Halloween (2018, dir. David Gordon Green)

40 years later, Michael Myers escapes to track down Laurie Strode again. Decent-enough and respectful series reboot (ignoring all the sequels), albeit one which feels too restrained. Some awkward storytelling doesn’t help either, one lovely moment and one great child actor aside.

Phantasm II (1988, dir. Don Coscarelli)

Reggie and Mike stalk The Tall Man across America. Straightforward sequel to the 1979 original, retaining a little of the first movie’s dream logic, but focusing more on road movie thrills and on upgraded makeup effects set-pieces.

Terror Birds (2016, dir. Sean Cain)

Students searching for a lost relative come across a compound where prehistoric giant birds are being experimented on. Tatty ripoff of Jurassic Park (with a few overt horror plot elements), here done on a DTV budget with woeful CG to match.

The Negotiator [AKA Beirut] (2018, dir. Brad Anderson)

An ex-diplomat is recalled to Beirut to negotiate a hostage release. Generally smart thriller which downplays the geopolitics of the region and wisely focuses on multiple warring groups after the same prize. Solid direction and unshowy playing helps.

Iceman (2017, dir. Felix Randau)

A neolithic man seeks revenge on the marauders who killed his family. Splendid prehistoric Western, using genre tropes to comment on grief, loss, religion and human relations with the natural in all kinds of interesting ways. Recommended.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

A dramatisation of the hunt for and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Sober and focused, with an eye for detail and on the selling of its version of events as truth through the use of faux documentary techniques, this works as an intelligent thriller throughout.