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.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

★½☆☆ – (2015) – A young woman with parental issues doles out her aggressions on the innocent. Has a calm tone throughout that works well at first, but ultimately leads to tedium. By the time the horror kicks in (rather confusingly), it’s hard to worry about any outcomes since no one becomes known during the slow processes.

Dream Home

★★½☆ – (2010) – A woman who longs for a specific home goes through extreme measures to clear out its occupants. The story is decent enough to carry the viewer from beginning to end, but the selling point by far is the violence. Some of the murders are among the most creative and hard to watch in the history of the slasher. Brutal enjoyment that should be watched on an empty stomach.

The Strangers: Prey at Night

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Disguised maniacs pick off a dysfunctional family in a trailer park community. A bland, predictable, and cliche riddled slog that could only terrify those with a mask phobia. Just as preposterous as the first film, though some of the violence is rather unsettling.

Found

★★☆☆ – (2012) – A kid harbors the secret that his older brother is a serial killer, further complicating their already dysfunctional lives. The story is okay in the early stages when characters and their horror fandom are on display, but this doesn’t take long to crawl into sheer dullness. The production is cheap, the acting is barely average, and there are too many actor close-ups. The final shot, however, is a good one.

Don’t Torture a Duckling

★★½☆ – (1972) – Someone’s killing children in a small Italian village, and many locals are suspects. Has a gripping and disturbing first half that offers high levels of discomfort. The final half, however, drags when the murders and the reactions to them are replaced by a dull investigation.

Trophy Heads

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A man is kidnapping B-movie scream queens and filming their murders. The motive isn’t air tight, and some scenes drag on for far too long. Never lives up to its concept, either, but the actresses are all game and it’s great to see so many assembled at once to poke fun at their cheesy (but awesome) careers.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon

★★☆☆ – (1970) – A troubled fashion designer murders women against his own will. Moves slower than a one-wheeled dump truck, and none of the victims are worth worrying about. However, this does manage to make the psychosis of the antagonist creepy and unnerving.