By Shane Scott-Travis
Psychological manipulation is a complex, creepy, yet fascinating subject for a rewarding night out at the cinema, and one that can manifest itself in various ways. Sometimes the most exciting premise for a genre film can be deceptively simple and still very sinister, and also be incredibly effective.
It’s with this idea at the fore that Taste of Cinema presents a list of the best movies about mind control. Admittedly we at first imagined it would be a list strictly limited to the sci-fi genre, but we found horror films, comedies, and arthouse favorites have lots to interpret and imagine when it comes to mind control and mass manipulation.
Enjoy and please add other films of this nature in the comments section below.
10. THX 1138 (1971)
Set in a dystopian future somewhere in the 21st century where the world’s populace is brainwashed via the mandatory use of emotion-suppressing drugs and an oft-times brutal android police force. THX 1138 is the feature length directorial debut from George Lucas––developed from his student film.
A bleak future for man, set in a police state, THX 1138 is an inauspicious debut but an interesting one. Produced on a small scale by Lucas’s good friend, Francis Ford Coppola, the film takes a minimalist approach to set design, and once combined with an eerie lowkey sound design, the bleak and sparse setting becomes all the more palpable, and the state’s cruel forms of mind control, all the more unsettling and plausible.
Stars Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence helped cement the film’s cult status, and fans of Lucas will be intrigued and may find the downbeat matter-of-course, poles apart from his later Star Wars films, rather surprising. It’s a minor classic from a major player.
9. Village of the Damned (1960)
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