The Bride (2013)

★☆☆☆ – (2013) – A hopeful bride is resurrected to avenge herself against the hillbillies who killed her and her cheesy boyfriend. About as bad as a movie can get since every movement is unnaturally forced, from the godawful love story to the even worse crime story. A joyless pile of ineptitude that only manages to amuse during moments of blatant stupidity.

Critters Attack!

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Small creatures invade a small town and terrorize small minded townspeople. Barely attempts building character arcs, as nothing about any of them is remotely unique. Exploits feminism by use of a female alien savior and an outcast lead, but any social point is lost in what is ultimately mundane and unoriginal.

He’s Out There

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A mother takes her two daughters to a house in the woods where they’re terrorized by a masked madman. While much of this is competently filmed, and the acting is up to snuff, the script could have used a major upgrade before filming began. Never explaining a killer’s direct motive is fine if you want to leave people guessing, but not at the expense of leaving them bored.

All Light Will End

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A young author and her dimwitted friends return to her childhood home where they’re plagued by a mysterious killer. Does everything seen a million times before, and when trying something unique collapses under the weight of sluggishness. Nothing here means anything because no character amounts to anything.

They’re Watching

★★½☆ – (2016) – A home improvement show travels to Europe to film a rustic house, but find trouble of the witch variety. Manages to put forward some fun character scenarios, though those characters are hardly profound. Skirts by with a few slow spots, but the finale is so manically bonkers the wait is more than worthwhile. Cheap in production, but high in ambition.

Moonstalker

★★½☆ – (1983) – A serial killer is lurking in a wooded terrain where plenty of unsuspecting yokels make for his victims. Never rises above goofy, which is fine since that seems to be the intention. Forgotten for such reasons, and because the killer has a lame identity, but all told this isn’t too bad and the near-conclusion features a fabulously ridiculous moment.

American Poltergeist 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young woman is haunted by the spirit that also terrorizes her family and friends. Does what an unraveling mystery should do in a gradual manner, but those gradual advancements too often become idle. By the end, the script becomes too reliant on cliches and the outcome of the mystery is paltry. The only true horror is what HD does to enhance the cast’s skin.

Blood Massacre

★★★☆ – (1991) – Armed robbers hole up in the house of a seemingly ordinary family, yet the tides quickly turn on them. The first third is pretty ordinary, but from then on becomes a surprisingly morbid tale with more than one unexpected twist. Has a couple of lags, but dishes out a high degree of blood and insanity.