View Full Version : Films you liked after multiple viewing.
01-24-2005, 05:30 PM
There have quite a few films that i didn't care for after first viewing but after watching them again or even few more times. Something just clicks and i I'm like "This is the greatest movie ever"
I know this happens to more then just me so name some films you have grown to like or love after a few viewing and even what compelled you to give these films so many chances after you didn't care for them the first time.
A few films that come to mind is basically anything my Argento but most notably.
Suspiria - 3 Viewings now it's in my top ten. The first time i saw it i didn't think it made much sense that night i had the worst nightmare. A few Months later i gave it another shot. Again i liked a bit more this time but didn't think it was anything special, again had the worst nightmare that night. The Third time i saw it i was blown away and have been ever since.
Deep Red - 2 Viewings now it's in my top 15. First time i thought it was boring as hell. The second time i saw it i couldn't take my eyes of the screen.
Others that have had this effect...
Picnic at hanging rock - 3 viewings. First two times i thought it was OK but the haunting music kept calling me back the third time i saw it i loved it.
The Innocents - 2 Viewings First time i thought it was boring the second time i thought it was one of the best Black and White films i had ever seen.
Other films with lesser impact.
Videodrome - 3 Viewings
May - 2 Viewings
Manhunter - 3 Viewings
Opera - 2 Viewings
Nosferatu 1922 - 3 Viewings
Nosferatu 1979 - 2 Viewings
The Others - 2 Viewings
Ringu - 3 Viewings
Blue Velvet is one. It didn't really seem that great to me, but after repeated viewings, it's become a favorite of mine. Manhunter and Brazil are two more that are both huge favorites of mine after repeatyed viewings.
01-24-2005, 05:45 PM
Super Troopers, Videodrome, Dawn of the Dead '04 are the ones that pop into mind
01-24-2005, 05:55 PM
The Quick and The Dead, Chungking Express, The Rules of Attraction, Zatoichi (the newest one) There's probably more but I can't remember.
01-24-2005, 06:00 PM
Jackie Brown. After Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, I was so stoked for more QT. My first viewing left me feeling a little flat. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Well, it's been on TV here off and on and each time I get sucked into it. I freaking love it now.
01-24-2005, 06:23 PM
i intially saw SILENCE OFTHE LAMBS in the theatre and fell a sleep, but when i caught it on cable i loved it..........
Deus Ex Machina
01-24-2005, 06:54 PM
Barry Lyndon...it gets better after each new viewing
01-24-2005, 06:55 PM
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original.)
I thought it was okay the first time I saw it. It had some great scenes in the house but I was annoyed by certain characters, and the amount of screaming at the end. The second time I absolutely loved it.
I really only liked one scene in the entire movie the first time around.
I gave this one a second chance after reading an excellent review that detailed the themes of voyeurism and ocular mutilation running throughout the movie. It got me thinking about the movie on a new level. I enjoyed it more with a second viewing but still couldn't get over the out-of-place metal music.
01-24-2005, 06:57 PM
This recently happened to me with "Raw Meat". The tragic story line really hit home once I took the "horror" aspects out of the film. It left me wondering if it would have been even more powerful WITHOUT that long panning shot - which plays up the horror and gawking element, without adding much more dimension to the central themes. Sure, technically it's interesting, but it doesn't push the film forward for me. I reall enjoyed it a lot more once I had taken this onboard.
01-24-2005, 07:21 PM
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - First time I saw it, though it was a confusing mess. Then I read the book, WOW! It's almost shot for shot, and word for word with the book. Plus it's all true! Thompson for President! Gets better and better with each viewing. So much stuff to pick up on.
The Mothman Prophecies - How good can a Richard Geere thriller be? You're thinking shitacular right? Well, give it another viewing, it's a gooder. Absolutely love tomandandy's score for this movie.
Club Dread - Thought it was allright first time, but I viewed it as a parody. Watch it again, and view it strictly as a horror movie with laughs. So funny!
Martin - The first time I saw it I was probably in Grade 6, and had been a Romero fan having seen all the Romero Dead movies in Grade 5. Thought it was boring and perverted. After many repeated viewings: it's amazing! Romero's second best film, very close to first spot but off by a hair to Dawn.
Bloodsucking Freaks - First viewing led me to believe it was a plotless, pointless, T 'n A, gory, eploitation film. Not that that's a bad thing... Watch it again and pay close attention to EVERYTHING! This movie is possibly the most symbolic movie there is. So much hidden symbolism, ranging from womens rights to harrasment to the classes of people and how they act towards one another. Read this: http://www.troma.com/fansart/term/BloodSucking%20Freaks.htm
01-24-2005, 08:11 PM
Dawn of the Dead
01-24-2005, 08:46 PM
Zombie - When I first got the Anchor Bay DVD, I thought the film was boring as shit. But I still had a urge to re-watch it. So after a few more viewings the film grew on me. And now I consider it a classic.
