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Lars von Trier’s shocker about a man (Willem Dafoe) and a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) whose young son falls out of a window while they’re busy having sex. They go on a retreat at a cabin in the woods (called “Eden”) where something apparently happened the previous year. There, the man has bizarre visions and the woman begins to exhibit increasingly violent sexual behavior. Caused more than a few walkouts, since it involves a lot of violence against the genitals, if you get our drift. Bizarre film; called a masterpiece in some circles.
4. The House of the Devil
Set in the 1980s, college student Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) accepts a babysitting job from a creepy couple at a creepy house. Turns out that they are Satanists who need her for a very important ritual. Directed by Ti West, the movie is a slow burn with plenty of 70s/80s influences. Also stars veterans Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov.
3. Drag Me to Hell
An ambitious bank loan officer (Alison Lohman) decline’s an old gypsy’s (Lorna Raver) mortgage application. Big mistake. Fun from Sam Raimi with plenty of touches from his earlier horror output. Reviewed here.
2. Paranormal Activity
Made in 2007 but not seen by most people until 2009, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity generated so much buzz that it snatched the Halloween box office right out from under Saw VI. Taking cues from The Blair Witch Project, it uses the premise of “found footage” to tell the story about a young suburban couple who become the victims of a haunting and demonic possession. Reviewed here.
Extremely popular zombie/comedy (zom-com?) featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and “a special guest.” Zombies have taken over America, and a band of survivors travel the country trying to reach an amusement park. Entertaining enough. Reviewed here.
Last House on the Left (Remake of the 1972 Wes Craven shocker). (Reviewed here)
The Uninvited (American remake of A Tale of Two Sisters)
Jennifer’s Body (Megan Fox possessed)
The Final Destination (Fourth in the franchise. Originally in 3D)
Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel’s remake, produced by Michael Bay. Reviewed here)
The Haunting in Connecticut (Haunted house story that may just be in a young cancer patient’s mind)
Halloween II (Rob Zombie’s violent sequel to his remake of the Carpenter film. Scout Taylor-Compton and Malcolm McDowell return)
The Unborn (A young woman fights a spirit that could be her deceased twin. David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity) directs)
The Collector (Guy breaks into house to steal something; discovers somebody worse already inside. Reviewed here)