Tomb of Ligeia

★★☆☆ – (1964) – A baron’s mourning over his deceased wife makes trouble for his new marriage, as does a suspicious black cat. Has moments that showcase a pulse, but a lot of this finds characters endlessly talking. Never frightening, and the plot is all over the place, but it’s short and has a decent outcome.

The Super

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Murders are occurring in an apartment complex, but the assumed instigator isn’t involved in the ways presumed. Though the red herring is obvious, the twist is not, yet this still suffers from never fully developing the characters or premise. Has some okay moments, but by the end feels like a wasted effort.

1922

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A farmer who kills his wife over land is later haunted by her ghost and terrorized by rats. Takes forever to get going, but eventually hits a mysterious and involving stride. When all is said and done, however, nothing much is amounted to as nothing new is ever put forth. On the bright side, Thomas Jane is terrific.

Bleed

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A group of friends enter an abandoned prison to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts. The hipster characters get annoying fast, but eventually the horror aspects lead to reasons for their welcomed demise. The plot is a little all over the place, and much of what occurs is absurd, but it’s short and moves fast.

Demonic

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Police try to unravel a case that finds a group of paranormal investigators missing while one of them is suspected of murder. Though horror events do transpire, we know virtually nothing about anyone they’re happening to. The structure works, but the story never leads to realms of tension.

Annabelle Comes Home

★★½☆ – (2019) – A babysitter in the house of demonic relic collectors inadvertently unleashes the evil intentions of a possessed doll. Does what it can to establish credible characters, and they are likable, but the horror inflicted upon them is rather routine. Gets busy toward the end, but also feels unfocused. The best of the three so far, but still underwhelming.

The Demons of Ludlow

★½☆☆ – (1983) – A haunted organ releases demons when played, causing ghostly problems for small town citizens. Not too bad when something preposterous is occurring in regards to the horror aspects. Most of this, however, is a majestic bore as characters talk on and on while scenes drag on and on.

American Poltergeist 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young woman is haunted by the spirit that also terrorizes her family and friends. Does what an unraveling mystery should do in a gradual manner, but those gradual advancements too often become idle. By the end, the script becomes too reliant on cliches and the outcome of the mystery is paltry. The only true horror is what HD does to enhance the cast’s skin.

Mercy Black

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A woman once terrorized by an apparition that may or may not exist tries to pick up the pieces in her adulthood. Goes through credible motions of building a mystery, but much of what’s presented is wasted on silly logic, a lack of uniqueness, and a corny conclusion. One can tell this had high aspirations, but during the sluggish pace most of that hope is lost.