– (1994) – A private detective becomes involved in the magic used by Hollywood in the 1940s. The idea suggests a campy good time, especially considering the cast, but most of this is an inept drama that lack any conviction. There’s hardly any magic involved, and most attempts at humor hit a wall.
– (1977) – A swashbuckling sailor and his comrades travel to a distant land to break the curse of a prince-turned-baboon. While there are moments of adventure and monster activity, everything in between moves incredibly slow. Gets points for imagination, but the excitement factor is bogged down by the languid pace.
– (2012) – Three women perform rituals on young men in order to appease their god. An incredibly repetitive outing that features near-naked men showering or squirming in bed before the women laughably turn into cougars and allegedly eat them (the eating is never shown). A lazy concoction that means absolutely nothing.
– (2016) – While trying to determine the cause of death of an unknown woman, a pathologist and his son unleash evil forces. For every instance that makes you say, “Well, duh,” there’s another that makes you say, “Oh, s**t!” Has some truly unique and tense inclusions, but isn’t exactly flawless in its logic.
– (2015) – A group of friends stop at a house in Amityville, NY that has ties to Salem, MA. A pathetic attempt to cash in on notorious New York murders when it’s perfectly clear this is not a New York production. The characters, and everything they do and have happen to them, are useless, bland, and pedestrian.
– (2016) – Four friends and two tagalongs enter haunted woods in search of a girl who went missing over a decade before. Has a rough beginning that merely duplicates the original’s set-up, and the characters are hardly profound, but once the horror kicks in the tension never lets up. A relentless display of staggering suspense, unpleasant atmosphere, and effective shocks.
– (1998) – A teenage girl has premonitions of an angry witch while an active serial killer stalks her new town. Could easily have become convoluted, but events are paced so there’s never confusion. The plot isn’t always razor sharp, but provides a pretty good mystery and some enjoyable character dynamics.
– (2016) – A New England family struggles with winter famine, a nearby witch, and each other. The solemn and haunting atmosphere is hard to shake, as is the patiently awaited outcome. Some parts may border on silly, and dialogue is often tough to discern, but when all is said and done this is one stark experience.