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.

Alison’s Birthday

★★½☆ – (1981) – A young woman returns to her family’s estate for her 19th birthday party, and is met with strange activities from an ancestral coven. Moves slow and goes through common motions, but does hold attention throughout. The end result is fantastic, however, as this features one of the creepiest conclusions in all of horror.

Suspiria (2018)

★★½☆ – (2018) – A dance school student participates for an academy run by witches. Follows the basic premise of the original, but the events are completely different and somehow even freakier. Characters aren’t a strong point, but this succeeds admirably in creating unique scenarios while uncomfortably spilling some blood and puke along the way.

Cut and Run

★★☆☆ – (1985) – News personnel travel to a drug ravaged land to investigate murders related to an infamous cult. The slim plot is something of a chore to follow, as a lot happens with little explanation or reason. Lacks necessary realism, but is relatively well-made, well-acted, and well-intended.

The Invitation

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A couple is invited to a reunion where cult members introduce them to their way of life, but (at first) don’t press their agenda. An incredibly slow builder that sprinkles in enough intrigue throughout to hold attention. Has a few brushes with suspense, but ends with a purpose that’s shattered by the overall lack of human emotion.

Mandy

★★½☆ – (2018) – A mild mannered lumberjack goes after the cult that roasted his wife. The first half, while painfully slow, offers high levels of intrigue, while the second half provides all the Nicolas Cage bombast you could ever want or expect. Stylish one moment, basic the next, but always hard to look away from.

Borderland

★★★☆ – (2007) – A trio of friends looking for fun at a Mexican border town instead find themselves involved with a religious cult. Opens with a vicious bang, then builds on an involving mystery with plenty of surprises and violent shocks. Characters aren’t always the brightest, and some actions aren’t logical, but this is completely absorbing in the grittiest of ways.

The Endless

★★½☆ – (2017) – Two brothers return to a commune they once escaped from, only to find it’s as strange as they initially believed. The first half is fueled by a rising mystery with intriguing characters and moments. Gets a little too zany for its own good toward the end, and is longer than need be, but always remains worthwhile.

Witching and Bitching

★★★☆ – (2013) – Jewelry store robbers, one of their young sons, and a cab driver end up the targets of witches who plan mankind’s fall. Begins as a humorous heist film with no traces of horror, but waiting for the witch scenario to take flight is worth the effort. Eventually does whatever it wants to do to provide shocks and humor, and ultimately stands out as a mark of pure lunacy.