The Atticus Institute (2015, dir. Chris Sparling)

A documentary account of 1970s ESP tests revealing a case of demonic possession. Well-handled for the first two acts, though loses its way in the third. Well-acted throughout, though, and provides a few good jumps and arresting images.

I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016, dir. Billy O’Brien)

An isolated teen is caught in a series of murders in a small town. Initially slow-moving, this dark horror piece gathers momentum as it proceeds, ending in places quite distant from its beginning. Christopher Lloyd puts in a lovely supporting performance.

Phantasm (1979, dir. Don Coscarelli)

A funeral home turns out to be a portal to another dimension. Hugely enjoyable horror/fantasy with elements of Argento and its own distinctive dream logic. Defiantly odd, and with moments of genuine weirdness, plus effective scares.

The Barrens [AKA The Devil In The Woods / Jersey Devil / The Forest] (2012, dir. Darren Lynn Bousman)

A man returns to the woodland scene of a family tragedy to face his fears. Well-structured folk-tale horror piece, hampered somewhat by a lack of resources, some variable acting, and an unconvincing monster reveal.

Blair Witch (2016, dir. Adam Wingard)

20 years on, a young man and friends make a documentary about the events of The Blair Witch Project. Contrivances are needed to get the movie going, but the rest of the film is effective-enough found-footage jumpscare material in this sequel/reboot.

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.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012, dir. Drew Goddard)

Five students have a weekend away, but nothing is at it seems. Hugely entertaining horror deconstruction, as much about storytelling and the power of myth as it is about pulling apart old tropes for the sake of it. Absolutely recommended.