The Monster Squad (1987, dir. Fred Dekker)

A group of monster-obsessed pre-teens have to face off against a gallery of Universal Studios villains. Straightforward and very contrived sub-Spielbergian kid adventure post-ET/The Goonies. Some of it works well, and the creature effects evidence love, but too much is perfunctory tick-box stuff that’s being rushed through.

Here’s the trailer.

The Pale Door (2020, dir. Aaron B Koontz)

After a train heist goes unexpectedly awry, outlaws find themselves pitched against supernatural forces. Fun little Western/horror hybrid that’s basically From Dusk Till Dawn with witches and horses. A strong cast of character actors helps, as does interesting detail and a couple of weird gross-out moments.

Here’s the trailer.

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017, dir. Victor Salva)

The Creeper continues his assault on a rural town. Inserted into the narrative space between parts 1 and 2, this belated  – and perhaps unwanted – third instalment has some effective moments, though struggles to realise its patchy script with iffy CG. For completists only.

Another perspective? Here’s Xussia’s take.