– (1980) – A small family moves into a house where a death occurred, and experience bloody happenings. The few horror inclusions are commendable, but most of this plods through dull events. Ends well, but the set-up is a drag.
– (2016) – Paranormal experts investigate the possession of a child and the ghostly mayhem in her London home. Begins in a location promised in the previous film’s conclusion, and proceeds with events that not only keep pace with the freakishness of the original, but invents new scenarios as well. A surprisingly dramatic spookshow that’s loaded with tension.
-(1979) – A married couple moves into a house that inverts crosses and spews gook. Begins with an overlong satanic ritual that paves the way for the sheer boredom that follows. There’s hardly any dialog, barely any movement, and not one inkling of suspense. For some reason ends with a voodoo ritual.
– (1981) – An agoraphobic writer retreats to a haunted country house and tries to figure out what’s happening there. The only thing worse than the lame explanations are the forced performances that are supposed to represent common folk. An overlong drag with too many preposterous moments and not enough reasons to care about the outcome.
– (2015) – A suburban family loses their youngest daughter to the angry forces within their haunted house. A goofy, teen friendly ghost story that never dares touch the non-PC heights of the original, and thereby turns itself into a safe, polished joke. Not awful, but never frightening or innovative.
– (2011) – Two couples film themselves touring famous murder sites and end up trapped in a house with a violent apparition. Takes far too long to get to the final house, and spends too much time getting to know characters who aren’t very likeable. Anything remotely scary has been done better, as this is nothing but more found footage fodder.
– (2015) – After losing their son in a car accident, a couple moves into a new house that has a strange and violent past. Does what it can to build a credible horror story, but everything’s been seen before. The characters are silly types and the ’70s design is inauthentic. There is, however, a lot of bloody mayhem in the final act.