I did not have high hopes for this one, since Netflix showed the average rating as 2 stars. How could this be? You’ve got creepy kids in masks! This is a surefire way to make a horror movie awesome.
So Dora discovers that she’s preggers, and opts to stay home while her mom and little bro go trick-or-treating. But the little hellions immediately start messing with her, and soon Dora’s both convinced that her baby is a demon and she’s trapped in a nightmare house as the trick-or-treaters try to get that baby out of her.
This movie did a great job of playing off the tropes and doing some oddly original stuff. Visually it was pretty awesome, what with Dora’s gun-toting angel costume and the creepy masks and the Willy Wonka-esque nightmare sequences (although I suspect that the strange purplish lighting throughout had more to do with low budget, but it still looked cool). I’m giving this one a solid 3 stars.
A fun drinking game for this movie: Drink every time “it’s just a dream” and chug when it turns into a “dream-within-a-dream.”
A few suggestions if you enjoyed this one:
- The Children (2008) – This film (and most of those that I will suggest here) is basically birth control. Lots of screaming children… like, to the point where I wished the kiddos would start chanting creepily.
- Eden Lake (2008) – A happy young couple goes to a secluded lake, only to be terrorized by a gang of teens.
- The House on Pine Street (2015) – Add this to my list of movies not to watch while pregnant, the main character is both pregnant and recovering from a nervous breakdown, and the creepy new house isn’t helping.
- Trick ‘r Treat (2008) – Five stories for the price of one, plus a super creepy trick-or-treater.
- Village of the Damned (1995) – John Carpenter’s remake of the classic is a little cheesy, but damn those platinum-blond kids are creepy.