– (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.
– (2017) – A team of ghost hunters take on a variety of troubles while dealing with each other’s wacky personas. For every point of tedium there are some truly funny moments that distract from the disjointed plot. By now you should know what to expect from the cast and director involved, which is short, cheesy fun.
– (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.
– (2013) – Many lives are disrupted by an unseen force lurking in a peculiar house. The time aspect does something unique to the ordinary, but everything else is just that: ordinary. Most every character and situation goes through the same motions as the plethora of ghosts moves than have come before and will come after.