Evil Dead - Now call me crazy, but when I first saw this film I didnt think it was as great as everyone made it out to be. But I re-watched it and something clicked. Now this is on my top 10 list of favorites.
There are probally a few more but I cant think of them right now.
01-24-2005, 08:46 PM
Twister - When i saw it in the theater I hated it and after the movie pointed out its many faults. But after I got new speakers and a reciever I was at a store and wanted a "loud" movie so I bought it, and to my suprise I really liked it. I now know that it has many faults but now I can except them and even like them.
01-24-2005, 09:47 PM
Fulci's House By The Cemetery grows on me with every repeated viewing. This is true of a lot of Fulci's oeuvre for me.
01-24-2005, 10:55 PM
This happens ALL the time to me. Alot of times I will have heard a lot of hype before watching a movie, and then on the first viewing I am let down. Then, seeing the movie more times, I increasingly like it. This has happened with Zombie, Dawn of the Dead, and others I can't think of. It also is just starting to happen with The Howling- I bought it hearing from many that it was better than AAWIL, but then was let down when it wasn't. I have only watched it once more since then, but I liked it more the 2nd time. Also, this happened with The Beyond, although part of this was that I matured. I first saw it in 8th grade, and was dissapointed, but slowly grew to like it more and now really enjoy it.
01-24-2005, 11:36 PM
The Beyond (first time I watched Seven Doors Of Death)
Alien Resurrection (just watched this again, for about the 3rd time, can't believe I ----------------------didn't know Juenet directed this)
+ many, many more
01-25-2005, 12:22 AM
CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)
DON'T LOOK NOW
These are all great movies that I went into expecting something entirely different; not until I revisited them with an open mind did I enjoy them, even if it was just for the camp factor.
01-25-2005, 12:42 AM
The one that grew the most for me was probably Escape From L.A.. Went from hate to love after 4 or 5 times.
Others that have grown well.
Pitch Black (keeps getting better, could run down EFLA someday)
01-25-2005, 02:16 AM
Funny this topic was brought up. for me, it was Pulp Fiction - the first time I saw it, I couldn't understand anything - how the scenes were related, how Vincent gets killed, then later on is just sitting there eating bacon. Really left me a bit confused.
Second viewing cleared up a lot of things, and made me realize the timeline was a tad off. I began looking for all the details I missed the first time through. No, whenever it is on HBO or Encore, I check it out, even if it is only 10 minutes here or there.
01-25-2005, 02:29 AM
Alien 3 (from disdain to like)
01-25-2005, 02:45 AM
run lola run
house of the dead
01-25-2005, 03:18 AM
eXistenZ - I've expected so much more after Crash, but on my second viewing all was forgiven.
Dead End - Left me rather cold the first time. Took me 3 more viewings to finally enjoy this.
Evil Dead Guy
01-25-2005, 03:19 AM
The Man who Fell To Earth - When i first watched this film on cable one night i was ever so confused as to what the hell was going on, but my 2nd viewing changed that as now this is one of my top favorite films .
Route 666 - I brought this film and was a blind buy, the first viewing i said to myself i waisted money on this piece of crap . Then after my 2nd viewing i thought to myself this movie aint so bad, and i thought it was quite entertaining for a low budget movie .
01-25-2005, 03:49 AM
Right now I gotta' say KILLER PARTY (1986) has been the ultimate rewatchable flick. In the past 6 months, I've seen it 8 times no kidding. WHITE SISTER rules!!
01-25-2005, 03:51 AM
I figure this happens allot for me because the first time I watch the film in question, I was just not in the mood for that type of movie or I expected something completely different. Many times when I go back and re-watch it knowing what to expect and what kind of mood to put myself in. I end up appreciating it so much more. This is why now I rarely ever brush of a film after the first viewing especially when it is highly acclaimed.
01-25-2005, 04:28 AM
This doesn't happen to me too often, but here are a few:
Dead-Alive- I originally saw the R rated cut, and didn't like it at all. After hearing about all the stuff that was cut out, I found an unrated copy and thought the film was one of the funniest, coolest zombie films I'd seen.
Naked Lunch- I actually found it rather bland the first time I saw it. Being the Cronenberg fanatic that I am though, I decided to give it another go. Now its yet another Cronenberg classic to me.
The Beyond- After all the hype over the years, this was a big disappointment. I decided to spring for AB's tin when it came out despite not liking it too much, and now I love it. I still don't think its as great as some of Fulci's other films though.
