7 best psychological thriller movies on Shudder

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A list of the best psychological thriller movies wouldn’t be complete without a statement from the author. First and foremost, I’m not responsible for any loss of sleep or sanity that may arise from watching the titles mentioned. It’s not my fault you got too spooked, and you definitely can’t say I didn’t warn you!

Second (for clarity’s sake), all of the must-see psychological thrillers that I’ve included in this round-up are available to stream via Shudder. I’ll explain everything you need to know about the streaming service and how you can get a free trial, then we can discuss some of the most mind-bending flicks to ever exist. Free scary movies? Yes, please.

What is Shudder?

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Shudder is an ad-free, unlimited streaming service specifically for fans of horror. Brought to you by AMC Networks, Shudder hosts hundreds of titles from all sorts of categories. Slashers, psychological thrillers, documentaries, stories of the paranormal, and creature features are all among the genres you’ll find in the queue. Shudder subscribers also gain access to exclusive end cuts, collections, Shudder original movies,  podcasts, expertly curated channels, and limited series through Shudder TV.

How much does Shudder cost?

Much cheaper than your run-of-the-mill streaming services, Shudder will cost you at most $5 per month–and that’s after the 7-day free trial the service offers to all new users.

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Best psychological thriller movies on Shudder

1) Beast (2018)

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Rating on Shudder: 4 skulls

A Shudder exclusive, Beast tells the story of Moll, a young woman living on a small island community rocked by a serial killer when she meets who she believes to be the love of her life, Pascal. But it’s what she doesn’t know that could change everything forever–is he the one that’s been wreaking havoc?

 

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2) Magic (1978)

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Rating on Shudder: 4 skulls

If you think Silence of the Lambs was scarring, you don’t want to know what Anthony Hopkin’s performance in Magic will do to you. Rumor has it the trailer was so scary that it was actually pulled from television broadcasts. Hopkins plays a ventriloquist whose dummy has a murderous mind of its own–so think Twilight Zone, but way more terrifying.

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3) Triangle (2009)

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Rating on Shudder: 4 skulls

Not all psychological thrillers are full of gore, but Triangle isn’t all psychological thrillers. After passengers on a luxury yacht find themselves in the troubled waters off the coast of Bermuda, they take refuge on a dilapidated ocean liner. It’s not until then that they realize they’ve been abandoned–the clocks have stopped and something sinister is waiting for them below deck. Will they escape or succumb to terror on the high seas?

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4) Shrew’s Nest (2014)

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Rating on Shudder: 5 skulls

Set in 1950s Spain, this Shudder exclusive follows the life of an agoraphobic woman named Montse who ensures her handsome neighbor will never leave her apartment after she cares for him in the wake of an accidental fall.

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5) The Silence (2010)

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Rating on Shudder: 4 skulls

In this German psychological thriller, a young girl’s brutal murder reopens the case of another girl’s killing 23 years ago. This leads the people involved in the previous case (the investigator, the victim’s mother, and an accomplice) to watch their worlds crumble as they are drawn deeper into a web of guilt, despair, and uncertainty.

Content warning: This film contains graphic material including sexual assault, it is not suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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6) Lady Vengeance (2006)

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Rating on Shudder: 5 skulls

After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. While in prison, she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (Choi Min-Sik). Upon her release, she sets an elaborate plan of retribution in motion, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough.

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7) The Club (2016)

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Rating on Shudder: 4 skulls

In this Spanish thriller, four former priests are exiled to a quiet hamlet in a secluded seaside town as punishment for (and protection from) their past sins. The men keep a strict daily schedule devoid of temptation and highlighted by time spent training their greyhound racing dog. When a new houseguest arrives from the outside world, quickly followed by an emissary sent by the Vatican, the fragile stability unravels and deeply buried secrets come to the surface in an explosive fashion.

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Marisa Losciale

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