Directors: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
Actors: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor, Sam Coleman, Jessica Madsen
In this prequel to the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface is one of four patients to escape a mental institution along with a nurse who’s been taken hostage.
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Actors: Jordana Brewster, Diora Baird, Matt Bomer, Taylor Handley, Andrew Bryniarski
This is the prequel to the 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, showing Leatherface’s beginnings and how the Hewitts’ horrific actions began.
Directors: Grant Olin, Anthony Lund, Erin Stegeman, Michael May, Max Isaacson, Dick Grunert, Lisa J. Dooley, Mali Elfman, Ben Rekhi, Jerry Pyle, Nat Dinga, Eric Pereira, Zelda Pinheiro, Nick Bragg, Glen Murakami, Rachel Noll, Ned Ehrbar, Josh C. Waller
Fun Size Horror is an anthology of 21 horror shorts, each varying in themes and tone.
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.