Long Time Dead

★★½☆ – (2002) – A group of college friends summon an evil force that doesn’t take long to start picking them off. Well-made and well-meaning, but suffers from two nagging flaws. One, most deaths are off screen, and two, the serious attempts at horror can come across as silly. Moves fast though, and isn’t hard to get through.

The Alchemist Cookbook

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A paranoid young man who lives alone in the woods conducts experiments to ward off evil. The premise holds promise, and a secondary character provides laughs, but by the mid-point every highlight dissolves into nothingness. The main problem is we’re never told what’s going on, which might intrigue some but frustrate others.

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.

Disciples

★½☆☆ – (2014) – Demons on Earth battle for the fate of mankind with some human interference. Has traces of a good film in style and casting, but figuring out what this all means is nearly impossible. A muddled mass of religious mumbo-jumbo with some truly laughable effects and horror moments.

Party Bus to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Partygoers become stranded in the desert realm of an ancient, murderous tribe. On the upside, a lot happens at a brisk pace. On the downside, nothing that happens is very enjoyable as the obnoxiousness reaches high levels of irritation. The violence and sleaze are okay, but there’s an awful lot of yelling, screaming, and music played at equal volume.

Devil’s Express

★★☆☆ – (1976) – A demon is killing people beneath NYC, and rival gangs are taking the blame. Has enough scenes of badly staged martial arts to hold some attention, but even with all the fighting this doesn’t take long to start dragging. The monster activity isn’t too bad, but there isn’t enough of it to go around.

House of Demons

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of friends party at a house where they deal with issues of their personal pasts. While it’s true a demon does show up, don’t let the title fool you. This is mainly a dull story that focuses on characters suffering from lackluster dramatic traits. Slow, cheap, and hollow.

The Black Room (2017)

★★½☆ – (2017) – A married couple moves into a house with a demonic secret, and quickly fall victim to its quirky designs. Gets off to a hilarious start, which sets the stage for the kooky shenanigans that follow. Won’t win over anyone who wants logic with their characters, but they do provide an awful lot of fun.

Clown

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★★☆☆ – (2014) – A man dons a clown costume he can’t remove, only to discover he’s wearing demon skin. Has a few innovative moments and spots of dark humor, but drags its feet when it needs to pick up the pace. Ruins its own creativity with too many implausible and predictable moments.