XX (2017)

Directors: Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama

Actors: Melanie Lynskey, Natalie Brown, Christina Kirk, Kyle Allen, Breeda Wool, Peyton Kennedy

An anthology of four short stories, all directed by women. In The Box, a child suddenly and completely loses his appetite. In The Birthday Party, a woman struggles to prepare for her daughter’s party after a disturbing discovery. In Don’t Fall, a group of four friends camp in the wrong place. In Her Only Living Son, we see an alternate future to a classic horror story.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Director: Fede Álvarez

Actors: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang

Three young thieves break into the house of a blind man, hoping to get their hands on money he won in a lawsuit. They soon find things won’t go as easily as they hoped.

It Comes At Night (2017)

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Actors: Joel Edgarton, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Griffin Faulkner, David Pendleton

A small family faces personal tragedy in a post-apocalyptic world, and soon after must decide how to live with the strangers who have found their home.

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.