10/31/2014 05:00 EDT | Updated 12/30/2014 05:59 EST

Maps to the Stars and Nightcrawler: HALLOWEEN FILM REVIEWS

Maps to the Stars and Nightcrawler hit movie theatres this weekend, offering up some disturbing fare for movie fans who are looking for a fright.

While director David Cronenberg's Maps isn't your typical thriller, it's a "razor-tipped look at life" in Hollywood says CBC film critic Eli Glasner—who likes the kind of cinema that really gets under his skin.

Speaking of skin, the film by Canada's master of macabre centres on the aging and unravelling actress, Havana Segrand (played by Julianne Moore), who is plagued by the ghost of her legendary mother.

- VIDEO | David Cronenberg on aging in Hollywood

Collecting carnage

​Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambitious freelance cameraman drawn into the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles by his morbid fascination for blood and crime.

"Imagine Network meets Taxi Driver and you get this pedal-to-the-metal thriller," says Glasner.

Watch Eli's full reviews in the video above.