He’s Out There

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A mother takes her two daughters to a house in the woods where they’re terrorized by a masked madman. While much of this is competently filmed, and the acting is up to snuff, the script could have used a major upgrade before filming began. Never explaining a killer’s direct motive is fine if you want to leave people guessing, but not at the expense of leaving them bored.

All Light Will End

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A young author and her dimwitted friends return to her childhood home where they’re plagued by a mysterious killer. Does everything seen a million times before, and when trying something unique collapses under the weight of sluggishness. Nothing here means anything because no character amounts to anything.

Deadly Detention

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Five high school students facing detention at an old prison are stalked by a presumed ghost. All the characters are timeworn types, the entire premise is trite, and there’s virtually no tension throughout. A blood free venture that when not predictable is pretty ridiculous.

Moonstalker

★★½☆ – (1983) – A serial killer is lurking in a wooded terrain where plenty of unsuspecting yokels make for his victims. Never rises above goofy, which is fine since that seems to be the intention. Forgotten for such reasons, and because the killer has a lame identity, but all told this isn’t too bad and the near-conclusion features a fabulously ridiculous moment.

Most Likely to Die

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Friends gather to celebrate their high school reunion, and are picked off by an unknown assailant. Some acting is commendable, while some is dreadful; some dialog is pitch point, while some is laughable; some moments of suspense… well, there aren’t any. While not terrible, this is a by the book slasher with no new ideas and by the end is mostly intent on ripping off Scream.

Holidays

★★½☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on a bullied teen, an evil spawn, a resurrected creature, fertility rituals, a family search, female revenge, a virtual reality device, and dual murderers, all taking place on separate holidays. Though there are brushes with amateurism and silliness, there are also moments of shock and tension. Nothing stands out as a classic, as even the best tales have lackluster outcomes, but this is enjoyable straight through.

Brightburn

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.

Pet Graveyard

★☆☆☆ – (2019) – Three idiots suffocate themselves to death to visit passed relatives, but after returning to life find the grim reaper wanting their souls back. The pathetic cash-grab title aside, this is one of the dullest, corniest, and least effective horror films in recent memory. The entire premise is illogical beyond belief, and makes Flatliners look like a documentary by comparison.