– (2017) – Five people play vicious games against murderous devices while detectives and medics try to piece together where and why. Has clever moments and spots of violence that remind us of the days of Saw lore, but there’s never a moment that doesn’t feel unnecessary. Not a complete waste, but the reasons for bringing the series back only add confusion.
– (2017) – A group of college friends explore a house where someone in a Santa mask stalks them. Begins with a sense of fun, but quickly loses its footing thanks to a complete lack of blood and suspense. It’s short, but suffers from lousy killer reveals and a sort-of-creepy song that plays too often.
– (2017) – A duo of killers are picking off victims based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The premise is unique, but the unraveling is awfully stupid since the cast has no idea how to make it convincing. Piled high with cliches and takes itself too seriously. (The creators of Harley Quinn should sue over the female villain.)
– (2017) – A woman with a failing reality show decides to record a day in the life of an admitted killer. Just as illogical and irritating as the first entry, but by including two unpredictable characters manages to not completely rip itself off. Provides as many feelings of discomfort as it does boredom.
– (2017) – A college student dies over and again on her birthday while trying to figure out why. There’s no way this can’t be compared to the vastly superior Groundhog Day, but even if this were an original idea it still wouldn’t be very good. The biggest blunder are the attempts at comedy when the lead actress simply isn’t funny. Almost okay, but the outcome is a travesty.
– (2017) – Anthology of four stories that focus on an internet creep, a murderous cult, parental angst, and a ranting blowhard. First, these aren’t Halloween tales since none take place on Halloween! Second, the entire wraparound is a blatant rip off of Tales from the Crypt. Other than that, this is awful due to stiff writing and stiffer line delivery. Only good for unintentional chuckles.