You Can’t Kill The Boogeyman

It’s October and the spooks have come out to play. Go on a horror movie overkill, as EXEC lists out movies to rent this month.

THE RING

2002

Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson, The Ring was adapted from a ‘96 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata. A videotape with random shots of alarming images, ends with the viewer receiving a prophetic phone call from a girl stating the viewer’s going to die in 7 days. Watch how Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts,) tries to investigate the mystery with the help of her son Aidan and her ex Noah (Martin Henderson,) after she watches the video and receives the call of death like many before her.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

2009

After a series of supernatural occurrences in their new home, a couple decides to install surveillance cameras to capture the obscure events of the night before. However, this just deepens the mystery surrounding a house that continues to haunt. Starring Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat,) this micro budget thriller rattled nerves across the globe post its release in ‘09. 

THE OMEN

1976

It’s Lucifer’s five-year-old son who will lead the world into Armageddon, and his adoptive father Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck,) must stop him. Little Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) is adopted by the US Diplomat unbeknownst to his wife who’s had a still birth. As the child grows, the people who associate with him begin to die under mysterious conditions. Thorn notices this and decides to do away with him before it is too late. This ‘76 film that rose to a cult status was directed by Richard Donner, and has Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, and Harvey Spencer Stephens among others starring in it.

ROSEMARY’S BABY

1968

Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes stars in this Roman Polanski film about a young wife who fears for the life of her unborn child. Pregnant Rosemary is convinced that her husband Guy has made a pact with the Castevets (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) next door to let their child be used as a human sacrifice. She suspects that her neighbours belong to an occult group, and the promise of success in his acting career lured Guy to strike this deal. Post labour, Rosemary wake sup with no child in sight. This was Polanksi’s first American film and was adapted from Ira Levin’s novel by the same name.

THE EXORCIST

1973

Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist is a horror film that revolves around the life of 14 year old Regan and how her mother Chris MacNeil tries to save her from what she suspects to be a case of demonic possession. Chris hires two priests to exorcise the spirits lurking within her child, which results in Regan and the priests suffering further trauma. The Exorcist was released again in 2000 with a special 11 minute footage that was cut off from the original.

UPCOMING MOVIES

SINISTER

Oct 5*

From the producer of Paranormal Activity and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, comes this thriller starring Ethan Hawke. A true-crime novelist discovers a box of home movies that unsettles him and pushes his family into a tryst with the supernatural.

SMILEY

Oct 12*

Starring Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen, and Liza Weil, the titular character is that of a serial killer who can be hired through the Internet. Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) must decide for herself if she’s losing it, or turning into Smiley McGee’s next victim.

*US Release

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