Flatliners (2017)

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Med students who kill themselves to explore death return to life haunted by the sins of their past. The previous version worked well thanks largely to a Gothic backdrop, but this one has no such vision. A too polished and too corny remake that features too many characters not worth investing any time or emotion in.

Mayhem

★★☆☆ – (2017) – An already dysfunctional office becomes a violent free for all when the staff is infected by a virus that feeds on emotion. Offers a unique spin on a tired infection genre, but still has too many typical areas. Wears thin by the mid-point, and tends to drag as events become more predictable.

Super 8

★☆☆☆ – (2011) – A group of kids filming a movie witness the start of a monster invasion. Tries incredibly hard to come across as a Spielberg movie, but can’t come close to matching the heart and humor of his early films. Every character and action goes through tired motions and can’t create a single emotion or a sense of fun. Predicable and soulless.

Better Watch Out

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A kid who plans on putting the moves on his babysitter is interrupted by a home intruder. Starts off okay, and the initial twist is neat at first, but not much comes from the result as the main villain is rather annoying. Aims for comedy and suspense, but misses those marks by a mile.

Breakdown Lane

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A woman with car issues becomes stranded in a vacant area where the living dead outnumber the living. While this does attempt a variety of action and horror scenes, they’re so badly constructed it’s often hard to tell what the overall point is. Whitney Moore is easy on the eyes, but the rest of this is rather repugnant.