– (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 problems 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 is getting stale.
– (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.
– (2008)- Something is raping women in the most vicious of ways, but a drunk cop and gangsters intend to stop it. The horror aspect doesn’t do anything not already seen in The Incubus, but enough occurs that this can’t be considered a complete rip-off. Has gruesome moments, one of which goes way too far, and despite the cheap production has some surprising and funny areas.
– (2017) – A high school student discovers a book that summons the death of anyone whose name is written in it, resulting in the convolutions of betrayal. Has the basic premise of the original, but lacks in areas of style, humor, and creativity. The gore is fine, but investing in the characters is something that never arises.
– (1988) – Someone or something is sucking out human brains through eye sockets, and a rock band is taking the blame. A so-so mystery that shows unusually high forms of narrative for a film with no budget. The characters are somewhat fleshed out, while the horror leads to an outlandish conclusion. Cheap fun.
– (2008) – A former detective who uses prostitutes to track whomever stole some of his women ends up searching for a serial killer. The complicated but clear plot is engaging throughout thanks to swift editing, touches of humor, and grueling suspense. Takes enough jarring turns to keep one glued to their seat in anticipation of how it all unfolds.
– (2014) – Cheerleaders travel to a training spot where their own kind were murdered a year before. A cheap and ugly slasher with lame kills, lame humor, and a lame outcome. Every character is either a vapid pain in the ass, an overly smug victim, or a cheesy red herring. Incredibly short, but still dull.