28 posts tagged with suspense.
Displaying 1 through 28 of 28. Subscribe:

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Are there any films similar to Alfred Hitchcock?

I adore Hitchcock's work. Are there any other films similar to his genre? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 25, 2015 - 27 answers

Seeking the title of a vaguely-remembered Australian suspense film.

Australian-made, possibly late 70's/early 80's, about a teacher (I think) who moves to a new school (I think) who encounters an evil child or children or community. One scene in particular has stuck in my head for the last 30-ish years, and I'd like to watch it again to see if it's as scary as I remember. (There is a fake suicide scene which I describe inside, so please be warned about a potential trigger.) [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for Movies with Characters Like This, thanks!

Can anyone think of a movie in which the protagonist is a key witness in a trial but the movie doesn't show the trial and the protagonist is consistently under attack for testifying?
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Smart detective fiction?

What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 12, 2013 - 55 answers

writing scenes that are roughly but not completely contemporaneous

Help me understand how, in suspense fiction, to transition between scenes that are happening at roughly the same time, but extending for different timespans. [more inside]
posted by mittens on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Movie suggestions

Looking for some Mystery/Suspense/Thriller movie suggestions [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Sep 14, 2013 - 24 answers

Favourite examples of foreboding or suspense in literature?

What are your favourite examples of building tension or suspense in literature? Ideally these are brief moments, single paragraphs or small scenes, compelling the reader to continue on, worried about what will follow. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Jul 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Best TV shows to keep you hooked?

What TV shows consumed your life? [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Dec 17, 2012 - 144 answers

Please help me find the title of this book for a friend.

Please help me find the title of this book for a friend. It's about a woman and her husband who are involved in a plane crash. Everyone aboard was killed, except for the couple. The wife is an art dealer. [more inside]
posted by erasorhed on Oct 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Fast-paced and smart audiobooks

Can you help me find some audiobooks that are relatively fast-paced and simple, but also have good dialogue, characters, and themes? Even if you don't listen to audiobooks, maybe you know page-turners or beach reads that are deeper than the normal fluff? Or maybe you know good literary fiction that is simple and fast-paced? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 19, 2012 - 29 answers

thriller novel where student cheats on medical exam by answering question incorrectly

Looking for a thriller mass-market paperback novel that I read in the late 1990s that was about brilliant students at a medical school - murder, conspiracy, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Jul 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Books to whittle away 25 hours on a plane?

I need some well-written and very suspenseful books to take my mind off of a 25-hour flight. Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" is the ideal book, but alas, I've already read it. I also need two-person travel sized games. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Feb 1, 2012 - 52 answers

Ooooooh! Gross! Can't Finish Reading This!

A recent question asked for recommendations for "trash" reading. I am also interested in reading some "trash", particularly horror or suspense trash, but I am squeamish. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Dark movies like Winters Bone or Eastern Promises?

Movies with a certain atmosphere really hit the spot when life gets me down. The top three movies that match this mood are Winters Bone, Eastern Promises, and Mystic River. Can you think of others I might like? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 24, 2011 - 45 answers

What suspenseful music can I find?

I'm looking for instrumental, soundtrack-type (but not necessarily a soundtrack), and suspenseful/eerie/dark music. I'm interested in music that sounds something like Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna and The Inception Dream is Collapsing, but in more of a suspenseful, even creepy tone. Think of Alfred Hitchcock-- that kind of drawn-out, building tension. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Feb 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Fill Me With Dread

I just spent the weekend watching Breaking Bad, a show that is brilliant and full of intensely unpleasant moments of tension. I'm looking for books, shows, or movies that produce similar feelings of dread. The Shield offered something like this, as well as No Country for Old Men, The Strain, BSG, The Road, and parts of Justified. Any recommendations? (Extra points for anything available to watch on Netflix Instant)
posted by chichimimizu on Jan 2, 2011 - 64 answers

The novel, not sane, stood by itself against its shelves, holding darkness within.

Literary eerie suspense novelists: I've read and loved a certain type of author and I am looking for more like them. Their main novel tropes are unreliable narrators (i.e., are they being haunted by a ghost or their own mind?) and a good balance of suspense and philosophy (well-paced novels of ideas with likable, believable characters). Prose style is literary and intelligent but not metafictional. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Dec 27, 2010 - 36 answers

Rain and Intrigue

What are some films similar in atmosphere to Polanski's The Ghost Writer (The Ghost) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Sep 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Name this movie. Sailboats, murder, courtroom ethical drama.

Name this movie about Cruising Sailboat couples on a remote island, murder and the ethical dilemma of the woman who was (married to? dating? sleeping with?) the murderer. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Sep 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Request for Suspenseful Anime

With very few exceptions I have never really liked anime. Recently I watched Death Note on hulu and got a huge kick out of it. I'd like to watch some more anime that isn't about people who are awesome at fighting fighting other people who are awesome at fighting and is generally suspenseful and tightly serialized. [more inside]
posted by I Foody on Oct 27, 2008 - 48 answers

Trying to get the title of an old EC comic

I'd like to get a copy EC (or similar publisher) comic about a comic book letterer who murders an inker. I haven't had any response from any of the of forums I've asked in. Ghoulish story synopsis ahead... [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

More sex & crime, please!

Robert B. Parker, Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, Tim Cockey, Patrick Quinlan, James Crumley, Elmore Leonard - NOW WHAT? [more inside]
posted by ollsen on Jan 10, 2008 - 55 answers

Short short story.

I need an extremely short suspense story. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Oct 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me find suspense/horror books whose characters don't suck!

I just finished reading Scott Smith's "The Ruins" and loved it. I want to read more books like this (and his original "The Simple Plan"). Basically, I want all the suspense and horror, but the people have to seem real to me. I don't have to like them, I just want to know what they are thinking/feeling/fearing so that they aren't just numbers on some gorefest scoreboard. Bonus points if the author is semi-prolific, so I have choices for further reading. Help me, hive mind!
posted by misha on Oct 19, 2007 - 14 answers

Name that obscure short story...

I read a short story that was included as part of a compilation of horror/suspense stories about 10 years ago. I totally forgot the name of the story and really want to read it again. [more inside]
posted by suitcase on Aug 8, 2006 - 3 answers

spookymovie filter

Haunted by a movie. About ten years ago I was in France and I saw a chilling suspense movie on late-night TV. I'm not sure that it was French - maybe Dutch or German, with subtitles? I remember little: the music-box/bells theme, the murderer's slow grace, and a scene where the detective fills a room with steam to recover a victim's traced final message. A little more (and a spoiler) inside. [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Nov 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Page: 1