All Hallows’ Eve 2

★☆☆☆ – (2015) – Anthology of eight stories that focus on pumpkin seeds, doomsday, a meat sacrifice, a wrongful death, a carnival game, a frightened kid, a chubby murderer, and an online ghost. Very few stories have any Halloween atmosphere, and most every tale has no direction or purpose. Woefully acted, nonsensical, and horribly constructed.

Voices from Beyond


★★☆☆ – (1991) – The ghost of a dead man uses his daughter to locate his killer, but has to succeed before his corpse completely rots. The overall story is okay, and the attempts at the surreal aren’t awful, but there’s never a sense of dread or concern for the outcome. Pretty tame for a Fulci movie, but still pulls off some nasty tricks.

A Gun for Jennifer

Gun for Jennifer, A

★★☆☆ – (1997) – A group of female vigilantes seek revenge against deplorable men, but accidentally kill a cop. The message is clear (girls have power) but the execution is hindered by the filmmaker’s lack of originality. Decent as far as low budget outings go, but this is sloppily handled, lacking in singular character developments, and too unrealistic.

The Vindicator

Vindicator, The

★½☆☆ – (1986) – A maimed scientist meshes with an indestructible space suit and becomes the target of his employers. Predates the similar Robocop concept, but goes nowhere since the title character doesn’t do anything motivational (a guy becomes a thing, bad actors hunt said thing, the thing becomes a legend). Sports little violence, little drama, and less reasons to exist.

The Revenant

Revenant, The

★★½☆ – (2015) – An American scout in the 1820s is left for dead and makes his way home through dangerous terrain. Gets off to a rip-roaring start, but slows considerably after the CGI bear attack. Leo is fair game, though he goes from punished to impervious awfully fast. Ultimately implausible and thin, but getting through all 156-minutes is relatively easy.

The Gift (2015)

Gift, The (2015)

★★½☆ – (2015) – A successful man relocates to his former state and runs into someone whose life he once made hell. The story is tight and involving straight through, but there are a few senseless instances here and there. The conclusion might have worked better if not already seen in Sleep Tight, but the character dynamics are commendable.