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Movies With Scary Hidden Images You Didn't Catch The First Time 

Erin Maxwell
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Sometimes a good fright is not necessarily the obvious scare on the screen.

A good filmmaker who is meticulous about his craft will put time and effort into terrorizing his audience. Some filmmakers craft a feeling of building horror by starting on a subliminal level, deliberately placing images meant to unnerve the viewer in subtle ways. A glimpse of a face, a masked figure in the background, a small clue that builds a feeling of dread, or an object or person of terror hidden in plain sight have all been effective in giving audiences the heebie-jeebies before the real terror makes its presence known. 

Here are some films that have effectively used subtle or hidden images to tweak the terror up a notch.

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Pennywise Hidden In A Mural In 'It'
It: Chapter Two is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies With Scary Hidden Images You Didn't Catch The First Time
Photo: Warner Bros.

Pennywise suddenly appears in the background of a wall mural behind the Losers Club. 

Didn't see you there?

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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies With Scary Hidden Images You Didn't Catch The First Time
Photo: A24

Hidden in the trees are faces, possibly of ancient gods. 

Didn't see you there?

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies With Scary Hidden Images You Didn't Catch The First Time
Photo: Universal Pictures

As Norman Bates (Tony Perkins) makes his final plea to the audience, a skull is superimposed over his face for a few moments. 

Didn't see you there?

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