Cheap Thrills

★★★★ – (2013) – Two former friends in financial turmoil reunite at a bar and come into contact with someone who offers them money to perform violent acts. Enjoyable from the humorous start to the brutal finish, and packs in a ton of twists along the way. There’s never a dull moment, and provides plenty of cringe-worthy and laugh-out-loud instances. Horrible promotion aside, this is a one of a kind gem.

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It Follows

It Follows

★★★½ – (2014) – A young woman is infected with a sexually transmitted curse that has apparitions following her wherever she goes. Has a slew of shocking moments and an overall aura of tension that’s hard to shake. Comes down to a story of friendship, which is carried by believable characters and solid performances. Unique and nerve wracking.

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The Conjuring

Conjuring, The

★★★½ – (2013) – Paranormal experts help a family overcome a possessive spirit that aims to kill the young. Though nothing particularly unique occurs, this is a relentless grouping of horror’s more successful designs. Hardly a minute goes by that something jarring doesn’t occur, and though emotions are light, the nerve factor runs high.

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★★★½ – (2007) – A reporter and her cameraman follow firefighters to a building with rabid tenants. Takes a few moments to build, and the screaming characters tend to aggravate, but once the tension kicks in during the second half there isn’t a single moment worth negating. The conclusion is especially frightening.

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District 9

★★★★ – (2009) – A government agent who’s hired to relocate aliens is forced to save himself from humans upon becoming infected with alien fuel. One of the most unique movies in existence, and certainly one of the most exciting. One fantastic scene follows another, while the plot and characters build within a completely unpredictable structure. Awkward at first, but steadily becomes epic.

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Trick ‘r Treat

★★★½ – (2008) – Anthology of four intertwining stories that deal with a crazed principal, werewolves, a bus crash and overdue vengeance. Perhaps the most atmospheric Halloween movie in existence, and certainly one of the most surprising and entertaining. A slew of treats, and nary a trick, are offered up in one of horror’s very best.

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The Others

★★★½ – (2001) – A small family and their servants cope with ghosts in their manor. Moves fast from the start and steadily improves upon the chilling plot with distinguished characters. A smart, tight mystery with strong performances and genuine suspense.

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