10.) Beyond The Black Rainbow — Panos Cosmatos
One of my favorite movies of all time, Beyond The Black Rainbow was a massive inspiration from the start of development of Here They Lie. The film’s usage of color, the strong composition of its shots, the slow plodding build-up of dread, and the raw, synthesizer-driven soundtrack were big influences for us.
9.) Funny Games U.S. — Michael Haneke
This is a unique film because (spoilers) the villain/murderer is also the director of the film. He takes control of the film directly at certain points, breaking the fourth wall and rewinding to prevent the victims from escaping. This technique, along with the creepy upper-class psychopaths in tennis uniforms, were a strong inspiration for elements of Here They Lie.
8.) Naked Lunch — David Cronenberg
Such a strange, wonderful, disturbing, amazing film. Naked Lunch’s twisted dance around the themes of sanity, guilt, addiction, lust, and self-worth inspired the journey of Buddy in Here They Lie.