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Why do people enjoy the Saw movies?

As a horror fan, I've never understood the appeal of the Saw movies. Can someone explain the psychology involved with liking that series and similar types of movies? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jun 20, 2014 - 40 answers

More smart thrillers like Brilliance and Lexicon

I've recently finished Marcus Sakey's Brilliance and Max Barry's Lexicon and I'd like more thrillers like them. By "like them", I mean: fast paced, lots of twists and action, an intelligent, speculative, science-fictiony central idea, but the book is not marketed as genre science fiction, but rather as a thriller. Some literary aspiration is a plus, as is a good Bechdel test score (both of the above books kind of failed on that latter criterion). Already read: Atwood, Gibson, Stephenson. I read a lot of "literary mysteries" like Tana French and the like, but here I'm more interested in action/thrillers and not so much mysteries or procedurals.
posted by matildaben on Mar 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Literary crime fiction

What are some decent, non-idiotic, contemporary crime/mystery novels? [more inside]
posted by denika on Jan 8, 2014 - 46 answers

Movie suggestions

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

What book is this?

I read a book in the early 90's about a guy who was helping a run-away child with nuclear launch codes embedded in his heart. The older man was a former code child himself (I think) and they were hiding out in Northern California/San Francisco with hippies driving around in art cars called "Gluers". Any idea? Amazon, Google, Good Reads, Library Searches have gotten me nothing. I'm not sure if it's even any good, I just want to make sure I didn't hallucinate the whole thing. Thanks You!
posted by capnmarrrrk on Jul 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Exciting unpredictable thrillers with intelligent characters?

I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
posted by yellowbinder on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 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

Shoot-em-up

Looking for a name of a novel, but can only remember one scene, where a guy is recruited for some sort of mission in a video arcade. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Good as Bourne?

Films of the Bourne Triloy genre? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Looking for "Favorit Son"!

Where can I find the 1988 NBC TV mini series "Favorit Son"? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Does this gay thriller novel sound familiar to you?

Does this gay thriller novel sound familiar to you? [more inside]
posted by missed on Sep 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Back in the USSR

Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Troubled small town cop uncovers a big secret: examples?

Looking for examples of this trope: low key but doggedly determined cop in a small/medium sized town. Personal problems. A close-knit community. A series of murders that ultimately point to a much bigger story than anyone expected. His personal life unravels and ravels as he investigates, treading on eggshells as he goes. Emphasis much less on the procedural aspects than the emotional. Genre thriller as opposed to mystery (ie the cop protagonist is in personal jeopardy). [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 4, 2010 - 50 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

Help me remember a movie where a woman falls through a table

Movie ID: Help me remember a movie I saw on a plane in the 1980's. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me catch the killer.

What are some great mystery/thriller novels focused on investigation? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Jul 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Mess with my head!

Books that mess with your head [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 24, 2010 - 74 answers

help me complicate my life

Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 4, 2010 - 39 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

Seeking air tight caper flicks or thrillers

Seeking first rate caper flicks or thrillers. (Books also acceptable) AIR TIGHT PLOT ESSENTIAL! Stylish is nice, but I hate, hate, a cheat. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on May 25, 2009 - 64 answers

Looking for the name of a thriller/horror movie from the late 1970's or early 1980's.

Looking for the name of a thriller/horror movie from the late 1970's or early 1980's. Takes place in a very large spooky mansion. Several young adults come to visit the mansion and they encounter very abnormal occurrences. Please help. [more inside]
posted by orehek on Jan 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Thriller Centerfold Tiger

I'm looking for the picture from the centerfold of the Thriller LP. [more inside]
posted by Stylus Happenstance on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me remember this movie...

I'm trying to remember what the title of this movie was. I think it was made in the 1960's or 1970's in the U.S. I remember watching it on TV on the Sunday Matinee show in the 1980's. The plot involved this millionaire who wanted to attack the Soviet Union, he had a small force which was to attack Russia by driving trucks across the polar ice cap. All I can remember was that in the end of the film his plan is thwarted by the Soviets, who send planes to bomb the ice, and the trucks sink to the bottom of the ocean. Any ideas?
posted by smoothvirus on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Childhood movie memory

A childhood memory of two science fiction films has been nagging me lately. I have just a little to go on... [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Apr 17, 2008 - 11 answers

What are the classics of genre fiction?

What are the classics of genre fiction? What are the best thrillers, mysteries, westerns, horror, romances, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Apr 3, 2008 - 27 answers

Is there a Thriller tribute/concept album?

Michael Jackson is re-re-releasing Thriller for its 25th Anniversary soon. But somebody recorded some album that's supposed to be a "re-vision-ing" of the songs on Thriller. [more inside]
posted by AloneOssifer on Feb 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Cold War chills in the warm sun

Give me the Cold War chills, please. I'm going on vacation soon and I would like to settle down on the beach with a really juicy espionage novel, preferably something about the Cold War, something suitably dense, complex, panoramic and violent. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 9, 2007 - 37 answers

Phone phreak 70s thriller?

Bookfilter: 70's thriller featuring phone phreaking? [more inside]
posted by skywhite on Jul 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Weird Boy in the Bathroom Movie

Please help me identify a freaky 1970's (maybe 1960's) movie! Plot inside. [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin on Oct 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Bring me to the edge of my seat, and then push me over!

What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 25, 2006 - 148 answers

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