Smile (2022, dir. Parker Finn)

A psychiatrist believes she is being targeted by a curse passed chain letter-style from person to person. Sombre and slightly overlong Ring-ish horror flick, which spends too much time conflating the lead character’s own issues with the external ooga-booga. Jumpscares aplenty, though, and a strong lead performance helps no end.

Here’s the trailer.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It [AKA The Conjuring 3] (2021, dir. Michael Chaves)

1981: the Warrens investigate a killer who may be the victim of a curse. After a fun exorcism opening, the movie settles into something more procedural than previous episodes of the now-convoluted horror-lite franchise. Fans will know what to expect: Wilson and Farmiga anchor matters with their usual class.

Here’s the trailer.

Truth Or Dare [AKA Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare] (2018, dir. Jeff Wadlow)

A group of students on a Mexican spring break vacation become embroiled with a murderous game-playing demon. Contrived but watchable low-budget horror with elements of Final Destination; played commendably straight, with some good moments and one neat idea.

Ghost House (2017, dir. Rich Ragsdale)

A young woman on vacation in Thailand is cursed, and has to fight off a demon intent on possessing her. Straightforward jumpscare horror with some interesting moments and a neat supporting turn from Mark Boone Jr.

Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word (2016, dir. Simon Rumley)

A framed prisoner curses those responsible for his execution. Generally effective descent-into-madness horror flick, somewhat uncomfortably adapted from a documentary account of a true story. Some ingenious moments though.