Out of the Shadows [AKA The Devil’s Toy Box] (2017, dir. Allen Kellogg)

A documentary team investigate a supposedly-haunted asylum, the site of a reality show gone wrong five years before. Straightforward jumpscare found-footage horror sequel (to Seven Nights of Darkness), effective for an hour before collapsing in on itself, storywise.

Gerald’s Game (2017, dir. Mike Flanagan)

When a sex game goes wrong, a woman has to fight her demons. Solid adaptation of theĀ Stephen King novel which, though it fumbles its last revelation, is well-acted and which cinematically sustains its potentially unfilmable premise.

Security (2017, dir. Alain Desrochers)

An ex-marine mall cop defends his workplace from besiegingĀ kidnappers. Hugely enjoyable little B-movie riffing on Cohen & Tate, Die Hard and John Carpenter’s Rio Bravo-ish siege flicks. Some hideously-intrusive product placement aside, this is an unpretentiousĀ blast.

Django Unchained (2012, dir. Quentin Tarantino)

A slave and a dentist team up to claim bounties and to mount a rescue. Episodic and sprawling, Django Unchained is neverthelessĀ funny, thrilling, horrific, informative and a great-looking quest. Something for everyone, and there’s Franco Nero too.

Arachnophobia (1990, dir. Frank Marshall)

A spider-phobic doctor’s home is the centre of a killer arachnid invasion. Hugely enjoyable comic horror flick, expertly playing as a family-friendly and icky jump-fest. Lots of fun; a rare example of a lightweight genre move which works with all audiences. Recommended.