If you’ve never seen this film, you’re missing out. Not the remake starring Josh Brolin, the original from 2003. In it, a man, Oh Dae-Su, is kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years for seemingly no reason. After finally being released, he sets out on a bloody quest to discover who kidnapped and held him and why. Along the way, he meets a young, beautiful chef named Mi-Do, and the two…well, they do adult things.
He discovers the person responsible for his torment is a wealthy businessman he had inadvertently wronged in the past. There are a ton of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, but the biggest is that Mi-Do is Oh Dae-Su’s DAUGHTER. It’s a very, very disgusting revelation, but it makes sense for the bad guy’s plan.
There are a lot of movies on this list that tend to be more for adults, so it’s nice to be able to include something for the kids, too. Despite how much he wants to, Miguel is forbidden from playing music because his great-great-grandfather abandoned the family to pursue his musical goals. Somehow, Miguel is transported into the land of the dead to meet his ancestor, Ernesto, to get his blessing to play music.
He meets another old soul, Hector, who helps him reach his goal. However, Ernesto attempts to trap Miguel in the land of the dead. It’s then that the movie reveals Hector, a bedraggled idiot that few people remember, is actually Miguel’s ancestor and also the person who wrote all the songs Ernesto is famous for.
A couple of moments could fit onto this list from the famous slasher movie “Scream.” The first is that the apparent main character, Casey (played by Drew Barrymore, a big name at the time), is killed, which surprised many people. However, the main twist is not just the identity of the killer but the fact that there was more than one!
One of the characters, Billy (played by Skeet Ulrich), is killed, only to return later and reveal that the murders were done by both him and his friend Stu (played by Matthew Lillard). The slasher genre had been through a lot at that point, but it was a big surprise to have two different killers posing as the same person. It was a good enough twist to spawn quite a lot of sequels.
Ghosts are always good for a twist, and that’s true of the creepy period movie “The Others.” We follow Grace, played by Nicole Kidman, and her children as they wait for their husbands to return from World War II. They live in an old, drab mansion, and the children must always stay out of the sunlight due to a condition. Soon enough, a number of strange spirits start to terrorize them, turning their lives upside down.
Things get worse and worse for the family until the climax, in which the family realizes THEY are the spirits, unaware they are even dead, and they’ve been haunting the home of an innocent family that lives in their house.
If you’ve ever watched a Christopher Nolan movie, you know to go in with zero expectations – because they’re almost certainly going to be wrong. “The Prestige,” a movie about magic (mostly) is no exception. In it, a competition between two magicians becomes more and more deadly as they try to outdo each other on the stage, with plenty of reveals and amazing moments.
The first is that Christian Bale’s character, Alfred Borden, is actually a pair of twins who must do things like chop off their fingers or pretend to be in love with multiple women in order to keep it a secret, but Hugh Jackman’s character, Robert Angier, has been creating clones of himself, which drown underneath the stage in a chilling reveal at the very end of the movie. It’s the kind of movie you have to watch twice.