What We Do In The Shadows (2014, dir. Taika Waititi)

A documentary crew follows a band of New Zealand vampires over several months. The mock-doc format is the weakest element here, but this is a funny and inventive flick made with real affection and a sense of depth in the characterisations. Recommended.

At The Devil’s Door [AKA Home] (2014, dir. Nicholas McCarthy)

A realtor finds that the property she is trying to sell is host to a malevolent entity. Its odd structure and unwarranted ending aside, a reasonable entry in the possessed property jumpscare sub-sub-genre. Some neat moments among the standard shenanigans.

The Hollow One [AKA The Darker Path] (2015, dir. Nathan Hendrickson)

A mother’s secret identity may be mixed up with an ancient artefact. Oddball SF/horror that tries to do zombie movie, family secret flick, and an existentialist SF movie all in one. The whole thing collapses under its awkwardness, tho it gains a point for daft ambition.

Pod (2015, dir. Mickey Keating)

Siblings journey to the family’s remote holiday home where their brother may be going mad. Not-bad psychological horror which takes an SF/military experiment route than the usual haunting or serial killer options. Falls apart in act 3, tho Larry Fessenden pops up.

The Resident [AKA The Sublet] (2015, dir. John Ainslie)

A young couple with a baby move into a sublet apartment; things soon go awry. Well-sustained minimalist psychological thriller of the haunting-or-mental-breakdown variety. Effective until the loose plot threads come home to roost.

Don’t Knock Twice (2016, dir. Caradog W. James)

An artist and her estranged teen daughter battle a demon summoned by the girl. Standard jumpscare shenanigans with some interesting visual moments but hampered by confusing story logic which collapses the enterprise.

Voice From The Stone (2017, dir. Eric Dennis Howell)

A nurse tries to encourage a boy to speak after the death of his mother. Good-looking but slow mystery/horror with a hundred borrowings (everything from The Others to Rebecca) and a straightforward though inevitable resolution.