01-25-2005, 06:50 AM
Well, I have exams this week and finally here's something I can relate to what I'm studying :eek2:
There's something in Social Psychology called the "mere exposure effect". When people get exposed to a certain stimulus several times, they start liking it more. The more you get exposed, the more you like it. This even happens with subliminal information. The effect can sort of be related to the fact that watching a movie several times makes it grow on you.... now isn't that fascinating??!! :banana:
OK, back to studying now :cry:
01-25-2005, 09:28 AM
IT'S ALIVE.Saw it on tape years ago and thought it was a mess.Caught it widescreen later and really got a kick out of it.
They're not horror movies, but it took a few viewings of Monty Python's Meaning Of Life, Holy Grail, and Life of Brian for me to appreciate them and to fully, "get it". Now I love them all.
bwana the clown
01-25-2005, 01:08 PM
Two Evil Eyes
01-25-2005, 02:53 PM
Planet of the Apes (Chuck)
Some of the movies I've experienced this with have already been mentioned...Suspiria, most Fulci films.
Jackie Brown is another, as I was expecting another Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Took me a few times to see that it's a story of what the Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs characters do as they approach retirement age. Still, it's a flawed effort, as it loses it's steam big time after the mall caper, and there's still around 45 minutes left in the movie.
One I have not seen mentioned here is Repo Man. I was totally jazzed to see it as a young punk back in 84, and ended up totally confused and bored. This movie REQUIRES several viewings, because almost all the jokes are in the background (both visually and dialogue-wise), and the way characters weave in and out of the story.
Resident Evil 2
Any Black and white film - as a kid I wouldn't hive them the time of day, now I totally apreciate it and even prefer it sometimes. One weird thing that I did a while back was to watch Marry Shelly's Frankenstien with the colour turned off on my TV - made a hell of a difference to the atmosphere of the film. I still don't really like the movie, but toning down the tooty-fruity colours made it better :)
01-25-2005, 06:25 PM
Seven Blood Stained Orchids
I loved Starship Troopers from the first time I saw it.
One that stands out for me is The Beyond. I really hated it upon the first viewing, but fell in love after the second viewing.
01-25-2005, 08:02 PM
Kill Bill Vol 1 And 2
01-26-2005, 02:17 AM
I'd have to go with "Big Trouble in Little China." I was on a John Carpender binge when I first saw this, having first watched "The Thing," "The Fog," and "Halloween." I couldn't believe this ridiculous waste of time was from the same director. However, after watching it a few more times, I didn't take the film so seriosuly and started to find the off the wall sense of humor kinda funny. And now, I think its a pretty entertaining movie.
01-26-2005, 02:19 AM
I liked both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction when I first saw them, but it wasn't until my very recent second viewings that I discovered how brilliant the two films really are.
Evil Dead Guy
01-26-2005, 02:38 AM
Route 666 - I brought this film and was a blind buy, the first viewing i said to myself i waisted money on this piece of crap . Then after my 2nd viewing i thought to myself this movie aint so bad, and i thought it was quite entertaining for a low budget movie .[/QUOTE]
I watched this one again last night, now i gone back to hating it .
01-26-2005, 04:05 AM
The Royal Tenenbaums, most recently.
01-26-2005, 04:15 AM
Blue Sunshine comes to mind for me.I liked it much better the second time around.
Prince Of Darkness
Friday The 13th Part 2
The Shining (1980)
A Bay Of Blood (Twitch Of The Death Nerve)
01-27-2005, 06:05 PM
Every Kubrick film I saw in my teens, except Eyes Wide Shut (I was old enough when it came out to really appreciate it).
Fun thread that I wanted to revisit.
I recently watch Dawn (78) on bluray. First time seeing it since that AB box set was released. I have warmed up to the film a lot and I can why people regard it as a classic. Originally I wasn't crazy about it, but I'm definitely liking it a lot more now. I plan to visit the other cuts off the AB DVD set, which I have never done. I believe all I have ever seen is the theatrical and director's cut. Still not sure it tops Day as my favorite, but I'll wait until I watch the Day bluray to decide on that.
I still love the remake but as I've always said, they are two very different movies with the same name.
01-01-2009, 01:32 PM
I love DAWN but I think I've overwatched it, because it's been almost a decade since I've seen it last without falling asleep before the ending.
A film I've recently re-evaluated is SILENT HILL. When I saw it at the theater I walked out pretty indifferent, but over a few years some of the visuals stayed with me. A few months back I picked it up used for a few dollars and can now say that I really like the movie.
01-01-2009, 04:16 PM
I'm a sucker for the spooky ghost stories:
Lady in White
The Wishing Stairs (Asian)
Night of the Living Dead (original)
Evil Dead 2
Films that grew on me:
The Ninth Gate
The Shining (mini-series remake)
04-05-2013, 11:53 PM
I'm sure there are others ...
