Truth or Dare

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – A group of college friends play a harmless game that ultimately leads to demonic mischief.¬† A silly and bland blend of It Follows and Final Destination that never amounts to much in drama, characters, or horror.¬† The smirking gets old fast and, like the rest of the movie, can’t go away soon enough.

Elves (2018)

★☆☆☆ – (2018) – People added to a naughty list are picked off by those possessed by a toy elf. Begins with a scene featuring the worst child actors ever put to film, and somehow gets worse from there. An incoherent mess with unfocused advancements, pitiful murders, and irritating smirks that rip off Truth or Dare.¬†Absolutely miserable.

Ghost Dance

★½☆☆ – (1982) – A Native American possessed by a deadly spirit picks off archaeologists and other unfortunate victims. While a few murders are decent, there’s far too much quiet time between them. Perhaps a social point was intended, but any significant impact is lost to monumental boredom.

Long Time Dead

★★½☆ – (2002) – A group of college friends summon an evil force that doesn’t take long to start picking them off. Well-made and well-meaning, but suffers from two nagging flaws. One, most deaths are off screen, and two, the serious attempts at horror can come across as silly. Moves fast though, and isn’t hard to get through.