Prevenge

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A pregnant woman takes orders to kill from her unborn child. The concept is promising, but the payoffs fail since A) the lead doesn’t try to stop what’s happening and B) she kills people who don’t deserve to die. Will perhaps strike a cord with the pregnant and moody, but for the rest of us this is merely a soulless experience.

Split

★☆☆☆ – (2017) – A man with 23 personalities kidnaps three girls and forces one to oppose him. Follows a repetitive path of showcasing imprisoned victims and therapy sessions of their captor, but each is equally vapid. Never intriguing, never frightening, and never presents a reason to care about anyone involved.

Buried Alive (1990)

★½☆☆ – (1990) – A new teacher gets wrapped up in the strange things happening to the strange inhabitants of an all-girl school. Has a few moments of violence and lunacy, but nothing that occurs means jack squat since no character has a meaningful presence. Wastes some decent talent on empty oddities and features zero suspense.

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.

M (1931)

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★★½☆ – (1931) – The German underworld attempts to catch a child killer so their practices are no longer harassed by police. Spends too much time dragging its feet, but does have a defined plot that continually involves. No characters are distinct, until the murderer is brought into question, which hurts progression throughout. Poses thoughts about mob justice, insanity pleas, and responsibilities that are still relevant today.

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.