Raw

★★★☆ – (2016) – A freshman in college is hazed into eating meat, and steadily grows a hunger for human flesh. A far-from-standard story that never fully explains itself, which only fuels the intrigue. Some scenes of violence are hard to watch, while the story takes hold early on and never lets go.

Mayhem

★★☆☆ – (2017) – An already dysfunctional office becomes a violent free for all when the staff is infected by a virus that feeds on emotion. Offers a unique spin on a tired infection genre, but still has too many typical areas. Wears thin by the mid-point, and tends to drag as events become more predictable.

Trouble Every Day

★★½☆ – (2001) – Newlyweds honeymoon in an area where a woman is eating people and a doctor who might know why disappeared. Has a deliberately slow pace and never identifies what it’s about, yet manages to hold attention through some grisly and sexually charged moments. An atypical structure further enhances the confusing creepiness.

It Comes at Night

★★★☆ – (2017) – Two small parties try to outlast a deadly virus and, ultimately, each other. A subdued affair that builds on dread despite not having many inclusions of the infected. Has strong character moments, scenes of high intensity, and ends on a powerfully haunting note.

Train to Busan

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A father accompanies his daughter to see her mother while a viral outbreak turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. Yet another not-quite-a-zombie yarn that might as well be called 28 Days Later on a Train. Does have some credible character moments and scenarios, but the been-there-done-that vibe turns attempted emotions into schmaltz.

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.

Summer Camp

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Counselors prepping a summer camp pick each other off when becoming infected with a curable virus. Basically moves 28 Days Later into the woods without accomplishing anything noteworthy. Characters are okay at first, but they mostly just end up screaming. Not the hardest to get though, and does have a pretty surprising conclusion.