Coming out of a screening of Jojo Rabbit last week (my second), I asked my wife her thoughts on the film. She said she liked it, but didn’t think the message was all that ground-breaking. Fair enough, the notion of “hate” as learned behavior children acquire early on and has long-lasting effects has been dealt with on screen before.
Then I saw a clip on Facebook.
In this video essay, a very angry girl in her early teens argues against the separation of church and state. She believes that if Christianity is kept out of school and government, so it should “liberal ideas” like abortion or transgender rights. Her argument holds no water, but that’s not the point. The rigidness of her reasoning reveals she has never been exposed to a different set of beliefs. The teen is so convinced, she is happy to put it on tape for the world to see. Forever and ever.
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Marion Crane (Vivian Leigh) is in love with Sam Loomis (John Gavin) but Sam won’t marry Marion because of his debts. Marion works in Phoenix Arizona for a real estate company. Just before the weekend a client puts a $40,000 deposit on a property. Marion is tasked with depositing the money at the bank. She decides to steal the money.
Marion leaves town and starts to drive to Fairvale, California where Sam lives. Along the way she arouses the suspicion of a police officer who catches her sleeping in her car. She trades her car in for another and continues on her journey. It’s dark and rainy and she decides to stop at the Bates Motel.
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Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job to be caretaker at the Overlook Hotel which is isolated in the mountains and cut off on the main roads for the winter months. Jack is recovering alcoholic and struggling writer. He hopes the peace and quiet will help him write. The previous caretaker snapped and murdered his family. The hotel management assume it was from the isolation.
Jack brings his family along to stay at the hotel. Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and their young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are happy to come along although Danny has a psychic power/imaginary friend that he calls Tony who warns him that bad things are going to happen.
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Police find a bizarre crime scene with several people dead and the body of an unknown woman at the scene. One of the cops thinks that the victims were trying to get out of the house.
Tommy and Austin Tilden (Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch) are father and son morticians. The two work out of the old family house. Austin has a date with his girlfriend Emma (Ophelia Lovibond). The sheriff brings in the body of the woman and asks that they try and identify cause of death before the morning. Austin postpones his date to help his dad.
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If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of … The Babadook
Amelia Vanek (Essie Davis) has been raising her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) by herself after her husband was killed in a car accident before their son was born. Sam has been acting out lately and he has been making weapons to fight a monster.
Sam takes one of his weapons to school and Amelia is called in. The teachers believe that Sam has serious mental problems. Later Sam gets Amelia to read him a bedtime popup book called Mr. Babadook. The book is terrifying and Amelia wonders where Sam got it. Sam tells her on the bookshelf.
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While on vacation in 1986 in Santa Cruz, young Adelaide Thomas wanders away from her father and into a funhouse. Inside the funhouse is a hall of mirrors where Adelaide is attacked by her doppelganger. When her family finds her Adelaide is unable to speak.
Present day Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) is now happily married to Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) and they have two children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). The family has decided to have a vacation in Santa Cruz in the old family homestead. Adelaide is anxious about going back.
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Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns), her paraplegic brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and their friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail) and Pam (Teri McMinn) are out traveling across Texas when they decide to visit the old family homestead. They pass by a cemetery where it has been discovered that several graves have been desecrated.
They pick up a hitchhiker (Edwin Neal) who creeps them out and cuts Franklin before running off. They stop at a gas station but the owner (Jim Siedow) informs them that he’s out of gas. They head to the homestead hoping to get gasoline on the way back. Once they reach the homestead they look around. Kirk and Pam find a neighouring house and decide to see if anyone is home and willing to sell them gas.
Continue reading “31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”
One of the great things about buying a brand new house rather than an older home is that there is less chance for ghosts to be in your home. Nobody has had a chance to die or be murdered and haunt the place.
Steven and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) live in lovely new neighbourhood in Orange County, California with their children Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne (Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins and Heather O’Rourke).
Steven is a real estate agent who works for the company that has built the homes in this community. Everything is fine. One night during a storm something seems to have come through the static on the TV. Then strange things begin to happen.
Continue reading “31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Poltergeist”
Annie Graham (Toni Collette), her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and their children Peter (Alex Wolff) and Charlie (Milly Shapiro) attend the funeral of Annie’s mother Ellen. Annie had a very difficult relationship with her mother and is having a hard time dealing with her death.
Annie is a miniature model artist and decides to go to a grief support group to help her deal with her mother’s death. Charlie is a strange 13 year old and was close to her grandmother. Steve receives word that Ellen’s grave has been desecrated.
Continue reading “31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Hereditary”
Director James Wan had been directing horror movies for quite a few years when he made this movie, the start of his Conjuring universe of movies. Wan had previously directed such movies as Saw and Insidious.
The is very loosely based on real life paranormal investigates Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). The movie opens with a very awesome cold opening about a possessed doll named Annabelle. The story very creepy and very well executed.
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There are several long running horror movie franchises. Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and of course Child’s Play. But where Child’s Play as franchise takes a turn the other horror franchises didn’t is by the fourth and fifth movies, Don Mancini, the series long running writer decided to that Chucky needed a family.
The fourth movie Bride of Chucky introduced a girlfriend for Chucky called Tiffany, played by Jennifer Tilly. Tiffany brings Chucky back to life, still stuck in the doll body and Chucky in turn kills Tiffany and puts her in a doll’s body too. The two then go on a cross country kill spree. Along the way there was some doll sex and the end saw the birth of their offspring.
