Get Out

★★½☆ – (2017) – A black man and his white girlfriend visit her home where sadistic events involving hypnotism transpire. Incredibly unique and unnerving during the first two thirds, with the proper blends of tension and humor. Comes close to falling apart in the muddled final act, but the theme of oppression is never lost.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A fortune teller/con artist brings home a Ouija board that summons her husband’s spirit and possesses her youngest daughter. Piled high with moments too often seen, and has characters who don’t look or feel as though they belong to the same family. Corny at best, as timeworn events are taken too seriously.

Cell

★½☆☆ – (2016) – When phones turn humans into bloodthirsty savages, survivors go in search of family members. Another in a long, long, long line of not-quite-a-zombie movies that does nothing credible with the premise. A blight on the resume of a great author and two well-established actors.

The Conjuring 2

Conjuring 2, The

★★★☆ – (2016) – Paranormal experts investigate the possession of a child and the ghostly mayhem in her London home. Begins in a location promised in the previous film’s conclusion, and proceeds with events that not only keep pace with the freakishness of the original, but invents new scenarios as well. A surprisingly dramatic spookshow that’s loaded with tension.

The Hallow

Hallow, The

★½☆☆ – (2015) – A married couple moves to a wooded area that contains creatures that crave the very young. The best that can be said is that some of the atmosphere and monster F/X are okay, but praise ends there. Characters are dull, the pace crawls, the mood is dour, and the outcome is welcomed with yawns.

Planet of the Vampires

Planet of the Vampires

★★☆☆ – (1965) – Visitors to a barren planet discover secrets that turn them against each other. Some of the production aspects obviously influenced Alien, which is commendable, but the characters and story are rather bland as there’s a distinct lack of heroes and villains. Too serious to hail as goofy, yet too empty to hail as a wholly competent.