Demonic

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Police try to unravel a case that finds a group of paranormal investigators missing while one of them is suspected of murder. Though horror events do transpire, we know virtually nothing about anyone they’re happening to. The structure works, but the story never leads to realms of tension.

Annabelle Comes Home

★★½☆ – (2019) – A babysitter in the house of demonic relic collectors inadvertently unleashes the evil intentions of a possessed doll. Does what it can to establish credible characters, and they are likable, but the horror inflicted upon them is rather routine. Gets busy toward the end, but also feels unfocused. The best of the three so far, but still underwhelming.

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.

Veronica

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A young woman inadvertently summons a pissed off ghost and wades through one haunting after another. While this does have solid attempts at horror, none ever take hold since they’re always visions without consequences. Worst of all is the rampant stupidity, as characters seem to beg to be put in harm’s way.

Bornless Ones

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A couple moves into a new home and, along with their friends, become terrorized by forces of evil. Not much here could be considered unique, though some of the gore is effective. Moves slow and the characters don’t grip, but at the very least some gruesome scenes are hard to watch.

Insidious: The Last Key

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A woman who can see ghosts returns to her childhood home to confront her original clash with evil. The overall idea might have looked good on paper, as there are a few horror ideas put forth, but one thing that couldn’t have been planned is the incredibly languid pace. Burns too slow for a fourth entry with no new inventions.