A new week, a new batch of horror films and I have to say, this batch overall isn’t that bad for once. First we have Last Shift. It’s not great, but compared to other films lately it’s at least watchable and somewhat enjoyable. A female rookie cop gets assigned to the last shift of a closing police station. She can’t leave the station for any reason and boy does she end up with some reasons to leave! First there’s a homeless man who pisses in the station that she locks up, but then the supernatural stuff begins. Unlike the craptastic paranormal films of today that use cheap jump scares, this film uses them sparingly and surprisingly has some thrills and chills. A former case comes to life and spirits of Devil worshipers start haunting the building and her. They are hardcore evil beings because they don’t worship the Devil we know because Lucifer was just a fallen angel, they worship far more older evil. Because it focuses on just the rookie cop and is an enclosed space, the terror of the movie feels much more realistic than most horror movies today. I kinda liked it actually.
Next we have Death’s Door. By far the weakest film in the bunch, the movie is hurt by REALLY bad acting. The basic concept has been done before, get some kids in a house/building, torment them, kill them, the end. But this one is slightly different because it involves the death of a magician and revenge. Unfortunately that original concept is hurt badly by the acting. The one character keeps saying it’s all a prank and he annoyed me every minute. I wanted him dead immediately. The rest of the characters are just clichés we’ve seen a thousand times before. Plus the ending is weak as well. Sure it turns out everyone involved is there for a reason, but by the time the truth comes out, I wanted them all dead. You can skip this one.
Third we have Nocturna. We see almost as many vampire films as we do zombie movies today, but this one at least attempts some originality. The cops team up with one group of vampires to pretty much bring down another clan. There’s a runaway child causing issues between the two families and the vampires themselves are pretty cool. There’s some decent deaths and action and for a low budget vampire flick you’ve probably never heard of, you’ve seen far worse. Plus Estella Warren isn’t bad to look at! If you like vampire films, check this one out if it’s not on your radar.
Last we have We Are Still Here. Another film that feels familiar, but is better than it should be. The story isn’t all too original, a house has spirits inside that demand a sacrifice and the local town folk are more than happy to oblige, but it has some good effects and gore. It’s another film that doesn’t lean on jump scares which I appreciate. Sure there are a few, but they are more genuine scares than cheap, door creaking, sheet moving junk. The burned bodies/ghouls look creepy and it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, which again I appreciate. The acting is solid enough and the setting fits perfectly. Anytime you have an old New England home acting up and killing people, I’m gonna watch. If you like old school horror, this one might work for you.