– (2017) – A man who dies avoids the great beyond and settles into his house where life passes him by. A quietly compelling experience that’s unlike any other film dealing with death, though some scenes would fare better if fast forwarded through. Unique in its subtle design, but in the end doesn’t punch hard enough emotionally to consider more than a moderate art house success.
– (2014) – Newlyweds vacationing in secluded woods run into trouble when the wife begins acting irrationally after strange marks appear on her body. Starts off a tad too cutesy, but gradually builds into something where anything cute has no place. A strange, gripping tale with unusual and tense advancements.
– (2016) – A man in therapy tries to deal with his own conditions while socializing with sketchy people. The plot aims for intrigue in structure and tone, but the pace is too slow and the acting too hammy to pull it off. Has parts that aren’t bad, but as a whole ultimately aims for more shocks than meaning.
– (2017) – A group of kids are haunted by a shape-shifting clown when not hounded by bullies. Works incredibly well by presenting personable characters amid horrifying situations (with too much CGI). Mostly leaves adults out of the mix, which is a bit distracting, but does allow us to focus on the camaraderie among the leads, which results in an emotionally satisfying outcome. Pennywise, in his few scenes, is highly effective.
– (2001) – Newlyweds honeymoon in an area where a woman is eating people and a doctor who might know why disappeared. Has a deliberately slow pace and never identifies what it’s about, yet manages to hold attention through some grisly and sexually charged moments. An atypical structure further enhances the confusing creepiness.
– (2017) – A family steals their brainwashed son from a cult, but the cult desperately wants him back. Never proves the family is close enough that saving one of their own should be such a high priority, as nobody seems to like one another. The whole scenario is a lose-lose situation that turns out exactly as expected.
– (1973) – A man with the power to extract souls from the living and put them in the dead helps resurrect someone’s wife. Though the premise is far from ordinary (unless you’ve seen The Asphyx) the handling of some serious conditions too often come across as hammy. A breeze to watch, but does succumb to silliness and repetition.