Unlisted Owner

★★½☆ – (2013) – A group of friends venture into a house where recent murders transpired, only to find doing so isn’t the brightest of ideas. Has some genuinely funny camaraderie among the leads, though their jokes gradually give way to perpetual yelling. The intro is too abrupt, and the finale mimics The Blair Witch Project, but this hits the right marks and provides fun.

Afflicted

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young man on vacation in a foreign land is attacked by, and gradually becomes, a vampire. Has the authentic feel of a reality show in the early stages, and the lead’s slow dissolve into vampirism is effective. By the end, however, anything insightful becomes routine, and the found footage gimmick feels unnecessary.

The Taking of Deborah Logan

★★½☆ – (2014) – A small documentary crew films a woman who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, only to find her affliction is far more dangerous than anticipated. The first half is yet another found footage story that thinks its bland design is unique, but the story gradually becomes creepy, surprising, and tense. Makes little sense, but escapes its own monotony and tends to entertain.

Creep 2

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A woman with a failing reality show decides to record a day in the life of an admitted killer. Just as illogical and irritating as the first entry, but by including two unpredictable characters manages to not completely rip itself off. Provides as many feelings of discomfort as it does boredom.

Blair Witch

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★★★☆ – (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 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

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★★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.