The Hollow (2015)

Hollow (2015), The

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A creature of roots and embers attacks three screaming sisters in its wooded domain. Common and drab from a story perspective, but skirts by on some good atmosphere and unintentional hilarity. Needn’t take 112-minutes for such thin material, but most of the padding is the fault of actresses who slowly speak ev-ery syl-la-ble.

The Guest

Guest, The

★★★☆ – (2014) – A comrade visits the family of a deceased solider over matters of consolation, but such matters gradually go awry. Slowly builds itself into an odd-yet-absorbing story of a stranger who does as he pleases, but goes a little too bananas toward the end. Full of surprises, as well as implausibility, and always provides segments of intrigue. The synth score is especially top notch.

Tales of Halloween

Tales of Halloween

★½☆☆ – (2015) – Anthology of ten stories that focus on multiple aspects of Halloween, from killer humans to killer pumpkins. The tales range from barely okay to outright idiotic, despite thriving for holiday themes. The F/X are utterly awful, but somehow the acting is worse.

Hayride

Hayride

★½☆☆ – (2012) – A guy returns home (with his girlfriend) to a Halloween attraction that’s ruined by an escaped convict. There’s much to do about a villain named “Pitchfork,” but too much time is spent on his dull lore. Pretends to set up the next household villain, but the bulk of the production is dedicated to drivel.

The ABCs of Death 2

ABCs of Death 2, The

★★½☆ – (2014) – Anthology of 26 stories based on each letter of the English alphabet. An improvement over the original, as even the silly segments are handled with some care. “W” is especially disturbing, but many episodes are unique and satisfying in their own way. An overall success.