Director: Roman Polanski
Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, Maurice Evans
Based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name, a young wife and her actor husband move into an apartment building with a reputation. As time goes on, the wife, Rosemary, starts to suspect that their kindly old neighbours are not quite what they seem.
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.
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.