– (1980) – A woman who witnessed the death of her parents returns to their homestead with dire results. Painfully dull throughout, despite the occasional brush with murder. The finale, however, almost makes the gloom worthwhile as the pace picks up and some wallops are delivered.
– (1996) – A man having a relationship issue befriends a psycho who tries too hard to fit into his life. The protagonist’s dilemmas are too typical, while the antagonist adds nothing but corny excuses as to why TV might make someone nuts. Forces a social point in the end, but like all else before it, nothing is ever funny or convincing.
– (2019) – Three men with comic book character traits sort out their good vs. evil issues in an asylum. The attempt to combine Unbreakable with Split never gels because in any remotely realistic situation these men would never be allowed to co-exist in close proximity. Couple that with the worst security in film history and we’re left with a dim story that moves too slow and ends without bestowing a single emotional trait.
– (2018) – A woman awakens in room unaware of how she arrived there, but gets assistance from several strange inhabitants. The plot purposely doesn’t make sense, which is fine, but a few lags in pace make one long for a quicker resolution. Ambitious in design, and mostly enjoyable despite an irritatingly repetitive Puritan character.
– (2018) – An emotionally pulverized Laurie Strode helps her estranged family outlast the lunatic who ruined her life. Does a great job catching up with the original’s heroine, as we’re invested in her plight from the start. Some advancements aren’t logical, and the pace isn’t pinpoint, but Michael Myers is in top diabolical form and there’s plenty of tension spread throughout.
– (2002) – A group of college friends summon an evil force that doesn’t take long to start picking them off. Well-made and well-meaning, but suffers from two nagging flaws. One, most deaths are off screen, and two, the serious attempts at horror can come across as silly. Moves fast though, and isn’t hard to get through.
– (2018) – For reasons explained in previous entries, a night is staged for people to loot and kill as they please. Not as bad as the previous sequel because this does have a pulse and doesn’t irritate as much, but it’s not about anything we haven’t already seen three miserable times before. Full of stock characters, nonsensical plotting, and lame comic relief.
– (2014) – A couple that manipulates themselves travel around to financially deceive others, yet their plans always end up in violence. Not easy to explain, which is great since it’s also difficult to know what will happen from one scene to the next. Pulls you along with a firm, psychotic grasp from startling start to disturbing finish.
– (2014) – A small documentary crew films a woman who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, only to find her affliction is far more dangerous than anticipated. The first half is yet another found footage story that thinks its bland design is unique, but the story gradually becomes creepy, surprising, and tense. Makes little sense, but escapes its own monotony and tends to entertain.
– (2012) – A junkie’s friend attempts to detox him in the house where he’s squatting, but finds trouble of the strangest varieties. Seems to confuse on purpose, which is fine since the quirks are easy to sit through. The main problem is how tiring the druggie becomes only moments into the film. Odd, but hardly gripping.