horror as a vehicle

My favorite genre is when a film uses horror not as the ultimate goal but as a means to an end. When the terror serves to deepen our understanding of the characters, their predicaments and the seed of mundane reality. These are films that use horror as a vehicle rather than the destination. suggestions welcome!

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  • Get Out
  • Split
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Black Swan
  • Knife in the Water
  • The Cremator
  • Saint Maud
  • Bunny Lake Is Missing
  • The Ascent
  • Honeymoon
  • La Llorona
  • Possum
  • The Witch
  • The Invisible Man
  • Eraserhead
  • November
  • It Comes at Night
  • The Lodge
  • The Empty Man
  • The Exorcist
  • The Eyes of My Mother
  • Hereditary
  • The Babadook
  • The Lighthouse
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • You Should Have Left
  • Kwaidan
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • The Addiction
  • Onibaba
  • The Brood
  • Amulet
  • Dead Ringers
  • The Blackcoat's Daughter
  • American Psycho
  • Society
  • Antichrist
  • Tumbbad
  • Shutter Island
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Antebellum
  • The Guest
  • In My Skin
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Diabolique
  • Funny Games
  • Us
  • The Love Witch
  • Shin Godzilla
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • 28 Days Later
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Suspiria
  • Climax
  • Swallow
  • Rear Window
  • The Invitation
  • Spontaneous
  • The Devil's Backbone
  • Forgotten
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Carrie
  • Don't Look Now
  • House
  • Blood Quantum
  • His House
  • Peeping Tom
  • Unhinged
  • Come and See
  • Candyman
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Raw
  • The Skin I Live In
  • mother!
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Gozu
  • The Wicker Man
  • Under the Shadow
  • Godzilla
  • Crimson Peak
  • Gerald's Game
  • Nocturne
  • Day of the Dead
  • Audition
  • The Host
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Shining
  • Psycho
  • Coraline
  • The Stepford Wives
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Repulsion
  • Daniel Isn't Real
  • Midsommar
  • Misery
  • Cronos
  • The Silence of the Lambs