The times have made the level of awareness and concern for mental health increase. This has made many films begin to raise topics around mental, one of which is Agoraphobia . Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that arises due to excessive panic. These disorders include fear of places or situations.
Many films with the theme of agoraphobia bring the audience to feel the fear of how dangerous the outside world is, a terror that arises because of obsession. For those of you who want to feel a terrible sensation like this, here are five films with the theme of Agoraphobia that you can watch.
1. The Falling (2014)
Before soaring through the film Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh has put on a great acting performance in the early days of her appearance, one of which was in the film The Falling . Set in 1969, Lydia (Maisie Williams) and Abbie (Florence Pugh) are best friends. Abbie feels attached to Lydia’s family, including her quirky brother and her agoraphobia mother.
One day, an incident happened to Abbie. As a friend, of course Lydia wanted to help him, but things got worse. Not only that, the school also began to appear strange events. What really happened?
Adapted from the popular novel by Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle tells the story of a brother and sister trying to keep their family together. Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood (Taissa Farmiga) spent her teenage years living isolated in her family’s luxurious home.
Merricat only interacts with his uncle, Julian Blackwood (Crispin Glover) and his sister, Constance Blackwood (Alexandra Daddario). Just like him, his sister also almost never left the house. This was also exacerbated by the attitude of the neighbors who exiled them for accusing Constance of poisoning their parents to death.
However, one day Constance wanted to try to bury her bitter memories and stop isolating herself. Hearing this, Merricat decided to fence off the house so Constance wouldn’t want to go out. Unfortunately, due to his negligence, their cousin named Charles Blackwood (Sebastian Stan) managed to get into the house and promised to take Constance to the outside world.
Suddenly, Merricat suspected his cousin. He was sure that there was actually another motive behind Charles’ arrival.
3. Wolf Hour (2019)
A thriller film that also contains psychological elements, The Wolf Hour, tells the story of a woman’s struggle in dealing with her fear. It is told that June Leigh (Naomi Watts) chose to leave her old life and secluded herself in a small apartment in New York.
After getting great success through her first novel, June’s career is getting worse. The story in his novel which tells of the death of his father makes June shunned by his family members. Four years later, June has not been able to get up and has not managed to finish her second novel.
June’s unstable mental health is exacerbated by the increasingly insecure situation in New York City. June chose not to leave her room at all. It didn’t stop there, his worries got even worse when news got out that the serial killer “Son of Sam” was reportedly on the run and might threaten his existence.
4. Shirley (2020)
Shirley is a documentary that tells the story of a specialist female horror and mystery writer, Shirley Jackson (played by Elizabeth Moss) who is also the author of the novel “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”. Shirley lives with her husband who works as a literature professor named Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg).
One day, Stanley decides to recruit Fred Nemser (Logan Lerman) to be his assistant. Not only that, he also allows Fred and his wife, Rosie (Odessa Young) to live temporarily in their house.
At first Shirley was annoyed by the decision. However, as time passed, he realized that the couple’s presence could be the main inspiration for Shirley’s next horror novel.
5. The Invisible Man (2020)
The Agoraphobia-themed film was subsequently adapted from the classic novel of the same name, The Invisible Man . Adrian is actually a scientist who is rich and genius, but unfortunately he is very possessive.
Unable to stand Adrian’s harsh treatment, Cecillia runs away with the help of her cousin, Emily (Harriet Dyer) who takes her to the house of a friend named James (Aldis Hodge) as a safe place. Shortly after, Cecillia got the news that Adrian had committed suicide and had bequeathed all his wealth to Cecillia.
Cecilia, who now lives in luxury, begins to be plagued with strange, intangible terrors. However, because this figure was invisible, no one believed him and even began to doubt his sanity. Can Cecilia survive this terror?
Those are five films with the theme of Agarophobia. It looks pretty terrible, doesn’t it?