In 1987 Poland, a police officer investigating mysterious disappearances infiltrates a remote monastery and discovers a dark truth about its clergy.
My thoughts: Bleak and atmospheric. The plot twists won’t surprise diehard horror fans, but the ending is a devilish delight.
The Offering (2022)
A family struggling with loss find themselves at the mercy of an ancient demon trying to destroy them from the inside.
My thoughts: A familiar supernatural premise with some good, though not wholly inspired original scares. More interesting for its exploration of folklore and family dynamics than its actual horror elements.
A writer from New York City attempts to solve the murder of a girl he hooked up with and travels down south to investigate the circumstances of her death and discover what happened to her.
My thoughts: Rotten Tomatoes lists it as a horror, but it isn’t. It also lists this as a thriller which, I suppose it is – but barely. Occasionally amusing, with an interesting message at its core, but the mystery element is D.O.A. And the ending is terrible.
World War Z (2013)
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.
My thoughts: Some exceptional set pieces, yet the story logic is a little hazy at times and the third act a bit of a letdown. But the biggest knock against this movie is that it’s nowhere near as good as the book.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.
My thoughts: Classic 80’s horror schlock where the local “youngsters” look like they’re in their 30’s and anyone alone in a scene talks to themselves in order to advance the plot. The pervading holiness culminates in an unsurprising surprise twist ending.
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