Tomb of Ligeia

★★☆☆ – (1964) – A baron’s mourning over his deceased wife makes trouble for his new marriage, as does a suspicious black cat. Has moments that showcase a pulse, but a lot of this finds characters endlessly talking. Never frightening, and the plot is all over the place, but it’s short and has a decent outcome.

Ma

★★☆☆ – (2019) – High school kids befriend a woman who lets them party in her basement, but she gradually becomes too involved in their lives. Works best when laying out insanity, but some occurrences are a bit on the silly side. The major problem is the antagonist’s motive, which doesn’t necessitate the brutal outcome.

The Super

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Murders are occurring in an apartment complex, but the assumed instigator isn’t involved in the ways presumed. Though the red herring is obvious, the twist is not, yet this still suffers from never fully developing the characters or premise. Has some okay moments, but by the end feels like a wasted effort.

1922

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A farmer who kills his wife over land is later haunted by her ghost and terrorized by rats. Takes forever to get going, but eventually hits a mysterious and involving stride. When all is said and done, however, nothing much is amounted to as nothing new is ever put forth. On the bright side, Thomas Jane is terrific.

Critters Attack!

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Small creatures invade a small town and terrorize small minded townspeople. Barely attempts building character arcs, as nothing about any of them is remotely unique. Exploits feminism by use of a female alien savior and an outcast lead, but any social point is lost in what is ultimately mundane and unoriginal.

Bleed

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A group of friends enter an abandoned prison to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts. The hipster characters get annoying fast, but eventually the horror aspects lead to reasons for their welcomed demise. The plot is a little all over the place, and much of what occurs is absurd, but it’s short and moves fast.

He’s Out There

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A mother takes her two daughters to a house in the woods where they’re terrorized by a masked madman. While much of this is competently filmed, and the acting is up to snuff, the script could have used a major upgrade before filming began. Never explaining a killer’s direct motive is fine if you want to leave people guessing, but not at the expense of leaving them bored.