Best Horror Films: Part 2

I love horror movies too much to confine them to a mere fifty titles. Here's the spillover from the first list of essentials. Are all of the movies on this second list must-sees? No. A few perhaps. The rest are my personal favorites that have stuck with me for years after watching them. Despite what the star-count will say, there's not a bad movie on this list. They're all fun and some are even great.
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High Tension (2003)
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Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ As I might have mentioned before, I've never been a big fan of ultraviolent horror films. I like some of that to be left to the imagination. But, hey. Some films just do gore well and artfully with master practical effects and a sense that it's necessary to the story. "High Tension" is a prime example. It also does stuff in its storytelling that I've never seen in a horror film before or since. Really great. ” - Danofthewoods
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
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Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ I was on the fence about adding this one to the list. I've never been a big fan of horror movies that depict realistic violence. Some of the escapism gets removed when you're presented with horror that is actually feasible. Nonetheless, this one was so masterfully done that it just had to be here. Well worth a viewing (even if it does leave you with a sour taste in your mouth about humanity). ” - Danofthewoods
Ringu (1998)
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ I just rewatched this one and it DEFINITELY stands up on a second viewing. Arguably even creepier the second time around. And it's still my vote for the most creative concept for a horror film. ” - Danofthewoods
Black Sunday (1960)
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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ A top-notch sixties horror film with a tinge of the Gothic. ” - Danofthewoods
The Ring (2002)
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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ A superbly done remake even if it does still pale slightly to the original. That split second flash of the deformed girl who watched the tape towards the beginning is still one of the scariest things I've ever seen in a movie. ” - Danofthewoods
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (142 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ My wife never forgave me for showing her this. See it and you'll know why. It depicts perhaps the evilest serial killer that's ever graced the screen. ” - Danofthewoods
The Cat (2011)
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So-yeun gets stuck with a Persian cat when its owner dies. From then on, she is haunted by a girl with green cat-like eyes. (106 mins.)
“ A great little Korean film (pronounced "Goyangi") that I had the pleasure of seeing in theaters. There's some great suspense building here and even if it does take considerably from such other films as "Dark Water," it was really creepy and well done. Plus, what can I say? I'm a sucker for cats. ” - Danofthewoods
House (1985)
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A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Cartoony, creepy, Saturday night fun. This movie is a ball. Get out the popcorn and prepare to laugh and cover your eyes at a few points. ” - Danofthewoods
House (1977)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
“ I remember hearing somebody compare the zaniness and unhinged surrealism of this one to the first two Evil Dead movies. I agree, but more so. What this film doesn't have in Raimi's gore, it makes up for in sheer strangeness...a strangeness that would make Salvador Dali beg for more. ” - Danofthewoods
Dog Soldiers (2002)
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A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ A solid reimagining of the werewolf film that effortlessly juggles horror with action. ” - Danofthewoods
Antropophagus (1980)
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A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
“ I almost couldn't forgive this film for what was arguably the most unconvincing prosthetic head I've ever seen in a horror movie. However, the film goes on to make up for its campiness with what is, in my opinion, the most shocking kill scene out of any horror film. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it! ” - Danofthewoods
One Missed Call (2003)
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People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ In my opinion, the movie falls apart a little towards the end...but I still hear the ringtone from this movie in my nightmares. Well worth a viewing especially for Miike fans. ” - Danofthewoods
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ I saw this one because people told me it was great...and it is. ” - Danofthewoods
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
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A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ I remember the last time I saw this one, my friend and I had smoked a substance of questionable legality and we were blasting Black Sabbath as the soundtrack while watching this. Good God. However, even without the questionable substances and Ozzy Osbourne, this movie still rocks in its sheer weirdness and clever portrayal of the not-so-distant future. ” - Danofthewoods
Dream Home (2010)
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Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
“ How far will a woman go to secure an apartment with an ocean view? See this blood-drenched gem to find out. ” - Danofthewoods
Whispering Corridors (1998)
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While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur... (105 mins.)
Director: Ki-hyeong Park
“ A Korean horror landmark film that helped to propagate the popularly held belief in Korea that schools after dark are indeed the scariest places on earth. ” - Danofthewoods
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse. (84 mins.)
