For as long as horror has been a thing, it has been known as a medium built around pushing the boundaries of society's norms and its audience's imaginations. Whether through taking something as simple as a doll or a clown and twisting into something plucked straight out of a nightmare, or leaping forward with something so supernaturally chilling that it keeps audiences hooked for hours, the world of horror just has a unique way of keeping its fans coming back for more.
However, that isn't always the case.
There are some horror films that, whilst classics, lack the depth and detail to demand a rewatch, whilst certain others bandwagon on the success of previous films but fail to score the same level of success. There are then those horror movies out there that fail to put the brakes on things and end up pushing everything just that little bit too far into the uncomfortable zone.
With there being so many ways in which a horror movie can fail to entice an audience back in, we thought we would take a look over ten horror films you will only ever watch once.
10. The Girl Next Door
Based on the 1989 Jack Ketchum novel and taking inspiration from the chilling murder of Sylvia Likens, The Girl Next Door might not be the first horror film to take inspiration from a real life series of events, but it's certainly one of the more memorably gruesome.
It takes a special sort of film to classed as 'polarising' in a world as bloody and gruesome as horror, but The Girl Next Door sure does a great job in qualifying for that description. The entire film is pretty much a non-stop torture session, with the evil Chandler family inflicting some of the most brutal acts actually imaginable on a innocent young woman named Meg.
Everything from beatings, rape, mutilations, starvation and burning is on the cards with these absolute monsters, and this only goes on to create something that viewers really doesn't need a revisiting of once its all over.
A staggeringly bleak and gory film if ever there was one, Stephen King himself probably offered the best summary: "The first authentically shocking American film I've seen since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer over 20 years ago. If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for a long look into hell, suburban style, The Girl Next Door will not disappoint."