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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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