Waking dream: 20 breathtaking films about hypnosis

The hypnotist makes several deft passes, and the person falls into a special state when consciousness is especially susceptible to suggestion … What is happening is like a session of magic, so the art of inducing a hypnotic trance is surrounded by myths, and films about hypnosis are not always based on real events. Amazing things happen here – deep memories are restored, incredible abilities are acquired, and sometimes control over oneself is lost.

Under Hypnosis (2021)

The intriguing novelty of the movie is designed in the genre of psychological thriller. The main character has a black streak in her career and personal life. On the advice of well-wishers, a woman turns to a therapist who uses hypnosis in her practice. Initially, an unconventional system of psychological assistance brings positive results, but later turns into a real nightmare.

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Original title:
Hypnotic

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Kate Siegel, Jason O’Mara, Dewley Hill …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Hypnosis (2021)

An interesting South Korean film about an aspiring hypnotist continues the best Asian traditions of the horror genre. An inquisitive young man, in order to master the secrets of mastery, attends the classes of a wise professor. After several sessions, the guy notices strange hallucinations, and then discovers alien, but incredibly realistic memories.

Original title:
Choemyeon

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Lee David, Song Byung-ho, So Yi-suk…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
IMDb – 5.4


Hypnosis (2020)

In the domestic psychological thriller, a teenager seeks help from a hypnologist to get rid of sleepwalking. The doctor has such a strong influence on the patient that the line between dream and reality is practically erased. Upon learning that a girl who was also treated by a doctor has disappeared, the teenager begins to suspect something is wrong and gets involved in the investigation , but collecting facts and building hypotheses is incredibly difficult if reality is indistinguishable from a nightmare.

Genre:
Drama, thriller

Actors:  
Maxim Sukhanov, Sergey Giro, Ekaterina Fedulova …

Country:  
Russia, Finland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Get Out (2017)

The list of the best films about hypnosis continues with the sensational satirical horror. A black photographer is dating a white girl from a wealthy family. It’s time to meet the parents of the beloved – a high-class psychiatrist and neurosurgeon. In a secluded country mansion, a warm welcome awaits an African American. But soon, kind parents and zombie -like dark-skinned servants arouse terrible suspicions in the hero of the film.

Original title:  
Get Out

Genre:  
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener …

Country:  
USA, Japan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Messing’s student (TV series 2017)

The famous Soviet telepath Wolf Messing on tour in the province notices a girl with outstanding psychic abilities. At the invitation of a famous artist, the young talent goes to Moscow to improve his skills. After several years of acting as an assistant to a celebrity and serious life upheavals, the heroine realizes that she wants not to do pop tricks, but to help people.

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Tatyana Cherdyntseva, Yuri Belyaev, Kirill Grebenshchikov …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Molly Moon and the Magic Book of Hypnosis (2015)

An interesting movie about hypnosis is worth watching for all lovers of unusual fairy tale stories for children. A girl from an orphanage is constantly bullied by her peers and teachers . One day, a book of secret magical knowledge falls into the hands of the poor thing . The heroine learns how to subjugate others to her will and begins to prepare the escape.

Original title:
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Raffy Cassidy, Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3


Eclipse (2015)

A girl accuses her alcoholic father of sexual abuse, but can’t remember the details. The detective leading the investigation seeks help from a psychologist who is able to penetrate the depths of the subconscious with the help of experimental techniques. Judging by the memories of the victim, there was not just a rape, but also nightmarish satanic rituals .

Original title:
Regression

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis…

Country:
Spain, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Great Hypnotist (2014)

A feature horror film about hypnosis is designed in the best traditions of Asian horror. An experienced hypnotic psychiatrist is approached by a university teacher for help. A consultation should be held in a particularly difficult case. The young patient is convinced that she is seeing ghosts , and there is every reason to believe that we are not talking about hallucinations.

Original title:  
Cui mian da shi

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Sophia Hu, Lu Zhong, Karen Mok…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:  
16+


Trance (2013)

An employee of the auction house, responsible for the security of valuable paintings, hid a painting masterpiece during a raid by criminal accomplices. As a result of the brawl, the man received a head injury and lost his memory. The bandits first try to find out the location of the canvas with the help of torture, but realizing that nothing can be achieved in this way, they decide to use the services of a professional hypnotherapy specialist.

Original title:  
Trance

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson…

Country:  
Great Britain, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Illusion of Deception (2013)

An exciting film about magic tricks, hypnosis and trance is designed in the genre of a crime thriller . Four illusionists join forces to put on epic performances while pulling off daring heists at the same time . In the course are all the skills from the arsenal of professional magicians. The dexterous hoaxers remain elusive, but come under close scrutiny from the FBI .

