Creep 2

★★☆☆ – (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.

Happy Death Day

★½☆☆ – (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.

Halloween Tales

★½☆☆ – (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.

Dropping Evil

★☆☆☆ – (2012) – Vacationing friends drug a religious geek which causes him to go on a killing spree. As awful as the initial premise is, worse is the experimental film school nonsense that occurs within. Aims to complicate and confuse, and succeeds, but forgets one major factor: how to entertain.

Slasher House II

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A red-headed warrior takes on serial killers in and around a facility that contains them. An ugly, unfocused mess that has too much going on yet is still an incredible bore. Better than the original, as it’s not as astoundingly irritating, but still has a delusional heir about itself that people will care about this product.

Cult of Chucky

★★☆☆ – (2017) – Chucky seeks out the previous film’s survivor in a mental institution, with the ability to replicate himself. Has a cleverness that sets it apart from other entries, and Chucky’s a hoot when he actually appears. The main problem rests with the human characters who are either too bland or fail to do anything progressive. Somewhat fresh for a seventh entry, but the series has gotten stale.

Leatherface

★★½☆ – (2017) – The child of a notoriously lawless family escapes from a mental institution, raises hell with other inmates, and ultimately becomes the titular villain. Gets off to a terrible start by introducing scenarios that make no sense (if the family’s so bad why are they free), but gradually becomes a ridiculous bloodbath that’s hard to look away from. Light years from perfect, but provides some gory goods.