Amityville: No Escape

★½☆☆ – (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.

Torture Garden

★★☆☆ – (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.

The Amityville Legacy

★½☆☆ – (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.

The Amityville Playhouse

★½☆☆ – (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.

The Bye Bye Man

★☆☆☆ – (2017) – Some dweeb tries to solve the mystery of a ghostly killer who manipulates minds. Focuses on very few characters, yet still can’t make any of them noteworthy. Says hello to mediocrity and bye-bye to credibility through one cliched scene of incompetence after another.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

★½☆☆ – (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.