The police are called to a murder scene and quickly discover that the murderer, the victim's son, is holed up in his house with two hostages. Through a series of interviews with both the murderer's fiancée and his theatre director the police piece together a picture of a man losing touch with reality.
☆☆☆☆ The Shining, Stanley Kubrick. A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Federico Fellini's 1950 directorial debut (as co-director). Wikipedia calls it "a bittersweet drama about a group of second-rate theatrical performers on tour.", and it's chock-full of elements that foreshadow Fellini films to come.
"Fargo" in 1996 by Joel Coen (St Louis Park and Ethan Coen (St Louis Park American dark comedy-crime film. Frances McDormand is a pregnant police chief who investigates a series of homicides. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original
- Take Shelter, w/ Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, directed by Jeff Nichols. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.