Byzantium

★★½☆ – (2012) – A sixteen-year-old vampire struggles with her existence alongside her mother. Takes its sweet ass time going about typical vampire dramatics, but has enough unique inclusions that set this apart from other tales of bloodsucker lore. Leans toward the dull side, yet you do care about character outcomes.

Dropping Evil

★☆☆☆ – (2012) – Vacationing friends drug a religious geek which causes him to go on a killing spree. As awful as the initial premise is, worse is the experimental film school nonsense that occurs within. Aims to complicate and confuse, and succeeds, but forgets one major factor: how to entertain.

Exit to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2013) – Gang members who shoot up a Russian strip club end up victims of a sadistic family ensuing escape. Blends an ordinary gangster movie with an ordinary Texas Chainsaw Massacre ripoff and ends up an ordinary bore. Has some great nudity early on, and some okay violence, but everything else is too familiar.

Amityville: The Awakening

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A small family moves into a notorious house only to find their invalid brother/son possessed by evil forces. Does what it can to link itself to the original film, but still isn’t any better than the slew of crap with “Amityville” in the title. There’s worse in this lame series, if you can call it a series, but this one turns anything potentially frightening into corn.

Life

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A space station crew is stalked by an alien that increases in size as it kills. Has too many moments that remind of superior films (Alien, Gravity, Species) and is nearly destroyed by a lousy script that has characters constantly saying and doing stupid things. Does have occasional tension, and the conclusion is effective even though it’s the result of incompetence.

Mother!

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A secluded married couple are visited upon by people who come in droves for no discernible reason. Starts off well enough when gradually introducing strange characters and events, but hits a wall midway and loses all traces of logic and meaning. Though it does feel like we’re watching a nightmare unfold, the outcome isn’t nearly as powerful as intended.

Slasher House II

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A red-headed warrior takes on serial killers in and around a facility that contains them. An ugly, unfocused mess that has too much going on yet is still an incredible bore. Better than the original, as it’s not as astoundingly irritating, but still has a delusional heir about itself that people will care about this product.

Gerald’s Game

★★½☆ – (2017) – A woman is handcuffed to a bed by a man who has a heart attack, leaving her alone to face physical and mental turmoil. The structure does a great job turning a book that seemed impossible to film into a twisted series of psychological events. Takes too long to explain itself in the end, and the Crypt Creeper is more silly than frightening, but does feature one of the goriest moments in horror history.

The 13th Warrior

★½☆☆ – (1999) – A man on a mission of peace ends up battling a horde of cannibals alongside twelve other warriors. A trivial mess that somehow turns sword battles into tests of endurance. Characters have no depth, the story is too basic, and the victories throughout too easily won. More along the lines of a Lord of the Rings film without any purpose or meaning.