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HUNTER KILLER (12A) ★★★★★ WHEN mankind stands for­lornly on the brink of an­ni­hi­la­tion, Pais­ley-born ac­tion hero Ger­ard But­ler proudly steps for­ward to shep­herd ev­ery man, woman and child back from the abyss.

In the un­der­wa­ter thriller Hunter Killer, a rogue Rus­sian ad­mi­ral pre­pares to push the but­ton on a third world war and But­ler sails to our res­cue as a rene­gade sub­ma­rine cap­tain.

Di­rec­tor Dono­van Marsh charts a fa­mil­iar course through breath­less ac­tion se­quences and threats of mutiny. But­ler is stead­fast as chaos un­folds around him and Swedish ac­tor Michael Nyqvist makes one of his fi­nal ap­pear­ances be­fore his death from lung can­cer as a stoic Rus­sian sub­ma­rine cap­tain. HAL­LOWEEN (18) ★★★★★ THE boogey­man does ex­ist and for decades, he has taken the ter­ri­fy­ing form of masked ma­niac Michael My­ers in a se­ries of blood-drenched thrillers, which be­gan with John Car­pen­ter’s sem­i­nal 1978 slasher Hal­loween.

Jamie Lee Cur­tis and Nick Cas­tle reprise their roles as ul­ti­mate sur­vivor Lau­rie Strode and Michael for a cli­mac­tic show­down that will ap­pease fans of the se­ries, set to the chill­ing strains of Car­pen­ter’s repet­i­tive syn­the­siser score.

“What are we gonna do? Can­cel Hal­loween?” de­spairs a sher­iff (Omar Dorsey), who is on the trail of the knife-wield­ing ma­niac.

Thank­fully not, oth­er­wise au­di­ences would be de­nied one of the stronger in­stal­ments of the long-run­ning se­ries. GOOSE­BUMPS 2: HAUNTED HAL­LOWEEN (PG)

★★★★★ TER­ROR creeps up when you least ex­pect it.

I felt its icy fin­gers slither down my back about 20 min­utes into Goose­bumps 2: Haunted Hal­loween: the se­quel to the 2015 fam­i­lyfriendly hor­ror com­edy based on the book se­ries by R. L. Stine. My heart skipped a beat as a rasp­ing voice echoed in the dark­ness of the cin­ema: “This film has been raised from the dead solely with box of­fice tak­ings in mind.”

The first Goose­bumps was laden with tricks and treats in­clud­ing tour-de-force comic per­for­mances from Jack Black as au­thor Stine and the voice of a de­mented pup­pet called Slappy, who un­leashes mon­sters from one of Stine’s books on the un­sus­pect­ing stu­dents of Madi­son High School. Alas, Black is largely ab­sent from Ari San­del’s laboured fol­low-up, which un­rav­els quicker than a mummy’s ban­dages in the fic­tional town of War­den­clyffe.

From left, Madi­son Ise­man, Jeremy Ray Tay­lor and Caleel Har­ris

Ger­ard But­ler

Jamie Lee Cur­tis

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