Blood Lake

★★½☆ – (1987) – A group of friends vacate to a lake where a killer is lurking. The story is nothing new, but the camaraderie among the leads in wholly realistic and enjoyable… at first. Events slow significantly once the murders begin, which hampers the set-up, especially since the killer has no identity. Bad at horror, but great as an 80’s time capsule.

Blood Feast (2016)

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A man who falls under the spell of an Egyptian goddess murders people for a dinner in her honor. Has a good cast and provides some gory exploits, but the pace is so slow that this gradually becomes a stale meal. Much of the drama takes itself too seriously, which doesn’t make sense considering the goofy idea.

Torso

★★½☆ – (1973) – Someone’s murdering and mutilating people in and around a countryside manor. There’s barely a plot, and hardly any character growth, making this a dramatic void. The horror has some nifty inclusions, however, while the cast and scenery are easy on the eyes. Slow going, but manages some suspense.

Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A man who’s obsessed with Anne Hathaway hires, films, and brutalizes actresses who resemble her in preparation for his desired meeting with her. The premise is unique, and the found footage aspect works, but even at only 87-minutes this tends to drag. Has a few unnerving spots, but the uneven pace and repetition make this easy to drift away from.

Halloween (2018)

★★★☆ – (2018) – An emotionally pulverized Laurie Strode helps her estranged family outlast the lunatic who ruined her life. Does a great job catching up with the original’s heroine, as we’re invested in her plight from the start. Some advancements aren’t logical, and the pace isn’t pinpoint, but Michael Myers is in top diabolical form and there’s plenty of tension spread throughout.

Unfriended: Dark Web

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A stolen laptop and mishandled money lead to terror for unsuspecting friends. Irritating in the set-up, decent when horror’s included, but ultimately dull and pointless. Not one character involved is worth worrying about, which kills any chance this had in building tension.