Laughs hard to come by

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET -

I Feel Pretty (12)

Amy Schumer has failed to build on promis­ing big screen lead bow Train­wreck and this Big wannabe is her weak­est out­ing yet.

She shows a knack for phys­i­cal com­edy but her beauty junkie Re­nee is pretty un­lik­able in any form. Crit­i­cally, there are few laughs to be had as the po­ten­tially high con­cept quickly runs out of steam.

Hatchet 4 (18)

If you’re a fan of the Hatchet se­ries then you’ll know ex­actly what to ex­pect – and get a kick out of this in­stal­ment.

Adam Green re­turns to helm af­ter hand­ing over di­rect­ing du­ties on the third flick and he again bom­bards us with gore. Most of the jokes fall flat but it’s so in­tense and over-the-top fans will strug­gle to no­tice.

The Strangers: Prey at Night (15)

Jo­hannes Roberts does a pretty good job with this hor­ror se­quel by em­brac­ing what worked well in the orig­i­nal – slow-burn ten­sion and re­lent­less killers – while up­ping the vi­o­lence lev­els.

Most nail-bit­ing mo­ments come from the im­pres­sive sound de­sign, a grimy, old-school aes­thetic and the an­tag­o­nists’ creepy masks.

But while a lo­ca­tion change was in­evitable, this fol­low-up loses a lot of the claus­tro­pho­bic dread run­ning through the orig­i­nal by mov­ing from a sin­gle house to a mo­bile home park.

There might not be the fig­u­ra­tive au­di­ence throat-grab­bing of the first flick, but Roberts does at least force­fully hold you down by the shoul­ders.

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