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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2022 7:20 p.m. PST

"mind·Bleeped text

noun: mind Bleeped text,

"a disturbing or extremely confusing experience, in particular one that is caused by deliberate psychological manipulation."

OK, I'm looking for one that was a positive experience. Not one that finished and you're pissed off because you have no clue what just happened (I'm looking at you, "Lost Highway").

I've got a couple suggestions but please contribute your own.

Donnie Darko
The 6th Sense
The Shining
Fight Club
The Dead Zone
The Others
Source Code

David Manley19 Nov 2022 8:28 p.m. PST


Robert Burke19 Nov 2022 8:30 p.m. PST


Arjuna19 Nov 2022 9:03 p.m. PST

There are countless mind Bleeped texts that for some strange reasons twisted my mind to watch them as great films/classics/cult and turned out to be a total bust.

Nevertheless, besides the ones you already mentioned, I fondly remember the following ones, among a few others:

Jacob's Ladder




The Machinist




True Detective – Season 1 (And just season 1)


Lynch's twist is, the fourth wall is part of the dream you are in.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Nov 2022 9:03 p.m. PST

Definitely 6th Sense.

Crying Game, anyone? grin

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2022 9:22 p.m. PST

The Ring

Time Lapse

Old Contemptible19 Nov 2022 9:37 p.m. PST

World War Z


6th Sense

The Adjustment Bureau

Marathon Man

No Way Out

The Sting

Trading Places

HMS Exeter19 Nov 2022 11:02 p.m. PST

I might suggest the 1961 version of The Mask, but I had to shut it off after only about 45 seconds.

Arjuna19 Nov 2022 11:23 p.m. PST

I might suggest the 1961 version of The Mask, but I had to shut it off after only about 45 seconds.

I suppose 45 seconds after the opening credits, although its score is already quite dramatic…
The Mask (1961) – On Vimeo

Now or never, the time has come….

phssthpok19 Nov 2022 11:47 p.m. PST

no one mentioned Zardoz?

Arjuna19 Nov 2022 11:59 p.m. PST

no one mentioned Zardoz?

First rule of the film club:
Do not pay attention to the film behind the curtain, Dorothy.

HMS Exeter20 Nov 2022 1:02 a.m. PST

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home.
Naked Lunch.
Dark City.
Event Horizon.
Run Lola, Run.
The Lair of the White Worm.
The Ninth Gate.

Arjuna20 Nov 2022 1:16 a.m. PST

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home.

Didn't knew this one.

Which, along with 'Midsommar', of course invokes The Wicker Man

HMS Exeter20 Nov 2022 1:30 a.m. PST

Nothing but Trouble.
Along with the Gods. (not a mind Bleeped text but a gut punch)

HMS Exeter20 Nov 2022 1:52 a.m. PST

Lady in a Cage.
The Sentinel.
Battlefield Earth.
Hansel and Gretel. 2020

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 2:45 a.m. PST

"Battlefield Earth" that's more of an eyeball ****, as it hurts to watch it.

JMcCarroll20 Nov 2022 3:22 a.m. PST

I see dead people. Did not see that coming!

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 3:33 a.m. PST
SpuriousMilius20 Nov 2022 3:51 a.m. PST

Kill Bill

Cardinal Ximenez20 Nov 2022 3:58 a.m. PST

Mulholland Drive

Mr Elmo20 Nov 2022 4:44 a.m. PST


The 6th Sense gives us a funny family story. We are flying to Europe and the in flight movie is just about over so Mrs Elmo goes to the bathroom and returns asking "Did I miss anything?" 🤦‍♂️

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 5:51 a.m. PST

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sliding Doors

Oh, and maybe it wasn't intentional, but Back to the Future 2 left my wife and I going "what the heck???"

