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Horror movies

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Silent Night, Bloody Night On Christmas Eve 1950, Wilfred Butler runs out of his rural house and appears to have been set on fire. He collapses in the snow and is believed to be dead. Years later, lawyer John Carter and his assistant Ingrid arrive in a small Massachusetts town on Christmas Eve. John meets with the town's nobles, Mayor Adams, Tess Howard, Sheriff Bill Mason and Charlie Towman. John is revealed to be the lawyer of Jeffrey Butler, Wilfred's grandson, and is trying to sell the Butler

mansion for $50,000 by noon the next day. After a call to his wife, John is revealed to be having an affair with Ingrid, his assistant. The two stay the night at the Butler mansion, unaware that they are being watched. After dinner, the two go upstairs to

a bedroom to have sex. The mysterious person walks in on them and kills them

both with a felling axe. The killer calls the police and reveals himself to be "Marianne." After Tess, who is the town's phone operator, intercepts the call, she leaves her

assistant in charge and drives out to the Butler mansion. Marianne greets Tess, who

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visibly frightened. She is knocked over the head repeatedly with a candle holder.

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the same time, Sheriff Mason is heading to the mansion, but stops at the nearby

cemetery after seeing a disturbed gravesite from the road. Upon approaching the grave, he discovers it is Wilfred Butler's, and that the grave has been dug up and Butler's body removed. He is struck over the head and killed, and falls into the grave. Mayor Adams receives a strange phone call asking him to go to the Butler mansion; he leaves his adult daughter Diane at home alone. Not long after Adams

leaves, a man arrives at the house and says his name is Jeffrey Butler, Wilfred's grandson. Jeffrey says he found the sheriff's car abandoned at the cemetery and

3 "borrowed" it. After a brief conversation, Diane and Jeffrey go up to the cemetery to

look for the sheriff. They stumble upon Wilfred's disturbed grave, but find no sight

of the sheriff. The two go into town to Towman's to see if they can find out what is

happening.

Jeffrey takes Towman to the mansion and leaves him there to go back and retrieve

Diane. Jeffrey hits and kills Towman, who had been stabbed in the eyes. Diane's

suspicions of Jeffrey start to grow after this incident. The two enter the house and

Jeffrey finds an old diary. The diary reveals that Wilfred had an incestuous

relationship with his daughter, Marianne, and Jeffrey was the result. Wilfred turned

the mansion into an asylum and admitted his own daughter. He soon regretted his

decision and set loose the inmates. The inmates killed all the doctors and Marianne

in the process. Jeffrey reveals that Towman, Mayor Adams, Tess Howard and Sheriff

Bill Mason were inmates that stayed behind in town.

Mayor Adams finally arrives to the mansion and finds Diane and Jeffrey there.

Adams and Jeffrey hold each other at gunpoint, believing the other to be the killer.

The two open fire, killing each other. A distraught Diane is greeted by "Marianne,"

who is really Wilfred Butler. Butler went after John Carter, Mayor Adams, Tess

Howard, and Sheriff Bill Mason to get revenge for his daughter's death and used

his grandson/son as a decoy. Diane grabs Jeffrey's gun and shoots Butler. A year

later, Diane takes one last look at the Butler mansion before it is destroyed by a

bulldozer crew.

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Fire in the Sky On November 5, 1975 in Snowflake, Arizona, logger Travis Walton (D. B. Sweeney), and his co-workers—Mike Rogers (Robert Patrick), Allan Dallas (Craig Sheffer), David Whitlock (Peter Berg), Greg Hayes (Henry Thomas) and Bobby Cogdill (Bradley Gregg)—head to work in the White Mountains. Driving home from work, the men come across an unidentified flying object. Curious to learn more, Walton gets out of the truck and is struck by a bright beam of light from the object and is sent flying several feet backwards as if pushed by an unseen force. Fearing Walton was just killed, the others flee the scene. Rogers decides to go back to the spot to retrieve Walton, but he is nowhere to be found. Making their way back to town to report the incident, the loggers are met with skepticism, as they relate what sounds like a tall tale to Sheriff Blake Davis (Noble Willingham) and Lieutenant Frank Watters (James Garner). They are suspected of foul play despite no apparent motive or knowledge of Walton's whereabouts. After interviewing the men, Lieutenant Watters realizes there is a lot of tension between Walton and Dallis, leading him to believe this might be a murder investigation. The Lieutenant also discovers a tabloid newspaper in their truck with headlines about aliens, hinting that they used the article to concoct their story. The men are accused of murder and are threatened by Travis's brother Dan Walton (Scott MacDonald). The men are offered a lie detector test and take it. After the testing is complete, Rogers is outraged that the results aren't shared and he and his guys refuse to come back the next day to take it again. However, after the men leave, the man who administered the tests tells the Sheriff and Lieutenant that with the exception of Dallas' test (which was inconclusive), the other men seem to be telling the truth.

6 Five days later, Rogers receives a call from someone claiming to be Walton. He is

found at a Heber gas station, alive but naked,dehydrated, and incoherent. A

ufologist questions Walton but he is thrown out and Walton is taken to a hospital.

Rogers visits Walton while in the emergency room and ends up telling Walton that

he left him after he was struck by the light but came back to get him. Walton

appears very angry by this and turns away from Rogers who blames the whole

incident on Walton for getting out of the truck. During a welcome home party,

Walton suffers a flashback of the abduction by the extraterrestrials.

He suddenly remembers waking up confused and finds himself inside a slimy

womb-like cocoon for storage inside an alien spacecraft. As Walton breaks out of

the cocoon, he quickly becomes disoriented when he learns the environment

around him has no gravity. In a state of shock, he attempts to find a way to escape

only to discover other cocoons filled with the decomposing corpses of other human

beings. Terrified, he wanders (or rather floats) around aimlessly until the aliens

catch him. Walton is unwillingly dragged down dark corridors cluttered with items

from earth, such as keys, shoes, books and eye glasses, etc (collected junk most

likely belonging to the previous people abducted). He is taken to a strange exam

room for experimentation. Here, he is immediately stripped down and covered

with a white elastic sheet, which tightly pins him to an examination table under a

blinding white light. Despite Walton's frantic cries, the aliens do not acknowledge

his suffering. Instead, they look at him with great curiosity and disdain. They show

Walton no mercy and without speaking a single word, subject him to an extremely

painful and horrific experiment in which tubes are slid down his throat, a jelly-like

substance is shoved into his mouth, a sharp device is inserted into his neck, and a

7 needle goes through his eye. Afterwards, Walton loses consciousness until finding

himself back on earth and severely traumatized.

While interviewing Walton, Lieutenant Watters expresses his doubts about the

abduction as merely a hoax. He notes Walton's new found celebrity because of the

tabloids' attempts to profit from his tale. The film culminates with a denouement

between Walton and Rogers. The closing titles state that in 1993 the loggers were

resubmitted to additional polygraph examinations, which they passed,

corroborating their innocence.

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When a Stranger Calls (1979 film) Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is babysitting the children of Dr. Mandrakis (Carmen Argenziano) at their home. When the children are asleep, Jill receives a telephone call from a man who asks her if she has checked the children. At first, Jill dismisses the telephone calls as a practical joke; however, as the calls become more frequent and threatening, Jill becomes frightened and decides to call the police, who promise to trace the caller if Jill keeps him on the telephone line long enough. Jill, frightened to extreme measures, arms herself as she receives one final call from the nefarious stalker. Soon after the conversation, Jill receives a call from the police, only to find out that the stalker is calling from inside the house. A light comes on at the top of the staircase, and Jill sees the stalker's shadow. She immediately runs to the front door to scream for help. Afterwards, Officer John Clifford (Charles Durning) investigates the matter. It turns out that the children were murdered by the perp several hours earlier. The killer is identified as an English merchant seaman named Curt Duncan (Tony Beckley), and is subsequently sent to an asylum. Seven years later, Duncan escapes from the asylum, still psychopathic. Dr. Mandrakis hires Clifford, now a private investigator, to find Duncan. Not knowing Clifford is after him, Duncan is now a homeless, vagrant loner. He gets into a fight and is beaten after disturbing a middle-aged woman, Tracy (Colleen Dewhurst), in a tavern, and later follows her to her apartment. Feeling sorry for his disastrous appearance and for the fact that his attempts at conversation with her started the fight in the first place, Tracy makes light conversation with him. While they are in the doorway talking, Tracy's phone rings. As she goes to answer it, Duncan lets himself into her apartment. Tracy does not tell him to leave right away nor does she

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assuming or hoping it will be the last of him she will see.

Meanwhile, an increasingly obsessed and vindictive Clifford, having confided to a

former partner (Ron O'Neal) that his intention is to kill Duncan rather than arrest

him, follows the trail to the tavern where the fight took place, then to Tracy's

residence—the same night Duncan is likely to arrive for his visit. Clifford goes there

and tells Tracy just how dangerous her situation has become, revealing that

Duncan literally tore and hacked up Mandrakis' children with his bare hands,

rendering them virtually unrecognizable. Tracy reluctantly accepts to be Clifford's

bait at the tavern that evening, but Duncan does not arrive and she decides to

return home. Clifford then leaves Tracy's place, but she is then attacked by Duncan,

who was hiding in her closet. Tracy screams for help, and Clifford returns and

chases Duncan away from the scene. In the streets of downtown Los Angeles, he

loses Duncan's trail.

Jill Johnson is now an adult, married with two young children. One night, she and

her husband Stephen go out to dinner in celebration of a promotion, and a friend

named Sharon babysits her children. At the restaurant, Jill gets a telephone call

from someone asking, "Have you checked the children?" Jill panics and calls

Sharon. It appears that nothing is wrong at first, but then the call is suddenly

disconnected. The police arrive and escort Jill back home and finds that everything

was fine. Clifford tries to call Jill, but finds that the line was disconnected. Jill and

Stephen sleep. Later, Jill goes down for a glass of milk, when the lights go out. She

goes back upstairs and gets in bed once again. She picks up the phone and realizes

the phone line is dead. The closet door opens a little, and she hears the voice of

Curt Duncan. She tries to awaken Stephen, who turns around, revealing that Curt is

11 actually in the bed. He rips Jill's nightgown and chases her around the room.

Clifford arrives and shoots Curt, killing him. Stephen is revealed to be in the closet,

alive but seemingly unconscious. As Clifford comforts Jill, the last view is of the

house, in view of the frightening eyes of Curt Duncan.

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The Amityville Horror (1979 film) George and Kathy Lutz are a young married couple who have recently purchased a home and move into the property. George appears not to be strong of faith, but Kathy is at least a nominal Catholic. The couple turn to Father Delaney to bless the home, but Delaney encounters troubles in trying to bless the home, including a room full of flies, out of season; violent stomach sickness; and later, blisters on his palm when trying to make a phone call to Kathy at their home. As he continues to help the Lutz Family, Delaney experiences more strange events (his car brakes and steering malfunction) and frustrations (lack of support by his superiors in the diocese). He ultimately appears to lose faith, becoming blind and having a breakdown. George begins to be more sullen and angry over perceived cold in the house, and obsesses with splitting logs and keeping the fireplace stoked. One of the two boys suffers a crushed hand when a sash window falls on it, and the little girl has an imaginary friend, Jody, who seems to be of a malevolent nature. Kathy catches a glimpse of two red, swine-like eyes outside the daughter's second-story bedroom window. Even the family dog obsesses over a secret room in the basement. George's land surveying business begins to suffer with his lack of attendance, and his partner is concerned. The business partner's wife, very sensitive to the paranormal, is at once both repulsed and intrigued by the things she feels when at the house. The Lutz Family witness a black, bubbling substance coming up in the toilets; an "ooze" coming down from nail holes in the walls; a babysitter being trapped in a closet despite it not having a locking doorknob; the disappearance of $1,500 in cash; and Kathy's aunt, a nun, running from the house and vomiting. Throughout

14 the strange incidents, Kathy observes George's persistent waking up at 3:15 am,

feeling he must go check on the boathouse. She also has nightmares in which she

is given details about the killings of the home's prior family.

Research at the library and county records office suggest that the house is built

atop a Shinnecock burial ground and that a known Satanic worshipper named

John Ketchum had once lived on the land.

Finally, the paranormal events come to a head one stormy night and drive the

family to flee, abandoning their home and belongings. The final titles reads:

"George and Kathleen Lutz and their family never reclaimed their house or their

personal belongings. Today they live in another state.”

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Dawn of the Dead (2004 film) After finishing a long shift, nurse Ana returns to her suburban neighborhood and her husband, Luis. Caught up in a scheduled date night, they miss an emergency news bulletin. The next morning, a neighborhood girl enters their bedroom and kills Luis, who immediately reanimates as a zombie and attacks Ana. She flees in her car but crashes and passes out. Upon waking, Ana joins with Police Sergeant Kenneth Hall, electronics salesman Michael, petty criminal Andre and his pregnant wife, Luda. They break into a nearby mall and are attacked by a zombified security guard, who scratches Luda. They are also confronted by three living guards — C.J., Bart, and Terry — who make them surrender their weapons in exchange for refuge. They split into groups to secure the mall and then go to the roof, where they see another survivor, Andy, who is stranded alone in his gun store across the zombie- infested parking lot. The next day, a delivery truck carrying more survivors enters the lot, with zombies in close pursuit. C.J. and Bart wish to turn them away but are overruled and disarmed. The newcomers include Norma, Steve Marcus, Tucker, Monica, Glen, Frank and his daughter, Nicole. Another woman is too ill to walk; she is wheeled inside via wheelbarrow only to die and reanimate. After she is killed, the group determines that the disease is passed by bites. Andre leaves to see Luda, who has kept her scratch hidden from the group. They realize that Frank has been bitten and is a potential threat. After some debate, Frank elects to be isolated. When he dies and turns, Kenneth shoots him. Over time, Kenneth and Andy start a friendship by way of messages written on a whiteboard; romance also buds between Ana and Michael, and Nicole and Terry. One day, the power goes out. CJ, Bart, Michael, and Kenneth enter the parking

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Zombies attack and kill Bart, forcing the others to douse the zombies in gas and set

them ablaze. Meanwhile, Luda—tied up by Andre—gives birth and dies. She

reanimates as Norma checks on the couple, killing the zombified Luda. Andre

snaps; they exchange gunfire and both are killed. The others arrive to find a

zombie baby, which they kill immediately.

The group decides to fight their way to the local marina and travel on Steve's yacht

to an island on Lake Michigan. They begin reinforcing two shuttle buses from the

parking garage for their escape. However, they also need to pick up Andy, who is

starving. They strap food and a walkie-talkie onto the dog, Chips, and lower him

into the parking lot; the zombies have no interest in him. Chips gets into Andy's

store safely but a zombie follows through the dog door. Nicole, fond of Chips,

crashes the delivery truck into the gun store, where she is trapped by a zombified

Andy. Kenneth, Michael, Tucker, Terry, and C.J. reach the gun store via the sewers

and kill Andy, rescuing Nicole. They grab ammunition and go back to the mall.

