Child’s Play (1988)

Directed by Tom Holland.  Written by Holland, Don Mancini and John Lafia.  Starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif. Plot: a single mother unwittingly give her son a doll with a serial killer's soul trapped inside. We have to go back to the classic Child's Play for Halloween.  It is essential and … Continue reading Child’s Play (1988)

The Dead (2010)

Written and directed by Jon and Howard J. Ford.  Starring Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia, Gaal Hama and David Dontoh. Plot: the sole survivor of a plane crash has to cross Africa battling the undead. After the zombie apocalypse starts, a plane trying to evacuate Africa, goes down off the coast and there's only one … Continue reading The Dead (2010)

Insidious (2010)

Directed by James Wan.  Written by Leigh Whannell.  Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey and J. LaRose. Plot:  parents Josh (Wilson) and Renai (Byrne), take drastic measures when it appears their comatose son is possessed. A young family moves into a new house we see a … Continue reading Insidious (2010)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Directed by Kenny Ortega.  Written by Mick Garris, David Kirschner and Neil Cuthbert.  Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Doug Jones and Sean Murray. Plot: a boy moves to Salem and accidentally/on purpose awakens three witches. In 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, a boy named Thackery Binx (Murray) … Continue reading Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Haunting of Helena (2012)

Directed by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini.  Written by Christian Bisceglia.  Starring Harriet MacMasters-Green, Sabrina Jolie Perez, Jarreth J. Merz, Matt Patresi, Paolo Paoloni, Giuliano Montaldo and Susanna Cornacchia. Plot: recently divorced, Sophia, moves to Southern Italy with her daughter, Helena, and their new life turns into a nightmare when Helena loses her first tooth. … Continue reading The Haunting of Helena (2012)

Let Me In (2010)

Written and directed by Matt Reeves (based on the novel and screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist).  Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elias Koteas, Dylan Minnette and Richard Jenkins. Plot: a bullied young boy meets a young female vampire and they bond. In 1983, young Owen (Smit-McPhee) is picked on mercilessly by his bullies (led … Continue reading Let Me In (2010)

Attack the Block (2011)

Written and directed by Joe Cornish.  Starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Dramew, Jumayn Hunter, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost. Plot: a young street gang defends their South London block from an alien invasion. As a young gang (not the most likable characters when the movie starts) mug Sam (Whittaker), an … Continue reading Attack the Block (2011)

Urban Legend (1998)

Directed by Jamie Blanks.  Written by Silvio Horta.  Starring Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine, Robert Englund, Brad Dourif and Danielle Harris. Plot: someone is killing people at a college in the ways of old Urban Legends. The opening scene is violent and wonderful.  It's the urban … Continue reading Urban Legend (1998)

Let the Right One In (2008)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson.  Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (the novel and the screenplay).  Starring Lina Leandersson and Kare Hedebrant. Plot: Oskar, a sensitive, bullied boy meets Eli, a moody, mysterious girl and they form a bond that nothing can divide. This Swedish movie is your basic teenage romance if one of them was a … Continue reading Let the Right One In (2008)