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Mind-Bending Movies on Netflix

November 07, 2021
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Mind-Bending Movies on Netflix

Netflix is a haven for cinema lovers and binge-watchers alike. But which mind-bending movies on Netflix should you watch to keep your brain engaged and entertained? Read on to find out!

These mind-bending films will make you doubt reality, space, time, and everything in between. You’ll be hooked immediately on these insane movies that will leave you questioning your sanity by the end. This article will delve into the treasure trove of mind-bending movies on Netflix that are worth watching.

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Our Top Mind-Bending Films

1. The Invitation

The Invitation

The Invitation is more unsettling than scary horror is. Will and his girlfriend received an invitation to a dinner party from his ex-wife Eden. They had not seen each other since their separation after the death of their son. The Invitation relies more on tension than jump scares, and you’ll love the psychological tension. It is one of the best psychological thrillers.

Will you ever go to a dinner party again after watching this?!

2. The Call

If you could change someone’s life after talking to them over an old cordless phone, how would you react? The thing is that the two girls speaking on either end of the line are separated by a time span of twenty years.

This South Korean adaptation is an interesting mind-bending story about a girl who receives a phone call from the past. It seems normal at first, but then strange things begin to happen as they realise that changing events in their own present can affect the other’s life even through time.

The Call is a mind-boggling and intriguing mystery. However, the ending seems lacklustre compared to the build-up. But do wait for the mid-credit scene!

3. Annihilation

Annihilation is a stunning sci-fi horror that leaves you flabbergasted long after the credits roll. Critics worldwide have given raving reviews to Annihilation.

A biologist volunteers for a secret government mission into a mysterious area where the laws of nature don’t apply. The surprising ending leaves your head spinning as you try to make sense of what has just happened.

4. I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

I'm thinking of ending things

This psychological thriller is the adaptation of the novel by Iain Reid of the same name. It could lead you to think it is a teenage romance movie, but instead, it is much darker and tenser than one would expect.

In this film, a young woman (played by Jessie Buckley) travels with her new boyfriend to his parent’s very secluded farm. Buckley’s character is thinking of ending things and is filled with misgivings about the journey.

What follows is a contorted story that will make your mind spin and leave you thinking about life and the future.

5. The Platform

The Spanish film The Platform gained popularity on social media mainly because of its concept. Although it is science fiction, it is all about class disparity. The movie also states some scientifically proven, thought-provoking facts.

In a dystopian future, prisoners are kept in cells built vertically, one above another, known as a vertical self-management center. There is a shaft in the center that lowers a platform of food. On the higher levels, prisoners get to eat as much as they want. While prisoners below have to make do with the leftovers. If there are any!

For a similar class battle, try Snowpiercer, where people in the back of the train decide to overtake the front as they struggle to stay alive.

6. Buster’s Mal Heart

Buster’s Mal Heart is a surreal and bizarre film, like an exciting and unpredictable ride. Buster is an eccentric mountain man who tries to survive by breaking into people’s empty holiday homes and calling radio talk shows ranting about the Millenium Bug. He has visions and memories of his former life. In it, he was Jonah, a night-shift concierge in a hotel and a family man who took this job very seriously and had a mental breakdown because of it.

7. In The Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass

Cal and 6-month-pregnant Becky are brother and sister. On their way to San Diego, they hear the desperate cry of a young boy coming from a field of tall grass. They go in to try to save the boy but soon find out that they can’t escape anymore and that something terrible hides among the leaves. The unsettling and tension-building atmosphere will keep you on edge until the end.

This Canadian supernatural horror film is based on the novel In the Tall Grass by Stephan King and Joe Hill. So watch it at your own peril!

8. Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is another film based on a Stephen King novel. It’s the story of a couple staying in an isolated house for the holidays to try to rekindle their relationship which goes horribly wrong. The husband handcuffs his wife to the bedposts to enact a sexual fantasy but suddenly dies of a heart attack leaving her trapped underneath him. To survive, she must face her demons as they come to life around her one by one until there is no turning back. It’s death or survival!

9. Casting JonBenét

This is a movie inspired by a true-crime incident. JonBenét Ramsey, a child beauty pageant queen, was killed on Christmas night in 1996. Director Kitty Green wanted to retell the story from a different perspective.

