After Twitter started buzzing with conspiracy theories about how J.J. Abrams might release the next Cloverfield movie by uploading it directly into our collective consciousness, I was more than a little suspicious when the newest chapter of Hellraiser appeared in my mailbox. I mean, sure, one of the lovely BGH overlords asked who wanted a screener of this movie and yes, I said I would take it, but those cenobites can be so cunning!

James Franco stars in The Vault for some reason.

The greatest mystery in The Vault, a flimsy bank heist meets haunted house mashup, has nothing whatsoever to do with the contents of the titular secure storage space. Instead, it has to do with just what in the heck James Franco is doing playing the gloriously mustachioed assistant manager of a haunted bank beset by a pack of robbers.

Gu Gu Mbatha Raw stars in The Cloverfield Paradox

In a franchise that has thus far been content to allow each entry to do its own thing, one of the rare points of consistency among the Cloverfield films has been the gimmicky release. With a surprise, post-Super Bowl debut announced during the game itself, the third entry in the series, The Cloverfield Paradox, certainly carried on that tradition. However, unlike its predecessors, this one amounts to little else.   

Here at Bloody Good Horror we spend much of our time talking about good movies and bad movies alike, and picking apart the things that place titles in either category.

Hipsters. Hipsters everywhere. That alone is a solid pitch for a horror movie. Hipsters are terrifying with all their smug self importance, skinny jeans and disapproving judgmental scowls at your taste in music, food and drinks. Okay, maybe I don't know that much about hipsters, but I've met people like the ones in Psychotic! and there's a morbid bit of enjoyment to be had watching them literally chew on glass. 

Apparently ghosts are pro-gun control. Don't take my word for it, The Spierig Brothers (Peter and Michael) have taken a slice of American history in Winchester and turned it into a "guns are bad" jump-scare-a-thon that for all its ear shattering jolts is a yawn inducing bore. 

I'm not sure anyone could have predicted that we'd ever see a second, let alone third Hatchet movie. Yet here we with a fourth installment, Victor Crowley, doing essentially the same thing he's been doing all along--ripping off arms, stomping skulls and violently chopping up bodies with his iconic hatchet. The wheel is the same as it ever was and yet somehow the ride and all its squishy blood spewing props have never looked better. 

Logan investigates the strange sounds coming from the basement in "The Open House"

Stepping into Netflix's latest horror offering, an uneven thriller called The Open House, is like walking into an actual open house and discovering that it’s mostly the home of your dreams. Mostly. Maybe there’s a toilet in the middle of the kitchen or half of the rooms have their light switches installed on the ceiling. Whatever the gaffe, it leads one to wonder how could a house so otherwise competently constructed feature such blatant mistakes?

Following his debut feature, The Eyes of My Mother, Nicolas Pesce returns with another Sundance installment, this time in the form of Piercing, an adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel of the same name, who rose to fame with Audition (adapted into the now well-referenced Japanese horror film).

I feel guilty writing that I was disappointed with Insidious: The Last Key. Here I was hoping that it was the last movie in the follow up to the only good idea Insidious: Chapter 2 established: dead ghost hunter Lin Shaye finally conquering the Further!