horror as a vehicle

my favorite genre is when a film uses horror not as the ultimate goal but as a means to an end. these are films that use horror as a vehicle rather than the destination. I tried to arrange it by color but I don't think I did a very good job! suggestions welcome!

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  • Videodrome
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • Manhunter
  • Await Further Instructions
  • The Neon Demon
  • Inland Empire
  • Take Shelter
  • Let the Right One In
  • Poltergeist
  • Siberia
  • The Haunting
  • The Thing
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Starfish
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Unsane
  • Thelma
  • Relic
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Cemetery Man
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Cat People
  • Matango
  • The Innocents
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • ParaNorman
  • Nosferatu
  • The Birds