Cult of Chucky

★★☆☆ – (2017) – Chucky seeks out the previous film’s survivor in a mental institution, with the ability to replicate himself. Has a cleverness that sets it apart from other entries, and Chucky’s a hoot when he actually appears. The main problem rests with the human characters who are either too bland or fail to do anything progressive. Somewhat fresh for a seventh entry, but the series has gotten stale.

The Ghoul (2016)

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A man in therapy tries to deal with his own conditions while socializing with sketchy people. The plot aims for intrigue in structure and tone, but the pace is too slow and the acting too hammy to pull it off. Has parts that aren’t bad, but as a whole ultimately aims for more shocks than meaning.

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.