When Tucker breaks his legs and C.J mercy kills him. Once inside, they are unable

to lock the door, forcing an evacuation.

Everyone boards the buses. Glen loses control of a chainsaw, accidentally killing

himself and Monica; blood splatters on the windshield, causing the bus to crash.

Surviving the crash, Steve tries to run but is ambushed by a zombie. While several

others looks for survivors, Ana kills the undead Steve and retrieves his boat keys.

After taking the remaining bus to the marina, C.J. sacrifices himself so the others

can escape. Michael reveals a bite wound and kills himself as Ana, Kenneth, Nicole,

Terry, and Chips flee on the yacht.

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the outbreak and concludes as the group runs out of supplies before finally

arriving at an island, where they are attacked by another swarm of zombies. The

camcorder drops, recording dozens of zombies chasing them, leaving their fate

unknown.

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The Mothman Prophecies Newspaper columnist John Klein and his wife Mary are involved in an accident when Mary swerves to avoid a black, flying figure. John survives the crash unscathed, but Mary is hospitalized. After Mary dies of an unrelated brain tumor, John discovers mysterious drawings of the creature that she had created prior to the night of the accident. Two years later, John becomes lost and inexplicably finds himself hundreds of miles off his route in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Driving in the middle of the night, his car breaks down, and he walks to a nearby house to get help. The owner, Gordon Smallwood, reacts violently to John's appearance and holds him at gun point. Local police officer Connie Mills defuses the situation while Gordon explains that this is the third consecutive night John has knocked on his door asking to use a phone, much to John's confusion. John stays at a local motel and considers how he ended up so far from his original destination. Officer Mills mentions to John that many strange things have been occurring in the past few weeks, and people report seeing a large winged creature like a giant moth with red eyes. Connie tells John about a strange dream she had, in which the words "wake up, number 37" were spoken to her. While conversing with Gordon one day, it is revealed to John that he had heard voices from his sink telling him that in Denver, "99 will die". While discussing the day's events at a local diner, John notices that the news is showing a story on an airplane crash in Denver that killed all 99 passengers aboard. The next night, Gordon frantically explains that he had met the voices in his head, a being named Indrid Cold. Later that night, Gordon calls John and says that he is standing with a character named Indrid Cold. While John keeps Cold on the line, Officer Mills checks on

21 Gordon. Cold answers John's questions, convincing him that he is a supernatural

being. This episode starts a string of supernatural calls to John's motel room. One

tells him that there will be a great tragedy on the Ohio River. Later, John receives a

call from Gordon and rushes to his home to check on him. He finds Gordon

outside, dead from exposure.

John becomes obsessed with the being, dubbed Mothman. He meets an expert on

the subject, Alexander Leek, who explains its nature and discourages John from

getting further involved. However, when John learns the Governor plans to tour a

chemical plant located on the Ohio River the following day, he becomes convinced

the tragedy will occur there. Mills and the Governor ignore his warnings, and

nothing happens during the tour. Soon afterwards, John receives a mysterious

message that instructs him to await a call from his deceased wife Mary back in

Georgetown, and returns home.

On Christmas Eve, Officer Mills calls and convinces him to ignore the phone call

from "Mary," return to Point Pleasant, and join her. Though anguished, John

agrees. As John reaches the Silver Bridge, a malfunctioning traffic light causes

traffic congestion. As John walks onto the bridge to investigate, the bolts and

supports of the bridge strain. The bridge comes apart, and John realizes that the

prophesied tragedy about the Ohio River was about the bridge. As the bridge

collapses, Officer Mills's car falls into the water. John jumps in after her and pulls

her from the river and up to safety. As the two sit on the back of an ambulance, they

see that 36 people have been killed, making Connie the "number 37" from her

dream. The epilogue displays a series of graphics that state the cause of the bridge

collapse was never fully determined. It also states that although the Mothman has

been sighted in other parts of the world, it was never seen again in Point Pleasant.

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Evil Dead II The film begins with a new beginning similar to the first film. Ash Williams and his girlfriend, Linda, take a romantic vacation to a seemingly abandoned cabin in the woods. While there, Ash plays a tape recorder from the cabin's previous inhabitant Professor Knowby. The tape features Knowby reciting passages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (or Book of the Dead), which he has discovered during an archaeological dig. However, the recorded incantation unleashes an evil force which kills and later possesses Linda, forcing Ash to decapitate his girlfriend with a shovel when she attacks him, he then buries her. The film then picks up where the first film ended, where Ash is attacked by an evil force and is thrown across the forest, becoming possessed by the demon. However, when the sun appears, the spirit is forced out of him returning Ash to normal. In an attempt to flee the property, Ash speeds away in his car only to discover the bridge leading out of the woods is destroyed. As night falls, the evil force chases Ash back to the cabin. Linda then returns from the dead and attacks Ash, biting his hand with her severed head. Ash brings Linda's head to the shed, where her headless body attacks him with a chainsaw. Ash gains the upper hand and slashes the body before turning the chainsaw on Linda's head, finally killing her. Later, Ash discovers Linda's bite has caused his own hand to become murderously possessed, and he is forced to dismember it. When he finds that it still lives on after being severed, he seemingly kills it with a shotgun he finds in the cabin. Meanwhile, Knowby's daughter, Annie, returns from a dig with more pages of the Necronomicon in tow. Having been unable to contact her father at his isolated cabin, Annie, with her research partner Ed Getley in tow, drives there, only to find the destroyed bridge blocking her route. The pair enlist the help of two road

24 workers, Jake and his girlfriend Bobby Joe, to guide them along an alternate trail

to the cabin. In the cabin, demonic attacks begin to erode Ash's psyche after he is

attacked by his own reflection in a mirror an inanimate objects around the house

begin laughing at him. As Annie and her party arrive at the cabin, Ash, mistaking

them for an evil presence, fires at them with a shotgun, wounding Bobby Joe.

Believing that Ash murdered Knowby, he is beaten unconscious by Jake and

thrown into cabin's cellar. Annie then listens to her father's recording in which he

describes how his wife, Henrietta, was possessed by a demon and he, unable to

bring himself to dismember her, buried her in the cellar.

Suddenly, Henrietta rises from the cellar floor and attacks Ash. The group releases

Ash before locking the cellar door once again in order to trap Henrietta. Ed is soon

possessed and subsequently dismembered by an axe-wielding Ash. The group is

then visited by the spirit of Annie's father, who tells her that, by using the pages of

the Necronomicon that she brought with her, she can save the group. Bobby Joe is

attacked by Ash's still-living hand and attempts to flee, but is attacked by the

demon trees in the woods and dragged to her death. Annie translates two of the

pages, learning that, by reciting incantations that they hold, she can first force the

evil presence to manifest itself in the flesh, before opening a rift in time and space

to send it away. Before she can begin translating and reciting the incantations, Jake

turns on them and throws the pages into the cellar, holding them at gunpoint to

force them to go looking for Bobby Joe. Outside the relative safety of the cabin, Ash

is once again possessed and turns on his remaining companions, incapacitating

Jake. Annie retreats to the cabin and, mistaking him for the demon, accidentally

stabs Jake. She drags him to safety, only to accidentally leave him near the cellar

door, where he is dragged into the cellar by Henrietta and killed. The possessed

25 Ash tries to kill Annie, but stops when he sees Linda's necklace, reminding him of

her. He is freed from the possession, and manages to convince Annie that he is

normal again.

Ash, with Annie's help, modifies the chainsaw and attaches it to where his right

hand had been. Arming himself with both the chainsaw and his shotgun, Ash

journeys into the cellar to find the missing pages of the Necronomicon. He finds

them (and Jake's skeleton), before proceeding to leave. However, as he is going up

the steps to safety, Henrietta surprises him and temporarily disables him, before

going after Annie. Ash then recovers as Henrietta transform into a demonic form

with a much longer neck. Annie recites a song that Henrietta used to sing to her as

a child. Distracted, the deadite is dismembered by Ash, before he blasts the head

apart with the shotgun.

Annie chants the first incantation. The incantation causes the evil to manifest and

attack the cabin, but, before she can recite the second, Ash's possessed hand kills

her with a dagger. As Ash fends off the evil by impaling it in the eye with the

chainsaw, Annie uses her dying breaths to recite the second incantation, opening

up a whirling temporal portal which draws in not only the evil force, but nearby

trees, the Oldsmobile, and Ash himself. Ash and his Oldsmobile fall through the

portal and out of the sky and he is immediately confronted by a group of knights

who initially mistake him for a being called a "deadite", but they are quickly

distracted when a real one appears. Ash blasts the harpy-like deadite with his

shotgun. The knights begin cheering as Ash realizes he has been brought to the

past and cries out in horror.

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Paranormal Activity Young couple Katie and Micah move to a new house in San Diego. Katie claims an evil presence has been haunting her since she was a child, so Micah sets up a camera in their bedroom to record any paranormal activity that occurs while they sleep. Katie hires psychic Dr. Fredrichs, who assesses that Katie is being haunted by a demon that feeds off of negative energy and is intent on tormenting Katie. He advises them not to communicate with the demon and to contact demonologist Dr. Johann Averies if needed. Katie seems interested, but Micah does not take this seriously. The camera manages to capture many strange occurrences, which are minor at first, such as noises, flickering lights and doors moving on their own. On the thirteenth night they awaken to the sound of the demon screeching. During the fifteenth night, Katie, in an apparent trance, stands beside the bed and stares at Micah for two hours before going outside. Micah tries to convince Katie to go back inside, but she refuses and appears to remember none of it the next day. One day Micah brings home a Ouija board, which infuriates Katie. When they leave the house, the camera records an unseen force moving the planchette to form an unknown message on the Ouija board, which then spontaneously catches fire. Katie sees the video and pleads with Micah to contact the demonologist, but again he refuses. During the seventeenth night, Micah sprinkles talcum powder in the hallway and bedroom. The couple are awakened by creaks, and find non human footprints leading to the attic, where Micah finds a burnt photograph of a young Katie, previously thought to have been destroyed in an unexplained house fire. Katie finally calls the demonologist, Dr. Averies, but he is unavailable.

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demonic energy upon entering. He apologetically leaves despite their pleas,

stating that his presence only makes the demon angrier. During the twentieth

night, Katie is pulled out of the bedroom by an unseen force. When Micah rushes

to help her, the demon slams the door on him. Micah eventually rescues her but

feels the demon's presence still lurking upstairs, so they head downstairs to sleep

on the couch. The following morning Micah discovers bite marks on Katie's back.

Later, Micah finds a catatonic Katie sitting in the hallway, gripping a cross so tightly

that it bloodies her palm. He angrily burns the cross and photograph in the

fireplace, and packs to head for a motel. Just as they are set to leave, Katie,

seemingly out of touch with reality, insists they will be okay now.

The following night, Katie gets out of bed and stares at Micah for two hours before

coming up the stairs. Micah's body is violently hurled at the camera, which is

knocked off the tripod, revealing Katie standing in the doorway. She slowly walks

into the room, stained with blood. She crawls to Micah's body and then looks up at

the camera with a grin. As she lunges toward the camera, her face takes on a

demonic appearance, just as the scene cuts to black. An epilogue text states that

Micah's body was discovered by the police on October 11, 2006, and Katie's

whereabouts remain unknown.

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The People Under the Stairs Poindexter "Fool" Williams is a resident of a Los Angeles ghetto. He and his family are being evicted from their apartment by their landlords, the Robesons. Leroy, his associate Spencer, and Fool sneak into the Robeson's household by using Spencer to pose as a municipal worker. The Robesons leave the home shortly but Spencer doesn't return. Fool and Leroy, break into the house to find Spencer, and find his dead body and a large group of strange pale children in a locked pen in a dungeon-like basement. The Robesons return and Fool flees while Leroy is shot to death by Daddy. Fool runs into another section of the house, where he meets Alice. She tells him that the people under the stairs were children who broke the "see/hear/speak no evil" rules of the Robesons. The children have degenerated into cannibalism to survive and Alice has avoided this fate by obeying the rules without question. A boy named Roach whose tongue was removed also evades the Robesons by hiding in the walls. Fool is discovered by Daddy and is thrown to the cannibalistic children to die. However, Roach helps Fool escape but succumbs to his wounds. As he dies, he gives Fool a small bag of gold coins and a written plea to save Alice. Fool reunites with Alice and the two escape into the passageways between the walls. Daddy releases Prince into the walls to kill them. Fool tricks Daddy into stabbing Prince and he and Alice reach the attic where they find an open window above a pond. Unfortunately, Alice is too afraid to jump and Fool is forced to go without her. He promises to return for Alice. Fool finds out the gold he has is enough to pay his rent and for his mother's surgery. He also finds out that Mommy and Daddy are brother and sister coming

31 from a long line of crazy inbred people. They started out as a family that ran a

funeral home selling cheap coffins for expensive prices, then they got into real

estate. Making a lot of money the family got greedy and the greedier they got the

crazier they got. Fool vows to help right the wrong.

Mommy attempts to kill Alice but the cannibal children charge on her. Daddy finds

Fool at the vault, where Fool sets off the explosives, which demolishes the house

and causes the money to blow up through the crematorium chimney and into the

crowd of people outside. Daddy is killed in the explosion and Alice and Fool reunite

in the basement. Meanwhile, the people outside claim the money distributed by

the blast, and the freed children venture into the night.

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Session 9 Gordon Fleming is the owner of a small asbestos removal company. The stresses of work and being a new father are causing problems between him and his wife, Wendy. He is in a desperate financial bind and makes a bid to remove the asbestos of the Danvers State Hospital, closed fifteen years ago, within one week. His team consists of Mike, a law schooldropout who is knowledgeable about the asylum's history; Phil, who is filled with bitterness after losing his girlfriend and finds solace in smoking marijuana; Hank, whom Phil lost his girlfriend to; and Jeff, Gordon's nephew, who suffers from severe nyctophobia. As work begins inside the asylum, Mike finds a box containing nine taped sessions with a patient named Mary Hobbes, who had dissociative identity disorder. The purpose of the sessions, which Mike becomes increasingly engrossed in, is to unveil what happened on Christmas night in Lowell, her hometown, twenty-two years before. One of her personalities, "the Princess", is childlike and innocent, knowing only the Christmas presents - a china doll for Mary and a knife for her brother, Peter - and that they played hide-and-seek after their parents went to bed. Another personality, "Billy", is both childlike and protective. He lives "in the eyes" and saw what happened, but refuses to let Mary find out. The doctor repeatedly asks about the third personality, "Simon", whom "the Princess" knows nothing about and "Billy" fears. In the tunnels beneath the property, Hank finds a cache of antique Morgan dollar coins and other silver items, scattered from the crematory nearby. He returns that night to steal the artifacts and finds an orbitoclast. He hears odd sounds in the tunnels and discovers an empty peanut butter jar. He hears someone behind him and tries to escape the tunnels, but he is attacked by an unseen assailant. The next

34 morning, the other four learn that Hank abruptly broke up with his girlfriend and

left town. Gordon, who frequently calls his wife and saw Phil speaking to two

unknown men during one telephone call, suspects that Phil had something to do

with Hank's disappearance, causing tension between the group. He later opens up

to Phil and admits that he hit Wendy after she accidentally spilled a pot of boiling

water on his leg; he has been trying to apologize over the phone ever since.

