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It might be the most exploitative public service announcement in Hollywood history. “Girl in the Basement” (2021) features a rebellious daughter who is locked in the basement bomb shelter of the family abode, where her crazy dad (Judd Nelson) visits to rape her repeatedly over two decades, creating a second family. There’s a helpful phone number to call at the end if you suspect someone you know is hiding people in their basement. Lifetime says it’s “inspired” by actual events, like that’s some sort of excuse for its existence. A documentary or news story about “actual events” would have sufficed.

I didn’t know anything about “Willy’s Wonderland” (2021). I only saw a promotional photo of Nicolas Cage and some puppet-looking things. My jaw tensed. I stretched my index finger onto the mouse and clicked “rent.” I just didn’t know what I’d be getting myself into. As it turned out, I witnessed the kind of excellence in grindhouse cinema I hadn’t seen since “Machete.” Cage is the Man With No Name (and no voice – it entertains me to think his lack of dialogue was related to some kind of lawsuit or IRS thing) tasked with ridding a town of mechanical menace.

The devil is hiding everywhere. It seems police procedurals are, too. Ostensibly an exorcism/horror flick, “The Seventh Day” (2021) sets up more like a detective story. The wizened veteran with a cross to bear (so to speak), is paired with a talented rookie who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. Find-the-bad-guy (and we’re talking about the baddest bad guy of all) hijinks ensue. Was the suspect framed? Is there a dirty cop involved? Substitute priests for police and you’ve got this middling Guy Pearce effort pretty much figured out. It has the audacity to foreshadow a franchise in the epilogue.