CHILD'S PLAY
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

Andy Barclay has a new playmate who’s in no mood to play. Young Andy is thrilled to get the hottest new toy - until he learns his doll is possessed by the spirit of a psychotic criminal! Can Andy convince the adults in his life that “Chucky” (voiced by an exceptionally creepy Brad Dourif) is out to get him before it's too late? Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star in this horror classic which spawned an entire Chucky franchise, and which does double duty as a shrewd satire on consumerism and its effect on children.


HOCUS POCUS
1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Kenny Ortega

Over 300 years ago, the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) were executed in Salem, Massachusetts, for witchcraft, but they swore to return. On Halloween, new kid in town Max (Omri Katz) lights a cursed candle that resurrects the witches, who seek to steal the lives of Salem's children. Now Max, his sister Dani, his crush Alison and Thackery Binx, a child who was turned into a cat by the witches, must stop the evil before it's too late.


FRAILTY
2001, Lionsgate, 100 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this twist-laden horror film, in which he plays a father who surprises his two sons with a disturbing revelation: that God has tasked them with killing evil people. Matthew McConaughey is equally memorable as the man who shows up at FBI agent Powers Boothe’s door claiming that he can close the book on the “God's Hand” serial murders. “FRAILTY is an extraordinary work, concealing in its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at first, that make it even deeper and more sad.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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