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Becoming a new parent is a scary thing. It’s even scarier when you’re worried there might be something wrong with your child. Frank Davis (John Ryan) and his wife Lenore (Sharon Farrell) are expecting their second child. There is only one thing wrong with their new born child. It’s alive.
In the delivery room the newborn baby has been born…..different. He has fangs and claws and proceeds to kill the entire hospital delivery staff. The baby escapes leaving behind bodies and blood.
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The shunting! The shunting!!
Young Bill Whitney feels out of place with his family. His folks are rich and part of the upper class society. Jim Whitney (Charles Lucia) and his wife Nan (Connie Danese) and their daughter Jenny (Patrice Jennings) are different from Bill. Bill is more down to earth and they enjoy the rich life.
Bill has a therapist, Dr. Cleveland (Ben Slack), who reassures Bill that everything is fine. Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Blanchard (Tim Bartell) plays a tape to Bill where it sounds like his family is having an orgy. When Bill replays the tape for his therapist, it becomes a normal coming out party.
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There are some messed up families and then there is the Merrye family. The Merrye family have a strange genetic condition. It causes the members of the family to regress as they get older. They regress mentally and socially. They are grown up but they act like children. Homicidal children.
Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) is the family chauffeur and protector. For years he alone has get the family safe. The family live in a rural mansion. The only members left at the estate are Ralph (Sid Haig), Virginia (Jill Banner), and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn).
Continue reading “31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Spider Baby Or, The Maddest Story Ever Told”
James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as George and Kathy Lutz. They have just bought a new home for their family to move into. Kathy has three children from a previous marriage. Greg, Matt, and Amy (K. C. Martel, Meeno Peluce and Natasha Ryan). It’s nice old house in the town of Amityville. There is only one problem.
A year earlier the previous owner of the house, Ronald DeFeo Jr., murdered his entire family one evening. The Lutz’s decide to have the house blessed while they are moving in. Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) finds a room with a large number of flies in it and hears a voice tell him “Get out!”.
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Jeffrey Desange (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) after losing everything in the 2008 stock market crash murders his estranged wife and takes their two young daughters with him. He drives out into the woods where he goes to an abandoned cabin. As he is about to shoot the two daughters and then himself something stops and kills him. Five years pass.
Jeffery’s twin brother Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has been searching for his nieces ever since. A rescue party finds the girls in the cabin. The girls have become feral. They have been under psychiatric care of Dr. Gerald Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash). Dr. Dreyfuss believes that the girls would benefit from a supportive home and agress to let Lucas and his rocker girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) try and take care of the girls. Victoria (Megan Charpentier) is the oldest and remembers her uncle. Lily (Isabelle Nélisse) is the youngest and is still quite feral.
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Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar) is fighting her husband Frank (Art Hindle) for custody of their five-year-old daughter Candice (Cindy Hinds). Nola has been seeing psychotherapist Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) who believes in a new technique called “psychoplasmics” where the patient is supposed to let go of suppressed feelings and let them manifest as physiological changes to their bodies.
Frank wants to cease Nola’s visitation rights when he finds scratches and bruises on Candice. He tells Dr. Raglan this who in turn intensifies his treatments with Nola. Frank wants to find out if Dr. Raglan is a quack and questions some of his former patients.
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In 1630 a family, William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie), daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) and fraternal twins Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) leaves a Puritan Plymouth Colony over a supposed religious dispute. William moves the family to the edge of the woods and build a farm there.
Katherine has a newborn baby named Samuel. One day while Thomasin is playing with Samuel, he disappears. It’s believed that a witch has taken the baby. Katherine falls into despair. Caleb and William go hunting where William tells Caleb he has sold Katherine’s silver cup for hunting supplies. Katherine questions Thomasin about the missing cup believing that she took it and is responsible for Samuel’s disappearance. Katherine discusses with William about sending Thomasin away.
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There’s something scary about meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time.
For Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), an aspiring black photographer is going upstate for the weekend to meet his white girlfriend’s Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) parents.
Rose’s parents live in a large estate, her father Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford) is a neurosurgeon and her mother Missy (Catherine Keener) is a hypnotherapist. Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is also at the house.
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Kenneth (William Hopper) and Christine Penmark (Nancy Kelly) love their eight-year-old daughter Rhoda (Patty McCormack). Rhoda appears to a normal child but she is anything but. Kenneth is in the military and goes away on assignment. When neighbour Monica (Evelyn Varden) comes over with gifts for Rhoda, Rhoda tells her about how she lost a penmanship medal to another kid in class. Monica laughs off the lose but Rhoda is clearly furious about it.
Later Christine and Monica are having lunch when they hear a child drowned at school picnic. Fearing it might be Rhoda Christine races to the scene to find the Rhoda is fine. The victim turns out to be the boy who won the penmanship medal. Later Rhoda’s teacher comes over to talk to Christine about Rhoda. The teacher says that Rhoda was the last person seen with the boy and his medal is missing. The boys parents come over demanding to talk to Rhoda to find out what happened. Christine sends everyone away. The teacher tells Christine that Rhoda isn’t welcome back to school.
Continue reading “31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Bad Seed”