Do you find that there’s a difference in effectiveness between films with a supernatural focus & films that are more grounded?

I tend to find grounded films (like, true-crime-adjacent ones about serial killers or other totally-human figures) hit “too close to home” & are as likely to worsen my anxiety as to help it — particularly when the conflict leans toward people yelling at each other (which bothers me a lot more than stylized gore). However, I’ve heard a lot of people claim that supernatural-centric films are too hard to engage with, and I’ve heard some people claim that true crime is specifically calming for women on the grounds that it deals with more realistic fears.

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