The Babysitter (1995)

★½☆☆ – (1995) – Various men (and a young boy) obsess over a girl on a night she’s babysitting. The narrative structure is a total mess, as most of this is told through snippets of fantasy, all of which comes across as an uncomfortable form of creepy. Every character is a drab loser with unclear intentions, rendering this a useless bore.

Mother!

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A secluded married couple are visited upon by people who come in droves for no discernible reason. Starts off well enough when gradually introducing strange characters and events, but hits a wall midway and loses all traces of logic and meaning. Though it does feel like we’re watching a nightmare unfold, the outcome isn’t nearly as powerful as intended.

Gerald’s Game

★★½☆ – (2017) – A woman is handcuffed to a bed by a man who has a heart attack, leaving her alone to face physical and mental turmoil. The structure does a great job turning a book that seemed impossible to film into a twisted series of psychological events. Takes too long to explain itself in the end, and the Crypt Creeper is more silly than frightening, but does feature one of the goriest moments in horror history.

Timecrimes

★★½☆ – (2007) – A man inadvertently travels back in time to avoid a killer, and gradually learns the dark ramifications of repeating the past. Has a unique premise that takes plenty of unexpected turns, although some events can feel muddled. Has moments that question logic, but is moderately gripping overall.

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.

Rings

★★☆☆ – (2017) – Victims of a tape that kills them a week after their initial viewing pass on the curse to others for survival, until the tape changes. Although there is a new spin put forth with the strange new images and mystery behind them, this can’t hold a candle to the original’s similar quest. Not the easiest to follow, mainly due to the flat characters and a flatter pace.

Rear Window (1998)

★★☆☆ – (1998) – A paralyzed architect spies on an artist he believes murdered his own wife. A pale comparison to the original film, but has the distinction of featuring a disabled Christopher Reeve, which is both commendable and depressing. The story and its strive for suspense are weak, but the cast does maintain respectability.

Rear Window (1954)

★★★☆ – (1954) – A wheelchair bound photographer spies on a suspicious neighbor he believes murdered his own wife. Absorbing from the start thanks to likable characters whose purposes with each other border on dysfunction. The mystery aspect is solid as well and, despite a few corny moments, proves the nature of humanity’s need to peer in on other lives.

Green Room

★★★☆ – (2016) – A punk band that stumbles upon a murder is trapped in a seedy club and set-up for their own deaths. Takes a little while to get going on, and not all points are razor sharp, but when this hits high notes it knocks them out of the park. Often tense, incredibly violent, and ultimately disturbing.