3º – Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971)A young couple decides to live in a small rural town in England. However, what should be a quiet place, ends up being noted as a real hell after they are constantly attacked by residents of the city. Controversial in all its attacks, ‘Straw Dogs’ has a rustic and uncomfortable history, not offering positive aspects of the human apparatus in the world.
2º – Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)A young psychopath gets pleasure from murdering his victims by always capturing their horrified expressions with a camera. Breaking down barriers in cinema, ‘Peeping Tom’ is an audacious film that does not spare the viewer at any time, promoting in its final scene one of the most terrifying moments in the history of horror cinema.
1º – Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang, 1944)After spending a comprehensive period in a mental institution, a man ends up getting involved in a plot of espionage when, by mere chance, he gets the possession of an object of interest, having his life in danger without knowing exactly why. A noir masterpiece of the 1940s, ‘Ministry of Fear’ (or ‘Ministry of Fear’ in its literal and much more certain translation) raises an almost oneiric tone to the resolutions of his story, promoting to the viewer natural scares and chills with the claudicant journey of the character. Of course, Ray Milland’s superb performance in front of the protagonist is still worth highlighting. We can say that this film wouldn’t be able to reach even half of its quality if Milland didn’t assume the central character, with one of the most impressive performances of his entire brilliant career.