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In celebration of Film4 Frightfest – the truly unique horror festival which showcases the best and most extreme in the genre from around the globe – we at HeyUGuys have compiled a list of the ten best psychological horror films; the titles which burrow themselves into your thoughts, the ones which make a quick glance in the mirror into a surging shot of fear and anxiety.

The films which prove you don’t need buckets of blood and barrels of guts to truly shock and spook your audience. So without further ado, let’s get started. Film4 Frightfest runs between 21st and 25th August at Vue West End London – all of our coverage is right here.

Marnie

Marnie

Undoubtedly amongst Alfred Hitchcock’s most unfairly underrated films, Marnie saw the end of his era with Tippi Hedren and the pair barely spoke once filming wrapped. Whilst this is in parts a romance and a thriller, the psychological horror elements ring louder than any other.

Hedren’s title character is a pathological thief and liar who is blackmailed into marrying the dashing Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) who is quick to realise that Marnie has some truly troubling demons deep-seeded in her psyche. She feels repulsed by human contact and psychically cannot be touched by any man – particularly Mark. What starts out as a caring, helpful relationship soon turns horrendously sour and sexually bleak as urges and animal instincts cloud judgement and lawfulness.

This isn’t Hitchcock at his scariest, but it’s certainly him at his most uncomfortable and unnerving, and for those reasons it’s one of his finest mind-bending tales.

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