Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos)

A rural couple is kidnapped by cultists, triggering a revenge spree. Dazzling and trippy horror/road movie hybrid, set in a stylised 1983. A movie with its own rules that fully rewards going with it and its excesses, in both narrative and visuals. Recommended.

The Shape of Water (2017, dir. Guillermo del Toro)

A mute cleaner falls in love with a humanoid aquatic creature being held in a government research laboratory. Dazzlingly confident romantic fantasy with SF/horror touches. Amelie meets The Creature From The Black Lagoon with a bit of Little Voice. Highly recommended.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985, dir. Danny Steinmann)

Still traumatised by the events of Part IV, the now-adult Danny wonders if he is responsible for a new series of killings. Undistinguished mid-series entry; Part V tries some fresh ideas, but mostly settles for a high body count and gratuitous female nudity.

Winchester (2018, dir. The Spierig Brothers)

A widowed doctor is hired to prove that the eccentric owner of a weapons company is insane. Handsomely-mounted jumpscare horror that doesn’t find much to do with its based-on-a-true-story premise, so settles for a few boos and no eews. Disappointing, given the talent involved.

Terrifier (2017, dir. Damien Leone)

A psychotic murderer dressed as a clown stalks two students on Halloween. Gleefully gory and grimy 80s throwback slasher/torture porn hybrid. Ultimately wearying, there are some genuinely funny / jarring / startling moments nevertheless.

Patient Seven (2016, dir. Danny Draven and others)

A researcher discusses six notable patients in the same mental hospital. OK horror anthology with some reasonable production values and decent story quality, though the final twist is supremely guessable.