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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  • Repulsion
  • Daniel Isn't Real
  • Midsommar
  • Misery
  • Cronos
  • Nightbreed
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Under the Skin
  • Possession
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Ganja & Hess
  • Christine
  • It Follows
  • Perfect Blue
  • They Look Like People
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Annihilation
  • Videodrome
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • Manhunter
  • Await Further Instructions
  • The Neon Demon
  • Inland Empire
  • Take Shelter
  • Let the Right One In
  • Poltergeist
  • Siberia
  • The Haunting
  • Frankenstein
  • The Thing
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Starfish
  • The Nightingale
  • Thelma
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Unsane
  • Lake Mungo
  • Gretel & Hansel
  • Relic
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Cemetery Man
  • Censor
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Cat People
  • Matango
  • The Innocents
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • ParaNorman
  • Nosferatu
  • The Birds