Suspiria (2018)

★★½☆ – (2018) – A dance school student unwittingly participates for an academy run by witches. Follows the basic premise of the original, but the events are completely different and somehow even freakier. Characters aren’t a strong point, and drama is lacking, but this succeeds admirably in creating what’s never been seen before, and manages to uncomfortably spill some blood along the way.

Witching and Bitching

★★★☆ – (2013) – Jewelry store robbers, one of their young sons, and a cab driver end up the targets of witches who plan mankind’s fall. Begins as a humorous heist film with no traces of horror, but waiting for the witch scenario to take flight is worth the effort. Eventually does whatever it wants to do to provide shocks and humor, and ultimately stands out as a mark of pure lunacy.

Don’t Torture a Duckling

★★½☆ – (1972) – Someone’s killing children in a small Italian village, and many locals are suspects. Has a gripping and disturbing first half that offers high levels of discomfort. The final half, however, drags when the murders and the reactions to them are replaced by a dull investigation.