Our Watch Just Once Sci-Fi and Horror Films

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There are lots of great science fiction and horror movies out there that you enjoy and end up purchasing so you can have them around to watch whenever the mood strikes you. But then when you re-watched it the first time you realized that it just doesn’t hold up as well to a second watch. Either that, or you enjoyed it the first time you watched it, but at the same time just knew it was one you weren’t ever going to watch again. This is a list of those films for us.

Our Watch Just Once Sci-Fi and Horror Films

The Conjuring – Director: James Wan – Starring: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

My first watch of The Conjuring – in theatres – was amazing. Oh my god! This was an awesome movie. I could not WAIT to see it again!! So I bought it without even thinking twice about it. And then…and then I watched it again, and I discovered the magic just wasn’t there. To be honest, I still put it on sometimes, mostly for background noise, though.

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InceptionDirector: Christopher Nolan – Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was reluctant to watch Inception, but fairly quickly sucked into it. It was thought provoking, well-acted, and as soon as it was over I knew that I had no desire to ever see it again.

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Jurassic World Director: Colin Trevorrow – Starring: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Harrow

Jurassic World definitely didn’t win me over until near the end of the movie. And then there were those awesome dinosaur battles that you couldn’t help but fall in love with. However, I’m sad to report that multiple viewings of this film only help you to see the issues in it. Even though I was so eager to buy the movie in the beginning, at this point I can’t even say I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Star Wars: Episode IVDirector: George Lucas – Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Okay, so to be truthful I can’t even say I was gaga over this movie the first time I watched it. (It actually took me a couple of tries to watch it.) However, I eventually got far enough in to get hooked, I had to admit that it was a good movie. However, Star Wars: Episode IV, like the couple of other Star Wars films I’ve watched, never sparked even the tiniest urge to watch the film again. I guess that while I can appreciate that it is a cool universe, I just don’t see the appeal of the films.

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The ShiningDirector: Stanley Kubrick – Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers

This, like Star Wars: Episode IV, falls in the realm of movies was a movie I didn’t mind watching once but had absolutely no urge to ever watch again. A well-acted movie with some iconic scenes and some characters that you will always recognize, it definitely had its good points. But, to be honest, I was happier watching that ridiculous documentary, Room 237, they did about all the symbolism and whatnot in the movie.

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HushDirector: Mike Flanagan – Starring: John Gallgher Jr. and Kate Siegal

I probably never would have watched this if it hadn’t been for @OddnMacabre’s movie days. Watching it with Twitter made it a lot more fun. I don’t really get into ‘Intruder Horror’ that much so, if left to my own devices, I probably never would have watched it in the first place. Even though the last ten minutes are really, really great I just don’t have any big urge to watch it again.

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The Woman in BlackDirector: James Watkins – Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer

I saw it. Liked it well enough but I really haven’t had the urge to buy it or watch it again.

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Identity – Director: James Mangold – Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet

This is more in the ‘Thriller’ category but sometimes there’s a lot of crossover between thrillers and the horror genre. There are some movies with twists that you want to watch again but this was not one of them for me. I did like it. It has a lot of great actors but it’s just not one that caught me enough to want to watch it again.

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The Diary of Ellen RimbauerDirector: Craig R. Baxley – Starring: Lisa Brenner, Steven Brand, and Kate Burton

I liked Rose Red well enough (even if it was a bit derivative of The Haunting of Hill House and the Winchester House). The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer adds a bit of backstory and it’s worth watching once but repeated viewings really aren’t necessary.

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The AvengersDirector: Joss Whedon – Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson

This actually goes for most superhero movies. I might watch them once and enjoy them but I rarely watch them a second time.


I’m sure some of you were very offended with our choice of one-watch movies, but that’s okay! As long as you tell us why you thought the movie was so great! (Politely, that is!)

21 thoughts on “Our Watch Just Once Sci-Fi and Horror Films

  1. the two movies i havent seen (identity and the dairy of Ellen) ive added to my watchlist bc i feel like im missing out. thank u for sharing! im glad i watched most of them ahha

  2. I might have been tempted back for Star Wars IV, had it not been reworked. On the other hand, watching the first Star Trek movie . . . I’m sorry, but treating the Enterprise like a sex object made for some of the slowest minutes in cinema history. (Maybe I should have made the Enterprise one of my inappropriately sexy monsters. Except it’s not sexy.)

    Star Trek movies are exceptional: usually it’s the first movie that’s memorable, and the rest, well, unless someone gets brave and breaks the mold, they’re often forgettable. Nightmare on Elm Street 2, or 3, or . . . well, at least the “New Nightmare” tried to be clever.

    “Gattaca” is a movie I saw once and can forget. It’s something about genes. The Nature channel filler in “Lucy” would be a bit intolerable twice. And one could say that there are deep dark mysteries in “Under the Skin,” but I’m happy to leave them there. “At the World’s End” is a pub crawl that the characters don’t repeat, and neither should you. “The Blair Witch Project” was essentially designed to be seen only once.

    And just to change up the pace, I would see “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama” one more time just to figure out why I found it amusing the first time.

    1. Gattaca was a scary movie. I’ve watched it a few times. Agreed with Lucy and Under the Skin.

      Still haven’t seen the first Blair Witch !

    2. I love The Blair Witch Project and have re-watched it quite a lot, lol. I have watched Star Wars, the originals a LOT but only because my cousin was obsessed with them. I have to admit that my favorite Star Trek was the whale one, lol.

  3. I think horror movies tend to lose their “ummph” the second time around. I mean, some of the classics I will watch over and over again, but newer ones kind of have “shock” moments and if you’ve seen it before, you know they’re coming.

    1. Agreed. The only newer horror movie that I think really holds up to repeat viewings (at least off the top of my head right now) is the first Paranormal Activity movir

    2. Yeah, it seems like the more psychological horror movies are the only ones that really bear re-watching. I do have a few favorites though that I like to re-watch at least one a year or so

  4. Jurassic World was not a Good Move, but it’s fun enough that I’ll watch a few minutes each time I come across it on cable. And I’d completely forgotten they made a movie out of Ellen Rimbauer’s diary! Rose Red was a favorite of mine when it came out. I’m a little scared to see how well (or poorly) it’s aged…

    1. It’s actually not too bad. I was a bit surprised. The acting is still pretty decent. If only to see Julian Sands be pretty, lol. I still can’t stand the Emory character, though.

      1. I like older Stephen King. Pretty much everything past a certain point I have tried to read and gave up on (Cell), Outright hated (In the Tall Grass) or couldn’t care less about.

  5. When I was twelve, I saw a commercial on tv. There were laser blasts flying, and spaceships, but best of all, there was a guy swinging on a rope! Okay, maybe it was a little mushy, because he had to hold a girl, and carry her across a big open space, but that was some real, old-fashioned swashbuckling! I thought swashbuckling had disappeared from movies since the time of Errol Flynn. That got me excited to see ‘Star Wars’. My mom won a pair of tickets on the local AM radio station. She drove me across town to see it. I remember the soundtrack for that film was EVERYWHERE!!!
    I was sixteen and had a license when ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ came out. I saw it many times at the theater.

    May the Force be with you.
    ~Icky. 🙂

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