“ This movie is indeed deranged, but not so psychological where it gets into your head. It keeps the viewer a safe distance from the true implications of Ed Gein. In that sense, it can still be fun. ” - Danofthewoods
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ I think I will go to my grave having lost the argument that this one is better than the Cronenberg remake. True, I've always been a sucker for Vincent Price, but, for myself, this story lent itself much better to the late 50s horror treatment than the graphic transformation that Goldblum undergoes in the remake. You'll probably disagree and that's cool but my verdict stands. ” - Danofthewoods
Event Horizon (1997)
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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ I loved it when I was 14 and I still love it now. A haunted house space! "Where we're going, we don't need eyes to see!" ” - Danofthewoods
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ A horror movie made by a true horror fan. This is the movie that I waited like two years to see (because of the MPAA) and it was well worth the wait. Lost of fun. ” - Danofthewoods
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
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After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (79 mins.)
“ Arguably the best Christmas slasher film after "Black Christmas." ” - Danofthewoods
Creepshow 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Gornick
“ I have always preferred this one over the first one. It's probably because I LOVE the story "The Raft" and the last one about the hitchhiker. This one felt a little less like a cartoon to me. True there was that Indian tale which almost made me fall asleep, but the rest was pretty solid. ” - Danofthewoods
Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series)
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During the midst of a brutal blizzard, residents of an off-shore village are menaced by a powerful force... (257 mins.)
“ I saw this one when it was first aired back in '99. It still evokes for me the creepiness of being snowed in. The setting of this film is the true star of the show...a snowy isolated island with a supernatural killer on the loose. ” - Danofthewoods
Paperhouse (1988)
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A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ I remember this one being really creepy with some awesome dream sequences. It's long overdue for a second viewing. ” - Danofthewoods
Magic (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. (107 mins.)
“ Great acting and intensely creepy! ” - Danofthewoods
Re-Animator (1985)
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A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (105 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ What happens when you mix Mary Shelley with Sam Raimi? This! ” - Danofthewoods
Sisters (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ This one didn't get as much play as De Palma's other horror masterpiece, "Carrie," but it deserves to. Maybe some people got lost in the hallucinogenic finale. And if you haven't heard the twist ending (and you're totally oblivious to it) you're in for a treat! ” - Danofthewoods
Fright Night (1985)
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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ Another great popcorn-munching Saturday night horror flick that's more fun than scary. ” - Danofthewoods
Grindhouse (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ This truly was a theater experience and I still attest that neither film is really solid enough to survive on it's own. But when you put it all together as a package with the two movies and the stellar spoof trailers in between, you've got a couple of cinematic masters just having a good time. ” - Danofthewoods
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
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A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector. (92 mins.)
“ A solid thoroughly enjoyable monster film. ” - Danofthewoods
Thirst (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ What happens when you let Park Chan Wook make a horror movie. Profound implications for the vampire genre and truly artistic composition and cinematography. ” - Danofthewoods
Jaws 2 (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters. (116 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ Of course it's not as good as the first one, but for my money, it's still the second best shark-related film out there. I love the scenario with the kids being attacked while on a sailboat trip. A very scary movie! ” - Danofthewoods
Dead Friend (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A teenage girl suffering from amnesia discovers that she is somehow connected to a group of people who are being killed off one by one by a vengeful ghost. (98 mins.)
Director: Tae-kyeong Kim
“ An excellent example of the "water ghost" ("meul keesheen") myth in Korean ghost stories. ” - Danofthewoods
White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Girl group "Pink Dolls" is always pushed into the background by other popular idols. When the girls release their new song "White", a remake from unknown origins they become instant sensations. (106 mins.)
Director: Gok Kim, Sun Kim
“ This would make a good double feature with "Black Swan." A cautionary tale on the dangers of greed/ambition and the superficiality of the Korean pop culture. ” - Danofthewoods
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Rob Zombie's best movie. ” - Danofthewoods
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ A slow-burning haunted house film that's bound to leave you at least a little unsettled. ” - Danofthewoods
The Last Exorcism (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stamm
“ I was NOT expecting this one to be as good as it was. SOOO creepy! I loved the idea of the charlatan getting played in the end by a genuine case of possession. The actress in this was also top-notch. She was as convincing as Linda Blair for me. ” - Danofthewoods
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
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Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? (88 mins.)
