Paganini Horror

★½☆☆ – (1989) – A rock band plays the hidden notes of a deceased musician and awaken his ghostly force. Though the Evil Dead-ish idea suggests similar fun, practically nothing worth retaining ever occurs. The pace, acting, gore, and dialog are miserable, while anything relating to logic is all but neglected.

Friend Request

★½☆☆ – (2016) – An unpopular girl who kills herself takes cyberbullying to new heights by killing those who’ve wronged her. The initial idea could have led to a chilling time, but this is ruined by a lack of frights, bad F/X, non-existent characters, and no lore in the villain. Has an unoriginal script and a rather unsightly cast.

The Curse of La Llorona

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A small family is stalked by a ghost who has intentions of claiming the children. Though some of the back story is okay, most every fright is either timeworn or predictable. Features far more horror mumbo-jumbo than anything worth retaining, but is never entirely difficult to get through.

Pet Graveyard

★☆☆☆ – (2019) – Three idiots suffocate themselves to death to visit passed relatives, but after returning to life find the grim reaper wanting their souls back. The pathetic cash-grab title aside, this is one of the dullest, corniest, and least effective horror films in recent memory. The entire premise is illogical beyond belief, and makes Flatliners look like a documentary by comparison.

Ghost of Camp Blood

★½☆☆ – (2018) – The spirit of a dead serial killer possesses a paranormal investigator. Has the gall to believe anyone is longing for more Camp Blood movies, and has even more of a nerve by expecting anyone to want this cruddy series to continue. There’s simply nothing new here, and it’s all stunningly cheap, horribly acted, and misses the mark in providing any fun.

Doom Room

★★½☆ – (2018) – A woman awakens in room unaware of how she arrived there, but gets assistance from several strange inhabitants. The plot purposely doesn’t make sense, which is fine, but a few lags in pace make one long for a quicker resolution. Ambitious in design, and mostly enjoyable despite an irritatingly repetitive Puritan character.

Bird Box

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of strangers try to outlast an apparition that causes suicide when seen. The premise is neat, but the execution is filled with stale dialog, ordinary characters, and some astonishingly corny advancements. The structure gives away who survives, which only ruins any chance this had at building suspense.