If your favorite films feature psychopaths, haunting spirits or serial killers, the words ‘thrill’ and ‘therapy’ likely seem a natural fit. I love the way the “Sixth Sense” lures you quickly in then throws you for an unexpected loop just when you thought you’d figured it out. The way Hannibal Lecter, in his mere 16 minutes of screen time, keeps your heart at a slightly heightened rate for the entire film. Brilliant!
For lovers of suspense, thrillers are calming. They force a state a mindfulness so seldom experienced in a culture overrun by multi-tasking, smart phone apps and hectic schedules.
I’m not saying that I can watch “Silence of the Lambs” at night…alone…then sleep peacefully through the night, mind you. (Woah… CAN YOU?) But on my most stressed-out wanna-yank-my-hair-out tizzy days, a good old thriller, preferably viewed with another and/or during broad daylight, is more pacifying than yoga, meditation and “cozy chamomile” tea combined.
Can anyone relate? What films do you find soothing?