Phil calls in Craig McManus to replace Hank and tells Mike that he thinks Gordon

has become a liability. Jeff finds Hank alive and goes to tell the others, but Hank is

gone again when Jeff returns with the others. They split up to find him, but Mike

quickly returns to the session tapes. "Billy" refuses to awaken "Simon", admitting

to the doctor only that "Simon" was behind whatever happened that night. Phil

finds Hank in one of the tunnels, half-naked and wearing sunglasses. The power

goes out at that point, trapping Jeff in a pitch-black tunnel and stopping the ninth

session tape short. Mike returns the power and the ninth session continues with

"Simon", the same voice Gordon has been hearing since the job began, taking

over. It is revealed that Peter scared Mary while they were playing and she fell on

her doll, breaking it and badly scarring herself. "Simon" then took her over and

killed Peter and their parents with the new knife. As the recording continues, Phil

finds Gordon in Mary's former room, staring at his own photos stuck to the wall. A

shaken Jeff returns to the van, where he is attacked by an unseen assailant.

The next day, Craig arrives at the asylum. Gordon finds Hank, with the orbitoclast

protruding from his eye, in one of the larger rooms. Phil is also present and tells

Gordon to wake up when Gordon accuses him of attacking the others. As Craig

finds them, it is shown that Phil's presence was in Gordon's mind. Possessed by

"Simon", Gordon enters a dissociative state and kills Craig with the orbitoclast. It is

35 shown that he attacked Hank that night and, when found by Phil in Mary's room,

killed Phil before finding and killing Mike and Jeff. It is also shown that he killed

his wife and baby when the pot of boiling water was spilled on him. He breaks

down and uses his broken cell phone to apologize to Wendy. The film ends with the

doctor asking, "And where do you live, Simon?" and "Simon" answering, "I live in

the weak and the wounded, Doc.”

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A Tale of Two Sisters

The movie opens in a mental institution where a girl named Su-mi is being treated

for shock and psychosis. She is questioned by a doctor who asks if she can speak

about the day that led her to being admitted to the hospital. The next scene shows her returning with her father and younger sister, Su-yeon, to

the family's secluded estate. At a tense family dinner, their stepmother announces she has invited the sister's uncle and his wife to dinner the next day. Su-mi tells her stepmother she will not eat with them and the two sisters leave the table. That night, Su-yeon experiences frightening visions, and Su-mi later has a disturbing dream of a ghost in her room. Su-mi finds several family photos that reveal that their stepmother was once a nurse her father worked with and was also a live-in nurse for the girls' mother. Su-

mi discovers bruises on Su-yeon's arm, and angrily confronts her stepmother about

it. That night, the sister's uncle and his wife arrive for a visit. The uncle's wife has a

violent attack; when she recovers, she tells the uncle that she saw a girl under the kitchen sink. The stepmother also sees this girl and tells the father that ever since the sisters returned home, bizarre things have been happening in the house. Later, the stepmother finds one of her birds dead in its cage. Infuriated, she goes into Su- yeon's room, where she discovers mutilated photos of her, and finds her other bird dead. She throws Su-yeon into the closet and refuses to let her out until she apologizes. Su-mi lets her sister out and comforts her. The father blames Su-mi for the trauma the family has been going through since she returned. Su-mi retorts that her stepmother is to blame because she has been attacking Su-yeon. The father tells her twice that Su-yeon is dead but Su-mi refuses

to believe him. The next morning, the stepmother is seen dragging a large

38 bloodied sack through the house. Believing that Su-yeon is inside, Su-mi goes to

find a knife to open the bag with. Her stepmother ambushes her and a violent fight

ensues. Su-mi stabs her stepmother in the hand with scissors, but is hit by her and

falls unconscious.

As Su-mi awakens, her stepmother taunts her. Su-mi quietly asks her stepmother

to help her. Her stepmother obliges and goes to kill Su-mi, who looks at peace. The

stepmother is interrupted by the sound of the father returning home. He discovers

Su-mi unconscious and notices a bloody wound on her hand. He then finds the

stepmother in another room, who appears confused and reacts with shock. It is

revealed that Su-mi has in fact been alone in the house with her father, and the

events that transpired between Su-yeon and the stepmother were merely

manifestations of her multiple personalities.

The father and real stepmother take Su-mi back to the hospital. Later, the

stepmother hears someone running upstairs in Su-yeon's bedroom. She enters the

room, which is extremely cold. A ghost appears, and the stepmother looks terrified

as something is approaching her. Her scream is heard off-camera and she is

presumably killed by the ghost.

Flashback scenes reveal that the father had come with the stepmother after what

was an apparent marriage or engagement. His ex-wife, the uncle and the uncle's

wife are also there. Tensions at the dining room table cause Su-mi and Su-yeon to

leave. The sisters's real mother comforts Su-yeon, then hangs herself in the closet

when Su-yeon goes to sleep. Su-yeon awakens and finds her mother's body. She

shakes the lifeless body in an attempt to revive it, and pulls the closet down on top

of her, weakly calling for help.

39 The stepmother discovers the wardrobe, and is startled when she sees Su-yeon's

hand underneath, scratching the floor. She does nothing to help her and quickly

leaves the room. She changes her mind and attempts to go back, but encounters

Su-mi. The two have a heated confrontation as Su-yeon is slowly crushed to death

by the weight of the wardrobe. Su-mi leaves the house. For a brief moment, she

looks back as though sensing something is wrong, but sees her stepmother and

continues her walk, unaware of what has happened.

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Suspiria Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student, arrives from her flight in Munich, Germany on a stormy night to enroll in a prestigious dance academy in Freiburg. After Suzy is unable to gain access into the academy, she spends the night in town. Pat Hingle, a student who is expelled from the academy is seen by Suzy leaving and looking frightened. Pat finds refuge at a friend's apartment in town. After she locks herself in the bathroom, a mysterious arm smothers her against the glass. Her friend hears this and tries to scream for help but Pat is repeatedly stabbed and bound with a cord before she is hung in mid-air. Her friend is killed directly below by the falling glass and metal. Upon Suzy's arrival at the academy the next morning, she is introduced to Madame Blanc, the vice-directoress, and Miss Tanner, one of the instructors. She is escorted to the ballet students' locker room, where she meets Sarah and Olga, the latter with whom she has arranged to stay off-campus. After a strange encounter with the academy's cook, Suzy faints during a lesson. Later that night, she awakens to discover that she has been moved into a dormitory room against her wishes. The doctors tell her that she is to be "medicated" with a glass of wine daily. Suzy befriends Sarah after the two are roomed together. As the students prepare for dinner, hundreds of maggots fall from the ceiling. The students are told this was due to spoiled food boxed in the attic. The girls are invited to sleep in the practice hall overnight. During the night, Sarah identifies a distinctive whistling snore as that of the school's director, who is not due to return to the academy for several weeks. The next morning, Tanner orders the school's blind piano player, Daniel, to leave the academy immediately after his guide dog bites Albert. Later that night, Sarah

42 overhears the teacher's footsteps and begins to count them whilst Suzy becomes

drowsy and falls asleep. While Daniel and his guide dog cross a plaza, Daniel

senses a strange presence. Suddenly, his seemingly calm dog lunges at Daniel and

tears his throat out, killing him. The next day, Suzy recalls the words "iris" and

"secret" from Pat's mumbling. Later that night, Suzy and Sarah go for a swim while

Sarah reveals to Suzy that she and Pat were close friends, and recalls that Pat had

been "talking strangely for some time". The two girls search for Pat's notes, but

they appear to have been stolen. Suzy suddenly becomes drowsy and falls asleep

before Sarah flees after hearing footsteps. Sarah is chased by an unseen pursuer

and, thinking she will be able to escape through a window into another room, falls

into a huge pile of razor wire. She struggles in anguish until a mysterious black-

gloved hand of a dark figure appears and slits her throat.

The following morning, Blanc and Tanner inform Suzy that Sarah has abruptly left

the academy. Confused and suspicious, Suzy goes to meet one of Sarah's

acquaintances, a psychologist, Frank Mandel, who explains that the academy was

founded by Helena Markos, a cruelGreek émigré who was widely believed to be a

witch. Dr. Mandel's colleague, Professor Millus, then tells Suzy that a coven can

only survive with their queen. Upon Suzy's return, she discovers that all of the

students have gone to the theater. She overhears the footsteps Sarah identified

before and follows them to Blanc's office. She suddenly recalls Pat's mumbling

after discovering irises painted all over the walls of Blanc's office. After entering a

hidden passage, she discovers Blanc, Tanner and the staff forming a ritual where

they plot Suzy's death. Unseen, Suzy then turns to find Sarah's body nailed to a

coffin. Frightened, Suzy then sneaks into another room, where she accidentally

awakens a shadowy figure who reveals herself as Helena Markos. Helena then

43 orders Sarah's nearby corpse to rise from the dead to murder Suzy. Suzy then stabs

Helena through the throat with one of the room's decorative knives, which appears

to kill her (she fades from view screaming) and Sarah's reanimated corpse.

Helena's demise causes the building to set alight. As the academy is slowly

destroyed with the coven inside, Suzy manages to escape before the entire

building catches on fire.

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Signs

The

Hess

family

lives

on

an

isolated

farm

in

Pennsylvania. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is a former priest whose wife, Colleen, died in a horrific traffic accident caused by a town local, Ray Reddy (Shyamalan). No longer practicing religiously, Graham lives with his asthmatic son, Morgan (Rory Culkin), daughter Bo (Abigail Breslin), who leaves water glasses all over the house claiming that the water tastes funny, and Graham's younger brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), a former minor league baseball star who never made it to the major leagues because he swung too hard and struck out too often. Graham discovers a huge crop circle in his field, reports of violent animal behavior have spread across town, and one of the Hess' dogs tries to attack Bo and Morgan. Graham discovers that the farm is being watched at night, and he and Merrill chase a tall, dark figure from the roof of the barn and into the crops, where it quickly disappears. Meanwhile, crop circles similar to the one in Graham's field appear around the world. Morgan hears a strange noise on a baby monitor, but it stops before he can investigate further. That evening, Graham goes to the crop circle, and hears the sound again. After spotting a green leg sticking out of the cornrows, he flees to the house. A news report reveals that strange lights in the sky have been spotted over Mexico City. That night, Graham reveals to Merrill that he lost his faith after the death of his wife. A flashback shows Graham approaching the scene of an accident. He sees his wife pinned to a tree by a truck, and the officer tells him that his wife won't live. The following morning, Graham visits Ray Reddy's house, whom he finds bleeding. Ray apologizes for the accident, and tells Graham that he is fleeing to a nearby lake as he believes "they don't like water." Graham sadly and kindly accepts his

46 apology, and Ray leaves. Meanwhile, Merril watches the news, and sees a video

taken at a child's birthday party in Brazil. The footage shows an alien crouching

behind bushes, then slowly walking from out the bushes and across a small alley

where it disappears. Merril is shocked as the footage is shown. Back at Ray's house

Graham goes into the kitchen, where Ray has an alien locked in his pantry. Graham

uses the blade of a kitchen knife to try to see the alien's reflection under the door.

When the alien attempts to grab at him through the crack at the floor, Graham

reacts by cutting off some of the alien's fingers, causing the creature to scream in

or staying at the farm, opting to board up all the doors and windows and remain in

the house. While Graham and Merrill do this, Morgan and Bo watch a news report

on the growing number of sightings around the world. The baby monitor again

starts emitting the alien noises, and the television loses its signal. They finish

boarding up the windows, and all move into the living room. One of the dogs,

called Isobel, left tied up outside, barks loudly and is silenced, and an alien is

heard climbing up the house and onto the roof, where it breaks into the attic. The

family moves to the basement and props the door closed with a pick axe. Graham

and Merrill ward off an alien that attacks Morgan, who then has anasthma attack.

The news channel declares that the aliens have seemingly left earth.

The next morning, Graham decides to leave the basement and find Morgan's

medicine. The family follows, and to their horror, find an alien still inside the

house. It is revealed that it is the same alien from the pantry whose fingers Graham

had cut off. The unconscious Morgan is again attacked by the alien and taken

hostage. The alien acts as a predator and attempts to poison Morgan by releasing a

47 toxin from its body, but because he is having an asthma attack (which prevents him

fully from breathing), the poison doesn't get into his lungs. Graham remembers

his wife's dying words, which were "Tell Merrill to swing away". He tells Merrill to

"swing away" and Merrill attacks the alien with a baseball bat, and it releases

Morgan. They discover that water reacts like acid with the alien's skin, and Merrill

smashes all the water glasses Bo had left all over the house. Finally, Merrill hits the

alien into furniture and water splashes on its face, killing it. Graham administers

Morgan's medication, and the boy recovers.

Some time later, the Hess family has recovered from the incident and they appear

to be doing much better than before. In the final scene, Graham is shown returning

to his priestly duties, apparently having regained his faith.

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The Beyond In Louisiana's Seven Doors Hotel in 1927, a lynch mob murders an artist named Schweick, whom they believe to be a warlock. This opens one of the Seven Doors of Death, allowing the dead to cross into the world of the living. Several decades later, Liza, a young woman from New York, inherits the hotel and plans to re-open it. Her renovation work activates the hell portal, and she contends with increasingly strange incidents. A plumber named Joe investigates flooding in the cellar and a demonic hand gouges out his eye. His body and another are later discovered by a hotel maid, Martha. Liza encounters a blind woman named Emily, who warns that reopening the hotel would be a mistake. Joe's wife Mary-Anne and their daughter Jill arrive at the hospital morgue to claim Joe's corpse. Jill finds her mother lying on the floor unconscious, her face burned by acid. Liza meets with Dr. John McCabe, and receives a phone call informing her of Mary-Anne's death. After the funerals, Liza encounters Emily at the hotel. Emily tells Liza the story of Schweick, and warns her to not enter room 36. When Emily examines Schweick's painting, she begins to bleed and flees the hotel. Liza ignores Emily's advice, and investigates room 36. She discovers an ancient book titledEibon. She sees Schweick's corpse nailed to the bathroom wall. She flees the room in terror, but is stopped by John. She takes him to room 36 but both the corpse and the book are gone. Liza describes her fearful encounters with Emily, but John insists that Emily is not real. While in town, Liza spots a copy of Eibon in the window of a book store. The shop owner denies the book's existence, and it is no longer there when Liza looks for it. At the hotel, a worker named Arthur attempts to repair the same leak as Joe, but is killed off-screen by ghouls.

50 Liza's friend Martin visits the public library to find the hotel's blueprints. He is

struck by a sudden force and falls from a ladder, resulting in paralysis. Spiders

ravage his face and kill him. Martha is cleaning the bathroom in Room 36 when

Joe's animated corpse emerges from the bathtub. Joe pushes her head into an

exposed nail, killing her and destroying one of her eyes. The walking corpses of

Schweik, Joe, Mary-Anne, Martin and Arthur invade Emily's house. She pleads with

them to leave her alone, and insists she will not return with Schweik. She

commands her guide dog to attack the corpses, but the dog turns on Emily, tearing

out her throat.

