Pep Squad

Pep Squad

★☆☆☆ – (1998) – The kidnapping and murder of a high school principal leads prom queen contenders on a path of violence. A sour attempt at becoming the next Heathers that fails miserably thanks to sloppy writing and some truly awful acting. Has a lot going on, but not with anyone credible.

The Hazing

Hazing, The

★★☆☆ – (2014) – Sorority pledges on a scavenger hunt discover a book that summons an evil professor. A scattershot mess that has so much going on something is bound to work. The success lies in ambition over actual product since there’s nothing concrete enough to consider important.

After Midnight

After Midnight

★★☆☆ – (1989) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a hedge clipper killer, girls lost in a bad area, a radio DJ stalker, and the ax murderer wraparound. The college set-up isn’t bad, and leads to less obvious surprises than the stories told within. Pretty well made for a late ’80s effort that went nowhere.

The Possession

Possession, The

★★☆☆ – (2012) – A divorcee does what he can to care for his daughters, even when one is supposedly possessed by a box. Not bad in the early dramatic stages, but once the horror hits the stupidity and cliches come at a clip. Seems to purposefully ask what would happen if The Exorcist occurred to the Jewish. Ridiculous as is, but adding “based on a true story” makes this a mockery.

Kill List

Kill List

★★☆☆ – (2011) – A hitman and his partner are hired to take down three targets with dark ties to one another. Begins as a sub-par mob drama before going absolutely insane in the final act. Not without suspense, but it’s too bad A Serbian Film already pulled off a similar shock ending.