– (2017) – A family steals their brainwashed son from a cult, but the cult desperately wants him back. Never proves the family is close enough that saving one of their own should be such a high priority, as nobody seems to like one another. The whole scenario is a lose-lose situation that turns out exactly as expected.
– (1973) – A man with the power to extract souls from the living and put them in the dead helps resurrect someone’s wife. Though the premise is far from ordinary (unless you’ve seen The Asphyx) the handling of some serious conditions too often come across as hammy. A breeze to watch, but does succumb to silliness and repetition.
– (2008)- Something is raping women in the most vicious of ways, but a drunk cop and gangsters intend to stop it. The horror aspect doesn’t do anything not already seen in The Incubus, but enough occurs that this can’t be considered a complete rip-off. Has gruesome moments, one of which goes way too far, and despite the cheap production has some surprising and funny areas.
– (2017) – A high school student discovers a book that summons the death of anyone whose name is written in it, resulting in the convolutions of betrayal. Has the basic premise of the original, but lacks in areas of style, humor, and creativity. The gore is fine, but investing in the characters is something that never arises.
– (1988) – Someone or something is sucking out human brains through eye sockets, and a rock band is taking the blame. A so-so mystery that shows unusually high forms of narrative for a film with no budget. The characters are somewhat fleshed out, while the horror leads to an outlandish conclusion. Cheap fun.
– (2017) – A boy who has strange dreams escapes disguised creatures from another dimension by slipping into their dimension. Yes, there’s a gunslinger, and yes, there’s a man in black, but not much else is reminiscent of the novels. Very few (if any) characters or situations are explained, rendering this a confusing mess.