At the hotel, spirits terrorize Liza. John breaks into Emily's house, which appears to

have been abandoned for years, and finds Eibon. He returns to the hotel and tells

Liza that it is a gateway to Hell. They flee to the hospital, but it has been overrun by

zombies. Liza is attacked, but John gets a gun out of his desk and shoots the

shambling corpses. Only Harris and Jill are found still alive, but Harris is killed by

flying shards of glass. Jill, having shown signs of possession since the funeral,

finally attacks Liza. John is forced to kill Jill.

Escaping the zombies, John and Liza rush down a set of stairs but find themselves

back in the basement of the hotel. They move forward through the flooded

labyrinth and stumble into a supernatural wasteland of dust and corpses. No

matter which direction they travel, they find themselves back at their starting point.

They are ultimately blinded just like Emily, succumb to the darkness, and

disappear.

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Cujo The film begins with a rabbit hopping out of its hole, when a St. Bernard playfully chases it, until it stops and curiously sticks its nose in a bat cave, and a rabid bat bites its nose. The Trentons – Vic, Donna and their son Tad – are an upper-middle-class suburban family. Vic works in advertising, Donna is a housewife and Tad is a sensitive little boy who has a fear of monsters in his closet. One day, the Trenton family takes their car to the rural home of abusive mechanic Joe Camber for some repairs, where they meet Cujo (the dog in the beginning) – the Camber family's easy-going St. Bernard who still has the bite on his nose received from the bat while chasing the rabbit in the cave. Donna notices the bite but thinks little of it. Vic and Donna's marriage on the rocks is tested when Vic learns that Donna is having an affair with her ex-boyfriend from high school, Steve Kemp, while Vic's advertising for a cereal commercial is failing and he tries to save his marriage with Donna. After Joe's wife, Charity, and her son, Brett, leave for a week to visit her sister, Holly, Cujo's bite from the rabid bat drives him mad, and he kills the Camber's alcoholic neighbor, Gary Pervier, and the abusive Joe in the garage, who attempts to call the authorities for help and fails to defend himself from his now rabid dog. Meanwhile, Vic goes out of town on a business trip as Donna and Tad return to the Cambers' house for more car repairs where Cujo attacks them. Donna and Tad take shelter in their Ford Pinto as Tad tries to convince Donna to drive home, but the alternator dies and the two are trapped. Therefore, they are forced to stay inside their car while Cujo attacks repeatedly. The hot sun makes conditions nearly unbearable and Donna knows that she must do something, before they both die fromheatstroke or dehydration. Attempts at escape, however, are foiled by the mad

53 Cujo's repeated attacks. Vic returns home to rekindle his marriage, only to find

Donna and Tad missing. He suspects the possessive Steve Kemp of kidnapping, but

then realizes his wife and son might be at the Camber's residence. The local Sheriff

comes to the house for a brief standoff, before Cujo brutally kills him.

Meanwhile, Donna takes advantage of a momentary distraction and hits Cujo with

a baseball bat until it breaks off, leaving only a jagged handle. Cujo jumps at her

and is impaled in thestomach by the broken bat. Donna then breaks the back

window of the Pinto with the sheriff's revolver and retrieves Tad, as Cujo broke all

of the door handles. As Donna revives the dehydrated and over-heated Tad in the

house, a recovered Cujo breaks through the kitchen window and tries one final

attempt to kill them, but Donna fatally shoots him just as Vic arrives and is reunited

with Donna and Tad.

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The Crazies In the town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant), the local sheriff is enjoying a baseball game. His deputy, Russell Clank (Joe Anderson), spots Rory Hamill, a local resident (and the town drunk who's has been sober for two years), entering the outfield holding a shotgun. David, knowing his history, and owing to his behaviour, believes he has started drinking again. David is forced to shoot and kill the unresponsive Rory when he raised his weapon and aimed it at the Sheriff. David and his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), the community doctor, begin to notice other town residents exhibiting bizarre behavior, including listlessness and repetitive speech. The next night, a local farmer burns his house down with his wife and son trapped inside, killing them. By the time firefighters and other townspeople arrive, he is found mowing his lawn while his house burns. While investigating the discovery of a pilot's body in a swamp, David and Russell discover a large military aircraft that crashed into the river few days before, which David realizes has contaminated the drinking water and caused the town residents' odd behavior. Against the mayor's direct orders, he shuts off the town's water supply. Soon after, communication services are lost in town, and soldiers arrive to take all residents to quarantine at the high school. Everyone is examined for symptoms of infection. Judy does not pass the examination and is separated from David. She explains her fever is due to pregnancy, but is sedated anyway. She wakes strapped to a gurney as the perimeter of the facility is breached by the infected townspeople in an effort to escape. The military personnel evacuate, abandoning Judy and the other civilians. David is nearing evacuation, but escapes and rejoins Russell. They rescue Judy and her hospital assistant, Becca (Danielle Panabaker) from the killing fury of the school director that was slaughtering with a

56 pitchfork all the quarantined people that, inside a classroom, were bound to

stretchers.

David, Judy, Russell, and Becca make their way out of town on foot, unable to find

a working vehicle. They encounter Becca's boyfriend, Scotty, when they pass

through his farm. Soldiers raid the farm, shoot Scotty and his mother, and burn the

bodies. They learn that the soldiers have been ordered to shoot all civilians who

have potentially been exposed. The group repair an older patrol car being stored in

David's and Judy's garage, and are ambushed by the infected family of Rory. After

a struggle, Russell shoots the infected multiple times, and then claims it was to

ensure they were dead. This greatly disturbs Judy, who argues with David about

Russell's state of mind. Once on the road, they are spotted by an attack helicopter

and drive into a car wash for cover. The infected attack and kill Becca by hanging

her as the car drives out, and the helicopter destroys the car as the rest of the group

runs back to try to help Becca. On foot, Russell disables a passing government SUV

with a police spike strip. The driver, presumably a government agent, reveals the

cargo plane contained "Trixie," a "Rhabdoviridae prototype" biological weapon. It

was en route to Texas to be destroyed by incineration when the plane crashed.

Enraged, Russell shoots the driver and threatens Judy and David. When confronted

about his behavior, Russell realizes he is infected and, after being disarmed, begs

to go on with Judy and David. He later dies while distracting soldiers at a

roadblock, so that Judy and David can sneak past.

David and Judy arrive at a truck stop to search for a vehicle, discovering that the

military have also executed those who were evacuated. Fending off three infected,

they escape in a semi-truck. Ogden Marsh is destroyed in a massive explosion as

they flee, and their truck flips in the passing shockwave. As the couple walk towards

57 Cedar Rapids, a view from a military satellite highlights first the couple, then the

city, and the words "Initiate containment protocol" appear, signifying a new

containment attempt.

In the credits, Bruce Aune, a real newscaster from KCRG-TV 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

reports that an explosion originating from the Dakon Pendrill chemical plant

started a massive fire in Ogden Marsh. He says a perimeter has been set and

civilians are not being allowed into the area. A Trixie-infected individual appears on

camera just before the signal is lost.

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The Hills Have Eyes

A group of scientists are killed by a mutant named Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith).

Later, Bob Carter (Ted Levine) and his wife, Ethel Carter (Kathleen Quinlan) are traveling fromCleveland, Ohio to San Diego, California for their silver anniversary. With them are their teenage children Bobby (Dan Byrd), and Brenda (Emilie de Ravin), eldest daughter Lynn (Vinessa Shaw), Lynn's husband Doug Bukowski (Aaron Stanford), their baby daughter Catherine (Maisie Camilleri Preziosi), and their German Shepherds, Beauty and Beast.

Bower), who tells them of a short-cut through the hills. Taking the supposed short- cut, their tires are punctured by a hidden spike strip. Doug and Bob go look for help, while the rest of the family stays behind. Bobby chases a panicked Beauty

into the hills and finds her mutilated body; frightened, he runs and falls, knocking himself unconscious. A young female mutant namedRuby (Laura Ortiz) finds him and protects him from her brother Goggle (Ezra Buzzington). Bob goes back to the gas station for help, and upon investigation finds news clippings detailing various disappearances that have occurred in the area. He realizes that the attendant purposefully led them to danger by suggesting they take an alternative route through the hills. When Bob exits he finds the hysterical Jeb, who commits suicide

in front of him. In fear, Bob attempts to flee, but is attacked by the mutant leader,

Papa Jupiter (Billy Drago), and dragged into the mining caves by Jupiter, Jupiter's eldest son Lizard (Robert Joy), and Pluto. Bobby returns to the trailer, but doesn't mention Beauty's death not wanting to frighten the rest of the family. Later that night, the family is awakened by Bob's screams, and they all rush from the trailer, except for Brenda and the baby, who are

60 left behind. Outside they find Bob being burned alive on a stake and frantically try

to save him, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Pluto and Lizard use the distraction to

ransack the trailer, where Lizard beats and rapes Brenda. When Lynn returns to the

trailer she is greeted by Lizard and Pluto, and forced to let Lizard drink from her

breasts while her baby is held at gunpoint. When Ethel returns she is shot by

Lizard, and Lynn stabs Lizard in the leg, prompting him to shoot Lynn in the head.

Lizard and Pluto flee with the baby after Lizard attempts to shoot Brenda.

Doug and Bobby return to the trailer and discover Lynn and Ethel, who die shortly

afterward. Goggle, who is watching the Carters with a pair of binoculars, is attacked

by Beast, who tears his throat out, killing him. The next morning, Doug and Beast

set off to rescue Catherine. Doug finds an abandoned nuclear testing village, and is

knocked unconscious by Big Mama (Ivana Turchetto) during his search. Upon

awakening, he escapes an ice box filled with human body parts and continues his

search, only to encounter Big Brain (Desmond Askew). After Big Brain tells him the

mutants' origins, Doug is attacked by Pluto, who severs two of his fingers with an

axe. Pluto almost kills Doug, but Doug manages to gain the upper hand while

Pluto is distracted, and kills him with his own axe.

Outside, Doug kills the mutant Cyst (Gregory Nicotero) and continues to search for

Catherine. After ordering Lizard to kill Catherine, Big Brain is mauled to death by

Beast. Lizard takes a cleaver and prepares to kill Catherine, but finds that Ruby has

taken her. Doug sees Ruby running through the hills with Catherine and follows

her. At the trailer, Brenda and Bobby prepare an explosive trap, which destroys the

trailer, apparently killing Papa Jupiter.

Doug catches up with Ruby, but before she can return Catherine, Lizard attacks

him. Lizard and Doug fight, and Lizard is presumed dead. When Doug turns his

61 back Lizard aims a shotgun at him, but Ruby tackles Lizard off a cliff, killing them

both. Bobby and Brenda find that Papa Jupiter managed to survive their trap, and

Brenda finishes him off. They are then reunited with Doug, Catherine and Beast. As

they celebrate their apparent victory, an unknown mutant watches through

binoculars from the hills.

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28 Days Later In Cambridge, three animal liberation activists break into a medical research laboratory with the intent of freeing captive chimpanzees. They are interrupted by a scientist, who desperately warns them that the chimps are infected with a highly contagious rage-inducingvirus that is spread through blood and saliva. Ignoring the scientist's pleas, the activists release a chimpanzee, who attacks one of them and immediately infects her — leading her to attack and infect everyone else present. 28 days later, in London, Jim (Cillian Murphy), a bicycle courier, awakens from a coma in St Thomas' Hospital. He finds the entire hospital deserted and wanders on the streets of London, finding it deserted as well, with signs of catastrophe everywhere. Desperate, he wanders into a church, where he finds a priest. Jim tries to approach him, only to be attacked by the priest who turns out to be infected. He is soon attacked by more infected as well, but is rescued by Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley). Selena and Mark take Jim to their hideout, a small store in London Underground, where they explain that while Jim was in a coma, a virus spread among the populace, resulting in societal collapse. They also claim the virus has been reported in Paris and New York City as well, suggesting the infection has spread worldwide. The next morning, Selena and Mark accompany Jim to Jim's parents' house in Deptford, where he discovers they have committed suicide. That night, the three are attacked by more infected. Mark is bitten, prompting Selena to kill him; she later explains that the virus overwhelms its victims in 10 to 20 seconds, and should Jim become infected she will kill him "in a heartbeat". They leave and eventually spot some blinking Christmas lights from Balfron Tower, discovering two more

64 survivors — cab driver Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and his teenage daughter Hannah

(Megan Burns) — who allow them to take shelter. Frank informs them the next day

that their supplies — particularly water — are dwindling and plays them a pre-

recorded radio broadcast from a military blockade near Manchester, which claims

they have "the answer to infection" and promises to protect any survivors who

reach them.

The group board Frank's cab in search of the signal' source, and throughout the

trip they bond with one another through various situations. When the four reach

the deserted blockade, Frank is infected when a drop of blood from a dead body

falls into his eye. As he succumbs he is killed by arriving soldiers, who take the

remaining survivors to a fortified mansion under the command of Major Henry

West (Christopher Eccleston). During the group's stay, West reveals that his

"answer to infection" entails waiting for the infected to starve to death and luring

female survivors into sexual slavery, so that West's platoon can repopulate the

country. The group attempts to flee, but Jim is captured by the soldiers, along with

the dissenting Sergeant Farrell (Stuart McQuarrie). While imprisoned, Farrell

speculates that the virus has not spread beyond Great Britain and that the country

is being quarantined.

The next day, the girls are being prepared for gang-rape as two soldiers lead Jim

and Farrell to execution. When his escorts quarrel after killing Farrell, Jim escapes

and spots a NATO aircraft flying overhead, proving Farrell's theory is correct. Jim

lures West and another soldier to the blockade, where Jim kills the latter and

leaves West stranded for arriving infected. He then runs back to the mansion and

releases Mailer, an infected soldier West kept for observation, who attacks the rest

of the platoon. Amidst the mayhem, Jim reunites with Selena and Hannah, and

65 they run to Frank's cab, where West is waiting and shoots Jim in the stomach.

Hannah reverses the cab towards Mailer, who grabs West through the rear window

and kills him. The trio finally leaves the mansion.

Another 28 days later, Jim is recovering at a remote cottage. Downstairs, he finds

Selena sewing large swaths of fabric when Hannah appears. The three rush outside

and unfurl a huge cloth banner, adding the final letter to the word "HELLO" laid out

on the meadow. A loneFinnish jet flies over the landscape, and the infected are

shown dying of starvation. The film ends with the jet flying over the three survivors

and the pilot calling in a rescue helicopter.

