For children, there is perhaps no better time of year than summer, and no more exciting day than the last day of school. As the immortal Alice Cooper so beautifully put it, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” What could possibly be better? It is precisely on this day that the protagonists of Among the Living find themselves wandering the French countryside with nothing to do but get into trouble.

The Godfather Part II. Aliens. Terminator II: Judgment Day. John Wick II. Christmas Vacation. All films easily – and arguably – better than their predecessors. Annabelle: Creation is such a case. But that doesn’t mean you should see it.

Samantha Isler in Dig Two Graves

Quietly loitering at the intersection of horror and drama, Dig Two Graves is a starkly beautiful meditation on guilt and revenge. In the film, meticulously directed by Hunter Adams off a script he co-wrote with Jeremy Phillips, the ghosts of the past aren’t unseen slammers of doors or re-arrangers of furniture. Rather, those ghosts only exist in the thoughts and actions of the living, those unable to make peace with the past and who open themselves up to being consumed by it.

Slead Score: B

Well? Is the beef jerky display new or not?

Exploring the clown-infested basement of Hell House LLC

A trip to a local Halloween haunt is a spooky season tradition for many. Some braver souls may prefer to enhance that experience by journeying through a place whose real life history equals or surpasses the fictional chills created for the event. Setting a fake haunted house in a supposedly real one does have its risks, as documented in the 2015 found footage movie Hell House LLC, should that “spooky history” turn out to be more of a “spooky ongoing situation.”

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is unlike a great deal of films you’ve seen. It’s also hauntingly familiar, something that plays greatly into either your connection or distain for the material. Coincidentally, it’s one of the finest examples of pure cinema, and this decade’s first great entry into the pantheon of almost silent films; yet, one of the most convoluted and indulgent endeavors in film history for its deliberate stylizations.

Slead Score: B+

Never let sick little girls vomit in your car.

Movie sequels are difficult. A film maker and screen writer should take a lot into account when putting together a film and looking for studio funding.  Are you different enough to separate yourself from the original while still holding on to the tone and sensibilities everyone loved about the first? Not an easy task. This is especially true when you are talking about horror movie sequels, and doubly so when it’s something as specific as a pg-13 sci-fi monster romp fest.

The seedy underbelly of New York is ripe for harvest when it comes to authentic human horror. Most Beautiful Island, the directorial debut of actress Ana Asensio, takes its sweet time plunging you into an impressively dark slice of plausible terror. 

You will witness a single day in the life of Luciana (Asensio), an illegal immigrant struggling to make ends meet in the Big Apple while performing various odd jobs. An acquaintance offers her the chance for a few grand for a night's work at a party with a mysterious end game. 

Documentaries are often meant to do sweeping overviews and in-depth investigations on an endless amount of topics--literally almost nothing is off limits. The amount of information gained by these films can be overwhelming in scope. Then there's 78/52, a title with no context many would probably skip over. However, doing so would be a shame, because you'd be missing out on the delightful 91 minute documentary dissecting a single scene that you had no clue you wanted--scratch that...needed.