Doom Room

★★½☆ – (2018) – A woman awakens in room unaware of how she arrived there, but gets assistance from several strange inhabitants. The plot purposely doesn’t make sense, which is fine, but a few lags in pace make one long for a quicker resolution. Ambitious in design, and mostly enjoyable despite an irritatingly repetitive Puritan character.

Suspiria (2018)

★★½☆ – (2018) – A dance school student unwittingly participates for an academy run by witches. Follows the basic premise of the original, but the events are completely different and somehow even freakier. Characters aren’t a strong point, and drama is lacking, but this succeeds admirably in creating what’s never been seen before, and manages to uncomfortably spill some blood along the way.

Cut and Run

★★☆☆ – (1985) – News personnel travel to a drug ravaged land to investigate murders related to an infamous cult. The slim plot is something of a chore to follow, as a lot happens with little explanation or reason. Lacks necessary realism, but is relatively well-made, well-acted, and well-intended.

Blood Lake

★★½☆ – (1987) – A group of friends vacate to a lake where a killer is lurking. The story is nothing new, but the camaraderie among the leads in wholly realistic and enjoyable… at first. Events slow significantly once the murders begin, which hampers the set-up, especially since the killer has no identity. Bad at horror, but great as an 80’s time capsule.

Bird Box

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of strangers try to outlast an apparition that causes suicide when seen. The premise is neat, but the execution is filled with stale dialog, ordinary characters, and some astonishingly corny advancements. The structure gives away who survives, which only ruins any chance this had at building suspense.

Blood Feast (2016)

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A man who falls under the spell of an Egyptian goddess murders people for a dinner in her honor. Has a good cast and provides some gory exploits, but the pace is so slow that this gradually becomes a stale meal. Much of the drama takes itself too seriously, which doesn’t make sense considering the goofy idea.

Torso

★★½☆ – (1973) – Someone’s murdering and mutilating people in and around a countryside manor. There’s barely a plot, and hardly any character growth, making this a dramatic void. The horror has some nifty inclusions, however, while the cast and scenery are easy on the eyes. Slow going, but manages some suspense.