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Annabel becomes a reluctant mother figure to two little girls, when her husband's long-lost nieces are discovered alive in the woods. After five years on their own, they are practically feral, but there's something far worse than creepy kids that's invading Annabel's happy home. And her name is Mama. Shepherded by Guillermo del Toro, this marks the feature directorial debut of Andrés Muschietti. Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau co-star.
Horror moviemakers know that being a kid can be downright terrifying. Why else would they throw sweet-faced children into the center of these stories, where they are plagued by their deceased yet smothering mothers, a sinister stepmother, a mysterious not-so-imaginary friend, and a massive man-eating monster.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2004) This South Korean thriller that launched Jee-woon Kim centers on the unsettling story of two young girls who struggle to cope in the wake of their mother's death. And their new stepmother and a malevolent spirit aren't making things easier. Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum and Su-jeong Lim co-star; Kim writes and directs.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) The prequel to the first and second entries in this found footage franchise centers on sisters Katie and Kristi when they were just little girls. It's 1988, and the siblings are living with their mother and stepfather in relative bliss until Kristi makes friends with an invisible entity she calls Toby. As strange things begin to happen, their concerned stepdad sets up cameras to investigate and protect his family. But is it already too late? Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman direct; Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery, and Jessica Tyler Brown co-star.
The Host (2006) South Korean autuer Joon-ho Bong broke through internationally thanks to this mad and marvelous monster movie. The dumping of toxic chemicals in the Han River mutates a simple sea creature into a marauding monster who kills without warning and kidnaps a brave little school girl. Now its up to her oafish grandfather to rescue her. Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon and Hae-il Park co-star; Bong writes and directs.
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