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Killer Boys vs. Killer Toys

Killer Boys vs. Killer Toys


This Halloween, the multiplex will be littered with freaky playthings of both the studly and off-the-shelf varieties. We break down four of them.

The Guest

Fear factor: This thriller stars Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as a veteran with butch allure and killer instincts.
Do we want to play? Absolutely. Stevens is slasher cinema's answer to Ryan Gosling in Drive. Pack a fan for the steamy post-shower scene.


Fear factor: After a girlfriend's death, Daniel Radcliffe's 20-something antihero grows a pair, inciting a town-wide surge of Beelzebub-approved behavior.
Do we want to play? Hell, yes! If this curio is half as wicked and weird as it looks, we'll gladly go horny for Harry.

Fear factor: A dead chick's friends use the creepy board game to contact her ghost. Cue the usual demonic possessions and bumps in the night.
Do we want to play? Our inner Ouijas spell, P-A-S-S.

Fear factor: In this spin-off ofThe Conjuring, a dude gives his pregnant wife the titular evil, grinning doll.
Do we want to play? You bet your glass eyes we do. But we may have to part with our American Girl collections afterward.

Photo credits: courtesy of Picturehouse. All rights reserved (The Guest). Courtesy of Radius-TWC (Horns). Matt Kennedy / Universal Pictures (Ouija). Greg Smith (Annabelle).

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