“ This is not just one of my favorites from the Halloween series. It's a great horror movie just standing on it's own. Here's Michael Meyer's little niece getting chased around a town that has devolved into vigilanteeism in the wake of one chaotic Halloween night. ” - Danofthewoods
Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm. (89 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
“ This is SO much fun! This is the pinnacle of horror/comedy. ” - Danofthewoods
From Beyond (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms. (86 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Stuart Gordon has done it again! I was even more impressed by the make-up effects in this one than in "Re-Animator." It's a winning story by Lovecraft matched with superb old-school horror effects. ” - Danofthewoods
Child's Play 2 (1990)
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While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind. (84 mins.)
Director: John Lafia
“ Another great sequel. The finale in the toy factory is classic and I personally think Chucky is creepier in this one than in any of the other Child's Play films. ” - Danofthewoods
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
“ An offering from the director that refuses to be neatly categorized. David Cronenberg has given us sci-fi, drama, and careful character studies. Yet, while he masterfully shifts from genre to genre, he will always be a horror guru for me. This movie will tell you why. ” - Danofthewoods
Rabid (1977)
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A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
“ An early creeper from the master himself. I remember seeing the jacket for this one at the local video store growing up. I'll admit that the images on the front and back cover gave me far more nightmares than the film itself when I finally saw it last year. However, it's still a a spooky film with great special effects and quite the seductress in the leading role. ” - Danofthewoods
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily. (106 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ How refreshing! A sequel that actual lives up to the original. This one goes into more depth with the whole lady-in-black mythology. It's pretty damned messed up with some incredibly creepy visuals. James Wan delivers once again (more so, in my opinion, than with "The Conjuring"). ” - Danofthewoods
Ju-on: The Beginning of the End (2014)
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In this seventh installment of the Ju-on franchise, a school teacher visits the home of a boy who's been absent from school for a long period of time, unaware of the horrific tragedy which occurred in the boy's household many years ago. (91 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
“ I love the good old-fashioned gore effects and twisted visuals. True, I went to see this Japanese film in a Korean theater...with Korean subtitles. So I definitely missed some of the finer points in the dialogue. But, damn! Even without catching everything that's being said, this is visually a kaleidoscope of suspense and blood. ” - Danofthewoods
Martin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
“ One of the most inventive and dramatic "vampire" films you're apt to see. A new spin on an old genre by one of the godfathers of horror. ” - Danofthewoods
Alice Sweet Alice (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. But are the authorities mistaken? (98 mins.)
Director: Alfred Sole
“ Who says the villain of a slasher film need always be a man...or an adult? ” - Danofthewoods
Maniac (1980)
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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ I'd call this one a cross between "Taxi Driver" and "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." You really feel like you need a shower after watching this one! ” - Danofthewoods
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ Another example of an excellent sequel. It just feels like a continuation of the amazing first installment. ” - Danofthewoods
Let Me In (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ One of the best remakes I've ever seen. I wouldn't have been surprised if someone had told me that the director of the original had made this. Artistically beautiful and true to the original, even if I prefer the actors in the first one more. ” - Danofthewoods
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Great horror film, brilliantly shot in black-and-white, with socio-political undertones. A horror director with an agenda: to scare you both with flesh-eating zombies and the state that society is in. ” - Danofthewoods
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ "Overrated" as a many folks on imdb message boards would say? Perhaps. At times, it does feel like Shimizu clings to a number of cliches from the haunted house genre. Still, the non-chronological storytelling format was clever and there were a few genuinely scary scenes. Not even in the same league as a film like "Ringu," but still definitely worth a viewing. ” - Danofthewoods
The Eye (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. (99 mins.)
“ Now the story concept of someone getting another person's eyes in surgery and then seeing weird things can't be new...but damn. This movie did it right. I'm also a huge Asian horror buff and felt I needed to represent the East's take on the macabre. I had a few real jumps in this film. Watch it with the lights on! ” - Danofthewoods
Orphan (2009)
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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
“ A great "evil child" horror film that's incredibly gory and unabashed when you look at others like "The Good Son" and "The Bad Seed." And even if the twist in the end might be a little far-fetched, it's still pretty freaky. ” - Danofthewoods