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The 10 Best Split Personality Performances In Movies

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While psychologists are still trying to figure out the causes of multiple personality disorder, screenwriters have been using it as a plot device since the dawn of cinema. In this feature, we’ll put the ten greatest examples in movie history on the couch to see what makes them tick.

10. High Tension

This French slasher flick is relentless in its brutality, as a mysterious psychopath brutally murders a girl’s family. The culprit turns out to be her best friend, who has a split personality that’s insanely jealous and will do anything to get her alone.


9. The Three Faces Of Eve

Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for her exceptional take on split personalities in this 1957 drama based on a real case. Eve White is a suburban mother who suffers from painful headaches and blackouts. When she’s unconscious, the extroverted Eve Black comes out to play. Filling out the triad is Jane, a stable personality who manages to unite her multiple identities.


8. Shutter Island

Leonardo DiCaprio shines as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal sent to an isolated mental hospital to investigate a bizarre disappearance. As his quest continues, he starts to have strange dreams and it’s soon revealed that he’s actually a patient there himself, caught up in a bizarre delusion as a way to find closure after he murdered his wife.


7. Session 9

Brad Anderson’s cult horror flick has a terrifying premise: a work crew removing asbestos from a run-down hospital discovers a box of tape recordings from a patient with multiple personality disorder, and against all logic listens to them. As they do, they start being picked off one by one, as the evil personality “Simon” from the tapes makes the jump to a new mind.


6. The LEGO Movie

Sure, it’s a bit of a curveball, but the “Bad Cop” / “Good Cop” character in The LEGO Movie, voiced by Liam Neeson, could change personality with a simple 180 degree rotation of the head. Double-sided heads were first introduced in the 1990s to show different emotions, but different personalities are an equally valid reading.


5. Identity

When ten strangers check into a Nevada motel and start getting killed off one by one, Identity seems like a fairly standard murder mystery. Then weird coincidences sprout up – the bodies disappear, they all have the same birthday – and you realize you’re really watching a story about a multiple personality patient having his “selves” integrated to try and remove his homicidal impulses.


4. A Tale Of Two Sisters

South Korean filmmakers have a real knack for unsettling psychological horror, and this 2003 flick, inspired by a folktale, is no exception. When a young girl named Su-mi is released from a mental hospital, both her and her sister start acting very strangely, as does their psychotic stepmother. Of course, all three women are the same girl, but that doesn’t stop the body count from rising.


3. Sibyl

This 1976 TV movie helped define dissociative identity disorder for a generation of Americans, and Sally Field’s performance as the titular schoolteacher with a baker’s dozen personae living inside her was widely acclaimed, winning her an Emmy.


2. Fight Club

The twist in David Fincher’s cult classic – that the Edward Norton-played narrator and Brad Pitt’s feral Tyler Durden are the same person – comes pretty late in the game, but it throws the film’s conceit into stark contrast. Fincher littered the movie with clues that make themselves obvious on multiple viewings.


1. Me, Myself and Irene

The Farrelly Brothers’ 2000 farce stars Jim Carrey – a dude whose brain contains multitudes anyways – as Charlie, a good-humored state trooper who gets pushed over the line and develops an abusive personality named Hank who goes on to ruin his life. The thing is, his life was already ruined before the split personality (his wife cheated on him with a dwarf limousine driver), so Hank actually helps Charlie get his act together in a bizarre way.

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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
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Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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