Summer of 84

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Four friends investigate the neighbor they believe is an active serial killer. Follows the basic patterns and results of a film actually made in the 80s, The ‘Burbs, and fails drastically in comparison. On its own this feels like an overlong Scooby-Doo episode with obvious plotting and predictable outcomes. Ending on a down note helps, but getting there takes forever.

Don’t Hang Up

★★★☆ – (2016) – Obnoxious friends who catch a thrill in pranking people are taught a violent and valuable lesson. Mostly borrow parts from other films, and is often predictable, but the filmmaking aspects are professional enough to hold this in high regard. Starts rough, but eventually becomes a rather grueling experience.

Ghost Dance

★½☆☆ – (1982) – A Native American possessed by a deadly spirit picks off archaeologists and other unfortunate victims. While a few murders are decent, there’s far too much quiet time between them. Perhaps a social point was intended, but any significant impact is lost to monumental boredom.

Unlisted Owner

★★½☆ – (2013) – A group of friends venture into a house where recent murders transpired, only to find doing so isn’t the brightest of ideas. Has some genuinely funny camaraderie among the leads, though their jokes gradually give way to perpetual yelling. The intro is too abrupt, and the finale mimics The Blair Witch Project, but this hits the right marks and provides fun.

The Transfiguration

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A young man who drinks the blood of his victims has a hard time maintaining a new friendship. Enjoyable for its quiet take on vampires, but feels a but too much like a film it mentions, Let the Right One In. This is also slow enough to add weight to your eyelids, but still serves as middle-tier entertainment.

Alleluia

★★★☆ – (2014) – A couple that manipulates themselves travel around to financially deceive others, yet their plans always end up in violence. Not easy to explain, which is great since it’s also difficult to know what will happen from one scene to the next. Pulls you along with a firm, psychotic grasp from startling start to disturbing finish.