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

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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'

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

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    Unclothed cult members have the house surrounded, barely visible during a night shot.

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

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    Scary Smiling Librarian In The Background Of 'It'

    To add to the sense of foreboding, the librarian watches Ben with a sinister smile before he heads into the basement. 

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