For people who want kindler, gentler Halloween viewing…A&E and Lifetime are here. They have five films that have just hit DVD…and here’s what they have to say for themselves:
THE HAUNTING OF SORORITY ROW
Samantha Willows (Leighton Meester) is a bright-eyed college freshman ready to endure the often humiliating traditions of pledge week if it means being accepted into Delta Phi Theta, one of the most prestigious sororities in the country. But her enthusiasm turns to dread when she begins to sense something sinister about the sorority house and some of its sisters, who appear to be sharing a closely guarded secret. After the death of a Delta Phi Theta member, Samantha considers the unimaginable â€“ could an evil, murderous force be residing within the walls of the sorority house? (#AAAE227560; 88 mins)
HUSH LITTLE BABY
Jamie Ashford (Victoria Pratt) suffered a devastating loss when her first child drowned. Now, just a year after her daughter’s death, and despite taking precautions, Jamie is surprised to find out she’s carrying another child. After a difficult pregnancy and birth, Jamie begins to suspect that her newborn Caitlin is not the sweet baby she appears to be. A series of suspicious accidents convince Jamie that Caitlin may be evil. Has Caitlin been taken over by a vengeful spirit, or is Jamie’s guilt over her first daughter’s death â€“ and the grief she has yet to deal with â€“ affecting her sanity?. (#AAAE227570; 86 mins.)
STILL SMALL VOICES
When 911 operator Michael Summer (Catherine Bell, Army Wives) returns to work after suffering a personal tragedy, she receives a mysterious call from a frightened child begging for help. She soon begins having visions of a young girl believed to have been a drowning victim. The visions lead Michael to the town of Starlight, Pennsylvania , where she uncovers the story of a girl who went missing years before. Though the girl was written off as a drowning victim, Michael believes she may have actually been kidnapped. Threatening her own health and sanity, Michael launches her own investigation, uncovering a startling secret that shatters everything she knows to be true about herself. (#AAAE227580; 88 mins.)
In this chilling, coming-of-age thriller about teenage vengeance, a group of small-town teenagers finds the “Devil’s Diary,” a book that embodies the evil of Satan â€“ every horrifying word written in the book comes true. Unearthed after centuries of concealment, the Devil’s Diary wreaks havoc and destruction on the high school students who found it, and their entire community. Can their town be saved from complete ruin? Starring Deanna Casaluce and Miriam McDonald from “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” DEVIL’S DIARY was a nominee at the 2008 Leo Awards for: Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Drama and Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama. (#AAAE227590; 86 mins.)
In this terrifying, two-part miniseries, Surgeon Michael Foster (Peter Gallagher) seems to have it all: a great job, a beautiful wife, Ann (Kristin Lehman) and a daughter, Zee (Jenna Boyd), going through the normal stages of teenage rebellion. But when Michael’s beloved wife disappears from their locked home, his world collapses. As Michael attempts to uncover the mystery of Ann’s disappearance, he befriends one of Zee’s teachers, who reveals to him that Ann may have been involved with an ancient â€“ and potentially violent â€“ sect of witches determined to dominate the modern world. Something scary is happening, and Michael soon realizes there is no one to trust but himself. Before he knows it, he’s mixed up in a case involving black magic and murder. Can he save himself and his daughter before it’s too late? Also stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Peter Fonda. (#AAAE227600; 172 mins.)
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