It’s an exciting day for movies, as today marks the long-awaited release of “Shutter Island,” the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and superstar actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Unlike the duo’s previous tag-team efforts (2002’s bloody American history film “Gangs of New York,” the 2004 Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator” and the Oscar-winning crime drama “The Departed”), “Shutter Island” is an old-school thriller with plenty of elements of psychological horror thrown in for good measure.
Based on a Dennis Lehane novel, “Shutter Island” tells the story of Teddy Daniels, a police detective investigating the strange disappearance of a patient at a prison for the criminally insane. The movie’s tense tone and twisty plot make for a spectacular piece of psychological cinema, which means that you’ll need a bit of preparation before taking it on. That’s why we’ve put together a video playlist inspired by “Shutter Island,” featuring tracks and videos that tap into the spookiness of the film. Since the film takes place in Massachusetts, you have to begin with some Dropkick Murphys (“I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” a song that has premiered in past Scorsese efforts), followed by a healthy dose of fright-inducing metal (Mercyful Fate’s “Nightmare by thy Name,” Metallica’s “All Nightmare Long,” Sworn Enemy’s “Scared of the Unknown”).
But it’s not just riffs and screams, either. There are explorations into the subconscious (Blondie’s “Dreaming,” The Material’s “The Truth About Reality”), unexplained phenomena (The Faint’s “Disappear”) and the nature of confinement (The Receiving End of Sirens’ “Planning a Prison Break”). But since “Shutter Island” is a movie about questioning what is real and trying to navigate the horrors of the human mind, we begin with Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams.” Is DiCaprio’s experience a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare? You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out.