8 Hidden Secrets In Horror Movies That Will Blow Your Mind

Because horror is far more fun when you know where to look for it.

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There's nothing quite as scary as something right in front of you that you don't initially see. Horror movies know this well, and truly thrive when they toy with unseen entities, often incorporating creatures or imagery that can quietly inhabit the same spaces as characters without drawing any unnecessary attention. Even better are those that manage to hide in plain sight from even an eagle-eyed audience, lurking in the back of shots waiting to be discovered and offer a whole new reading of whatever film they're haunting.

Directors as a whole love to spice up their work with a little artistic paprika that makes rewatching movies a joy, but it never feels quite as spine-stiffening as when you spot them in a horror film. Perhaps it's the tension of these movies that makes us miss the little touches, or perhaps its a fear of looking too closely and finding something disturbing looking right back - but there's plenty of weird, magnificent, and stress-inducing secrets to be found if you know precisely where to go looking for them.

In that case then, consider this the cheat's walkthrough to horror's very own scavenger hunt...

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