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.

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.