Hereditary (2018, dir. Ari Aster)

A family impacted by grief begins to experience mysterious occurrences. Splendid slow-burn horror about loss and faith. Lots to enjoy, with a creepy atmosphere well-sustained, and some fine variations on old genre ideas.

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Backtrack (2015, dir. Michael Petroni)

A psychiatrist’s visions of his dead daughter lead him to confront the secrets of his youth. Initially contrived but nevertheless effective supernatural thriller with plenty of jump scares and a couple of interesting ideas.

Pyewacket (2017, dir. Adam MacDonald)

A teenager, unable to communicate with her widowed mother, summons a demon to kill her. Lo-fi, deliberate, autumnal horror, with a keen focus on dysfunctional relationships, that finds an interestingly indie way to approach old tropes.

Boys in the Trees (2016, dir. Nicholas Verso)

A teen struggles with his past and future one Halloween. Excellent little coming-of-age drama with a supernatural edge. Slight, but beautifully shot and performed, and it doesn’t do the things lesser movies might have.

Constantine (2005, dir. Francis Lawrence)

A damned occultist battles a demonic attempt to take over the Earth. Fun apocalyptic fantasy-horror-action hybrid, loosely based on the Hellblazer comic. Lots to enjoy, though over-reliance on CG softens the film’s impact.

The Midnight Man (2016, dir. Travis Z)

Three young adults summon a demon. Straightforward jumpscare horror with some surprising gore moments; the rules of the summoning game and the backstory confuse matters, but old pros Lin Shaye and Robert Englund add some class.

Wish Upon (2017, dir. John R. Leonetti)

A misfit teen finds a Chinese puzzle box which can grant seven wishes. Pedestrian rehash of The Monkey’s Paw (plus shades of Hellraiser and Final Destination) which struggles to find new things to say, or novel ways to kill people. Weak sauce.