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Mental illness is a fascinating subject, and everyone loves to dip their feet into a good psychological thriller. Here is my top ten list of underrated cinema psychos. There are spoiler alerts in here so if you haven’t seen the film, don’t read past the character name, film name, and actor.

TEN INCREDIBLYUNDERRATED MOVIE PSYCHOS

NUMBER 10: DAISY RANDONE

Film: Girl, Interrupted

Actress: Brittany Murphy

Cause of the Crazy: Sexual abuse as a child, bulimic, self-harming

Why we like her: Her creepy desire to be domesticated in a very fifties-esque housewife way is strangely relatable, and her personality is more intriguing than off-putting; we aren’t very afraid of her. 

NUMBER 9: JASON (JD) DEAN

Film: Heathers

Actor: Christian Slater

Cause of the Crazy: Obsession, Uncontrollable desire for societal change at whatever cost, apathy to murder.

Why we like him: His obsession with leading lady Winona Ryder is charming at first and the bad-boy nature is very appealing and badass. However, once he starts not caring about murdering people, we start to worry.

NUMBER 8: KATHRYN MERTEUIL

Film: Cruel Intentions

Actress: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Cause of the Crazy: Domineering personality type, desire for partially incestual relationships, drug addiction, general bitchiness and neediness. 

Why we like her: She’s fierce and confident and not afraid to speak her mind, but she’s insane. She is willing to do anything [or anyone] to get what she wants. Everything is a contest for her and she is fueled on jealousy and revenge. 

NUMBER 7: BELLATRIX LESTRANGE

Film: Harry Potter Films (5-8)

Actress: Helena Bonham Carter

Cause of the Crazy: Sadistic personality, psychotic behaviors including but not limited to paranoia, violence and anger issues, loyalty to a crazy killer.

Why we like her: We don’t really, but she dresses pretty fiercely, and also Helena Bonham Carter.

NUMBER 6: DONNIE DARKO

Film: Donnie Darko

Actor: Jake Gyllenhall

Cause for the Crazy: What seems like paranoid schizophrenia and depression; his condition is disputed because the plot of the movie provides the diagnosis that he is not sick at all, just experiencing strange things that are in fact occurring. 

Why we like him: He’s mysterious, sexy, and angry. He is very likeable, and he seems to be one of those misunderstood crazies.

NUMBER 5: SWEENEY TODD

Film: Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Actor: Johnny Depp

Cause of the Crazy: Vendetta against the cruel Judge Turpin, revenge, violence, easy access to knives?

Why we like him: He is fighting for his family. The whole killing everyone thing is just a side project. He is motivated by his desire to avenge his wife’s “suicide” which makes us like him.

NUMBER 4: DOLORES CHANAL

Film: Shutter Island

Actress: Michelle Williams

Cause for the Crazy: Manic depression, altered sense of reality. 

Why we like her: We don’t, but we hate Leonardo DiCaprio’s character for loving her. I absolutely love her character though, she’s so creepy.

NUMBER 3: LISBETH SALANDER

Film: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Actress: Rooney Mara

Cause of the Crazy: Traumatic childhood, somewhat sociopathic tendencies, murder and torture of men who have abused women, introverted and antisocial tendencies.

Why we like her: She’s a bonafide badass. Lisbeth Salander is fierce and powerful, and though she is very introverted and awkward, her killing and lawbreaking are disregarded as normal behavior. She’s crazy but we love it.

NUMBER 2: DR.HEITER

Film: The Human Centipede

Actor: Dieter Laser

Cause of the Crazy: Pretty much your typical mad scientist with a desire for human mutilation and torture.

Why we like him: We don’t. Never ever. Although he’s a saint compared to the creepy ‘doctor’ in The Human Centipede 2.

NUMBER 1: LISA ROWE

Film: Girl, Interrupted

Actress: Angelina Jolie

Cause for the Crazy: Diagnosed sociopath, domineering and alluring personality, reckless behavior.

Why we like her: She is a very dense character, and the final few scenes of the movie, no spoilers, make her incredibly raw and real. Jolie’s acting in this film is breathtaking, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with this movie.

Enjoy and go watch all of these movies!!!

xox Miranda

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

In the middle of an existential crisis. If you have one of those super long phone chargers can you send it to me?

  • VS

    love this, some of these aren’t exactly underrated though

    • Yes, agreed. I realized that while I was writing but I figured it wouldn’t be too big of a deal.