Inside (2016)

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A pregnant woman is stalked by a mysterious female who kills anyone in the way of her obtaining a baby. The first two thirds follow the basic pattern of the (vastly superior) original, while the new conclusion in nothing short of a travesty. Badly acted throughout, but the biggest crime is losing every single trace of the first film’s point by relying on a safe outcome. A waste.

Hell Fest

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A group of friends attend a festival of fabricated frights, only to find someone authentically stalking them. The premise has the makings of a decent slasher, but the output is too irritating and dopey to hold in higher regard. Gets dimmer as it goes and becomes too predictable to offer any true frights.

Blood Lake

★★½☆ – (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.

Blood Feast (2016)

★★☆☆ – (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.

Torso

★★½☆ – (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.

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.