Cargo (2018, dir. Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling)

A race against time to get a baby to safety following her father’s zombie virus infection. Quirky z-movie, both effective in places and slightly undone by its episodic nature. Good performances and a keen sense of place anchor the drama.

Geostorm (2017, dir. Dean Devlin)

Weather control satellites are interfered with to cause global destruction as part of a conspiracy. Longtime Roland Emmerich cohort Dean Devlin pastiches the RE formula, but hasn’t the same panache; this is a lumpy blockbuster that makes little sense.

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Titanic II (2010, dir. Shane Van Dyke)

A centenary cruise commemorating the first voyage of a new Titanic suffers a similar fate. Typically tatty mockbuster from The Asylum featuring inadequate CG, a slumming character actor (hi, Bruce Davison), and a variable approach to science. Not even fun if watched as camp.

Annabelle: Creation (2017, dir. David F. Sandberg)

A group of orphaned girls find a possessed doll in their new home. Superior prequel to Annabelle; this jump-scare offshoot from The Conjuring has some flaws in its script, but delivers in both period setting, design and some neat boo moments.

Final Destination 5 (2011, dir. Steven Quale)

A group of office workers are killed off one by one after surviving a freak accident. Superior fifth instalment of the stunt death franchise, with ingenious kill sequences and a sense of fun throughout, plus a very well-staged plot reversal.

The Darkest Dawn (2016, dir. Drew Casson)

A teenager escapes an alien invasion. More developed sequel to Hungerford, this time riffing on 28 Days Later and Heart of Darkness as much as Heinlein’s The Puppetmasters. Still some rough edges, but an improvement over the first instalment.

Hungerford (2014, dir. Drew Casson)

A group of teens witness an alien invasion. Ambitious zero-budget semi-professional found-footage zombie/alien invasion mash-up with good moments but an inability to sustain coherence through iffy script and acting. Followed by The Darkest Dawn.