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The Changeling John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in New York, New York, moves cross-country to Washington state following the deaths of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together. However, John soon discovers that he has unexpected and unwelcome company in his new home: the unhappy ghost of a murdered young boy. The ghost makes its presence felt by various phenomena such as shattering windows, abruptly opening and shutting doors, and manifesting itself dramatically during a seance. John investigates the identity of the dead child and finds that the mystery is linked to a powerful local family, the heir of which is a wealthy United States senator, Joseph Carmichael. John subsequently discovers that the real Joseph Carmichael was murdered by his father, Richard. Joseph was a crippled, sickly child, and in the event of his death before his 21st birthday, the family fortune (which he inherited from his late maternal grandfather) would pass to charity. Desperate to keep control of the fortune, Joseph's father drowned young Joseph in the bathtub, secretly replaced him with a healthy orphan, and took him to Europe in the guise of seeking a treatment or cure. He returned several years later with the impostor, now grown and "cured" of his illness, and continued as if nothing had happened. Now, the ghost of the real Joseph haunts the house, making great efforts to persuade John to investigate his murder, and give him some form of justice. John's investigation leads him to a property that was once owned by the Carmichael family, and after convincing Mrs. Gray (the owner of the property and

68 whose daughter has seen Joseph's ghost), John discovers the skeletal remains of

Joseph in a well, as well as his birth medal.

After refusing to hand the medal over to the police, John attempts to speak to

Senator Carmichael as he is about to depart by plane but is restrained by police. It

is then revealed that the Senator has an identical medal to the one John found. The

Senator then sends a policeman, Captain Dewitt to John's home in an attempt to

retrieve the medal, John refuses and when Dewitt leaves to obtain a search

warrant, his vehicle "mysteriously" crashes, killing him.

After hearing of Dewitt's death, the Senator finally agrees to listen to John's story

and meets with him. John reveals the entire story to the Senator, that his father

murdered his natural son and replaced him with a changeling, which is the

Senator. The Senator refuses to believe the story and angrily berates John for

accusing his father, whom he claims was a "loving man", of murder. John then

leaves the Senator Joseph's medal, files and the only copy of the seance recording

and apologizes. The Senator threatens John that there will be consequences if he

has told anyone else of his story.

Meanwhile, John's realtor and friend, Claire, goes to the house alone in an attempt

to find John and is chased by Joseph's wheelchair until she falls down the stairs.

Meanwhile the house begins to shake and rumble. John arrives, and escorts Claire

outside, and then goes back inside to try and stop the ghost of Joseph. A strong

wind causes John to fall from the second story, but he survives. Joseph then lights

the house on fire.

Meanwhile, back at the Senator's home, he is observing the two birth medallions,

and throws Joseph's away while placing his own on a portrait of his father.

Suddenly, the picture and the desk start shaking violently and an illusion of the

69 Senator is transported to the house and begins to climb the stairs which then

crumble. John sees the Senator's illusion walking up the main staircase, and

narrowly escapes being crushed by a chandelier. Meanwhile the Senator's illusion

then climbs the stairs to Joseph's attic room where he witnesses how his father

murdered the real Joseph by drowning him. Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the

Senator himself suffers a heart attack and dies as Joseph's attic room explodes.

John and Claire arrive and see the Senator's body being hoisted away. The

ambulance then passes the Carmichael mansion which is now completely

engulfed in flames.

The next morning, at the ruins of the mansion, Joseph's burnt wheelchair is seen

sitting upright and his music box then opens and begins playing a lullaby, possibly

signifying that the justice he wanted has finally been served.

John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in New York, New York, moves

cross-country to Washington state following the deaths of his wife and daughter in

a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban

Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing

his life back together.

However, John soon discovers that he has unexpected and unwelcome company in

his new home: the unhappy ghost of a murdered young boy. The ghost makes its

presence felt by various phenomena such as shattering windows, abruptly opening

and shutting doors, and manifesting itself dramatically during a seance. John

investigates the identity of the dead child and finds that the mystery is linked to a

powerful local family, the heir of which is a wealthy United States senator, Joseph

Carmichael.

70 John subsequently discovers that the real Joseph Carmichael was murdered by his

father, Richard. Joseph was a crippled, sickly child, and in the event of his death

before his 21st birthday, the family fortune (which he inherited from his late

maternal grandfather) would pass to charity. Desperate to keep control of the

fortune, Joseph's father drowned young Joseph in the bathtub, secretly replaced

him with a healthy orphan, and took him to Europe in the guise of seeking a

treatment or cure. He returned several years later with the impostor, now grown

and "cured" of his illness, and continued as if nothing had happened.

Now, the ghost of the real Joseph haunts the house, making great efforts to

persuade John to investigate his murder, and give him some form of justice.

John's investigation leads him to a property that was once owned by the

Carmichael family, and after convincing Mrs. Gray (the owner of the property and

whose daughter has seen Joseph's ghost), John discovers the skeletal remains of

Joseph in a well, as well as his birth medal.

After refusing to hand the medal over to the police, John attempts to speak to

Senator Carmichael as he is about to depart by plane but is restrained by police. It

is then revealed that the Senator has an identical medal to the one John found. The

Senator then sends a policeman, Captain Dewitt to John's home in an attempt to

retrieve the medal, John refuses and when Dewitt leaves to obtain a search

warrant, his vehicle "mysteriously" crashes, killing him.

After hearing of Dewitt's death, the Senator finally agrees to listen to John's story

and meets with him. John reveals the entire story to the Senator, that his father

murdered his natural son and replaced him with a changeling, which is the

Senator. The Senator refuses to believe the story and angrily berates John for

accusing his father, whom he claims was a "loving man", of murder. John then

71 leaves the Senator Joseph's medal, files and the only copy of the seance recording

and apologizes. The Senator threatens John that there will be consequences if he

has told anyone else of his story.

Meanwhile, John's realtor and friend, Claire, goes to the house alone in an attempt

to find John and is chased by Joseph's wheelchair until she falls down the stairs.

Meanwhile the house begins to shake and rumble. John arrives, and escorts Claire

outside, and then goes back inside to try and stop the ghost of Joseph. A strong

wind causes John to fall from the second story, but he survives. Joseph then lights

the house on fire.

Meanwhile, back at the Senator's home, he is observing the two birth medallions,

and throws Joseph's away while placing his own on a portrait of his father.

Suddenly, the picture and the desk start shaking violently and an illusion of the

Senator is transported to the house and begins to climb the stairs which then

crumble. John sees the Senator's illusion walking up the main staircase, and

narrowly escapes being crushed by a chandelier. Meanwhile the Senator's illusion

then climbs the stairs to Joseph's attic room where he witnesses how his father

murdered the real Joseph by drowning him. Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the

Senator himself suffers a heart attack and dies as Joseph's attic room explodes.

John and Claire arrive and see the Senator's body being hoisted away. The

ambulance then passes the Carmichael mansion which is now completely

engulfed in flames.

The next morning, at the ruins of the mansion, Joseph's burnt wheelchair is seen

sitting upright and his music box then opens and begins playing a lullaby, possibly

signifying that the justice he wanted has finally been served.

72 John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in New York, New York, moves

cross-country to Washington state following the deaths of his wife and daughter in

a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban

Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing

his life back together.

However, John soon discovers that he has unexpected and unwelcome company in

his new home: the unhappy ghost of a murdered young boy. The ghost makes its

presence felt by various phenomena such as shattering windows, abruptly opening

and shutting doors, and manifesting itself dramatically during a seance. John

investigates the identity of the dead child and finds that the mystery is linked to a

powerful local family, the heir of which is a wealthy United States senator, Joseph

Carmichael.

John subsequently discovers that the real Joseph Carmichael was murdered by his

father, Richard. Joseph was a crippled, sickly child, and in the event of his death

before his 21st birthday, the family fortune (which he inherited from his late

maternal grandfather) would pass to charity. Desperate to keep control of the

fortune, Joseph's father drowned young Joseph in the bathtub, secretly replaced

him with a healthy orphan, and took him to Europe in the guise of seeking a

treatment or cure. He returned several years later with the impostor, now grown

and "cured" of his illness, and continued as if nothing had happened.

Now, the ghost of the real Joseph haunts the house, making great efforts to

persuade John to investigate his murder, and give him some form of justice.

John's investigation leads him to a property that was once owned by the

Carmichael family, and after convincing Mrs. Gray (the owner of the property and

73 whose daughter has seen Joseph's ghost), John discovers the skeletal remains of

Joseph in a well, as well as his birth medal.

After refusing to hand the medal over to the police, John attempts to speak to

Senator Carmichael as he is about to depart by plane but is restrained by police. It

is then revealed that the Senator has an identical medal to the one John found. The

Senator then sends a policeman, Captain Dewitt to John's home in an attempt to

retrieve the medal, John refuses and when Dewitt leaves to obtain a search

warrant, his vehicle "mysteriously" crashes, killing him.

After hearing of Dewitt's death, the Senator finally agrees to listen to John's story

and meets with him. John reveals the entire story to the Senator, that his father

murdered his natural son and replaced him with a changeling, which is the

Senator. The Senator refuses to believe the story and angrily berates John for

accusing his father, whom he claims was a "loving man", of murder. John then

leaves the Senator Joseph's medal, files and the only copy of the seance recording

and apologizes. The Senator threatens John that there will be consequences if he

has told anyone else of his story.

Meanwhile, John's realtor and friend, Claire, goes to the house alone in an attempt

to find John and is chased by Joseph's wheelchair until she falls down the stairs.

Meanwhile the house begins to shake and rumble. John arrives, and escorts Claire

outside, and then goes back inside to try and stop the ghost of Joseph. A strong

wind causes John to fall from the second story, but he survives. Joseph then lights

the house on fire.

Meanwhile, back at the Senator's home, he is observing the two birth medallions,

and throws Joseph's away while placing his own on a portrait of his father.

Suddenly, the picture and the desk start shaking violently and an illusion of the

74 Senator is transported to the house and begins to climb the stairs which then

crumble. John sees the Senator's illusion walking up the main staircase, and

narrowly escapes being crushed by a chandelier. Meanwhile the Senator's illusion

then climbs the stairs to Joseph's attic room where he witnesses how his father

murdered the real Joseph by drowning him. Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the

Senator himself suffers a heart attack and dies as Joseph's attic room explodes.

John and Claire arrive and see the Senator's body being hoisted away. The

ambulance then passes the Carmichael mansion which is now completely

engulfed in flames.

The next morning, at the ruins of the mansion, Joseph's burnt wheelchair is seen

sitting upright and his music box then opens and begins playing a lullaby, possibly

signifying that the justice he wanted has finally been served.

John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in New York, New York, moves

cross-country to Washington state following the deaths of his wife and daughter in

a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban

Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing

his life back together.

However, John soon discovers that he has unexpected and unwelcome company in

his new home: the unhappy ghost of a murdered young boy. The ghost makes its

presence felt by various phenomena such as shattering windows, abruptly opening

and shutting doors, and manifesting itself dramatically during a seance. John

investigates the identity of the dead child and finds that the mystery is linked to a

powerful local family, the heir of which is a wealthy United States senator, Joseph

Carmichael.

75 John subsequently discovers that the real Joseph Carmichael was murdered by his

father, Richard. Joseph was a crippled, sickly child, and in the event of his death

before his 21st birthday, the family fortune (which he inherited from his late

maternal grandfather) would pass to charity. Desperate to keep control of the

fortune, Joseph's father drowned young Joseph in the bathtub, secretly replaced

him with a healthy orphan, and took him to Europe in the guise of seeking a

treatment or cure. He returned several years later with the impostor, now grown

and "cured" of his illness, and continued as if nothing had happened.

Now, the ghost of the real Joseph haunts the house, making great efforts to

persuade John to investigate his murder, and give him some form of justice.

John's investigation leads him to a property that was once owned by the

Carmichael family, and after convincing Mrs. Gray (the owner of the property and

whose daughter has seen Joseph's ghost), John discovers the skeletal remains of

Joseph in a well, as well as his birth medal.

After refusing to hand the medal over to the police, John attempts to speak to

Senator Carmichael as he is about to depart by plane but is restrained by police. It

is then revealed that the Senator has an identical medal to the one John found. The

Senator then sends a policeman, Captain Dewitt to John's home in an attempt to

retrieve the medal, John refuses and when Dewitt leaves to obtain a search

warrant, his vehicle "mysteriously" crashes, killing him.

After hearing of Dewitt's death, the Senator finally agrees to listen to John's story

and meets with him. John reveals the entire story to the Senator, that his father

murdered his natural son and replaced him with a changeling, which is the

Senator. The Senator refuses to believe the story and angrily berates John for

accusing his father, whom he claims was a "loving man", of murder. John then

76 leaves the Senator Joseph's medal, files and the only copy of the seance recording

and apologizes. The Senator threatens John that there will be consequences if he

has told anyone else of his story.

Meanwhile, John's realtor and friend, Claire, goes to the house alone in an attempt

to find John and is chased by Joseph's wheelchair until she falls down the stairs.

Meanwhile the house begins to shake and rumble. John arrives, and escorts Claire

outside, and then goes back inside to try and stop the ghost of Joseph. A strong

wind causes John to fall from the second story, but he survives. Joseph then lights

the house on fire.

Meanwhile, back at the Senator's home, he is observing the two birth medallions,

and throws Joseph's away while placing his own on a portrait of his father.

Suddenly, the picture and the desk start shaking violently and an illusion of the

Senator is transported to the house and begins to climb the stairs which then

crumble. John sees the Senator's illusion walking up the main staircase, and

narrowly escapes being crushed by a chandelier. Meanwhile the Senator's illusion

then climbs the stairs to Joseph's attic room where he witnesses how his father

murdered the real Joseph by drowning him. Meanwhile, back at the mansion, the

Senator himself suffers a heart attack and dies as Joseph's attic room explodes.

John and Claire arrive and see the Senator's body being hoisted away. The

ambulance then passes the Carmichael mansion which is now completely

engulfed in flames.

The next morning, at the ruins of the mansion, Joseph's burnt wheelchair is seen

sitting upright and his music box then opens and begins playing a lullaby, possibly

signifying that the justice he wanted has finally been served.

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The Sixth Sense Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist in Philadelphia, returns home one night with his wife, Anna, after having been honored for his work. Anna tells Malcolm that everything is second to his work, and that she believes he is truly gifted. Just then, a young man appears in their bathroom, and accuses Malcolm of failing him. Malcolm recognizes him as Vincent Grey, a former patient whom he treated as a child for hallucinations. After Malcolm realizes he did fail him, Vincent shoots his former doctor before killing himself. The next fall, Malcolm begins working with another patient, 9-year-old Cole Sear, whose case is similar to Vincent's. Malcolm becomes dedicated to the boy, though he is haunted by doubts over his ability to help him after his failure with Vincent. Meanwhile, he and his wife seldom, if ever, speak or do anything together. Malcolm feels he must help Cole in order to rectify his failure to Vincent and reconcile with his wife. Cole's mother, Lynn, who truly loves him, worries about his social stamina, especially after seeing signs of physical abuse. Cole eventually confides his secret to Malcolm: he sees dead people, who walk around like the living unaware they are dead. At first, Malcolm thinks Cole is delusional and considers dropping him. Remembering Vincent, the psychologist listens to an audiotape from a session with Vincent in 1987, then a child. On the tape, when Malcolm leaves the room, and then returns, Vincent was crying. Turning up the volume, Malcolm hears a weeping man begging for help in Spanish, and now believes that Cole is telling the truth and that Vincent may have had the same ability. He suggests to Cole that he should try to find a purpose for his gift by communicating with the ghosts and perhaps aid

79 them with their unfinished business. At first, Cole is unwilling since the ghosts

terrify and sometimes even threaten him, but he finally decides to do it.

