The Autopsy of Jane Doe

★★½☆ – (2016) – While trying to determine the cause of death of an unknown woman, a pathologist and his son unleash evil forces. For every instance that makes you say, “Well, duh,” there’s another that makes you say, “Oh, s**t!” Has some truly unique and tense inclusions, but isn’t exactly flawless in its logic.

Get Out

★★½☆ – (2017) – A black man and his white girlfriend visit her home where sadistic events involving hypnotism transpire. Incredibly unique and unnerving during the first two thirds, with the proper blends of tension and humor. Comes close to falling apart in the muddled final act, but the theme of oppression is never lost.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A woman who’s been battling a corporate viral outbreak for many years returns to the epicenter of her problems to end all the madness. Follows the same formula as the previous entries by placing computerized technology over any human traits. A jumbled mess that has no flow, no involvement, and no reassurance that this is actually the end.

Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

★★½☆ – (2009) – A priest who contracts a disease is transfused with vampire blood and further complicates the life of a sad housewife. A strange blend of unique and played out ideas that manages to hold attention through 134-minutes. Tonal shifts are a problem, as one moment is deadly serious while the next is overly comical, which hurts the overall emotional impact.

Mercy

Mercy

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A family argues over their ailing grandmother and her uncertain past. Borrows loosely from Stephen King’s short story “Gramma,” and includes drama that takes away from the creepy vibe. Hard to invest in since nothing entirely original occurs, despite numerous attempts at a mystery.

The Godsend

Godsend, The

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A couple takes in the daughter of an absent mother only to find death in her wake. There is some creepiness dealing with so many dead kids, but there’s not much to classify as entertainment. A rather shameless rip-off of The Omen that moves too slow and covers too little ground.

The Green Mile

Green Mile, The

★★★☆ – (1999) – Death row guards face the usual trials and tribulations of their jobs, and a human miracle in an accused murderer. A lot of plot and characters are covered nearly word for word from the book, but the point feels underdeveloped. The finale is emotional, but getting there isn’t always as effective. Steady and unusual.