Holiday Hell

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Anthology of five stories that focus on a masked killer, a killer doll, a killer dressed as Santa, a killer cult, and a wraparound involving a killer demon. Presents the gimmick of taking place on different holidays, but they can occur at any time since there’s virtually no holiday atmosphere in any segment, even the one with Santa. The tales themselves are either stale, dull, or rip-offs of superior films.

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Secret Santa

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A highly dysfunctional family turns to murder during a Christmas dinner party. Has plenty of violent zaniness, but the characters are so over the top in their regular deficiencies that their rise to insanity is barely noticed. Only the lead female comes close to commendable, as everyone else is repugnant out of the gate. Easy to get through, but once will do.

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3 from Hell

★★★☆ – (2019) – Notorious serial killers reassemble to continue their deviant ways. The first hour is an absolute riot that builds on the lore of the main cast while furthering their inventive insanity. The second half, however, merely mimics the third act of The Devil’s Rejects. Still, there are plenty of reasons to rejoice over the resurgence of characters who are at their best when behaving their worst.

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The Disturbance

★★☆☆ – (1990) – An already disturbed man unravels further after a break up with a short term girlfriend. Moves at an even pace while covering a few distinct moments, but it’s rather quiet and the main character is too underdeveloped to warrant so much focus. The brushes with insanity are okay, but in the end nothing here hasn’t been done before.

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Ma

★★☆☆ – (2019) – High school kids befriend a woman who lets them party in her basement, but she gradually becomes too involved in their lives. Works best when laying out insanity, but some occurrences are a bit on the silly side. The major problem is the antagonist’s motive, which doesn’t necessitate the brutal outcome.

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All Light Will End

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A young author and her dimwitted friends return to her childhood home where they’re plagued by a mysterious killer. Does everything seen a million times before, and when trying something unique collapses under the weight of sluggishness. Nothing here means anything because no character amounts to anything.

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Mercy Black

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A woman once terrorized by an apparition that may or may not exist tries to pick up the pieces in her adulthood. Goes through credible motions of building a mystery, but much of what’s presented is wasted on silly logic, a lack of uniqueness, and a corny conclusion. One can tell this had high aspirations, but during the sluggish pace most of that hope is lost.

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The Perfection

★★☆☆ – (2018) – Psychotic moments are exchanged in a small circle of cellists. Almost succeeds as a unique horror experience, but for every shocking moment there are several of blinding stupidity that almost render this a comedy. Would have worked better if no character spoke and the actors practiced their parts.

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Shadows of the Mind

★★☆☆ – (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.

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The Cable Guy

★½☆☆ – (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.

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