Expires 8th March, 2023
Director – Eli Roth
Year – 2018
In 1955, after his parents are killed in a car crash, ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt moves to live with his Uncle Jonathan in New Zebedee, Michigan. All he has left of his parents is a Magic 8-Ball they had given him, and a family photograph. Upon entering his new home, he meets Jonathan’s neighbor and best friend, Florence Zimmerman.
During the night, Lewis is puzzled when he hears a ticking sound in the walls. Lewis begins exploring the house and stumbles upon Jonathan smashing a wall with an ax. Frightened, he runs away and encounters multiple household objects coming to life. Jonathan confesses that he is a warlock and Florence is a witch. The house’s previous owners were a sinister warlock named Isaac Izard, (an orphaned former friend of Jonathan’s who was traumatized while fighting in WWII), and his equally wicked wife Selena. Isaac and Selena had apparently hidden a clock within the walls of the house before they died, and Jonathan has been trying to find the clock and discover its purpose. Despite Jonathan’s cautions, Lewis begins teaching himself magic.
On his first day at his new school, Lewis meets Tarby Corrigan, who befriends him during Tarby’s campaign for class president. When Tarby wins the election, he abandons Lewis.
Lewis’s mother visits him in dreams. When he laments that Tarby does not see him as a friend, she suggests that he use a spell from a forbidden book to impress Tarby. On Halloween night, Lewis performs a necromancy spell in a cemetery, accidentally summoning the ghost of Isaac who reinhabits his dead body.
Lewis spots Isaac in the window of a house of a neighbour, Mrs. Hanchett. He “rescues” her from Isaac and brings her across the street to Jonathan’s house, but before he can find Jonathan, Isaac confronts them at the front door. He reveals that Mrs. Hanchett is really Selena, who killed Mrs. Hanchett, took her place, and used her bones to make the clock’s key. It was also Selena who took the form of Lewis’s mother to persuade him to summon Isaac. Isaac explains that his hidden clock’s blueprints came from the demon Azazel, who had given them to Isaac as he sought relief from the visions of horror he had witnessed during the war. The clock will turn back time so that humanity never existed and undo the horrors that he had witnessed. Jonathan, Florence and Lewis are chased from the house.
Using the Magic 8-Ball to learn the location of the clock underneath the boiler room, the three return. Florence defeats a snake guarding the room while the others pursue Isaac. The clock transforms Jonathan into a baby, except for his face which he’d shielded with cards. Lewis consults the Magic 8-Ball, which says “Say goodbye”. He realizes that he has to let go of the pain of losing his parents to harness his true power. He breaks the clock by dropping the ball, which blocks the clock’s gears. Then Lewis blasts Isaac and Selena with magic he channels from the clock. They fall, de-age, and are ultimately erased from existence.
Lewis returns to school with more confidence and gets revenge on Tarby and his friends by magically bouncing a basketball off their faces and into the basket, impressing his other classmates. He then befriends a girl named Rose Rita Pottinger, who appears to have had a crush on Lewis. At the end of the day, Jonathan and Florence are shown picking up Lewis, the three of them now live like a regular family.
George Hirst had provided an early lead, but the afternoon threatened to unravel when Marcus Harness was dismissed midway through the first half.
Instead, however, the Blues merely stepped up their performance and Sean Raggett’s header gave them a healthy advantage at the break.
Stanley tried their best to battle back, but further goals from Hirst and the impressive Ryan Tunnicliffe wrapped up a comfortable victory.
Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that fought from behind to beat Oxford on home soil earlier in the week.
Tunnicliffe and skipper Clark Robertson both returned to the starting line-up, as Joe Morrell and Denver Hume dropped to the bench.
The visitors almost enjoyed a perfect start, as a long-range effort from Josh Woods dipped narrowly over the crossbar.
A corner routine then saw Tunnicliffe send in a fine delivery, but Accrington had too many bodies back for a shot to get through to test Toby Savin.
But the breakthrough did arrive for the Blues on 16 minutes after a quick counter from a Stanley corner.
Mahlon Romeo combined well with Harness on the right and cut the ball back for HIRST to divert into the bottom corner.
It quickly went from ecstasy to agony for the Fratton faithful, though, as they were reduced to 10 men.
Harness made a reckless two-footed challenge from behind on Ross Sykes and referee Carl Brook immediately reached for his back pocket to show a red card.
Pompey were still looking to attack despite that setback and it took a fine sliding challenge from Michael Nottingham to prevent Hirst getting a shot away.
But a second goal did arrive from the resulting corner, as RAGGETT rose above Sykes to emphatically convert a Tunnicliffe cross.
Accrington tried their best to get back into the contest, but the hosts were defending resolutely, with one fine interception from Hayden Carter drawing warm applause.
There were a couple of nervy moments late in the half, however, and Gavin Bazunu twice had to come to the rescue.
He got down quickly to deal with a low Woods drive and then made an even better stop to deny Rosaire Longelo, who had been left in far too much space from a corner.
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The home side were fuming soon after the restart, when Harry Pell – who had been brought off the bench – scythed down Louis Thompson.
He was only shown a yellow card for the challenge, with Pompey players understandably pointing out the official’s earlier punishment for Harness.
The boos turned to cheers on 56 minutes, though, as the hosts extended their advantage even further.
It was similar to the second goal, with HIRST this time the man to barge past Sykes and emphatically convert a Tunnicliffe corner.
Pompey’s set-pieces were causing plenty of problems and another Tunnicliffe flag-kick was unconvincingly palmed away by Savin.
