Krampus 2: The Devil Returns

★☆☆☆ – (2016) – Kris Kringle and his demonic brother punish bad kids and those who intend to stop them. If the intentions were to create a film with no excitement, no character worth caring about, and no reason to follow up the previous dud, then this succeeds admirably. Anyone looking for a film with a purpose and a pulse should look elsewhere.

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.

The Conjuring 2

Conjuring 2, The

★★★☆ – (2016) – Paranormal experts investigate the possession of a child and the ghostly mayhem in her London home. Begins in a location promised in the previous film’s conclusion, and proceeds with events that not only keep pace with the freakishness of the original, but invents new scenarios as well. A surprisingly dramatic spookshow that’s loaded with tension.

Krampus

Krampus

★½☆☆ – (2015) – Evil forces are unleashed upon a dysfunctional family at Christmastime when the last of Santa’s believers stops believing in him. Begins with typically abnormal characters struggling to co-exist, then tosses in horror that makes up rules as it goes along. One moment features killer cookies, then killer attic junk, then killer elves, etc. Has no solid foundation and little cohesion.