Phantasm V: Ravager (2016, dir. David Hartman)

Reggie, now diagnosed with dementia, tries to tell others about The Tall Man. Episodic fifth and final (?) instalment, which ties up some loose ends. Low production values, poor digital effects, and lack of narrative coherence are offset somewhat by affection for the ageing actors/characters.

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998, dir. Don Coscarelli)

Reggie tracks down Mike, after the events of part III. Low-budget series continuation – reliant on re-used footage from earlier instalments – which tries to freshen things up by adding a prequel element, though the mix is pretty much the same as before. Nothing for newbies here.

Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead (1994, dir. Don Coscarelli)

Reggie teams up with two fellow travellers to find Mike. Decent series continuation with some neat asides about middle America. For fans only by this stage, but a few striking moments for newbies as well.

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.

Venom (2018, dir. Ruben Fleischer)

Journalist Eddie Brock is infected by an alien parasite; an uneasy alliance is formed. Mostly fun horror-comedy with a whiff of the first Quatermass story. A clunky third act and obvious subplots slow matters down, but the scuzzy ambience and Hardy’s performance help.

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The Predator (2018, dir. Shane Black)

A special forces sniper has his son targeted by extraterrestrials. Odd belated series continuation with some awkward and distasteful ideas and no sense of clarity about its reason to exist. Some neat moments and in-jokes, but this is a disappointing and contrived mess nevertheless.

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