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Disney's THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003)
My kids like it, but it's far from a favorite of mine... overproduced, safe and not the least bit scary, with a convoluted Haunted Mansion origin story which doesn't manage to look, feel or sound anything like the noted Disney rides. Featuring family-friendly Eddie Murphy at his most toothless.
ANNABELLE COMES HOME (2019)
Surprisingly great... a solid story, wonderful performances, and just enough chills to be fun without being completely traumatizing. I told my kids, "Think of this as the scariest GOOSEBUMPS movie you'll ever see." Plus, it just looks great... splendid '70s period production values, some bold, eerie color throughout, and photographed with plenty of heavy atmosphere. My favorite horror movie this year (just edging past IT: CHAPTER TWO).
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)
Still not convinced it's great storytelling or filmmaking, but the songs are fantastic, and the cast is a riot. Has there ever been a better first-time entrance into the movies than Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter? Over 40 years later, you still can't take your eyes off of him!