04-06-2013, 01:13 AM
Good Lord, did I hate The Evil Dead when I first saw it. I thought it was horrible and had the cheesiest effects I had ever seen. And this was probably in the mid-80s. For some reason I would rent it every few years to see if I changed my mind because I couldn't understand why so many people loved it so much. Each time I watched it I liked it a little bit more. I still don't love it, but think it's pretty damn fun.
04-06-2013, 01:39 AM
Okay thinking of some movies I actually own that I was not wild about when I first saw them but now I like them a lot:
The Fifth Element
The Animal/The Hot Chick (Rob Schneider)
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
04-06-2013, 02:11 AM
The list of classic films I thought were good the first time 'round is shorter:
I thought The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was underwhelming.
I thought Dawn of the Dead was boring- I shut it off halfway through.
I don't know why I hated A Nightmare on Elm Street but... I did.
I thought The Exorcist was boring- I fast-forwarded it just to see the violent moments.
I spent the majority of Halloween (original, of course) doing little nervous things and paid more attention to those.
I thought Alice, Sweet Alice had no punch.
I thought Piranha was sadistic (the original).
I could only concentrate on the dated aspects of Carrie.
I thought Tenebre was schlocky.
I thought The Brood was too gross and the music score sucked.
I yawned during Hellraiser.
I spent the majority of It's Alive and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer looking around the empty room for someone to tell me why they were so critically acclaimed.
I thought The Shining was 2 hours too long.
Just Before Dawn bored me.
Alien bored me.
I thought Deep Red was boring.
The only thought I had on The Crazies was that it was boring.
I had no idea what was going on in The Howling.
Last House on the Left (original) didn't make me think anything.
I used to hate Return of the Living Dead because I was sick as a dog the first time I watched it.
And the only Fulci film which didn't leave me steaming angry (like: ready to crack the DVD in half) at the finish was House by the Cemetery.
The list of films that worked on me the very first time I watched them:
An American Werewolf in London
Films I thought were better when I first saw them than I do now:
Night of the Living Dead
The Thing (1982)
The Amityville Horror
House by the Cemetery
Eaten Alive (Hooper)
Films which I now think are slightly better than I did when I first saw them:
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Evil Dead II
Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out)
God Told Me To
Hello, Mary Lou: Prom Night II
04-06-2013, 05:09 AM
I can easily say that every Kubrick film I see gets better with every repeat viewing. I distinctly remember seeing 2001 when I was about 14 and hating it so much. Now I consider it to be one of the best films I have ever seen. But, even the films that I liked the first time around, like Shining, have developed a deeper understanding every time.
I also find that most of Polanski's films get better with repeat viewings. I hated Rosemary's Baby when I first saw it at around 16. Now it's one of my favorites. If memory serves correctly, The Tenant was the only film of his that I truly loved from first site.
And, while I don't think that this is fair, my first exposure to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was on television back in the 70s. I thought it was an incoherent mess. Just try to imagine what the shoot-out in the "arena" would be like in Pan & Scan
And, while I liked Starship Troopers and Fifth Element the first times that I saw them. I didn't really "get" either of them until the second viewing.
04-06-2013, 05:56 AM
The Departed... Watchmen
04-06-2013, 06:26 AM
I hated THE FIFTH ELEMENT when I first saw it,now I rather enjoy it as a sort of "Heavy Metal" type pop comic.
04-08-2013, 09:32 PM
Waxwork 2: Lost in Time
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Shaun of the Dead
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
House of 1000 Corpses
Escape from L.A.
Films that have lessened on second viewings:
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
04-09-2013, 05:00 AM
I couldn't deal with Detention (2011) on my first viewing. It left me with a big fat wtf?
Re-watched it recently and it went down smoothly. It's a very special movie for sure, but all the recent (2010) pop culture references made the film look dated already.
04-09-2013, 02:17 PM
- a film about a guy who takes over a drive-in that plays nature films, this movie has alot of lies going on, from the title to the VHS cover, wouldn't be surprised if this was the old Pitchfork Massacre!
Terror on Tour (1980)
- after other viewings the performance by the Soup Nazi broke through to me, I also liked the bands lengthy jam toward the final act.
04-09-2013, 06:49 PM
There are a number of films i couldnt get into because they were unavailable in the UK for so long and had to make do with far less than watchable bootleg VHS tapes. I struggled through bad bootlegs of Texas Chainsaw Massacre(original), Evil Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters(cut and pan & scan uuuuughhhh) and The Exorcist. Burial Ground and Zombie Holocaust were so badly cut as to make them inconprehensible. I now have all these movies on Blu ray and love them. Just goes to show what a nice watchable transfer(not including Burial Ground) and a complete print can do for a horror flick.
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