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.

All Light Will End

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A young author and her dimwitted friends return to her childhood home where they’re plagued by a mysterious killer. Does everything seen a million times before, and when trying something unique collapses under the weight of sluggishness. Nothing here means anything because no character amounts to anything.

Demonic

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Police try to unravel a case that finds a group of paranormal investigators missing while one of them is suspected of murder. Though horror events do transpire, we know virtually nothing about anyone they’re happening to. The structure works, but the story never leads to realms of tension.

Crawl

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A father and his daughter become trapped in a domain of rising waters while incredibly hungry alligators are on the prowl. Has a few brushes with suspense from time to time, but the characters are so light you might eventually only root for their dog to survive. The whole premise reeks of silliness, especially the convenience of having a heroine who just happens to be a competitive swimmer.

They’re Watching

★★½☆ – (2016) – A home improvement show travels to Europe to film a rustic house, but find trouble of the witch variety. Manages to put forward some fun character scenarios, though those characters are hardly profound. Skirts by with a few slow spots, but the finale is so manically bonkers the wait is more than worthwhile. Cheap in production, but high in ambition.

Deadly Detention

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Five high school students facing detention at an old prison are stalked by a presumed ghost. All the characters are timeworn types, the entire premise is trite, and there’s virtually no tension throughout. A blood free venture that when not predictable is pretty ridiculous.

The Chilling

★★½☆ – (1989) – An electrical storm shorts out the power of a cryogenic lab, which thaws out and brings back to life the dead. While characters are never well-drawn, they show enough personality to invest 90-minutes in. Silly and laughably unrealistic, but has a fun vibe and solid thunderstorm atmosphere.

Annabelle Comes Home

★★½☆ – (2019) – A babysitter in the house of demonic relic collectors inadvertently unleashes the evil intentions of a possessed doll. Does what it can to establish credible characters, and they are likable, but the horror inflicted upon them is rather routine. Gets busy toward the end, but also feels unfocused. The best of the three so far, but still underwhelming.

Moonstalker

★★½☆ – (1983) – A serial killer is lurking in a wooded terrain where plenty of unsuspecting yokels make for his victims. Never rises above goofy, which is fine since that seems to be the intention. Forgotten for such reasons, and because the killer has a lame identity, but all told this isn’t too bad and the near-conclusion features a fabulously ridiculous moment.