Both a face-transplant movie and a quietly psychedelic suburban-dissatisfaction film, Manchurian Candidate director John Frankenheimer’s Seconds centers on an embattled New York banker who pays to be reborn as a Malibu painter with Rock Hudson’s face. Despite being gore-free, the aura of paranoia and the canted-angle cinematography make this one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable selections on this list. If that doesn’t sell you, Seconds subtly accuses the viewer of enabling assembly-line culture and offers an utterly unappealing hippie-orgy scene soundtracked by a tootling recorder.
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Liam Baranauskas writes stories and essays, and sometimes refers to identical twins as "nature's doppelgangers." Follow him at @liambaranauskas.