Director: Guillermo del Toro
Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Doug Jones
A young writer meets a mysterious and charismatic baronet, and after a personal tragedy, marries him and is brought to live in his remote, crumbling family home.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Actors: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Morgan McGarry, Jane Moffat, Megan Charpentier
Five years after vanishing in the woods, two young girls are returned to their uncle and his girlfriend, who try to give the now-feral girls a loving home. However, after tragedy strikes, it becomes apparent that the girls did not return alone.
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.