Cole talks to one of the ghosts, Kyra Collins, a young chronically ill girl who recently

died. He goes with Malcolm to her funeral reception at her home, where Kyra

directs him to a box holding a videotape, which he then gives to her father. The

tape shows Kyra's mother putting a cleaning fluid in her soup. By proving she was

a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, Cole has saved Kyra's younger sister,

the mother's next victim.

Learning to live with the ghosts he sees, Cole starts to fit in at school and gets the

lead in the school play, which Malcolm attends. The doctor and patient depart on

positive terms and Cole suggests to Malcolm that he should try speaking to Anna

while she is asleep. Later, while stuck in a traffic jam, Cole confesses his secret to

Lynn, saying that someone died in an accident up ahead and he knows because the

person is right next to him. Lynn does not see the recently deceased, but Cole sees

a woman cyclist with blood dripping down her face. Although his mother at first

does not believe him, Cole proves his ability to her by talking about how his

grandmother visits him. He describes how his grandmother saw his mother in a

dance performance, even though Lynn thought her mother was not there. He

further relays the answer to a question his mother privately asked at her mother's

grave. When Cole says that his grandmother feels proud of Lynn, his mother

tearfully accepts the truth and they hug each other.

Malcolm returns home, where he finds his wife asleep with their wedding video

playing. While still asleep, Anna asks her husband why he left her, and drops

Malcolm's wedding ring, which he suddenly discovers he has not been wearing.

He remembers what Cole said about ghosts and realizes that he was actually killed

80 by Vincent that night, and was unknowingly dead the entire time he was working

with Cole. Because of Cole's efforts, Malcolm's unfinished business – rectifying his

failure to understand and help Vincent – is finally complete. Malcolm fulfills the

second reason he returned: to tell his wife she was never second, and that he loves

her. His goal complete, he is free to leave the world of the living.

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In the Mouth of Madness Dr. Wrenn (David Warner) visits John Trent (Sam Neill), a patient in a psychiatric hospital, and asks Trent to recount his story:

After exposing an arson-fraud scam, Trent, an insurance investigator, has lunch with a colleague who preps him on his next assignment, investigating a claim made by New York-based Arcane Publishing. During their conversation, Trent is attacked by a man wielding an axe who, after asking him if he reads Sutter Cane, is shot dead by a police officer before he can harm Trent. Trent later meets with Arcane Publishing director Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston) who tasks him with investigating the disappearance of popular horror novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), and recovering the manuscript for Cane's final novel. He assigns Cane's editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), to accompany him. Linda explains the stories are known to cause disorientation, memory loss, and paranoia in "less stable readers." Trent remains skeptical, convinced that the disappearance is merely an elaborate publicity stunt. Trent notices a series of red lines on Cane's book's covers that, when aligned properly, form the outline of New Hampshire and mark a location alluded to be Hobb's End, the fictional setting for many of Cane's works. As they set out to find the town, Linda experiences bizarre phenomena during the late-night drive, inexplicably arriving at Hobb's End in daylight. Trent and Linda search the small town and begin encountering people and landmarks described as fictional in Cane's novels. Trent believes it all to be staged, but Linda disagrees. She admits to Trent that Arcane Publishing's claim was indeed a fraudulent stunt to

83 promote Cane's book, but the time distortion and exact replica of Hobb's End were

never part of the plan.

Linda heads to a church to confront Cane, who exposes her to his final novel, In The

Mouth of Madness, which drives her insane, embracing and kissing Cane

passionately. A man approaches Trent in a bar and warns him to leave, then

commits suicide. Outside the bar, a mob of monstrous-looking townspeople

descend upon him. Trent attempts to drive away from Hobb's End but is repeatedly

teleported back to the center of town. After crashing his car, Trent awakens inside

the church with Linda, where Cane explains that the public's belief in his stories

have freed an ancient race of monstrous beings that will reclaim the Earth. Cane

reveals that Trent himself is merely one of his characters who must follow Cane's

plot and return the manuscript of In The Mouth of Madness to Arcane Publishing,

ushering the end of humanity.

After giving Trent the manuscript, Cane tears his face open, creating a portal to the

dimension of Cane's monstrous masters. Trent and Linda flee down a long tunnel

as monsters chase them; Linda offers to stay behind, to delay the unseen monsters

and because she has already read the entire book. Trent continues running and

suddenly finds himself lying on a country road, apparently back in reality. During

his return to New York, Trent destroys the manuscript. Back at Arcane Publishing,

Trent relates his experience to Harglow. Harglow claims complete ignorance of

Linda; Trent was sent alone to find Cane, and the manuscript had already been

delivered months previously. In The Mouth of Madness has been on sale for weeks

with a film adaptation in post production. Trent is arrested after he murders a

reader of the newly released novel, who has altered eyes and a nosebleed; Trent

84 asks if he is enjoying the book, and when the dazed reader nods, Trent tells him he

should not be surprised before swinging the axe.

After Trent finishes telling his story, Dr. Wrenn judges it a meaningless

hallucination. Trent wakes the following day to find the asylum abandoned. He

departs as a radio announces that the world has been overrun with monstrous

creatures, and that outbreaks of suicide and mass murder are commonplace. Trent

goes to see the In the Mouth of Madness film and discovers that he is the main

character in the film. As he watches his previous actions play out on screen,

including a scene where he insisted to Linda "This is reality!", Trent begins

laughing hysterically before breaking down crying.

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86

The Brood Psychotherapist Hal Raglan runs the Somafree Institute where he performs a

technique called "psychoplasmics", encouraging patients with mental disturbances to let go of their suppressed emotions through physiological changes

to their bodies. One of his patients is Nola Carveth, a severely disturbed woman

who is legally embattled with her husband Frank for custody of their five-year-old daughter Candice. When Frank discovers bruises and scratches on Candice following a visit with Nola, he informs Raglan of his intent to stop visitation rights. Wanting to protect his patient, Raglan begins to intensify the sessions with Nola to resolve the issue quickly. During the therapy sessions, Raglan discovers that Nola was physically and verbally abused by her self-pitying alcoholic mother, and neglected by her co-dependent alcoholic father, who refused to protect Nola out of shame and denial. Meanwhile, Frank, intending to invalidate Raglan's methods, questions Jan Hartog, a former Somafree patient dying of psychoplasmic-induced lymphoma. Frank leaves Candice with her grandmother Juliana, and the two spend the evening viewing old photographs; Juliana informs Candice that Nola was frequently hospitalized as a child, and often exhibited strange unexplained wheals on her skin that doctors were unable to diagnose. While returning to the kitchen, Juliana is attacked and bludgeoned to death by a small, dwarf-like child. Candice is traumatized, but otherwise unharmed. Juliana's estranged husband Barton returns for the funeral, and attempts to contact Nola at Somafree, but Raglan turns him away. Frank invites his daughter's

teacher Ruth Mayer home for dinner to discuss Candice, but Barton interrupts with

a drunken phone call from Juliana's home, demanding that they both go to

87 Somafree in force to see Nola. Frank leaves to console Barton, leaving Candice in

Ruth's care. While he is away, Ruth accidentally answers a phone call from Nola,

who, recognizing her voice, insults her and angrily warns her to stay away from her

family. Frank arrives to find Barton murdered by the same deformed dwarf-child,

who dies after attempting to kill Frank.

The police autopsy reveals a multitude of bizarre anatomical anomalies: the

creature is asexual, supposedly color-blind, naturally toothless, and devoid of a

navel, indicating no known means of natural human birth. After the murder story

reaches the newspapers, Raglan reluctantly acknowledges that the murders

coincide with the sessions relating to their respective topics. He closes Somafree

and sends his patients to municipal care with the exception of Nola.

When Candice returns to school, two dwarf children attack and kill Ruth in front of

her class, and abscond with Candice to Somafree. Frank is alerted of the closure of

Somafree by Hartog. Mike, one of the patients forced to leave the institute tells

Frank that Nola is Raglan's "queen bee" and in charge of some "disturbed

children" in a property work shed. Frank immediately ventures to Somafree. Raglan

tells him the truth about the dwarf children: they are the accidental product of

Nola's psychoplasmic sessions; Nola's rage about her abuse was so strong that she

parthenogenetically bore a brood of children who psychically respond and act on

the targets of her rage with Nola completely unaware of their actions. Realizing the

brood are too dangerous to keep anymore, Raglan plots to venture into their

quarters and rescue Candice, provided that Frank can keep Nola calm to avoid

provoking the children.

Frank attempts a feigned rapprochement long enough for Raglan to collect

Candice, but when he witnesses Nola give birth to another child through a

88 psychoplasmically-induced external womb, she notices his disgust. The brood

awakens and kills Raglan. Nola then threatens to kill Candice rather than lose her.

The brood goes after her, Candice hides in a closet, but the brood begins to break

through the door and try to grab Candice. In desperation, Frank chokes Nola to

death, and the brood dies without its mother's psychic connection. He carries

Candice back to his car and they drive off, but it is hinted that the events she

endured result in the same phenomenon her mother experienced: a pair of small

bumps are seen growing on her arm.

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Hellraiser In Morocco, Frank Cotton buys a puzzle box from a dealer. In a bare room, Frank solves the puzzle box. Immediately, hooked chains emerge from it and tear into his flesh. Later the room is filled with swinging chains spattered with the remnants of Frank's body. A black-robed figure picks up the puzzle box and returns it to its original state, restoring the room to normal. Frank's brother, Larry, has decided to move into his childhood home in an attempt to rebuild his strained relationship with his second wife, Julia, who had an affair with Frank shortly after marrying Larry. Larry's teenage daughter, Kirsty, has chosen not to live with her stepmother and moves into her own home. The abandoned home shows traces of Frank's recent presence, but Larry assumes Frank has fled the authorities. Larry cuts his hand on a nail, and drips blood on the attic floor, which conceals the remnants of Frank's body. The blood resurrects Frank. That night, Julia finds Frank in the attic. Still obsessed with him, she agrees to harvest blood for him so that he can be fully restored and they can run away together. Julia begins picking up men in bars and bringing them back to the house, where she murders them. Frank consumes their blood, regenerating his body. Frank explains to Julia that he had exhausted all sensory experiences and sought out the puzzle box on the promise that it would open a portal to a realm of new carnal pleasures. When solved, the box opened up a portal to the realm of the "Cenobites", who subjected him to the extremes of sadomasochism. Kirsty spies Julia bringing men to the house and, believing her to be having an affair, follows her to the attic, where she interrupts Frank's feeding. Frank attacks her, but Kirsty throws the puzzle box out the window, creating enough of a distraction for her to escape. Kirsty retrieves the box and runs away, but, shaken by

91 her experiences, collapses shortly thereafter. Awakening in a hospital, Kirsty solves

the puzzle box, summoning the Cenobites and a two-headed monster, which Kirsty

narrowly escapes from. The Cenobites' leader, Pinhead, explains that although the

Cenobites have been perceived as both angels and demons, they are simply

"explorers" of the carnal experience, and they can no longer differentiate between

extreme pain and extreme pleasure. Although they attempt to force Kirsty to return

to their realm with them, she lets their leader know that one of their "subjects" has

escaped, and suggests giving them Frank in exchange for her freedom. They

accept.

Kirsty returns home, where Frank, posing as Larry, tells her he had to kill a

deranged Frank. Julia shows her a flayed corpse in the attic, locking the door

behind her. The Cenobites appear and demand the man who "did this". Kirsty runs

out of the room and tries to escape, but is held by Julia and Frank. Frank reveals his

true identity to Kirsty, and, when his sexual advances are rejected, he decides to kill

her to complete his rejuvenation. He accidentally stabs Julia instead and drinks her

blood without remorse.

Frank chases Kirsty to the attic, and when he is about to kill her, the Cenobites

appear. Now sure he is their prey, they ensnare him with chains and tear him to

pieces. They then attempt to abduct Kirsty. Ripping the puzzle box from Julia's

dead hands, Kirsty defeats the Cenobites by reversing the motions needed to open

the puzzle box, sending them away in a burst of electricity. Her boyfriend shows up

and helps her escape the quickly deteriorating house.

As Kirsty looks back at the house, it bursts into flames, and Kirsty throws the box

into them. A vagrant who has been stalking Kirsty walks into the fire and retrieves

the box before transforming into a winged creature and flying away. The box ends

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prospective customer.\

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The Devil’s Backbone Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and a defused bomb sits in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage.

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Pet Sematary The Creed family – Louis, Rachel, and their children Ellie and Gage – move from Chicago toLudlow, Maine, where they befriend elderly neighbor Jud Crandall, who takes them to an isolated pet cemetery hidden behind the Creeds' new home. While working at the University of Maine, Louis meets Victor Pascow, who is brought in with severe injuries from a car accident. He warns Louis about the pet cemetery before he dies, calling Louis by name despite the fact they have not previously met. After he dies, Pascow comes to Louis in a dream to tell him about the dangers inherent at the cemetery. Louis awakens assuming it was a dream, but notices his feet are covered in dirt, indicating he had gone to the cemetery. During Thanksgiving while the family is gone, Ellie's cat Church is run down on the highway by the house. Jud takes Louis beyond the cemetery and buries Church where he says the real burial ground is. Church comes back to life, though a shell of what he was before; he now seems more feral. Sometime later, Gage is killed by a truck along the same highway. When Louis questions Jud on whether humans have been buried in the cemetery before, Jud recounts a story of a friend named Bill who buried his son Timmy who died in World War II at the site, but he came back changed. Realizing the horror he brought to the townsfolk, Jud and some other friends tried destroying Timmy by burning him to death in the house, but Bill refused to get out without Timmy and both perished. Rachel and Ellie go on a trip while Louis remains home. Despite Jud's warnings and Pascow's attempts to stop him, Louis exhumes his son's body and buries him at the ritual site. Pascow appears to Rachel and warns her that Louis has done something terrible. She tries telephoning Louis, then Jud, informing him she is returning home. She hangs up before Jud can warn her not to return. That night,

97 Gage returns home and steals a scalpel from his father's bag. He taunts Jud before

slashing his Achilles tendon and killing him. Rachel returns home and begins

having visions of her disfigured sister Zelda before she died, only to discover that

she is actually seeing Gage, holding a scalpel. In shock and disbelief, Rachel

reaches down to hug her son and he kills her.

Waking up from his sleep, Louis notices Gage's footprints in the house and discovers that his scalpel is missing. Getting a message from Gage that he has "played" with Jud and "Mommy" and wants to play with him now, he fills two syringes with morphine and heads to Jud's house. Encountering Church, who attacks him, he kills the cat with an injection. Gage taunts him further within Jud's house and Louis discovers Rachel's corpse, falling hanged from the attic before he is attacked by his son. After a brief battle, Louis kills Gage with the morphine injection. He then lights the house on fire, leaving it to burn as he carries Rachel from the fire. Despite Pascow's continued insistence not to, Louis, now grief- stricken to the point of insanity, believes that because Rachel was not dead as long as Gage was, burying her to bring her back "will work this time". Pascow cries out in frustration and vanishes as Louis passes through him. That night, Rachel returns to the house and she and Louis kiss. Unknown to him, she takes a knife from the counter and stabs Louis.

