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5 Great psychological thrillers

"Compliance" is the rare film that's caused me to do a total 180 on how I feel about it. The psychological thriller about a fast-food manager (Ann Dowd) instructed by a prank phone caller (Pat Healy) to lead a young, female employee (Dreama Walker) through a series of increasingly degrading investigative steps made me squirm in frustration as I was watching it. I knew it was based on true events, but was incredulous that any situation could get this far. How stupid can people be? I wondered. But the more I thought about it, the more impressed I found myself with the mastery of tension and tone writer-director Craig Zobel displayed, and with the precise performances he drew from his actors. "Compliance" stuck with me, challenged me and changed my mood in a way most films don't, and it's been prompting similarly strong and sometimes vocal responses from audiences since its Sundance premiere. As the film expands this week, Zobel was nice enough to pick five of his own favorite psychological thrillers. Here he is, in his own words:

Craig Zobel Picks 5 Great Psychological Thrillers

August 30, 2012

As the 'Compliance' expands this week, Criag Zobel was nice enough to pick five of his

own favorite psychological thrillers. Here he is, in his own words: