American Poltergeist 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young woman is haunted by the spirit that also terrorizes her family and friends. Does what an unraveling mystery should do in a gradual manner, but those gradual advancements too often become idle. By the end, the script becomes too reliant on cliches and the outcome of the mystery is paltry. The only true horror is what HD does to enhance the cast’s skin.

Mercy Black

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A woman once terrorized by an apparition that may or may not exist tries to pick up the pieces in her adulthood. Goes through credible motions of building a mystery, but much of what’s presented is wasted on silly logic, a lack of uniqueness, and a corny conclusion. One can tell this had high aspirations, but during the sluggish pace most of that hope is lost.

The Perfection

★★☆☆ – (2018) – Psychotic moments are exchanged in a small circle of cellists. Almost succeeds as a unique horror experience, but for every shocking moment there are several of blinding stupidity that almost render this a comedy. Would have worked better if no character spoke and the actors practiced their parts.

Blood Massacre

★★★☆ – (1991) – Armed robbers hole up in the house of a seemingly ordinary family, yet the tides quickly turn on them. The first third is pretty ordinary, but from then on becomes a surprisingly morbid tale with more than one unexpected twist. Has a couple of lags, but dishes out a high degree of blood and insanity.

Most Likely to Die

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Friends gather to celebrate their high school reunion, and are picked off by an unknown assailant. Some acting is commendable, while some is dreadful; some dialog is pitch point, while some is laughable; some moments of suspense… well, there aren’t any. While not terrible, this is a by the book slasher with no new ideas and by the end is mostly intent on ripping off Scream.

Paganini Horror

★½☆☆ – (1989) – A rock band plays the hidden notes of a deceased musician and awaken his ghostly force. Though the Evil Dead-ish idea suggests similar fun, practically nothing worth retaining ever occurs. The pace, acting, gore, and dialog are miserable, while anything relating to logic is all but neglected.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

★★☆☆ – (2019) – Giant monsters are unleashed to deplete the world population, but they’re more intent on wiping out each other. The human characters are forgettable thanks largely to a stale and corny script, but fans of the series won’t care. The entire point here are the F/X filled action scenes, which are pretty effective when not too dark or discombobulated.

The Dead Don’t Die

★½☆☆ – (2019) – The dead are on the rise in a sleepy town, prompting its citizens to embellish their decapitation skills. Sets up a doomsday scenario that offers promise, but the outcome is crippled by a complete lack of originality. Too slow, too familiar, and worst of all, too unfunny. While you’re not laughing, good luck finding any character worth caring about.