The subgenre of stalker thriller has long been a staple of modern moviemaking. The films within the genre can range from Best Picture nominees (“Fatal Attraction”) to highly engaging schlock (looking at you, “Swimfan”). However, there’s something cathartic about seeing obsession placed on-screen. This also pairs well with the psychosexual drama, as many of these films see ostracized others in society act out their ideal fantasies. It’s not always a comfortable sit, but it’s a genre audiences continue to revisit.
This weekend, we see the release of Neil Jordan’s “Greta,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert. This latest entry into the stalker pantheon starts out as a tale of friendship between a young woman and an eccentric older New Yorker. However, that friendship curdles as the older woman oversteps her bounds. She may have a darker agenda behind her friendship with this younger girl that’s beginning to get exposed.
As we prepare ourselves for “Greta,” let’s look at the 10 best stalker tales.