31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Eyes Without A Face

A woman drives up to a riverbank and dumps a body of a woman in the river. Later Doctor Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) identifies the body of as his daughter Christiane Génessier (Édith Scob).

Christiane was in a terrible car accident which left her face disfigured. Doctor Génessier says that Christiane was depressed and commited suicide.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Omen

American diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are expecting their first child while in Rome. It’s a dark and stormy night and Robert is given some very bad news. Father Spiletto (Martin Benson) tells Robert that his son was born stillborn. The good father tells Robert that another baby was born this night and the mother passed away and they can substitute this baby for his and his wife need never know that her baby died. Robert agrees.

Soon Robert is made the American ambassador to Britain and he moves Katherine and Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) to England. Strange things start to happen around Damien. A large black dog appears. At his birthday party his nanny hangs herself in front of everyone. The new nanny, Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw), is even creepier. A priest, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), appears and tries to warn the family about Damien.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Hills Have Eyes

The Carter family are on vacation and are travelling from Ohio to California. Along for the trip is Big Bob Carter (Russ Grieve), his wife Ethel (Virginia Vincent), their children Bobby and Brenda (Robert Houston, Susan Lanier), the oldest daughter Lynne (Dee Wallace), her husband Doug (Martin Speer) and their baby Katy.

The Carter’s are travelling by car – a station wagon with a trailer pulled behind. While passing through Nevada Big Bob wants to take a short cut through some dirt roads. Stopping at a gas station owned by an old timer named Fred (John Steadman) Big Bob asks directions. Fred warns them not to take the dirt road.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Others

It’s 1945 and Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) has just hired three new servants for her house out in the country. Grace lives there with her two children Anne and Nicholas (Alakina Mann, James Bentley). The children have a rare disease which makes them extremely sensitive to light. The new servants, Mrs. Bertha Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), gardener Edmund Tuttle (Eric Sykes), and a mute girl named Lydia (Elaine Cassidy) claim to have worked at the house years earlier. Grace shows them the ground rules.

Grace’s husband is away for the war and Grace is starting to fear that there may be “others” in the house with them.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: A Quiet Place

Most of Earth’s human and animal population have been wiped out by mysterious blind aliens that hunt by sound. The Abbott family have been trying to survive. While on a scavenging trip to a town, Lee Abbott (John Krasinski, who also directs), his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their children deaf Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and the youngest Beau (Cade Woodward) looks for supplies in a store.

The family all communicate using sign language so the creatures aren’t alerted to their presence. Beau finds an electronic toy which Leon their e tells him is too noisy and won’t let him bring. As everyone leaves Regan hands the toy back to Beau who puts the batteries back in it. On their walk back Beau turns on the toy with horrifying results.
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REVIEW: Planet of the Monos

Colombian cinema is having a moment. Not only the local industry has an auteur in its hands –Ciro Guerra, director of Embrace of the Serpent and Birds of Passage— a second one has emerged fully formed from Sundance Labs: Alejandro Landes.

In Monos, Landes zeroes in on a group of teenagers recruited by the local revolutionary army to protect an American woman (Julianne Nicholson, August, Osage County) they keep hostage. The rebels expect a handsome paycheck in exchange for the prisoner, so her wellbeing is a priority.

Things start going south almost immediately when the expected source of protein –a cow– succumbs under a hail of bullets. With little supervision or boundaries, the squad crumbles under the weight of responsibilities, power plays and a warped understanding of discipline. The fact they’re armed to the teeth makes their volatility lethal.

Monos doesn’t take the traditional route of the child-soldier subgenre. Each character is more than their circumstances; the atmosphere is oppressive, but there are laughs to be had and beauty to be taken in (the jungle setting amplifies the drama tenfold). Nicholson is superb as the sullen, scared hostage, same as Moises Arias (The Kings of Summer) as Bigfoot, an ambitious foot soldier who craves power but doesn’t understand the concept of leadership.

The film unfolds swiftly as the Monos squad has no notion of teamwork and breaks down at every corner. That said, I would have liked to spend more time with the teens: Each one seems to carry a story worth telling. Still, the one we actually get is worth the price of admission. Three and a half planets.

Monos is now playing at the Roxy in Saskatoon.

31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Pet Sematary

The Creed family have just moved from Chicago to the sleepy little town of Ludlow, Maine. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) has taken a job as a doctor at the University of Maine. He has moved to Ludlow with his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) and their two young children Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes).

Louis meets his neighbour Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who shows the family a creepy pet cemetery (where the kids have misspelled it sematary) that is behind their houses in the woods. Rachel is not impressed with the trip to the cemetery worried that Ellie might be traumatized by it. Jud also warns the family about the highway that their houses are on and the speeding trucks that frequent it.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Host

In 2000 an American military doctor (Scott Wilson) orders the illegal dumping of hundreds of bottles of formaldehyde into the sewer system in Seoul, South Korea and into the Han River. Soon there are reports of a creature lurking in the river.

In 2006 Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) works in his father’s, Hee-bong (Byun Hee-bong) snack bar by the river. Gang-du is a little slow and is always messing up. He and his daughter Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung) live with his father. Gang-du’s sister, Nam-joo (Bae Doona), is champion archer and his brother, Nam-il (Park Hae-il) is a college graduate and former political activist.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Innocents

Welcome to Bly House, a lovely little estate out in the country. The perfect place to raise two children. The Uncle (Michael Redgrave) has been forced to take responsibility for his niece and nephew after their parents were killed. He has zero interest in raising them and has hired a new governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr).

Miss Giddens is taken total charge and care of the children who have been without a governess for over a year when the last one, Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop), died suddenly. Miles (Martin Stephens) is away at boarding school but Flora (Pamela Franklin) has been in the care of the housekeeper Mrs. Grose (Megs Jenkins).
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Stepford Wives

Based on the novel by Ira Levin and directed by Bryan Forbes, this dark science-fiction horror film has inspired parodies, two made for TV sequels and a bad remake in 2004.

Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) and her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) along with their two children move from New York to the little suburb of Stepford. Joanna is an independent woman who wants to be a photographer and finds the town a little unsettling. All the men belong to the Men’s Association and all the women just want to look pretty and do housework.
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