“The Wretched” (IFC Midnight)

John-Paul Howard stars in a scene from the movie "The Wretched." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy IFC Midnight)

By Catholic News Service After a witch who preys on children takes possession of the wife and mother (Zarah Mahler) next door, endangering her little boy (Blane Crockarell), a teen (John-Paul Howard) who has just moved in with his father (Jamison Jones) as his parents prepare to divorce struggles to combat the evil sorceress, aided […]

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“The Strangers: Prey at Night” (Aviron)

Bailee Madison stars in a scene from the movie "The Strangers: Prey at Night." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Aviron Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Sadistic horror flick in which a couple (Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson), their rebellious teen daughter (Bailee Madison) and her more compliant older brother (Lewis Pullman) arrive at a lakeside trailer park to visit relatives but find the place eerily deserted. They are soon set upon by a trio of masked, […]

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“Winchester” (CBS Films)

Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren star in a scene from the movie "Winchester." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/CBS Films and Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Horror dud riffing on the real-life mania that compelled fabulously wealthy arms heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) to maintain constant construction on the San Jose, California, house she lived in over a period of nearly four decades, a project that ended only with her death.¬†Commissioned by the board of directors of […]

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“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)

Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer star in a scene from the movie "The Shape of Water." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Equal parts romantic fantasy, classic horror film and musical nostalgia piece, writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s story of a cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) in 1962 Baltimore who falls in love with a fish-man (Doug Jones) from the Amazon who is being kept in the secret lab where she works has such strong […]

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