Thorn 7/16/2010 8:06:32 AM

An excellent list, and funnily enough, I own all of these films in one format or another.

Agreed that both Videodrome and Dark City should be here. Even if I love The Matrix (yes, the sequels too dammit) I think it could have been tossed for Dark City, which actually came out a year before. Same thing for David Cronenberg's eXistenZ.

Also, Donnie Darko was made in 2001, not 1991...

rgtchtiger 7/16/2010 8:16:59 AM


You figured out the twist in Fight Club early on in the movie?  Wow.  You are probably the first person I've ever come across to say that.  I don't think any of the hints in the movie are that obvious until watching it a second time through.  Sixth Sense is a bit more clear with its hints, so I could understand if someone picked at the surprise early on.  I picked out the surprise pretty early in Shutter Island, so that "shocker" wasn't all that big to me.

Rheul_home 7/16/2010 8:28:49 AM

Usual Suspects anyone?

metalpause 7/16/2010 8:43:23 AM

Total Recall and Fight Club should get honorable mentions. The ending of the 6th Sense blew me away when I first saw it.

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