Seed

★½☆☆ – (2006) – An electrocuted serial killer who refuses to die is buried alive, but escapes to murder his captors. On the plus side this is rather grimy and features some staged brutality, but ill advisedly begins with scenes depicting real animal torture as a lame means to get a rise from an audience. Without that inclusion this movie is bad, with it the experience is sour.

31

★★☆☆ – (2016) – Five carnival workers are abducted and forced to participate in a timed game of death. Features the standard Rob Zombie atmosphere and actors, but nothing new comes of either. A blend of House of 1000 Corpses and The Running Man that supplies plenty of violence but no rationale to such areas. Feels slapped together as it’s often hard to tell what’s going on.

Don’t Breathe

dont-breathe

★½☆☆ – (2016) – Three young thieves break into the house of a blind man, and quickly find themselves his prey. An unusual blend of Saw, Seed of Chucky, and The People Under the Stairs that turns anything suspenseful into a joke if relating to comparisons. A mass of cliches that may please genre newcomers, but nothing new is ever presented.

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

★★★☆ – (2014) – Twin boys play sadistic games with a bandaged woman who claims she’s their mother but acts nothing like her. Reaches highs in scenes that shock and disturb, but has a couple of illogical lows. Winds down on an eerie note by churning out the completely unexpected. Requires patience, but is worth the wait.

Sinister 2

Sinister 2

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A family hiding out in a haunted farmhouse are subjected to videos of torture. Some of the family dynamics feel realistic, and characters are somewhat well-drawn, but the pace is too slow and the horror too familiar. Tries to get by on jolts, yet can only manage a few creepy images.

Hellhole

Hellhole

★★☆☆ – (1985) – A woman who’s nearly killed is put in an insane asylum with a secret torture dungeon. The premise isn’t exactly standard, which helps things along, but the characters and their situations mean nothing. Women are frequently naked, which does help keep eyes open.