• You can cut the suspense with a knife in this week’s selection of free Criterion films on Hulu. Some of these Nail-biters are classic thrillers (like René Clément’s Purple Noon, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear, Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water, and George Sluizer’s The Vanishing), others are character-driven dramas that occasionally ratchet up the tension (like Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped and Götz Spielmann’s Oscar-nominated Revanche.)

    We’re also including a creepy work of psychological terror called The Shadow Within, from cult Japanese director Yoshitaro Nomura. In this unpredictable, beautifully shot oddity, a married salaryman begins an adulterous relationship with a young widow, then grows increasingly suspicious that her cherubic young son is trying to kill him. The stylish and ambiguous The Shadow Within is unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, but you can watch it below or at Hulu. Remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see hundreds of other Criterion films too.

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