The film is about the casting of the film where the actors auditioning for the parts of her family members are interviewed to give their point of view on the events that led to JonBenét’s heinous murder, to show how we as a society treat murder.

Make sure to watch this movie. A murder case full of mysteries that is unsolved to this day.

10. The Discovery

In The Discovery, Robert Redford plays Dr Thomas Harbor who has found scientific proof of life beyond death. Tensions rise, and things get complicated when the number of suicides escalates drastically because everyone wants to reset their lives and start anew.

One of Dr Harbor’s sons has a lot to say about his father’s responsibility in these suicides, although he denies it, while at the same time battling their own father’s cruelty.

11. Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

This is a great film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Sheen and other incredible stars. An established art gallery owner seems to be going through a rough patch in her life, seeing as her new husband cheats on her. One night, she receives the manuscript of a newly finished novel from her writer ex-husband who she hasn’t seen for about 20 years.

The novel is called Nocturnal Animals, the nickname he used to call her by and is dedicated to her. Scenes between the reality of her reading the manuscript and what goes on in the novel alternate and present metaphorical parallel themes with their past life as husband and wife in a very John Waters movie style. She gets completely engrossed in the novel as we do for a few hours in the movie.

12. Bird Box

Talking of a mind-bending film where all your worst fears come true, Bird Box fits the bill!

Sandra Bullock who is a mother and aunt to two children finds herself in the middle of an absurd and dangerous situation because an invisible, unidentified entity makes people kill themselves if they see it. So the whole film is about her trying to stay alive and get her kids to safety while blindfolded the whole time.

13. Moon

This movie, by Duncan Jones, starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey is about astronaut Sam Bell who is the only man on a space station on the moon when he runs into some health problems. His only company is Gerty, an AI system. But at some point, Sam discovers he is not alone, and things get complicated!

14. Burning

By chance, Jong-Soo meets a childhood friend and starts to get a crush on her. She takes a long trip away leaving her cat in his care. When she finally returns, she returns with a wealthy man named Ben. Tensions increase throughout the movie as Jong-Soo notices unsettling hobbies of Ben.

15. Secret Obsession

In Secret Obsession, Jennifer (Brenda Song) wakes up from a traumatic car accident where she was hit by a car, and she has amnesia. She meets a handsome stranger claiming to be her husband and is quickly taken to his secluded state home. But, whilst he has a fairly complete story, things don’t fully add up.

Investigator Frank feels uneasy about the similarity between her so-called husband’s van, and the van Jennifer was hit with on the night of the accident, so he investigates the matter. The rest of this thriller unfolds as we watch Frank and Jennifer individually start to piece the puzzle together.

16. Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

This surrealist masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro follows Ofelia and her father travelling through the forests in Spain during World War II. She encounters the mythical Pan’s Labyrinth whilst also dealing with the horror of war and her father’s cruelty, and we watch her interactions with the mythical characters.

17. Black Mirror

Black Mirror is an anthology series meaning each episode tells a different story. They all follow dark, twisted stories that follow the current-day developments in the world to logical but terrifying and dark conclusions. This series will unsettle you for days.

18. Skins

Skins is a melodramatic soap opera that mixes dreams and deformities, such as the woman who has an inverted digestive system. It gives a commentary on the way society is right now and is seen as highly controversial for its dark and twisted nature.

19. The Cloverfield Paradox

There are three instalments of The Cloverfield Paradox, the last involving the God particle as a way to solve Earth’s energy crisis. Just as they are about to solve the crisis, Earth vanishes, and they must find a way home somehow.

20. Horse Girl

Sarah, a craft store employee and horse enthusiast, has a mental breakdown as odd things keep happening to her. As her breakdown continues and weirder things keep happening, she becomes convinced that aliens are about to abduct her.

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The list of mind-bending movies on Netflix goes on; for instance, Donnie Darko directed by Richard Kelly; Shutter Island a must-see for Inception fans; Amanda Knox, the tale of a woman tried in a court of public opinion for the murder of an Italian exchange student and many more.

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These mind-bending movies on Netflix are a great way to escape reality and spend some thrilling time in mental gymnastics.

If you want some quality entertainment, these mind-bending films will not disappoint you. We hope this list has provided you with an excellent starting point for your next binge-watching session.

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