Night Killer

★★☆☆ – (1990) – A woman is stalked by a serial killer who wears a rubber mask, punches through chests with a claw, and talks like Freddy Krueger. While the murders are okay, the drama is stale beyond belief while the dialog is nauseating. Not an entire chore to get through, but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

Inside (2016)

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A pregnant woman is stalked by a mysterious female who kills anyone in the way of her obtaining a baby. The first two thirds follow the basic pattern of the (vastly superior) original, while the new conclusion in nothing short of a travesty. Badly acted throughout, but the biggest crime is losing every single trace of the first film’s point by relying on a safe outcome. A waste.

Anna and the Apocalypse

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A zombie outbreak forces high school students to face the trials and tribulations of a vicious world. Begins as an ambitious musical with a few catchy tunes, but gradually forgets to include songs and focuses too much on common zombie tropes and a useless human villain subplot. Hits a few high notes, but ends flat despite emotional strives.

All the Creatures Were Stirring

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Anthology of five stories that focus on a twisted office party, demon knights, yuletide psychosis, a vengeful reindeer, and an alternate reality. The black box theater setup is different, but the stories themselves are bland and uninspiring. Most stories have no resolution, making this feel like a collection of thrown away ideas.

The Elf

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A toy elf terrorizes an extremely small family to finish some sort of mischievous cycle.  Despite showing signs of life toward the end, getting there is a total drag mainly because no actor seems eager to be working on this project.  A drab experience with horror inclusions that could easily be avoided.

Elves (2018)

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – People added to a naughty list are picked off by those possessed by a toy elf. Begins with a scene featuring the worst child actors ever put to film, and somehow gets worse from there. An incoherent mess with unfocused advancements, pitiful murders, and irritating smirks that rip off Truth or Dare. Absolutely miserable.