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The Descent Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and Beth (Alex Reid) are whitewater rafting in Scotland. Sarah's husband Paul (Oliver Milburn) and their daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) wave and cheer from the bank. Juno is seen talking intimately with Paul by Beth. On the drive back to their hotel, Paul gets distracted, causing a collision. Paul and Jessica are killed, but Sarah survives. One year later, Juno, Sarah, Beth, Sam (MyAnna Buring) and Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) are reunited at a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), Juno's new friend, is introduced. As they reminisce over an old photo of Juno, Sarah, and Beth, Sarah says "Love each day", explaining that it was a saying of her late husband's. The next morning the group goes spelunking. When the group breaks for lunch in a huge gallery, Juno tearfully apologises to Sarah for not being there for her after the accident, but Sarah is distant. As the group moves through the next passage it collapses behind them, with Sarah barely making it through. After a heated discussion, Juno admits that she has led them into an unknown cave system, instead of the fully explored cave system they planned for. The only people who were told about their expedition think they are at the other cave system, making rescue impossible. They are trapped, and the chance of another exit is very low. Privately, Juno tells Sarah that she led them into the unknown cave hoping to restore their relationship, but Sarah rebuffs her. As the group presses forward, they discover climbing equipment from a previous visitor, and a cave painting that suggests a second exit exists. Holly, thinking she sees sunlight, runs ahead, and falls down a hole and breaks her leg. Sam sets Holly's fracture with a splint and they carry her. As the others help

100 Holly, Sarah wanders off and observes a pale, humanoid creature drinking at a

pool. It scampers off into the darkness when Sarah gasps. The others think Sarah

imagined it, but Sarah insists that she saw someone. Soon after they come across a

den of animal bones, and are suddenly attacked by one of the creatures. The group

scatter, and the crawler rips out Holly's throat. Sarah trips and falls and passes out.

Seeing Holly is still alive, Juno tries to defend her from the crawlers, but Holly is

ultimately dragged away. After a brutal fight, a frenzied Juno hears something

approaching behind her and whirls around, only to stab Beth through the neck

with her pickaxe. Beth grabs Juno's pendant as she drops to the ground, but Juno

stumbles away in shock as Beth reaches out to her.

Sarah awakens to find herself in a den of human and animal carcasses, where

Holly's body drops from a hole in the ceiling. Sarah is forced to hide and watch

crawlers feast upon her corpse before pressing forward. Juno discovers markings

pointing to a specific path through the caves. She eventually locates Sam and

Rebecca and rescues them from a crawler. Realizing that the creatures are blind

and hunt through sound, Juno deduces that there is a second entrance where the

crawlers bring down their prey to eat. Juno tells them the markings she discovered

may point to the way out, but she will not leave without Sarah. Meanwhile, Sarah

encounters the mortally wounded Beth, who tells Sarah that Juno wounded her

and left her. Sarah does not believe her until Beth gives her Juno's pendant, which

Sarah finds out to have the words "love each day" inscribed on it – revealing Juno's

affair with Sarah's husband. Beth, in extreme pain, asks Sarah toeuthanize her, and

Sarah reluctantly complies, smashing her head with a rock. Sarah is soon set upon

by a family of crawlers, and in the ensuing struggle, falls into a pool of blood.

Managing to kill the entire crawler family, Sarah descends into a feral state of

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survival, letting out a scream of madness. Elsewhere, Juno, Sam and Rebecca are

pursued by a large group of crawlers. Crawlers kill Sam and Rebecca, and Juno

leaps into a chasm to escape.

Juno climbs out of the chasm and is helped onto a ledge by a bloodsoaked Sarah,

who asks her if she saw Beth die. Juno, in shock, nods. The two push through the

caves until they encounter a group of crawlers and defeat them. Sarah then faces

Juno, and shows that she has Juno's pendant, revealing that she knows that she

wounded and left Beth for dead and also about her affair. Sarah cripples Juno with

a pickaxe. Juno pulls the pickaxe from her leg and turns to face a large group of

crawlers while Sarah leaves her behind, Juno's fighting screams fade as Sarah goes

further. Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconscious. She awakens,

scrambles up a huge pile of bones towards daylight, squeezes through a narrow

opening onto the surface, runs to her vehicle and speeds off. She pulls over to

vomit and sees Juno sitting next to her, her face streaked with blood. Sarah

screams and reawakens to find herself still in the cavern, revealing that the events

since her previous awakening were a dream. She sees her smiling daughter close

by and a birthday cake between them. The field of view widens to reveal that Sarah

is hallucinating and she is actually staring at a torch. The calls of the crawlers grow

louder as the movie ends, but Sarah is oblivious.

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Friday the 13th (1980 film) In the summer of 1958, two camp counselors, Barry and Claudette, sneak away from a campfire to have sex. An unknown assailant follows them and is recognized before brutally attacking and killing them.

Twenty-one years later, Annie arrives at the town of Crystal Lake asking for a ride out to the camp. Despite warnings from the town crazy, Ralph, about "camp blood",

a truck driver gives her a ride. On the way he too warns her of a death curse

supposedly on the camp after a drowning in 1957, two murders in 1958, and several non-fatal incidents following that. She heeds his warning but cannot back out. He drops her off halfway to the camp, and she finds a ride in a Jeep. She becomes panicked when the unspeaking driver drives past the camp's entrance and she tries to flee, but the driver surprises her in the forest and slashes her throat. Meanwhile, three new counselors, Marcie, Ned, and Jack, arrive at the camp and meet the camp's owner, Steve Christy, two of his hands, Bill and Alice, and another counselor, Brenda. After setting them up, Steve leaves for supplies. The

sheriff arrives shortly after, looking for Crazy Ralph, who appears shortly after he leaves, disturbing them by proclaiming they are "all doomed" before leaving. As a storm rolls in, Ned spots someone in one of the cabins and investigates. Meanwhile, Marcie tells Jack about a recurring dream of rain turning into blood. As the storm moves in on them, they go to a nearby cabin to have sex, unaware that Ned is in the upper bunk, dead from a slashed throat. After Marcie leaves the cabin

to wash up, Jack is impaled in bed, and someone kills Marcie in the bathroom with

an axe. Bill, Alice, and Brenda are playing strip Monopoly when Brenda realizes her

cabin windows are open and lies down. She hears what sounds like a child calling for help and is lured out onto the archery range where she is killed. At the main

cabin, Alice hears Brenda's screams; she and Bill go searching for their friends, but,

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discovering the axe in a bunk, they are left with more questions than answers. Bill

convinces Alice that it is a prank, and they return to the cabin. Meanwhile, Steve

returns to the camp on foot and recognizes someone at the entrance before being

stabbed and killed. The attacker then turns off the generator, and Bill leaves alone

to fix it.

Alice awakens sometime later and goes searching for Bill, only to find his body

pinned to the generator room door by arrows. She flees back to the main cabin,

and Brenda's body is hurled through the window. A jeep pulls up and she runs out

for help and encounters a woman named Mrs. Voorhees, an old friend of the

Christy family. She discovers Brenda's body and recalls losing her own son Jason,

who drowned in 1957 because the counselors watching him were having sex and

not paying attention. She then grows unstable and pulls abowie knife on Alice and

attacks her with it. Alice bludgeons her with a fireplace poker and runs out of the

cabin, discovering Annie and Steve's bodies as she flees. Mrs. Voorhees finds her

again, and again Alice escapes, eventually hitting Pamela with a frying pan so hard

this time she believes she is dead. Retreating to the lake, Mrs. Voorhees attacks

again with a machete. After a violent battle on the beach, Alice gains control and

decapitates her attacker. Stricken with shock, Alice then pushes a canoe out onto

the lake and falls asleep.

The next morning, police investigating see Alice on the lake and call to her.

Suddenly, the decomposing body of Jason leaps from the lake, dragging her under

the water. She wakens in the hospital, having recalled the murders and the boy in

the lake, but the sheriff claims they did not find any boy. After a pause of confusion

she then proclaims that "he's still there" before the camera returns to the lake, now

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Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a cynical, skeptical author who, after the death of his daughter Katie (Jasmine Jessica Anthony), writes books appraising supernatural events in which he has no belief. After his latest book, he receives an anonymous postcard depicting The Dolphin, a hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City bearing the message, "Don't enter 1408." Viewing this as a challenge, Mike forces the hotel to allow him to book the room, referencing a law that any hotel room in New York can be requested as long as it meets safety standards. The hotel manager, Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to dissuade Mike from checking into the room, explaining that 56 people have died in the room over the past 95 years, and that no one has lasted more than an hour inside it. Mike, who does not believe in the paranormal, insists on staying in the room, and asks Olin if he thinks it is haunted; Olin replies that it is "evil" rather than haunted. Once inside the room, Mike describes on his mini-cassette recorder the room's dull appearance and its unimpressive lack of supernatural phenomena. During his examination, the clock radio starts playing "We've Only Just Begun". Mike assumes that Olin is playing a trick to scare him. At 8:07, the song plays again and the clock's digital display changes to a countdown starting from "60:00". Mike experiences a series of supernatural events. A window sash slams down on his hand, the hotel operator calls about food he didn't order, and spectral manifestations of the room's past victims and members of his family, particularly his daughter, appear on the TV set. Mike's attempts to leave the room are in vain; the doorknob breaks off, climbing through the air ducts prompts an attack from the

corpse of a former room victim, and climbing onto the window ledge reveals the windows of the other rooms have disappeared.

108 Mike uses his laptop to contact his estranged wife, Lily (Mary McCormack), but the

sprinkler system short circuits his laptop. The room temperature drops to subzero

when the laptop suddenly begins to work again, and Lily tells him the police have

entered 1408, but the room is empty. A doppelgänger of Mike appears in a video

chat window and urges Lily to come to the hotel herself; it gives Mike a diabolical

smile. The room shakes violently and Mike breaks a picture of a ship in a storm.

Water pours from the broken picture, flooding the room. He surfaces on a beach

and relives a surfing accident seen earlier in the film. His life continues from this

point, and he reconciles with Lily. Eventually he assumes his experience in 1408

was just a dream. Lily persuades him to write a book about it. When visiting the

post office to send the manuscript to his publisher, he recognizes members of a

construction crew as the Dolphin Hotel staff. They destroy the post office walls,

revealing Mike is still trapped in 1408. A vision of his deceased daughter Katie

appears to Mike, and after some reluctance he embraces her; she crumbles to dust.

The clock radio begins playing "We've Only Just Begun" again, and Mike looks for

it in the rubble. It counts down the final seconds. When the countdown ends, the

room is suddenly restored to normal, and the clock radio resets itself to 60:00.

The "hotel operator" calls Mike again. When Mike begs to be released, she informs

him that he can relive the hour over and over again, or use their "express checkout

system"; A hangman's noose appears and Mike has a vision of himself hanged, but

he refuses to kill himself. Mike improvises a Molotov cocktail from a bottle of

cognac given to him by Olin, and sets the room on fire. The fire alarm sounds, the

hotel is evacuated, and Lily is prevented from entering. Mike breaks a window,

causing a backdraft. Mike lies down upon the floor and covers his ears. A group of

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Mike tells the firefighters, "Don't go in that room

Mike and Lily move to Los Angeles, California. They are unpacking as Lily moves

about the house. Mike begins to think again that his experiences were just a bad

dream. He finds his tape recorder in a box and plays it. The sound of Mike's

encounter with Katie is on the tape. Lily and Mike realize that the ordeal was real.

It's evil."

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Nightmare on Elm Street A mysterious man walks into a decrepit boiler room, where he makes a sharp clawed glove. High school student Tina Gray has a nightmare in which she wanders about in the same boiler room stalked by a killer with a burnt face. She wakes up to find slashes in her nightgown reminiscent of the killer's glove. The next day, Tina's best friend Nancy Thompson consoles her, and recalls a nursery rhyme, "One, Two, Freddy's Coming for You". Nancy's boyfriend Glen Lantz advises her that it is just a dream, which works for him when he has nightmares. That night, Nancy and Glen stay at Tina's. During their conversation, Tina discovers Nancy dreamed about the same killer. Tina's boyfriend Rod Lane crashes the sleepover in order to apologize for an argument they had earlier. They sleep together while Glen and Nancy sleep in adjacent rooms. Tina falls asleep and is again stalked by the killer, who pins her down in her back yard. Her struggles and screams awaken Rod, who witnesses her being stabbed by an invisible killer, before she is dragged up the wall and across the ceiling. Her screams alert Nancy and Glen who are unable to enter the room. When Tina falls dead onto the bed, Rod flees through a window. At the police station, Nancy is questioned by her father, Lieutenant Don Thompson, and she explains Tina dreamed someone was trying to kill her. The next day, Rod grabs Nancy on her way to school and proclaims his innocence before he is arrested by Don. At school, Nancy falls asleep during class and follows Tina's bagged body into a boiler room where the killer, who calls himself "Freddy" attempts to kill her until she burns her arm on a hot pipe, and wakes up in class. She discovers a similar burn on her arm, and becomes afraid of falling asleep. She falls asleep in her bathtub and Freddy tries to pull her under water, but Nancy

escapes. Hearing from Rod that he has dreamed of the same killer, she suspects he

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is real and can kill people in their dreams. She has Glen watch her while she sleeps,

and sees Freddy going after Rod, but he attacks her instead. She runs back to her

room but is unable to wake herself up. When Freddy attacks her again, her alarm

goes off and she wakes up. Nancy and Glen go to the police station, but are too late

to save Rod, who is hanged in his cell in an apparent suicide, although it was

actually an invisible Freddy who wrapped a bed sheet around his neck while he

was asleep. After Rod's funeral, Nancy's mother Marge insists on taking Nancy to a

dream clinic. While there, she has another nightmare and wakes up with a gash in

her arm. She also discovers that she pulled out the killer's hat, which Marge

recognizes. Marge begins drinking heavily, and fortifies their house with security

bars. When Nancy begs her to tell her what happened, Marge says that she and

several parents in the neighborhood soughtvigilante justice against a child

murderer named Fred Krueger when he was released on a technicality, and they

burned him to death.

Nancy, having been awake for seven days, decides to try to pull Freddy into the real

world and convinces Glen to be there to knock him out. Glen's parents, concerned

about Nancy's influence, prevent the two from meeting. Glen falls asleep and

Freddy kills him by pulling him into his bed mattress. While Lt. Thompson is

investigating, he receives a call from Nancy who tells him to break into her house

in twenty minutes. She sets up booby traps and tucks her drunken mother in for

the night. After falling asleep, Freddy does not reveal himself until the last ten

seconds of her dream and she tackles him, pulling him into the real world. He

chases her around the house, falling into Nancy's traps, and is lit on fire. When Don

arrives, they discover Freddy has gone upstairs and is smothering Marge with his

burning body. Nancy knocks Freddy out by hitting him with a chair. Don comes into

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the room and puts out the fire. Freddy disappears, and Marge's body vanishes into

the bed. Sending Don away, Nancy follows Glen's advice to turn her back on

Freddy. Freddy rises out of Marge's mattress, and she weakens him, calling him

nothing and refusing to believe in him; Freddy vanishes before he can attack her.

