– (2017) – A man who dies avoids the great beyond and settles into his house where life passes him by. A quietly compelling experience that’s unlike any other film dealing with death, though some scenes would fare better if fast forwarded through. Unique in its subtle design, but in the end doesn’t punch hard enough emotionally to consider more than a moderate art house success.
– (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.