Don’t Breathe

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★½☆☆ – (2016) – Three young thieves break into the house of a blind man, and quickly find themselves his prey. An unusual blend of Saw, Seed of Chucky, and The People Under the Stairs that turns anything suspenseful into a joke if relating to comparisons. A mass of cliches that may please genre newcomers, but nothing new is ever presented.

Lights Out

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★★½☆ – (2016) – The spirit of a former lunatic wreaks havoc on a particular family… but only in the dark. The character scenarios are mostly common, despite the unique horror background, but are enough to make you hope they outlast their plights. Ranges from predictable to skin crawling to corny to badly plotted, equaling a mess worth getting through.

Dark Universe

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★½☆☆ – (1993) – Scientists head to a bayou to explore the presence of an alien with human DNA. Despite a few attempts to elicit excitement in the final act, nothing that appears throughout comes close to meaning anything. Humor, sleaze, and monster activities are all lacking, though scenes of uselessness are in high supply.

The Purge: Election Year

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½☆☆☆ – (2016) – A senator who opposes Purge Night becomes the focus of purgers. A contender for one of the worst scripts ever shot for a major motion picture, as the dialog merely inflicts racism among characters who do nothing but state their social status amid a supposed social nightmare. There’s hardly anyone on the streets of this daunting night, meaning tension is lost to awful actors who strike poses in place of striking fear.

Purge

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★☆☆☆ – (2010) – In an alternate future, people are genetically enhanced to not show emotion in their provided social status, but some oppose this action. Does an okay job attempting a dystopian look from a technological standpoint, but the budget is simply too small to make it fully work. The story is a pitiful blend of confusion and characters who lack any sort of emotional significance.

Blood Junkie

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★★☆☆ – (2010) – Two sets of friends go camping in the realm of a blood addicted killer. Does a better-than-average job pretending it’s from the ’80s, mainly in clothing and technology, and adds an abundance of humor. Loses steam when the killer’s aspect takes over, but still provides plenty of mindless stupidity and fun.

Phantasm: Ravager

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★★½☆ – (2016) – Reggie wanders through time and space seeking his friends while trying to destroy his adversary. Works well as a continuation of the surreal series, but comes up short as the definitive outcome. Feels as though nobody will ever explain what the franchise means, and at some points gives the notion that the creators figured it was best to make one more entry while everyone was still alive. Has moments that will please Phantasm fans, but newcomers will be lost.

Clown

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★★☆☆ – (2014) – A man dons a clown costume he can’t remove, only to discover he’s wearing demon skin. Has a few innovative moments and spots of dark humor, but drags its feet when it needs to pick up the pace. Ruins its own creativity with too many implausible and predictable moments.