Emerging from her front door in broad daylight, Nancy finds her mother sober and

wanting to give up drinking. Glen, Tina and Rod pull up in Glen's car and Nancy

gets in to go to school. The car develops a life of its own and traps them. Nancy

screams for her mother, but the car drives away with the four. Marge is grabbed

through the window of the front door by Freddy and pulled inside.

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Dawn of the Dead The United States is devastated by a mysterious phenomenon which reanimates recently deceased unburied human beings as flesh-eating zombies. Despite the best efforts by the U.S. government and local authorities to control the situation, society is beginning to collapse and the remaining survivors are given to chaos. Some rural communities and the military have been effective in fighting the zombies in open country, but cities are helpless and largely overrun. Confusion reigns at the WGON television studio in Philadelphia by the phenomenon's third week, where staff member Stephen Andrews and Francine Parker are planning to steal the station's traffic helicopter to escape the zombies. Meanwhile, police SWAT officer Roger DiMarco and his team raid an apartment building where the residents are defying the martial law of delivering their dead to National Guardsmen. Some residents fight back with handguns and rifles, and are killed by both the overzealous SWAT team and their own reanimated dead. During the raid, Roger meets Peter Washington, part of anotherSWAT team, and they partner up together. Roger tells Peter that his friend Stephen intends to take his network's helicopter, and suggests that Peter come with them. The matter is decided when they are informed of a group of zombies sheltered in the basement, which they execute with grim determination. That night, Roger and Peter escape Philadelphia with Francine and Stephen in the helicopter. Following some close calls while stopping for fuel, the group comes across a shopping mall, which becomes their sanctuary. To make the mall safe for habitation, they block the entrances with trucks to keep the undead masses outside from building up enough cumulative force to break through; they also craft a wooden "false wall" to hide the access to their living space. During the blockade

116 operation, Roger becomes reckless and is bitten and infected. After clearing the

mall of zombies, the four enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle with all the goods in the

shopping mall available to them. Francine reveals that she is pregnant. Peter offers

to abort the child, but this is rejected. Stephen teaches Francine how to operate the

helicopter in case of emergency. Roger eventually succumbs to his infection, soon

reanimates and is shot in the head by Peter. All emergency broadcast transmissions

eventually cease, suggesting that civilization as they know it has completely

collapsed.

A gang of nomadic motorcyclists, having seen the helicopter during one of

Francine's flying lessons, break into and start looting the mall, destroying the

barriers and allowing hundreds of zombies inside. Stephen starts a gun battle with

the bikers and is shot in the arm. He tries to escape through an elevator shaft, but is

cornered by the undead and bitten several times. As some of the bikers, shot by

Peter, are consumed by the zombies, the rest retreat with their stolen goods. A

reanimated Stephen (apparently knowing enough to remember the false wall)

breaks through it and leads the undead to Francine and Peter. As Stephen enters

their hideout, Peter kills him while Francine escapes to the roof. Peter then locks

himself in a room and contemplates suicide. When zombies burst into the room,

he has a change of heart and fights his way up to the roof, where he joins Francine.

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Deliverance Four Atlanta businessmen, Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds), Ed Gentry (Jon Voight), Bobby Trippe (Ned Beatty) and Drew Ballinger (Ronny Cox), decide to canoe down a river in the remote northern Georgia wilderness, expecting to have fun and witness the area's unspoiled nature before the fictional Cahulawassee River valley is flooded by construction of a dam. Lewis, an experienced outdoorsman, is the leader. Ed is also a veteran of several trips but lacks Lewis' machismo. Bobby and Drew are novices. On Friday afternoon, the foursome, traveling in two cars, arrive at a poor, Appalachian residential area near the river. It is apparent the people are poverty- stricken and likelyinbred. Lewis tries to find someone who can drive their cars to a take out point at Aintry to be picked up on Sunday. Drew, who has a guitar, engages a local boy with a banjo in a friendly "duel." When Drew tries to shake the boy's hand, he turns away. Traveling in pairs, the foursome's two canoes are briefly separated. The occupants of one canoe (Bobby and Ed), land briefly and encounter a pair of grizzled hillbillies emerging from the woods, one wielding a shotgun. Following a verbal altercation, Bobby is forced at gunpoint to strip, his ear twisted to bring him to his hands and knees, and then ordered to "squeal like a pig" before being raped while Ed is bound to a tree and held at gunpoint by the other man. Hearing the commotion, Lewis sneaks up and kills the rapist with an arrow from his recurve bow; meanwhile, the other mountain man quickly escapes into the woods. After a brief but hotheaded debate between Lewis and Drew about whether to inform the authorities, the men vote to side with Lewis' recommendation to bury the dead mountain man's body and continue on as if nothing had happened.

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as the local jury would be composed of the dead man's friends and relatives;

likewise, Bobby doesn't want what had happened to him to be known. Lewis also

reasons the grave would soon be covered by hundreds of feet of water from the

dam project. Drew is the only one opposed to their action and is troubled by the

decision. The four continue downriver but soon disaster strikes as the canoes reach

a dangerous stretch of rapids. As Drew and Ed reach the rapids in the lead canoe,

Drew shakes his head and falls into the water. It is unclear why.

After Drew's fall into the river, the survivors' canoes collide on the rocks, spilling

Lewis, Bobby and Ed into the river. Lewis breaks his femurand the others are

washed ashore alongside him. Encouraged by the badly injured Lewis, who

believes Drew was shot and that they are being stalked by the other mountain

man, Ed climbs a nearby rock face in order to dispatch the other mountain man

using his bow while Bobby stays behind to look after Lewis. Ed reaches the top and

hides out until the next morning, when a mountain man appears on the top of the

cliff with a rifle, looking down into the gorge where Lewis and Bobby are located.

Though they look alike, it is unclear whether this is the same mountain man that

ran away from them. Ed clumsily shoots and manages to kill him, accidentally

stabbing himself with one of his own spare arrows in the process. Ed and Bobby

weigh down the mountain man's body in the river to ensure it will never be found,

and repeat the same with Drew's body which they encounter downriver.

Upon finally reaching the small town of Aintry, they get the injured Lewis to the

hospital. The men carefully concoct a cover story for the authorities about Drew's

death and disappearance being an accident, lying about their ordeal to Sheriff

Bullard in order to escape a possible double murder charge. The sheriff advises

120 them one of the locals is missing, having not returned from a hunting trip. The

sheriff clearly doesn't believe them, but has no evidence to arrest them and simply

tells the men never to come back. They readily agree. The trio vow to keep their

story of death and survival a secret for the rest of their lives. In the final scene, Ed

awakens screaming from a nightmare in which a dead man's hand slowly rises

from the lake.

Salem's Lot

The prologue shows a church in Guatemala in which a man and a boy, Ben Mears

and Mark Petrie, are filling small bottles with holy water. When one of the bottles

begins to emit an eerie supernatural glow, Mears tells Petrie "They've found us

again." Knowing an evil presence is there, they decide to fight it.

The story then flashes back two years, to the small town of Salem's Lot (formally

known as Jerusalem's Lot) in Maine in the United States. Ben Mears, an author, has

returned to the town after a long absence to write a book about the Marsten House,

an ominous old property on a hilltop which has a reputation for being haunted.

Mears attempts to rent the house but finds that another new arrival in town, the

mysterious Richard Straker, has recently bought it. Straker also opens an antique

shop with his oft-mentioned but always absent business partner, Kurt Barlow.

Meanwhile, Mears moves into a boarding house in town run by Eva Miller, and

develops a romantic relationship with a local woman, Susan Norton. He befriends

Susan's father, Dr. Bill Norton, and also renews his old friendship with his former

school teacher, Jason Burke. Mears tells Burke that he feels the Marsten House is

somehow inherently evil, and recalls how he was once traumatized inside the

house when he was a child.

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After a large crate is delivered to the Marsten House one night, an increasing

number of the townsfolk begin to disappear or die in strange circumstances. Both

Mears and Straker are initially the main suspects as they are new in town, but it

becomes clear that the crate contained Straker's mysterious business partner, Kurt

Barlow, an ancient master vampire who has come to the town after having sent

Straker to make way for his arrival. Straker kidnaps a young local boy, Ralphie Glick,

as an offering to Barlow, while Barlow himself kills local realtor Larry Crockett. The

Glick boy then returns as a vampire to claim his brother, Danny, who himself

becomes undead. In turn, Danny infects the local gravedigger, Mike Ryerson, who

was entranced by the undead child's open eyes. Danny then attempts to prey on

his schoolfriend Mark Petrie. However, Mark is a horror film buff who manages to

repel Danny with a crucifix.

Slowly, the vampires spread as Mears, Burke, and Bill Norton figure out what is

happening to the town and attempt to do something to stop it. They are attacked

by the presumed dead Marjorie Glick (Ralph and Danny's mother) after she

awakens on the mortician's table. Mark's parents are both killed by Barlow, though

Mark is allowed to escape when the local priest, Father Callahan, holds him at bay.

Jason Burke, however, falls prey to a heart attack following an encounter with the

newly vampirised Mike Ryerson. In the end, Susan Norton and Mark Petrie are

captured by Straker after breaking into the Marsten House. Mears and Dr. Norton

head over to the house to destroy Barlow when they run into Mark who has

managed to escape. Inside the house, Dr. Norton is killed by Straker, who is himself

then killed by Mears using a pistol. Afterwards, Mears and Petrie find Barlow's

coffin in the cellar and destroy him by driving a stake through his heart. They then

escape from the other vampires in the cellar (the various townsfolk), and set fire to

122 the house. However, Susan is nowhere to be found. As the house burns, the wind

begins to carry the fire towards the town itself. Mears and Petrie then flee Salem's

Lot knowing that the fire will drive all the other vampires from their hiding places

and purify the town from the evil that has engulfed it.

The story then returns to Mears and Petrie at the church in Guatemala two years

later. It quickly becomes clear that they are on the run from the surviving vampires

from Salem's Lot, who have been relentlessly pursuing them. Their supplies of holy

water glow whenever a vampire is nearby. Realising that they have been tracked

down yet again, Mears and Petrie return to their lodgings to collect their

belongings. However, once there, Mears finds Susan lying in his bed. Now a

vampire, she prepares to bite him as he leans down to kiss her, but he drives a

stake through her heart. Filled with grief, he and Petrie leave, knowing that

vampires are still hunting them.

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The Mist The morning after a violent thunderstorm, David Drayton (Thomas Jane), a graphic artist, and his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) check the damage. They find a large tree planted by David's grandfather has fallen on the house and another tree belonging to his next door neighbor Brent Norton (Andre Braugher) has demolished their boat-house and landing pier. David goes to ask the neighbor for his insurance details to pay for the damage to the boat-house. As he is leaving the lakeside, he and Stephanie notice a strange mist floating across the surface of the lake towards their property. David decides to go to the local grocery store to buy supplies, bringing his eight- year-old son Billy (Nathan Gamble) and Norton along. On the way, they see a convoy of military trucks. When they arrive at the store, they find it crowded with people who are also recovering from the storm. As the town's tornado sirens go off, a panicked man with a bloody nose, Dan Miller (Jeffrey DeMunn), runs into the store warning of something dangerous in the oncoming mist, though a man disregards his warnings and is attacked when running to his car. Shortly after, the mist envelops the store, making it impossible to see outside, and a violent, earthquake-like tremor hits. Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a religious fanatic, believes that this is the beginning of Armageddon. A shaken woman (Melissa McBride), against objections from the others, leaves the store to get her children, who she left at home alone. David and others investigate the loading bay generator and find that the exhaust vent is plugged. A bag-boy named Norm (Chris Owen) volunteers to go outside and unplug the vent, but as he steps outside, he is snatched and devoured by an

125 unseen monster, despite the efforts of David and assistant store manager Ollie

Weeks (Toby Jones) to save him.

After David returns to the main store and tells everyone what happened, Norton

doesn't believe his claims and is certain that David is playing a joke on him and the

other men are backing him up, as pay-back for the lawsuit Norton filed against

David last year. Later, Norton and several others head outside for help, only to be

attacked and presumably killed by an unseen creature, prompting the rest of the

survivors to barricade the shop-front windows. That night, enormous flying

scorpion-like insects land on the windows and pterodactyl-like animals devour

them, eventually causing the glass to break and allowing the insects to enter the

store, where they kill two and badly injure one. One of the insects lands on Mrs.

Carmody, but she is spared when she prays. As a result, she starts preaching more

and more and quickly gains followers among the distraught survivors.

The following day, a trip to the neighboring pharmacy to gather medical supplies

goes horribly wrong and two people are killed by giant spiders. Following this, Mrs.

Carmody gets nearly everyone in the market on her side. That night, two soldiers

commit suicide, and the remaining soldier, Private Jessup (Samuel Witwer), reveals

that the local military base was filled with rumors about the Arrowhead Project, the

government's attempt to look into other dimensions, and the scientists responsible

for the experiment may have inadvertently opened a doorway into a dimension

containing the creatures that are now invading the town. Mrs. Carmody convinces

her followers that it is Jessup's fault and he is repeatedly stabbed until Mrs.

Carmody tells them to feed him to the creatures. He is then thrown out of the store,

grabbed and devoured by a large praying mantis-like creature.

126 David and a handful of other survivors secretly gather supplies to flee. The next

morning, however, they are intercepted by Mrs. Carmody, who destroys the

supplies and attempts to have David and his group sacrificed, but Ollie shoots and

kills her with Amanda Dumfries' (Laurie Holden) gun, horrifying her followers and

forcing them to stand down and allow David's group to leave. As the group runs to

David's car, Ollie and two others are killed by the creatures and one runs back to

the market in a panic and is allowed back in. The remaining members of David's

group, consisting of David, Billy, Dan, Amanda, and Irene (Frances Sternhagen),

make it to the car, retrieve Amanda's gun, and leave.

Driving through the mist, David returns home to find his house destroyed and his

wife dead. Heartbroken, he drives the group south, seeing destruction (including a

school bus and one of its occupants wrapped in webbing) and a gigantic multi-

legged, tentacled beast. When they run out of gas hours later, the group decides

there is no point in going on. With four bullets left in Amanda's gun and five

people in the car, David shoots the others rather than have them suffer from the

beasts. Distraught and determined to die, David gets out of the car to sacrifice

himself to the monsters. However, the mist recedes, revealing that the U.S. Army

has killed the monsters, got things under control, and rescued whatever survivors

of the disaster. Among the survivors is the woman who left the store at the

phenomenon's onset, accompanied by her two children who she left to save.

Realizing that they were only moments from being rescued and had been driving

away from help the entire time, David falls to his knees screaming while two

soldiers look on in confusion.

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