One Hour Photo (2002)

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An employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban family. (IMDb)

There are so many elements that make this a great thriller: The unnerving plot (and its unsettling florescent setting) that moves from subtle chills to full-blown psycho-horror; Williams’ nuanced turn as the creepy yet tragic and human lead character; the excellent score (at times melancholy and mournful, at others eerie and pulsing); the thoughtful scene framing and The Shining-esque long tracking shots. The unclear ending lacks that immediate impact but it fits the film’s blurred tone.

8.3/10

#9 on my Top 10 Most Underrated Films list

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