Holidays

★★½☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on a bullied teen, an evil spawn, a resurrected creature, fertility rituals, a family search, female revenge, a virtual reality device, and dual murderers, all taking place on separate holidays. Though there are brushes with amateurism and silliness, there are also moments of shock and tension. Nothing stands out as a classic, as even the best tales have lackluster outcomes, but this is enjoyable straight through.

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New Year’s Evil

★½☆☆ – (1980) – Someone’s killing women at the stroke of midnight in different time zones on New Year’s Eve. Has a few okay moments after an atrocious first half that involves too many pitiful punk songs. Strange, which is a plus, but too many stretches bore and nothing much makes sense.

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Terror Train

★★☆☆ – (1980) – College students on a train are terrorized by someone who hides behind many disguises. Okay in the party stages, which are distracted by overlong magic scenes, but hits too many dramatic lags throughout. Somewhat tense in the final moments, and the villain’s twists are a bit creepy.

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