The Amityville Murders

★★½☆ – (2018) – A young man obliterates his dysfunctional family after a slow dissolve involving abuse, drugs, and infrequent haunts. A variation of Amityville II that doesn’t resort to as much corn, but rather tries to depict history in a more straightforward manner. Not always on point, and the Long Island accents are a bit much, but by the end this is wholly effective.

Graveyard Story

★★☆☆ – (1991) – An investigator delves deep into the mystery of a deceased child. This is far more a detective saga than anything dealing with horror, as the involved ghost only appears for a few moments. What makes this easy to watch, however, is the blatant stupidity in most every character and plot progression. A dopey mystery with dopey results.

Long Time Dead

★★½☆ – (2002) – A group of college friends summon an evil force that doesn’t take long to start picking them off. Well-made and well-meaning, but suffers from two nagging flaws. One, most deaths are off screen, and two, the serious attempts at horror can come across as silly. Moves fast though, and isn’t hard to get through.

A Dark Song

★★★☆ – (2016) – A woman enlists the help of an occultist in order to settle a score over her dead child. Takes a little while to grip, but once it does you’re treated to one unexpected moment after another. Moody, tense, and highly effective in its drama and horror, though some may find the conclusion a little too bonkers.

Under the Shadow

★★½☆ – (2016) – In a city under Iraqi attack, a mother must protect her daughter from a force of evil. Manages two layers of suspense, the ghost and the war, though the former could have been avoided had the protagonist left home as suggested. Not the most logical, but does pile on some gritty suspense in the latter stages.

The Nightmare

½☆☆☆ – (2015) – Faux documentary about a bunch of people who describe their dark brushes with sleep paralysis. An excruciating experience that gets old five minutes in, but insists on dragging out stories that get less involving the more they expand. Might have worked as a short, but this is full length torture of bad actors pretending to have real plights.