"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
Apartment Zero (1988) Bad Influence (1990) The Bedroom Window (1987) Black Widow (1987) D.O.A. (1988) Dead of Winter (1987) Masquerade (1988) Narrow Margin (1990) Prey of the Chameleon (1992) White of the Eye (1987)
Do DePalma’s Hitchcock imitations count? If so, Dressed to Kill (’80) and, I guess, Body Double (’84).
No Way Out (1987) is a great one.
Copycat (1993) was fun. Not great or memorable, but entertaining and intermittently scary.
Malice (1993) isn’t all that great—the script is all over the place—but it’s worth seeing for Alec Baldwin’s wild monologue and Anne Bancroft’s cameo, and for the absolutely nutso twists.
Zero Effect (1998) is more of a comedy-mystery, but it’s a weird little flick that I recommend.
The Spanish Prisoner (1997), pure, brilliant Mamet.
The Game (1997), of course.
For some reason, the critics panned Double Jeopardy (1999), but I loved it. Much more Hitchcockian, both visually (there’s one shot that very specifically recalls Family Plot—an odd Hitchcock to be borrowing from, but welcome nonetheless) and narratively (the “big twist” is given away in the first 10 minutes—the movie’s about suspense, not surprise).
Fracture (2007) is obviously out of the time range, but it very much has the spirit of ’90s thrillers (a spirit I miss).
Hopscotch / Ronald Neame The Long Good Friday / John Mackenzie Coup De Torchon (Clean Slate) / Bertrand Tavernier Thief / Michael Mann House Of Games / David Mamet Trespass / Walter Hill Shallow Grave / Danny Boyle Existenz / David Cronenberg
I don't think you fully understand, Mr. Bigelow. You've been murdered.