Long Time Dead

★★½☆ – (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.

The First Purge

★½☆☆ – (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.

Alleluia

★★★☆ – (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.

The Taking of Deborah Logan

★★½☆ – (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.

Resolution

★★☆☆ – (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.

The Alchemist Cookbook

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A paranoid young man who lives alone in the woods conducts experiments to ward off evil. The premise holds promise, and a secondary character provides laughs, but by the mid-point every highlight dissolves into nothingness. The main problem is we’re never told what’s going on, which might intrigue some but frustrate others.

Hereditary

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A woman whose family history is riddled with insanity goes off the deep end ensuing a relative’s death. Hard to describe (and critique) since for every unique shock there’s a moment of complete nonsense. Involving and has plenty to commend, but after a while some scares become silly while the acting becomes a little too unhinged.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon

★★☆☆ – (1970) – A troubled fashion designer murders women against his own will. Moves slower than a one-wheeled dump truck, and none of the victims are worth worrying about. However, this does manage to make the psychosis of the antagonist creepy and unnerving.

House of Demons

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of friends party at a house where they deal with issues of their personal pasts. While it’s true a demon does show up, don’t let the title fool you. This is mainly a dull story that focuses on characters suffering from lackluster dramatic traits. Slow, cheap, and hollow.