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The unmissable Filmspotting podcast has this nice feature of Top 5 something movies at the end of each podcast. This time, I felt compelled to “counter” their list of “Top 5 Abduction Movies” with my own, as there was at least one unforgiveable ommission. Hope Adam and Matty will survive the criticism.

Their list
1. The Big Lebowski/Fargo/Raising Arizona
2. The Searchers
3. Silence of the Lambs
4. Blue Velvet
5. Oldboy

While these are cool, my number one is non-negotiable:
1. Spoorloss / The Vanishing
If this is not the meanest ending of a film ever (including and considering the recent “The Mist” as competititor, but still!), the I don’t know. The prototypical abduction in many ways: no motive, no remedy, no resolution. Lesson learned: if somebody gets abducted, you better leave it as it is.
2. Raising Arizona
3. Poltergeist
4. Oldboy
5. Silence of the Lambs

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