– (2016) – A task force struggles to locate six books that can cause the death of anyone inscribed within. Though the initial idea still holds intrigue, the first hour is overloaded with dozens of details regarding convoluted rules. An overlong mishmash of names and identities that serve as a reminder of how this series is more effective when focused.
– (2016) – A small group of friends film themselves as they talk about fear near an infamous haunted house. Doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do, as it’s never clear why the characters search for a house they never enter (until the lame finale). One half is a POV confessional of an irritating actress, the other half is a blatant Blair Witch ripoff. Both try patience.
– (1967) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a vengeful cat, a secret film society, an active piano, and Edgar Allan Poe. Each segment is unpredictable and uneasy to figure out, which is a plus, but they also move at a crawl. Utilizes some good ideas and some great actors, but is hardly ever shocking.
– (2016) – A toy monkey from the Amityville house has a man envisioning the ghost of the notorious Long Island killer. At the very least has something to do with the original film, unlike most recent sequels, but the output is too cheap to respect. Does have murders that correlate with the legend, but there’s virtually no conclusion. Runs less than an hour before the slow credits roll, which is the ultimate blessing.
– (2015) – A group of friends become trapped in a haunted theater in a town called Amityville. Spends the bulk of its overlong length having incredibly bad actors rambling on with incredibly bad dialog. When horror does arise, it’s of such low quality you’ll find yourself wishing for more chatter. The actors do amuse with their complete inability to make any conflict seem real.
– (2016) – A fortune teller/con artist brings home a Ouija board that summons her husband’s spirit and possesses her youngest daughter. Piled high with moments too often seen, and has characters who don’t look or feel as though they belong to the same family. Corny at best, as timeworn events are taken too seriously.
– (2016) – Three scientists and an MTA worker hunt the harbinger of ghosts to prevent Armageddon. Strives to become a big budget F/X extravaganza for the ages, but quickly becomes a waste of money thanks to an abundance of dead jokes and irritating characters. Busy in structure, but barely entertaining.