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.

Don’t Kill It

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A demon hunter and an FBI agent try to stop an evil force that hops into whomever kills its host. While Dolph Lundgren makes for a credible lead, and the concept is commendable, the overall output is only mildly engaging thanks largely to woefully overused CGI gore. The seriousness and camp don’t always blend well, either.

Revenge of the Stepford Wives

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A reporter intends to write a story on a town of male dominated women, to the dismay of men. Slowly unravels a mystery already covered in the original, but some of what happens is tacky enough to make for a simple watch. Moves fast, has some colorful characters, and ends well.

The Horror at 37,000 Feet

★★½☆ – (1973) – Plane passengers contend with religious cargo aboard their flight that freezes objects, oozes muck, and implants voices. Never comes close to realistic, which is fine since the deplorable shenanigans make for a truly absurd time. Has wondrous moments of ineptitude while dealing with one of the most shrill female performances in all of film.

Suspiria (2018)

★★½☆ – (2018) – A dance school student participates for an academy run by witches. Follows the basic premise of the original, but the events are completely different and somehow even freakier. Characters aren’t a strong point, but this succeeds admirably in creating unique scenarios while uncomfortably spilling some blood and puke along the way.

Bird Box

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of strangers try to outlast an apparition that causes suicide when seen. The premise is neat, but the execution is filled with stale dialog, ordinary characters, and some astonishingly corny advancements. The structure gives away who survives, which only ruins any chance this had at building suspense.