Blair Witch

blair-witch

★★★☆ – (2016) – Four friends and two tagalongs enter haunted woods in search of a girl who went missing over a decade before. Has a rough beginning that merely duplicates the original’s set-up, and the characters are hardly profound, but once the horror kicks in the tension never lets up. A relentless display of staggering suspense, unpleasant atmosphere, and effective shocks.

Digging Up the Marrow

Digging Up the Marrow

★½☆☆ – (2014) – A low-budget filmmaker agrees to film a supposed nutcase and his ramblings about monsters. Works okay when taking place in the real world, with real actors and directors portraying themselves, but makes a huge mistake in casting a known actor in the lead, rendering the reality gimmick moot. A good idea with enjoyable spots, but Adam Green grins too much and the tongue-in-cheek self-awareness gets old fast.

The Visit

Visit, The

★★½☆ – (2015) – Two teens visit their grandparents for the first time and discover how depraved they are. The build-up has great moments of humor, intrigue, and camaraderie between the siblings. Becomes ordinary and predictable in the final act, and never fully captures its zany intentions.

Knock Knock 2

Knock Knock 2

★★☆☆ – (2011) – Two couples film themselves touring famous murder sites and end up trapped in a house with a violent apparition. Takes far too long to get to the final house, and spends too much time getting to know characters who aren’t very likeable. Anything remotely scary has been done better, as this is nothing but more found footage fodder.