So Beauty and the Beast landed in Australian cinemas this week. Here are some other kidnapping and Stockholm Syndrome themed movies you can watch RIGHT NOW. No Taken, because life is cruel.
Remember when this was all a cool and unique addition to the rather exhausted horror genre? And then they made 47 sequels.
Stan: With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
Look, we’ve all been there.
Stan: A writer who just had his life saved by his No.1 fan lives to regret it. When Ann Wilkes discovers that her favorite character, Misery Chastain, has been killed off in his latest novel she’ll do anything to make sure he brings her back to life.
This movie still holds up so damn well. Black humour at its finest. Plus, Steve Buscemi!
Stan: A man deeply in debt hires two inept crooks to kidnap his wife and split the ransom money. The deal goes bad when the crooks kill a highway patrolman and 2 hapless bystanders, and the murders fall under the jurisdiction of a Minnesota police chief.
It places the lotion in the basket.
Stan: An FBI trainee is assigned by her superior to interview an imprisoned, cannibalistic psychopath, Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter, in the hope that he may help uncover the identity of an elusive serial killer.
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I know. It’s a great movie. But there’s no denying V’s morally ambiguous, Stockholm-adjacent methods of getting his point across to Natalie Portman.
Netflix: A masked freedom fighter known as “V” takes up arms against a totalitarian government and finds an unlikely ally in a young woman.
I think that we can all agree that Manson can get in the bin, yeah?
Netflix: An in-depth interview with Manson family member Linda Kasabian, rare footage and re-enactments bring the terror of the Tate-La Bianca murders to life.
Full diosclosure: I haven’t seen this. But, Nic Cage, so I’m in.
Netflix: A husband and wife find themselves pushed to their absolute limit when they’re held for ransom by brutal thugs who invade their home.
Netflix: Suspecting that the older man she’s been chatting with online is a pedophile, 14-year-old Haley plans to meet him in person and teach him a lesson.