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.
Inception – Director: 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.
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.
Star Wars: Episode IV – Director: 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.
The Shining – Director: 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.
Hush – Director: 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.
The Woman in Black – Director: 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.
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.
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer – Director: 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.
The Avengers – Director: 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!)