Death Note (2017, dir. Adam Wingard)

A teenager finds a notebook with the power to compel a death-demon. Manga/J-horror Americanisation; effective if you go with its dream-logic (the Phantasm movies get a shout-out as a clue), with some good performances and strong direction from Wingard.

Cult of Chucky (2017, dir. Don Mancini)

7th(!) in the franchise finds adult Andy obsessed with killing Chucky, while Nina is in a psychiatric institution where inmates start dying. A superior series entry which makes few concessions for newcomers, but has much fun with asylum-set tropes and some decent production values.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016, dir. Mike Flanagan)

A fake medium find her daughter channeling real spirits. Much-improved 60s-set prequel to the 2014 original Ouija, with some lovely period detail and a sense of attention to the genre. No real surprises or outright horror, but a decentjob well done.

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Army of One (2016, dir. Larry Charles)

A handyman believes he’s on a mission from God to kill Osama Bin Laden. Shrill semi-improvised comedy based on a true story, with Nicolas Cage turning in an unrestrained performance. Inevitably, a couple of good moments, but there’s a lot of shouting to sit through.

Ibiza Undead (2016, dir. Andy Edwards)

A lads’ vacation to Ibiza goes awry thanks to zombies. Stilted horror-comedy with variable acting, awkward plotting and a sense of a simple premise unfulfilled. A couple of good gags sneak through, and there’s an attempt at pathos towards the end, but that’s about it.

Level Up (2016, dir. Adam Randall)

A gamer is set a series of escalating race-against-time challenges to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. Low-budget thriller with echoes of Fincher’s The Game that can’t quite work out what to do with its premise, or move fast enough to counter its implausibilities or variable acting.

Kill Me Three Times (2014, dir. Kriv Stenders)

Three sets of interrelated complications involving a jaded hit man. Great-looking and confidently-directed but thoroughly unfunny would-be comedy-thriller that tries something Tarantino/McDonagh-ish but ends up like 90s wannabes such as Three Days In The Valley.