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.

All Hallows’ Eve 2

★☆☆☆ – (2015) – Anthology of eight stories that focus on pumpkin seeds, doomsday, a meat sacrifice, a wrongful death, a carnival game, a frightened kid, a chubby murderer, and an online ghost. Very few stories have any Halloween atmosphere, and most every tale has no direction or purpose. Woefully acted, nonsensical, and horribly constructed.

Lights Out

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★★½☆ – (2016) – The spirit of a former lunatic wreaks havoc on a particular family… but only in the dark. The character scenarios are mostly common, despite the unique horror background, but are enough to make you hope they outlast their plights. Ranges from predictable to skin crawling to corny to badly plotted, equaling a mess worth getting through.

High Spirits

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★★☆☆ – (1988) – Castle inhabitants plan to falsely haunt their domain until discovering the place is actually haunted. A sloppily told and noisily concocted story of many characters (most of whom are never fleshed out) dealing with love on earthly and unearthly planes. The atmosphere is strong, but despite many attempts at zany comedy few laughs are had.

Lake Mungo

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★½☆☆ – (2008) – Mockumentary about the loss of a daughter/sister and her supposed ghostly return. Moves too deliberately slow, which is a huge problem since nothing new is ever put forth. Laughable in that every mundane event is taken so seriously, but does provide some creepiness toward the end.

Voices from Beyond

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★★☆☆ – (1991) – The ghost of a dead man uses his daughter to locate his killer, but has to succeed before his corpse completely rots. The overall story is okay, and the attempts at the surreal aren’t awful, but there’s never a sense of dread or concern for the outcome. Pretty tame for a Fulci movie, but still pulls off some nasty tricks.