Inch High Guy20 Nov 2022 6:33 a.m. PST

The Matrix.
Just about any of the original Twilight Zone episodes. (Yes, I know they're not movies, but they're so well done.) How to serve mankind, anyone?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 6:46 a.m. PST

Maybe not quite the fit, but Ghost Dog is one of my all time favs

HMS Exeter20 Nov 2022 6:53 a.m. PST

The Number 23.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 8:20 a.m. PST

Diabolique (1955, the original was so good that I didn't bother to watch the 1996 remake.)

The Sting (1973)

Sole Survivor (1970, William Shatner).

I Bury The Living (1958)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 9:30 a.m. PST

From Dusk til Dawn, You thought it was going to be one type of movie, then it became another. Both disturbing milieu.

Gokiburi20 Nov 2022 11:30 a.m. PST

In the Mouth of Madness

Gear Pilot20 Nov 2022 11:58 a.m. PST

I'll add "eXistenZ"

Callsign 2120 Nov 2022 12:11 p.m. PST

The Cube.

La Belle Ruffian20 Nov 2022 12:41 p.m. PST

Tenet, although I think the fact that re-watching improved the experience even further was a canny marketing technique…

CeruLucifus20 Nov 2022 12:58 p.m. PST


You thought it was going to be one type of movie, then it became another.

By this criteria,


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

I didn't include it in my original list but at the time it came out I think "Clockwork Orange" might fit the bill.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 2:32 p.m. PST

A Beautiful Mind.

SpuriousMilius20 Nov 2022 3:32 p.m. PST

As I remember it, "A Clockwork Orange" was a very contentious film; it was highly praised & also seen as a symptom of the debasement of modern cinema; it definitely penetrated some folks' mind in a disturbing manner. It's one of my all-time favorites.

smithsco20 Nov 2022 4:35 p.m. PST

Ex machina and the sting

HMS Exeter20 Nov 2022 4:37 p.m. PST

How can we have overlooked Usual Suspects?

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 5:52 p.m. PST

Bad Timing – Sometimes I think I'm one of the few people in the US who actually watched this at the cinema.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 6:57 p.m. PST

The General's Daughter

Zephyr120 Nov 2022 10:01 p.m. PST

Mandy (2018)
Liked it, but didn't quite understand it until the last scene, which put it all into context…

witteridderludo21 Nov 2022 2:01 a.m. PST

The Empire Strikes Back:
No… I am your father!

HMS Exeter21 Nov 2022 5:31 a.m. PST

I've never seen it, but I've heard that Requiem for a Dream is pretty messed up.

jedburgh21 Nov 2022 6:42 a.m. PST

Burning (2018) Korean Movie from a Murakami short story.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 7:59 a.m. PST

Matango (aka Attack of the Mushroom People)

HMS Exeter21 Nov 2022 9:45 a.m. PST

+1 Attack of the Mushroom People. They must have spent a fortune on that derelect ship set.

The First Man into Space.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 5:07 p.m. PST



Yellow Submarine

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 6:25 p.m. PST

Jacob's Ladder and The Sixth Sense turn out to be versions of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce (1890), and I figured that out way too early to be properly mind-effed, so I ended up kind of bored.

Requiem for a Dream (2000), directed by Darron Aronofsky is one of the darkest movies ever. Watch it when you feel like you're too happy and need to be brought down.

Brazil (1985), directed by Terry Gilliam, is almost equally dark, but it's kind of a fantasy story, which Requiem for a Dream is not.

Pi (1998), is another Aronofsky masterpiece that will mess you up if you pay close attention, and especially if you have any knowledge of Judaism.

The Omen (1976), directed by Richard Donner, is also disturbing. Don't watch it if you're really high and it's very late at night and you're alone.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 8:09 p.m. PST

Requiem for a Dream I found fantastic while Pi I struggled to make it through. Both valid candidates though.

Jacob's Ladder I quite enjoyed and it sent me down the rabbit hole looking for real life occurrences that influenced the movie.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2022 3:29 a.m. PST

The original Total Recall, (I haven't seen the remake). Did the movie happen, or is he still strapped into a chair and a total vegetable?

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2022 11:47 a.m. PST

Shutter Island

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