Apostle (2018, dir. Gareth Evans)

A vengeful brother tries to rescue his kidnapped sister from an island cult. Splendid British Western/The Wicker Man hybrid, parts folk horror and grand guignol. Not for everyone, that’s for sure, but great if you go with it.

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The House With a Clock in its Walls (2018, dir. Eli Roth)

An orphaned boy comes to live with his warlock uncle. Generally sprightly horror flick for children with good central performances and neat jumpscares from genre stalwart Roth. A bit busy, storywise; could have used some time to breathe. Fun tho.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, dir. David Yates)

After Grindelwald escapes, Newt Scamander is asked to track him and the still-alive Clarence down. Patchy Part II of the Harry Potter prequel series has too much set-up and not enough story, and some awkwardness with character and plot inconsistencies. For indulgent fans only.

House (1986, dir. Steve Miner)

A blocked writer seeks refuge in his deceased aunt’s haunted house. Awkward comedy-horror with neither enough scares or laughs. Some weird moments linger, but the overly-busy screenplay (Vietnam trauma, childhood bereavement, etc) and flat TV-style lighting and direction don’t help.

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.

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.