IT (2017)

Director: Andy Muschietti

Actors: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name, IT is the story of the Losers, seven children in Derry who face an ancient horror of many faces.

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Director: David F. Sandberg

Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman

Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to Annabelle, though it can be enjoyed without seeing the latter.

12 years after a terrible personal tragedy, the Mullins couple opens their home to a group of orphans. A strange place becomes even stranger after one of the girls enters a forbidden room and rouses an evil that’s been locked away.

Insidious (2010)

Director: James Wan

Actors: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

Insidious is the first movie in the film franchise of the same name. It makes good use of atmosphere, music, jump scares, and a plot that doesn’t make the truth of what’s happening immediately clear. The film centres on a family dealing with personal tragedy as well as supernatural goings-on, and also brings in some interesting outside characters later on.

This movie can and does stand on its own very well, but watching the sequels adds depths to the story and warrants at least one rewatch.