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.

Devil Doll

Devil Doll

★★☆☆ – (1964) – A hypnotist/ventriloquist transfers human souls into his stage dummy. Begins as though the dummy will perform his master’s commands, but the more this rolls on the less the dummy becomes involved. Has a few creepy moments, but never raises concern beyond the concept.

Patrick Still Lives

Patrick Still Lives

★★½☆ – (1980) – The well-to-do are invited to a mansion where a comatose patient with telekinesis abides. The titular subject is hardly seen until the end, which is fine since the movie is better when he’s off screen. Most of this consists of sleazy, violent, and vulgar events that fall upon unessential (but easy on the eyes) characters.

The ABCs of Death 2

ABCs of Death 2, The

★★½☆ – (2014) – Anthology of 26 stories based on each letter of the English alphabet. An improvement over the original, as even the silly segments are handled with some care. “W” is especially disturbing, but many episodes are unique and satisfying in their own way. An overall success.