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.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

★½☆☆ – (2015) – A young woman with parental issues doles out her aggressions on the innocent. Has a calm tone throughout that works well at first, but ultimately leads to tedium. By the time the horror kicks in (rather confusingly), it’s hard to worry about any outcomes since no one becomes known during the slow processes.

The Taking of Deborah Logan

★★½☆ – (2014) – A small documentary crew films a woman who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, only to find her affliction is far more dangerous than anticipated. The first half is yet another found footage story that thinks its bland design is unique, but the story gradually becomes creepy, surprising, and tense. Makes little sense, but escapes its own monotony and tends to entertain.

Party Bus to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Partygoers become stranded in the desert realm of an ancient, murderous tribe. On the upside, a lot happens at a brisk pace. On the downside, nothing that happens is very enjoyable as the obnoxiousness reaches high levels of irritation. The violence and sleaze are okay, but there’s an awful lot of yelling, screaming, and music played at equal volume.

Veronica

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A young woman inadvertently summons a pissed off ghost and wades through one haunting after another. While this does have solid attempts at horror, none ever take hold since they’re always visions without consequences. Worst of all is the rampant stupidity, as characters seem to beg to be put in harm’s way.

Bornless Ones

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A couple moves into a new home and, along with their friends, become terrorized by forces of evil. Not much here could be considered unique, though some of the gore is effective. Moves slow and the characters don’t grip, but at the very least some gruesome scenes are hard to watch.