It: Chapter Two

★★½☆ – (2019) – A group of friends reunite 27 years after battling an evil force that feeds on fears. Does a good job showcasing an assortment of unique F/X sequences, but the human element is too shallow. The kids have become types, and by focusing too much on their past the reasons to save their hometown in the present is lost. Entirely too long, and could have used less false scares against characters we already know survive their childhoods.

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Return to Horror Hotel

★★☆☆ – (2019) – Anthology of four stories that focus on bed bugs, an antique necklace, a hermit, and a living hand. Slightly better than the previous collection as the tales here are more focused, but they’re still underwhelming and still take place in a MOTEL. Nothing stands out as great, but nothing is particularly miserable.

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Nightmare Cinema

★★☆☆ – (2018) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a serial killer, plastic surgery, suicide, and a murder attempt survivor. While the first tale offers a unique spin on the slasher genre, the rest feel like film school projects that offer nothing intriguing. Not a painful watch, but this is more apt to make you groan than scream.

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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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Friend Request

★½☆☆ – (2016) – An unpopular girl who kills herself takes cyberbullying to new heights by killing those who’ve wronged her. The initial idea could have led to a chilling time, but this is ruined by a lack of frights, bad F/X, non-existent characters, and no lore in the villain. Has an unoriginal script and a rather unsightly cast.

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Livid

★★☆☆ – (2011) – Three friends break into an old woman’s house to steal her treasure, but uncover some savage secrets. Has a dark and moody tone that fits the subject matter, while some of the horror is viciously inventive. The main downside is the frustration in having no idea how or why anything related to the focal point is happening.

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Amityville: The Awakening

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A small family moves into a notorious house only to find their invalid brother/son possessed by evil forces. Does what it can to link itself to the original film, but still isn’t any better than the slew of crap with “Amityville” in the title. There’s worse in this lame series, if you can call it a series, but this one turns anything potentially frightening into corn.

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Queen Kong

★½☆☆ – (1976) – A female film director seeks a male for her latest low budget movie, which happens to upset a giant ape. Strives hard for cult consideration, and might garner attention as a curiosity, but too much of this is flat out dull. The jokes that work occasionally work well, but the failing jokes leave behind a wretched stench.

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