Excellent pick, and a chilling movie! I finally watched it after years of hearing about it. Amazingly, it's in the public domain (the original), so you can watch it for free on archive.org. It's not a Hitchcock film, though. It was directed by John Frankenheimer, a joint production by Frankenheimer and George Axelrod.
10. The Stepford Wives (1975)- psychological science fiction thriller directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman and Tina Louise.
Joanna Eberhart (Katherine Ross), a young mother and photographer moves into a new neighbourhood with her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their children, At first, life is idyllic, their surroundings a joy to live in, and the residents seemingly friendly and sincere.
The Wives of Stepford radiate perfection: impeccably dressed, beautifully adorned and bizarrely obedient to their husbands, but gradually Joanna discovers a dark secret that manifests itself within their flawless behaviour and presence.
Since psychological manipulation is a characteristic of the movies selected. I have one that may or may not fit. Feel free to disqualify the movie.
This time I have the right director, it is an early Hitchcock movie starring Robert Donat, "39 Steps."
Spoiler alert. Spoiler Alert. Spolier Alert.
The movie is about an espionage ring and their plans to control the world. At the beginning of the movie a man who can recall all kind of facts is on stage being asked questions. I think he knew not only the longest river in the world but also the length of the river. He recalled many facts.
Anyway the psychological manipualtion is that the 39 steps refers to an espionage ring and they had used him to store their plans for world domination. They turned him into a human super computer, PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION?
At the end of the information he is asked the question about the 39 steps and he spills the beans.
I will let you be the judge. I thought it fit but understand if you do not think it fits.
I remember at the end Mr. Memory said he was glad it was over, that it had been a burden on him. He did seem hypnotized when he was given his signal to deliver his information. I'll accept it, barring any protests from the others.
Please post your movies in the reply box at the top of the page rather than as a reply to the last post. Otherwise, the order of posts and replies gets confusing. Thank you, Gem Data!
This is a reply to John's pick:
I had forgotten about this movie, maybe because I never saw it. But it has become a part of American culture. It crystallized something everyone knew but didn't have a good meme for. I must see it one of these days!
12. Thirst - I'm listing the 1979 Australian cult film. It's the story of a woman who is kidnapped by a cult of vampires. They believe her to be the rightful heiress of a previous leader, and she is supposed to take over the cult. But first they have to convince her of how lovely it will be, which they accomplish by a systematic program of brainwashing and mind-altering drugs. Loads of fun!