– (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.
– (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.
– (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.
– (2017) – Extortionists invade the manor of dysfunctional inhabitants amid spooky occurrences. While what happens is unpredictable, the end results aren’t exactly memorable. Too convoluted for its own good, and has too many despicable characters whose outcomes aren’t worth worrying about.
– (2018) – Troubled young women performing community service on Christmas Eve end up working in the house of a killer. Gets off to an atrocious start, as a few characters are obnoxious beyond belief, but eventually settles into a dull rhythm of mediocrity. Horror doesn’t hit until after the hour mark, which doesn’t help matters.
– (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.
– (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.