definitely depends on whats in it and what the setting is. sometimes its calming, like if one character goes through something scary, is attacked etc. and another character comforts them, it helps, sort of validating I guess? hard to explain There was one thriller movie with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, it was extremely triggering and realistic, but there was a scene where Gregory Peck talks about how hard it is for kids to testify about a certain kind of trauma in court and have forensic interviews done etc. and I actually loved the scene because it was so validating to have such an aware character aknowledge how hard that is. Other horror films though, I just can't watch them, makes me feel even more hyper-vigilant and on edge.