Accrington were trying to cause threats of their own and Pell’s looping header had to be tipped over by Bazunu.
They went even closer from the resulting corner, as Sykes’ effort was blocked and the ball pinged around the box before being fired wide.
But, incredibly, it was the Blues who scored again on 69 minutes and it was all down to some great play from Aiden O’Brien.
He picked up the ball inside his own half and ran up the pitch, bursting between Sykes and Ethan Hamilton before cutting back for TUNNICLIFFE to fire home.
Cowley used his bench to bring some fresh legs on, as Thompson and Hirst made way for Morrell and Tyler Walker.
And there was even time for Jay Mingi to come on for his debut in place of O’Brien, who has already become a fans’ favourite on the south coast.
Accrington saw plenty of the ball during the closing stages, but the Blues remained resolute to add a clean sheet to their three points.
Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Thompson (Morrell 72), Ogilvie; Harness; O’Brien (Mingi 78), Hirst (Walker 73)
Goals: Hirst 16, 56, Raggett 28, Tunnicliffe 69
Sent off: Harness
Booked: Robertson, Romeo
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Hume, Jewitt-White
Accrington (3-4-1-2): Savin; Sykes, Nottingham, Amankwah (Longelo 34); Rodgers (Leigh 52), Conneely (c) (Pell 46), Butcher, McConville; Hamilton; Woods, Bishop
Booked: Pell, Nottingham
Subs not used: Isherwood, Rich-Baghuelou, Morgan, Adedoyin
Referee: Carl Brook
Attendance: 15,091 (144 away fans)
They fell behind to an early Marcus Browne strike, only for Sean Raggett and George Hirst to both net just before the interval.
A stunning Hayden Carter strike left them cruising after the break, only for Luke McNally’s late goal to ensure a fingernail-chewing finale.
Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that dramatically drew with Fleetwood at the weekend.
Aiden O’Brien was rewarded for his last-gasp leveller from the bench by coming into the starting line-up.
And the forward was joined in the team by Connor Ogilvie, Mahlon Romeo, Louis Thompson and Hirst.
Clark Robertson, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tyler Walker all dropped to the bench, while Reeco Hackett missed out through injury and Ronan Curtis began a two-match ban.
There were familiar faces in the opposition ranks, as Ryan Williams and Steve Seddon both started, with Simon Eastwood named on the Oxford bench.
For the second time in the matter of days, Pompey were caught napping in the early stages and found themselves behind.
Nathan Holland slipped a pass through to Browne, who showed some neat footwork before angling home a fierce shot.
The hosts tried to hit back and began to dominate possession, without making a breakthrough in the final third.
And the Blues were growing increasingly frustrated at the amount of time their opponents were taking over every set-piece.
They kept persevering, although it looked like the interval would arrive without Jack Stevens having to make a meaningful touch between the sticks.
But Pompey found themselves level late in the first half after Denver Hume played the ball across the edge of the box.
It was collected by Joe Morrell and he lifted a cross into the centre, where RAGGETT rose to power home a fine header.
And it got even better in stoppage-time, as HIRST timed his run perfectly to collect a Marcus Harness pass and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
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The visitors felt they should have had a penalty shortly after the restart, as Matty Taylor went down under Thompson’s challenge, but their appeals received short shrift from referee Sam Allison.
Pompey took some time to find their feet again, but extended their lead thanks to a superb strike on 58 minutes.
Oxford could only clear the ball as far as CARTER, who saw plenty of space in front of him to take a couple of touches before firing home an unstoppable 25-yard strike.
The lead was now comfortable, but the points were certainly not guaranteed and Gavin Bazunu got down sharply to his left when Sam Long hooked the ball towards the bottom corner.
Cowley made a switch to add some fresh defensive legs on 73 minutes, as Hume made way for Robertson.
And they almost wrapped things up moments later, when Hirst got on the end of O’Brien’s cross with a firm header that Stevens somehow kept out from point-blank range.
Another change immediately followed, with Harness withdrawn and Tunnicliffe handed an opportunity to impress in the closing stages.
It was looking like being a comfortable conclusion to the evening, but Oxford threw a spanner in the works.
With just under 10 minutes remaining, Sam Baldock cut the ball back for McNally to fire home and ensure a nervy conclusion.
But, backed by a noisy Fratton faithful, the Blues managed to see out the closing stages to put another three points on the board.
Pompey (3-4-3): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell, Thompson, Hume (Robertson 73); Harness (Tunnicliffe 75), Hirst (Walker 84), O’Brien
Goals: Raggett 42, Hirst 45+2, Carter 58
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Jewitt-White, Mingi
Oxford (3-4-1-2): Stevens; McNally, Long, Brown; Williams, Kane, Brannagan (c), Seddon (Whyte 64); Holland (Forde 82); Browne (Baldock 64), Taylor
Goals: Browne 3, McNally 81
Subs not used: Eastwood, Mousinho, McGuane, Henry
Referee: Sam Allison
Attendance: 15,113 (1,370 away fans)
American singer, dancer, and actress best known for portraying the character of Ash on Netflix’s live-action/animated drama series ‘Team Toon’ and for playing the role of Taylor Otto on ABC’s ‘American Housewife’ since 2016.
She is also popular for appearing in ‘Zombies’, a Disney Channel Original Movie. Born as the only child of her parents, Donnelly was trained in singing, acting and dancing at Annie’s Playhouse School of Performing Arts.