The Hollow (2015)

Hollow (2015), The

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A creature of roots and embers attacks three screaming sisters in its wooded domain. Common and drab from a story perspective, but skirts by on some good atmosphere and unintentional hilarity. Needn’t take 112-minutes for such thin material, but most of the padding is the fault of actresses who slowly speak ev-ery syl-la-ble.

A Night to Dismember

Night to Dismember, A

★½☆☆ – (1983) – Someone’s picking off numerous victims in violent ways, and not even the narrator can completely clarify the reason. Has something to do with a mental patient eradicating her family, but the editing is so choppy it’s hard to make sense of any ugly scene. Somewhat entertaining in its gory awfulness.

Subconscious Cruelty

Subconscious Cruelty

★☆☆☆- (2000) – Anthology of stories that focus on organ removal, infanticide, muddy nude people, and a ripped apart Jesus. An art school train wreck that attempts to get by on surreal imagery, but there’s never a true point to any segment. Every second is shown over repetitive heavy metal that plays at equal volume with the scarce narration. Reeks of pretension and tries too hard to shock.

A Gun for Jennifer

Gun for Jennifer, A

★★☆☆ – (1997) – A group of female vigilantes seek revenge against deplorable men, but accidentally kill a cop. The message is clear (girls have power) but the execution is hindered by the filmmaker’s lack of originality. Decent as far as low budget outings go, but this is sloppily handled, lacking in singular character developments, and too unrealistic.

The Box

Box, The

★½☆☆ – (2009) – Strange things start happening to a married couple when they press a button that kills a stranger but garners them a million bucks. Hard to say there’s anything else like it, which is great since that leaves us with a singular, sour experience. A muddled mishmash of surreal advancements that are too languid to find involvement in. Overlong and overstuffed with pretension.

The Conjuring 2

Conjuring 2, The

★★★☆ – (2016) – Paranormal experts investigate the possession of a child and the ghostly mayhem in her London home. Begins in a location promised in the previous film’s conclusion, and proceeds with events that not only keep pace with the freakishness of the original, but invent new scenarios as well. A surprisingly dramatic spookshow that’s loaded with tension.

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

★½☆☆ – (2015) – A circus freak and an eccentric scientist try to create life after death. Attempts to build intrigue with a murder investigation atop scientific activity, but neither aspect means much since the characters are wholly unlikable. Has few moments of working drama, fewer moments of amusing comedy, and even fewer moments of actual horror.

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

★★★☆ – (2014) – Twin boys play sadistic games with a bandaged woman who claims she’s their mother but acts nothing like her. Reaches highs in scenes that shock and disturb, but has a couple of illogical lows. Winds down on an eerie note by churning out the completely unexpected. Requires patience, but is worth the wait.

Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies

★★☆☆ – (2011) – A group of college students come to terms with each other as well as a zombie outbreak. Has moments of somewhat-fun get-to-know-you character moments, and an above average attempt to freshen a beaten genre. Commonness gets in the way of any festivities, but the lightheartedness does work.