Original title:  
Now You See Me

Genre:  
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:  
Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg …

Country:  
USA, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Admixture (2013)

A burglar who enters the house infects the owner with an exotic parasite that suppresses the will and increases suggestibility. With the help of a mysterious creature, the thief forces the unfortunate woman not only to give away valuables, but also to rewrite all her property. The heroine of the drama finds herself on the street without a livelihood, and only after getting rid of the parasite does she realize the catastrophic nature of her situation.

Original title:  
Upstream Color

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:  
18+


Hypnotist (2012)

A mysterious killer brutally massacred an ordinary family from the suburbs of Stockholm. Only a little boy managed to survive, but the child, wounded and having experienced a severe shock, is not able to testify. There is only one way to find out who the killer is – for this you need to hypnotize the kid. The police turns to an experienced specialist, which leads to unpredictable consequences.

Original title:  
Hypnotisören

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Tobias Zilliakus, Mikael Persbrandt, Lena Olin…

Country:  
Sweden

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Manchurian Candidate (2004)

During Operation Desert Storm, the brave sergeant saved his comrades in arms who were ambushed, after which he became known as a real hero. After many years, the veteran covered with glory is torn to the heights of power. The former commander of an ambitious politician is tormented by strange visions. Having comprehended what he saw, the retired officer realizes that the true story of the hero is far from similar to the well-known version.

Original title:
The Manchurian Candidate

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Hypnosis (2004)

The spectacular Spanish horror film will appeal to fans of hermetic psychological thrillers. A young psychiatrist gets a job in a prestigious clinic where they work with the most dangerous and unpredictable patients. The young patient recovers after a short treatment, but then mysteriously dies. The doctor suspects that something is wrong in the clinic.

Original title:  
Hipnos

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Christina Brondo, Demian Bichir, Marisol Membrillo …

Country:  
Spain

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Oldboy (2003)

Bloody South Korean thriller with a high rating will appeal to connoisseurs of films with unexpected plot twists . A man who had gone overboard with alcohol mysteriously found himself in a room with no windows, from where there was no way to get out. The hero learns frightening news from the outside world, but gains freedom only after fifteen years. Revenge on those who arranged this terrible imprisonment becomes a paramount task.

Original title:
Oldeuboi

Genre:
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jeong …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Under Hypnosis (2002)

The plot of an exciting thriller film is dedicated to the investigation of mysterious crimes. A maniac , who hopes to gain immortality with the help of bloody rituals , brutally kills small children. A doctor with unusual abilities puts one of the few surviving victims into a hypnotic trance in order to extract at least some information about the villain from the fragile mind of a child.

Original title:
Doctor Sleep

Genre:
Horror, thriller, crime

Actors:
Shirley Henderson, Goran Visnjic, Miranda Otto…

Country:
Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Evil Love (2001)

A light melodrama that combines a romantic atmosphere with a fantastic plot. A well-known psychologist hypnotized a windy man, instilling in an arrogant womanizer the ability to see only inner beauty. The hero of the film falls unconsciously in love with a girl with a stunning appearance, not even suspecting that everyone else sees a nondescript fat woman in his chosen one.

Original title:
Shallow Hal

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

An insurance agent clashes with his pushy boss. Once at the same party, the leader and subordinate participate in a hypnotic experiment, after which they fall in love with each other. Erupted feelings cause a lot of problems professionally and can lead to irreparable consequences, because irrepressible love was inspired in a state of trance by a prudent swindler.

Original title:
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
John Tormey, John Shack, Woody Allen …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Echoes (1999)

The fantastic horror film is based on the story of the writer Richard Matheson, the author of the famous novel I Am Legend. A skeptical man takes part in a mock hypnosis session. Innocent fun turns into frightening consequences. The hero begins to hear the ghostly voice of the missing girl. Attempts to start a search run into opposition from those who are clearly not interested in unraveling the old story.

Original title:
Stir of Echoes

Genre:
Horror, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Katherine Erbe …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
12+


Hypnotist (1999)

The whole city was shocked by three strange cases of suicide. Before they died, all those who committed suicide said something about the green monkey. The police are lost in conjecture, but a young specialist in the field of psychology suggests that behind all the suicides there is one villain who hypnotized the unfortunate victims and inspired them with the decision to commit suicide.

Original title:
Saimin

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Goro Inagaki, Miho Kanno, Takeshi Masu…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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