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The Basement

Somewhere in Budapest, there's a mysterious basement, though 'basement' seems too tame a word for something that spreads out for blocks and is filled with twisting hallways, dead ends, and doors that unlock only when they feel like it. The basement is private property and difficult to find, but rumors of its existence are everywhere, attracting ghost hunters and thrill seekers from all over the world.

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The seance, just before it goes horribly wrong.

Malady

When caring for a loved one in their final days, that person can easily become the entire world to their caregiver. This is exactly what happened to Holly (Roxy Bugler). who's just lost her mother after a long and painful illness. Now Holly is at loose ends, and among her mother's last words were a wish for Holly to find someone she could be happy with, the same way her parents were happy together.

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Holly is having some trouble adjusting to her future mother-in-law.

Fighting Belle

Southern beauty queen Delilah (Jessica Harthcock) has gone all out for her wedding day. The guests are assembled, the attendants are ready, and the $5,000 cake is waiting to be eaten. Granted, her mother (Carol Ann Scruggs) is slightly terrifying in her mood swings, and Charlene (Mallory Hynes) is being a typical younger sister, but Delilah is marrying Kelvin (Ryan Czerwonko), the man of her dreams, and all's right with the world.

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Delilah and Tandy get off on the wrong foot.

The Night Watchmen

It's all over the news -- the nation is mourning the death of the beloved clown Blimpo (Gary Peebles), struck down along with his entire clown troupe by a mysterious disease while on tour in Romania. I didn't think there were any beloved clowns anymore, unless Pennywise counts, but for purposes of The Night Watchmen assume that Blimpo was indeed beloved. Due to the suddenness of these deaths, the troupe's bodies have been shipped quickly back to the US for autopsy.

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Because you need that nice, dramatic cast picture.

Fashionista (Fantasia 2017)

Sometimes people are lucky enough to be able to turn a passion into a business. April (Amanda Fuller) is in that enviable position, as is her husband Eric (Ethan Embry), co-owners of Eric's Emporium, a resale clothing shop somewhere in Texas. As far as April's concerned, clothes are oxygen. She even tries to breathe them in sometimes -- she also has a passion for sniffing clothes that's vaguely disturbing. Admittedly I'm not the one to ask about anything clothing-related, since I hate shopping for them and have no idea what goes with what. Yes, I am female.

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Yes, April is buried somewhere under all those clothes.

Attraction (Fantasia 2017)

In any first contact scenario, there are about ten thousand ways for a great many people to end up dead and only a handful of possibilities where things go well. When a first contact begins with an alien ship crash-landing into the heart of a major city like Moscow, as it does in Attraction, the odds of anything good coming out of it go down considerably. To be fair to the aliens, the crash wasn't their fault -- though already damaged, the ship was still doing all right until the Russian military threw missiles at it.

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The colonel & the bureaucrat meet an alien. Nothing like a little first contact.

The Honor Farm (Fantasia 2017)

There's a lot of pressure on teenagers to have a perfect prom night, and the kids in The Honor Farm are certainly feeling it. Even if you're one of the relatively cool kids, as Lucy (Olivia Grace Applegate) seems to be, that's still no guarantee of a magical evening. Things start out pretty well, but when boyfriend Jake (Will Brittain) gets falling-down drunk, Lucy flees the prom in tears with best friend Annie (Katie Folger).

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The kids stare at the moon. They'd forgotten how psychedelic it can be.

Tragedy Girls (Fantasia 2017)

Teenagers tend to want their fifteen minutes of fame -- at least that much -- and the young people of the unremarkable midwestern town of Rosedale are no exception. What is exceptional is the lengths to which two particular young ladies calling themselves the Tragedy Girls will go to get that fame. McKayla (Alexandra Shipp, X-Men: Apocalypse), more commonly known as M-Kay, has the charisma, while best friend Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool) provides the brains, though she does also look good in a pixie cut, even if she does say so herself.

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M-Kay and Sadie, totally Best Fiends Forever.

The Laplace's Demon (Fantasia 2017)

The Laplace's Demon begins like a classic 1950's monster B-movie, as a group of co-workers led by boss Isaac (Walter Smorti) travel by boat to an isolated island, answering an invitation from a mysterious, reclusive scientist none of them have met. The island is really just a huge pillar of rock, improbably topped by a mansion that takes up every inch of flat surface. Cell service is naturally out of the question. There's even a storm brewing, insists the boat's captain, Alfred (Simone Moscato), who can't wait to dump his passengers and get home.

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Quick! How many pieces has this glass broken into?

Indiana (Fantasia 2017)

Supernatural 'hunter' shows and blogs of every description have been popular for a while now. Technology can make anyone into a hunter of ghosts, or at least a reporter of ghosts, since everyone has a camera. But I think it's also because that same technology -- yes, even the internet -- has made people feel more isolated. Having lots of distant friends can be a painful reminder that one is without any nearby friends, and it can be difficult to change that.

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Movie poster. Believe it or not.