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.

The Amityville Murders

★★½☆ – (2018) – A young man obliterates his dysfunctional family after a slow dissolve involving abuse, drugs, and infrequent haunts. A variation of Amityville II that doesn’t resort to as much corn, but rather tries to depict history in a more straightforward manner. Not always on point, and the Long Island accents are a bit much, but by the end this is wholly effective.

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.