The Night House (2020)
A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.
Thoughts: Some pretty good jumps scares spice up this lethargically paced horror film that is, paradoxically both confusing and annoyingly expository. Great performance by Rebecca Hall, but the script is hampered by classic B-horror movie logic.
One Cut of the Dead (2017)
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
Thoughts: 30 minutes in, I was dubious – and then it all comes together in surprisingly clever fashion. I laughed out loud several times. Loads of fun.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Thoughts: It’s slow off the top and the characters are annoyingly slow to react to the mounting weirdness, but the movie makes the most of its documentary conceit, building suspense towards its eerie conclusion. This one will sit with you long after it’s over.
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 12, 2022
Nah, didn’t think so either.