The phenomenon of Multiple Personality Disorder which forgets entirely one self in order to make possible the existence of another. What is it that makes this schizoid state mandatory? It must be a defense against something? But what? Why does a person feel the need to create these selves within himself and hide them from each other.
Most people don’t even have the self-awareness or self-knowledge to know what the hell is going on, they just do it automatically. I always had a lot of curiosity about the movies based on Multiple Personality Disorder especially Mystery/Thriller genre. Its fascinating to see those multiple characters onscreen with proper storytelling Lets rank the top 10 movies about Multiple Personality Disorder.
1. Fight Club (1999)
This is David Fincher’s second best movie after Se7en. “Fight Club” an aggressive, confrontational, often brutal satire that is quite possibly a brilliant masterpiece. You can not expect better star casts for starring roles. Both Edward and Brad has done an excellent job with their respective characters.
Fight Club see’s a no named man known as The Narrator (Edward Norton) go through his life dealing with insomnia. During this remarkable journey he meets a man called Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) on plane. After an accident which causes The Narrator’s apartment to explode, then leads to him living with Tyler. After a night of drinking, the two drunk friends then start to fight each other, however, it isn’t a fight to do with hate, the two remain friends. They fight once again after another night of drinking but this time they are spotted. The two that found Tyler and The Narrator fighting then ask if they can join in, this leads to more and more people joining in. They decided to call it Fight Club.
With lot of twist and turns makes this very very special. Just watch this one, even if you have seen it already..Watch it again. Do No Harm!!
2. Psycho (1960)
“Psycho” is the most astounding, daring, and successful scary film ever made… Hitchcock uses pure cinema to arouse audience emotions.
Janet Leigh plays Marion Crane, she steals $40,000 from her boss, flees the town, and buys a new car. She decides to stay at a hotel, cleverly named The Bates Motel (Vacancy). Run by a timid, yet sweet man whose name is Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), now this man, is attracted to this woman, asked her for dinner, she declines. Now for the most famous scene in a horror film, she decides to take a shower, while he watches. He hears his mom calling him, so he goes up and sees what’s wrong. While Marion Crane is taking a shower, the mother comes down and brutally stabs her to death. After all this, and people start to notice that she is gone, her sister and her boyfriend, decide to check out this motel. They hire an investigator to look into it. He finds nothing wrong with the place. What happens to him? Well you’ll have to see the movie. Anyway, the sister and boyfriend, investigate and find out what Norman Bates really is.
The film is extremely well-acted, not to mention directed by the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. All the cast-mates support a wonderful script, and make this lively, scary, and classic horror movie a must-see.
3. Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko is an astonishingly sculptured movie with spectacular characterization and sheer imagination. This movie will keep you guessing about the climax all the way.
Donnie Darko, is a boy suffering from sleep walking, and now what appears to be delusions. He manages to avoid a certain death with the aid of a man in a bunny suit. This twisted bunny also informs Donnie that the world will come to an end within the month. This sparked curiosity and dread in Donnie, who also has every other aspect of a teenager’s life to worry about. The film proceeds with the feel of a teen flick, the style of a horror, and a plot suited for a fantasy.
People will either love it, or despise it with all their heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone who has a taste for dark humor and a desire to put the pieces of the puzzle together over and over, long after the film has ended.
4. The Machinist (2004)
“The Machinist” is a mesmerizing film, a journey through the interstices of a mind deprived of sleep, of nourishment, and a mind that struggles to untangle the chaos of a past of guilt and terror. And the journey is terrifying. Christian Bale goes beyond extremity in his role as Trevor Reznik. He lost over 30 kg (60 lbs) to get this troubled skeleton looking character to life. A tremendous act of commitment for the part and method acting at its best.
5. Primal Fear (1996)
With Primal Fear Edward Norton announced himself to the world with one of the finest performance in decades. Richard Gere puts in a strong performance in one of his favorite roles – as a lawyer. He comes across a case about a young man denying that he killed his priest despite all the evidence pointing to him. When it transpires that the accused (Aaron played by Edward Norton) has a split personality who claims to be the murderer (Roy, also Norton) it is too late to bring it into court. While watching this movie you will be able to recollect a lot of other movies…Must Watch…
6. Mr. Brooks (2007)
Mr. Brooks, Mr. Citizen, is a soft spoken, highly intelligent man of the community, always in control of his work and family, despite the adversities he faces throughout the movie. Very enjoyable is the intricacy, detail, and discipline he is able to maintain throughout the chaos that befalls him throughout the entire plot. His total control of all of the challenges almost makes him a super hero in terms of skill and control in the performance of his self assigned, gruesome tasks at hand. The blending of his alter-ego, bad conscience side, Marshall, is seamlessly accomplished in this psychological escapade, to the point that one almost has to root for “them”. Marshall, although the psychopathic side of Brooks, is almost likable, in a twisted sort of way. The ongoing dialog between the two is perfect, in that almost everyone can relate to conscience issues at some point in their lives.
If you are ready for a story that is intriguing, suspenseful, gripping, and present day, then this movie is a good place to start. Costner, Moore, Cook, and Hurt are all splendid. Each one is intense, tormented, fun, and believable in his respective role. Another positive feature about the storyline, and it’s conclusion, is that it lends itself to, perhaps, a very interesting sequel potential. Kudos to the directors, producers, and entire cast.
7. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
“A Tale Of Two Sisters” , the story is about a girl called Su Mi, who is released from a psychiatric hospital and returns home with her sister, Su Yeoung to her house near a lake. Her father has recently remarried so their step mum is trying to adjust to her new surroundings, while the sisters are hateful of her. And yet, there seems to be a mysterious presence in the house that no one is entirely sure of.
This is psychological horror at its best because you honestly won’t see some of the twists coming. And you will have to think hard because it doesn’t tell it to you in black and white – which is why a second viewing makes it even more exciting as you start to see moments of ‘aha! so that’s why this is happening’.
8. Identity (2003)
“Identity” quite a movie to be very honest from James Mangold. Not as spectacular as “Se7en” or “Silence Of The Lambs” but still its has all the ingredients that you’d expect it in a good thriller movie. This is the story of 10 strangers who are stranded at a motel overnight due to rain flooding the roads.
The movie unfolds nicely when the people start to die one by one which will keep you guessing until the ending twist which I can promise you will not see coming. The movie can seem a bit predictable but all in all you will be completely surprised by the truth behind the ten strangers. The movie throws out clues here and there and there are some points which leave you totally confused.
9. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
“The Three Faces Of Eve” is not a very well-known movie to all by any means but it’s story revolves around nicely documented case of Multiple personality disorder. Joanne Woodward is simply amazing as a woman who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. She is very believable, and is fantastic in all three personalities, Eve White/Eve Black/Jane. Lee J Cobb is also great as the doctor who treats her.You will definitely love the Joanne Woodward characters. A great performance. Must Watch..
10. Secret Window (2004)
“Secret Window” is one of those underrated movies it has very well written story line good set of actors and performed quite well too . The movie is about writing and the insanity of writers. For those of you unfamiliar with the process…imagine spending months or even years of your life working on a painting that you yourself can never see. You become so close to what you create that you have no idea if it’s any good, and the growing doubt of your own ability along with the fear of wasting so much time and effort will most definitely have you pulling your hair out.