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.

Red Riding Hood

★½☆☆ – (2011) – A werewolf terrorizes a small village, interrupting an already lackluster love triangle. While the cast and sets are commendable, the plot and character growth is deplorable. Not too hard to get through, but lacks two major components: excitement and romance. Basically Twilight meets Ginger Snaps Back meets a test pattern.

Don’t Kill It

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A demon hunter and an FBI agent try to stop an evil force that hops into whomever kills its host. While Dolph Lundgren makes for a credible lead, and the concept is commendable, the overall output is only mildly engaging thanks largely to woefully overused CGI gore. The seriousness and camp don’t always blend well, either.

Brightburn

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Family members of the original film’s victims seek revenge against their adversary and her daughter. The concept holds promise by tying in decades of rage, but most of what occurs brings that notion to incredible lows for three reasons: (1) the characters are impossibly obnoxious; (2) the plot becomes a pale retread of Part One; (3) the two-and-a-half hour length is about two hours too long for such a scant, poorly written script. Why 148 minutes? WHY!?

Pet Sematary (2019)

★★★☆ – (2019) – A family relocates to a town near ancient grounds that can return life to the deceased. Seems to have been created for the sole purpose of playing against the original film, but in doing so creates unpredictability in characters and their grim plights. Sometimes uneven, but more often that not will shred nerves and provoke emotions.

Demon Warrior

★★☆☆ – (1988) – A group of friends vacate to a haunted locale where they’re picked off by an ancient demon. Has the makings of a decent 80’s slasher, from bantering friends to a couple of okay murders. The main problem rests with the pace, as long stretches transpire where nothing seems to happen. Has some campy moments and a great nude scene, for what it’s worth.