Celluloid Diaries: Ten movies to watch if you love Flatliners

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ten movies to watch if you love Flatliners

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Have you guys seen the 2017 remake of Flatliners yet? Just like the original version from 1990, the story focuses on five medical students who embark on a scary but exciting experiment: they stop each other's hearts for short periods to trigger near-death experiences. When they are brought back, it seems like they have taken something from the afterlife with them.

If you haven't seen Flatliners, you should, because the film is super creepy and entertaining.

That being said, this is NOT a piece of art. In fact, the reviews have been awful. With a more honest and realistic direction, Flatliners could have been a compelling, character-based narrative. Instead, director Niels Arden Oplev focuses his energy on making his film hip and creepy, and thus also flat, uninspired, and at times a little silly.

But... it's a fun choice for a scary night out at the movies.

Flatliners 2017 Movie Trailer 

Can't get enough of stories that deal with the afterlife? Here are ten more movies like Flatliners that are guaranteed to give you nightmares.

Don't Look Now (1973)

There's more than one reason why this film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's story is a masterpiece, both in the horror genre and beyond. After the tragic death of their little girl, John (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) take a trip to Venice, Italy. There, John starts seeing visions of a creature that is wearing the same red jacket as his deceased daughter. Meanwhile, his wife strikes up a friendship with two blind psychics who tell her they are in contact with the girl and that her husband is in danger. If you think the entire film is oozing with creepiness, wait until you see the ending. Chances are you won't sleep anytime soon.

The Asphyx (1972)

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by photographing individuals at the moment of death. Done properly, the resultant photo depicts a strange blur hovering around the body. When his fiancée and son are killed in a boating accident, Cunningham notices that the blur is moving toward his son, and not away from him. He concludes that the blur is not the soul but a force known in Greek mythology as an “Asphyx,” a kind of Grim Reaper that comes for every individual at the moment of death.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Based on the novel by Stephen King, a family discovers that they can bring their dead child back to life if they bury him in the pet cemetery behind their house. Unfortunately, the result may not be entirely what they had in mind.

Jacob's Ladder (1986)

Jacob's Ladder is on many people's list of favorite movies of all time. Mourning his deceased child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.

Milo (1998)

Milo will particularly appeal to those who loved the evil kid scenes in the original Flatliners movie from 1990. Four young grade-school girls witness the murder of one of their classmates during what they thought was just an innocent game. The killer is a strange young boy named Milo Jeeder. Sixteen years later, the four survivors of the event re-unite under happier circumstances in the same town where it happened. They believe that Milo drowned in a river shortly after the murder, but soon learn that the demonic Milo has returned, still a young boy, unchanged even after almost two decades.

The Discovery (2017)

In this new movie starring Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, and Mary Steenburgen, the afterlife is scientifically proven and a new machine can even record what dead people see after they died. This has led to an extremely high suicide rate. The movie follows a man who's on a mission to save a woman from getting killed.

The Broken (2008)

Behind each mirror lies a doppelgänger of yourself which can step out of the mirror and lead its own life. This movie will particularly appeal to those who loved the supernatural and creepy aspect of Flatliners and who are looking to challenge themselves with something even creepier. The main lead is for Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones).

Galaxy of Terror (1981)

In this uncomfortable science fiction/horror film, the crew of a spaceship comes face to face with unspeakable terrors projected by their own imaginations.

Sphere (1998)

Just like in Flatliners, the horrors that happen in Sphere have been created by the protagonists' own fears, only this time, they take place 1000 feet below the ocean. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton and directed by Barry Levinson, the movie stars many well-known actors such as Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Liev Schreiber.

Long Time Dead (2002)

A young Londoner and his friends use an Ouija board to hold a seance, triggering a chain of mysterious deaths that may be caused by an otherworldly force.

Have you seen the Flatliners remake? What do you think? And do you know any other movies like Flatliners?


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