The Sacrament

Sacrament, The

★★½☆ – (2013) – A film crew documents a young woman who never returned from a religious retreat. A modern telling of The Jonestown Massacre that doesn’t need the found footage gimmick, since the intended nervous energy would still work if filmed traditionally. Captivating at times, but too many motives near the conclusion fail to make sense.

Malice

Malice

★★½☆ – (1993) – A mild-mannered school teacher and his wife are wrapped up in twisting plots of murder and deceit. Makes the most of a continuously adjusting story, and always involves despite becoming too convoluted for its own good. Has some great moments, but the payoffs aren’t as intriguing as the setups.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A prince obtains ungodly powers to protect his family and people from an invading army. A feast for the eyes from a production standpoint, but the epic scenery doesn’t mean much against the shoddy script. With no singular villain it’s hard to root for the protagonist, but there’s enough happening at a quick pace to make watching relatively easy.

Ouija

Ouija

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A group of friends inadvertently summon ghosts upon playing with an infamous board game. Characters are stiff, and scares are too reliant on noise, but there are some grim plot advancements. Busy, but only moderately enjoyable.

Willow Creek

Willow Creek

★☆☆☆ – (2013) – A smarmy couple films themselves while investigating Bigfoot in a realm of hillbillies. Steals from The Blair Witch Project to the point of blatant plagiarism, and the characters never stop irritating. An embarrassment to those involved in production, the victimized audience, and art in general.