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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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.