Malevolent (2018, dir. Olaf de Fleur)

Sibling scammers running a spirit cleansing con face real ghosts. An old plot, though with some OK angles. The film’s overstuffed and can’t deal with all of its ideas fairly, though delivers some excellent jump scares. Comes off the rails by act three. Florence Pugh shows her early lead potential.

The Woods (2006, dir. Lucky McKee)

A rebellious teen with latent psychic powers finds herself in a sinister all-girls boarding school. A well-paced 60s-set supernatural tale that does what you might expect, but with some class and style.

Haunter (2013, dir. Vincenzo Natali)

A teenager finds she and her family are reliving the same day, and might be ghosts. Slight but effective supernatural yarn, held together by good performances and solid direction, though it yields few surprises.

Between Worlds (2018, dir. Maria Pulera)

A bereaved truck driver is haunted by his dead wife. Oddball flick with great central performances from Cage and Potente but with no real sense of what to do with its story or its neatly down-at-heel characters. A bit of a mess, but not without its moments.

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.

How about a different opinion? Here’s Xussia’s.

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.