– (1957) – A brain from outer space attempts world domination by possessing a scientist. Dumb as a stone from the onset, and crawls through one drab progression after another. Always ridiculous, but never in a truly fun way since there are more yawns provided than laughs.
– (2019) – A soul-infused car attacks those who killed its owner. Has little to do with the vehicle in question, and plenty more regarding a villian who creates an assortment of cyberpunk henchmen. Neither aspect works. This wants to be cool, but by trying too hard to become cool this turns into a hot pile of dung.
– (2018) – A dance school student unwittingly 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, and drama is lacking, but this succeeds admirably in creating what’s never been seen before, and manages to uncomfortably spill some blood along the way.
– (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.
– (2016) – A man who falls under the spell of an Egyptian goddess murders people for a dinner in her honor. Has a good cast and provides some gory exploits, but the pace is so slow that this gradually becomes a stale meal. Much of the drama takes itself too seriously, which doesn’t make sense considering the goofy idea.
– (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.
– (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.
– (2018) – Anthology of four stories (with an elongated wraparound) that focus on slave toys, a necromancer, vamps, and racial politics. While some of what occurs is drop dead dumb, there’s enough humor and positive social messages throughout to keep enjoyment rolling. Not as stark as the original, but certainly amusing.