The Lure

★★½☆ – (2015) – Two mermaids become nightclub singers and fall for (or murder) humans. There’s virtually no character development, as most of the subtitles are dedicated to awful song lyrics. The storytelling is quietly poetic, however, and enjoyment is gradually reached. Sometimes difficult to withstand, yet often hard to look away from.

Party Bus to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Partygoers become stranded in the desert realm of an ancient, murderous tribe. On the upside, a lot happens at a brisk pace. On the downside, nothing that happens is very enjoyable as the obnoxiousness reaches high levels of irritation. The violence and sleaze are okay, but there’s an awful lot of yelling, screaming, and music played at equal volume.

Cube 2: Hypercube

★★☆☆ – (2002) – A group of people are stranded in a box of many boxes that can manipulate time and space. No one involved is worth a squat, and nothing they say is remotely engaging. A corny lump of confusion that’s as hard to sort out as it is to not laugh at. Cheap cheese with too much unintentional humor.

Sequence Break

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A young man plays an arcade game that has the power to manipulate time and reality. A dull snoozer that relies too heavily on two characters who have no romantic chemistry, while the rest is too purposefully bizarre to invest any care in. Aims for a Cronenberg vibe, but misses by a mile.

Veronica

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A young woman inadvertently summons a pissed off ghost and wades through one haunting after another. While this does have solid attempts at horror, none ever take hold since they’re always visions without consequences. Worst of all is the rampant stupidity, as characters seem to beg to be put in harm’s way.

Bornless Ones

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A couple moves into a new home and, along with their friends, become terrorized by forces of evil. Not much here could be considered unique, though some of the gore is effective. Moves slow and the characters don’t grip, but at the very least some gruesome scenes are hard to watch.

Insidious: The Last Key

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A woman who can see ghosts returns to her childhood home to confront her original clash with evil. The overall idea might have looked good on paper, as there are a few horror ideas put forth, but one thing that couldn’t have been planned is the incredibly languid pace. Burns too slow for a fourth entry with no new inventions.

Apocalypse Soon: The Making of Citizen Toxie

★★★☆ – (2002) – Documentary that follows the production of a low-budget film with high-intensity moments. A cautionary tale to those who dream of the moviemaking process, as this is far from the lip-service extra features that accompany most films. A brutally honest look into the creative process that’s full of false egos, bad attitudes, and the overall pride in accomplishing a goal.