Horror movies tend to fall into two categories. There are the ones you watch once and never again, whether due to disappointment, disengagement, or out of sheer unsettling unpleasantness. Whether they're the best, the worst, the most disgusting (or the most horrifying), they'll never pass your eyes again.
And then there are the ones you watch over and over again, the ones that become personal favorites. They're familiar - the cinematic equivalent of terror-filled comfort food.
But whether a film falls into the first category or the second, it's rare for a movie to grow more terrifying with additional viewings. Whether it's knowing who dies and when or having the big twist spoiled for you, few films are capable of harnessing the same emotional investment from the viewer.
This is about films with depths of horror, the ability to engross you in their story whether you know the twists or not.
But since we're discussing second viewings, we will naturally be covering first viewings, so consider this your SPOILER WARNING going forward.
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