Don’t Kill It

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A demon hunter and an FBI agent try to stop an evil force that hops into whomever kills its host. While Dolph Lundgren makes for a credible lead, and the concept is commendable, the overall output is only mildly engaging thanks largely to woefully overused CGI gore. The seriousness and camp don’t always blend well, either.

Death House

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Two FBI agents try to escape from a prison where unleashed inmates attempt their own break out. Appears promising due to the slew of cult icons involved, but the film itself is an unsightly mess. No character is distinctive, no plot point fuses with another, and no scene of action is clear enough to tell what’s going on. Proof positive that if you don’t have a script, you don’t have a movie.

Brightburn

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.

Alison’s Birthday

★★½☆ – (1981) – A young woman returns to her family’s estate for her 19th birthday party, and is met with strange activities from an ancestral coven. Moves slow and goes through common motions, but does hold attention throughout. The end result is fantastic, however, as this features one of the creepiest conclusions in all of horror.

Fangs of the Living Dead

★½☆☆ – (1969) – A woman inherits a castle inhabited by vampires. Goes through typical motions in the set-up, follow through, and conclusion, while only providing highlights in hideous dialog. The settings are authentic, but the story and characters do nothing to rouse intrigue.

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Family members of the original film’s victims seek revenge against their adversary and her daughter. The concept holds promise by tying in decades of rage, but most of what occurs brings that notion to incredible lows for three reasons: (1) the characters are impossibly obnoxious; (2) the plot becomes a pale retread of Part One; (3) the two-and-a-half hour length is about two hours too long for such a scant, poorly written script. Why 148 minutes? WHY!?

The Curse of La Llorona

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A small family is stalked by a ghost who has intentions of claiming the children. Though some of the back story is okay, most every fright is either timeworn or predictable. Features far more horror mumbo-jumbo than anything worth retaining, but is never entirely difficult to get through.