House of the Long Shadows

House of the Long Shadows

★★☆☆ – (1983) – A young writer has 24-hours to write his masterpiece in a manor full of kooky inhabitants. Harkens back to the days of mansions and thunderstorms, but the lead is too much of a smarmy prick to keep up with the legends around him. Respectable in its classic design, though the comedy is insulting.

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House of Mortal Sin

House of Mortal Sin

★½☆☆ – (1976) – A sexually frustrated priest takes a liking to a young woman who confesses sexual acts. The story elicits some sympathy for priests with a celibate oath, but most every event is incredibly bland. A better idea than experience.

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Life After Beth

Life After Beth

★½☆☆ – (2014) – A guy’s dead girlfriend returns to life, but she’s not the same as she was before parting. An attempted spin on the modern zombie craze that is neither original to this era or the genre’s past. The horror is too silly, the drama too empty, and the comedy too lame.

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The Bunny Game

Bunny Game, The

★½☆☆ – (2010) – A prostitute is tortured and humiliated by various men, especially a deranged truck driver. Despite some disturbing images, nothing here is wholly gripping since the atrocities are so repetitive. Comical in is intended seriousness, and in the end means squat.

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The Johnsons

Johnsons, The

★½☆☆ – (1992) – Seven mythical brothers intend to locate and impregnate their sister. Has a lot going on at first, and the subplots appear engaging, but the more the stories come together the more insignificant this becomes. Unique in synopsis, but ordinary in execution.

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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Cabin Fever 3

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A small group of friends travel to a small island that has a big virus problem. Takes a scientific approach to the illness of the previous entries, but adds nothing new to the paranoid reaction to the disease. Has some great grotesque moments, but lacks dramatic significance.

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Almost Human

Almost Human

★★★☆ – (2013) – A man who’s sucked into outer space returns with a strong desire to obliterate humankind. The production is cheap and the acting sub par, but man-oh-man does the horror deliver. Anyone can spray buckets of blood, but the violence here is highly effective and plays into the dire mood.

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Route 666

Route 666

★★☆☆ – (2001) – Feds escorting a material witness end up on a road where the ghosts of four killers lurk. Gets off to a fun start with colorful characters and genuine humor, but when the horror enters so too does blatant stupidity. Moves fast and doesn’t last long, which helps.

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Inquisition

Inquisition

★★☆☆ – (1976) – Women accused of witchcraft have men wondering if they’ve been persuaded to lie. Some of the imagery is downright evil, but there’s nothing here that hasn’t been handled better or equally. Vicious and sobering.

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Midnight Intruders

Midnight Intruders

★½☆☆ – (1973) – A highly physical couple have a night of passion interrupted by home invaders. A strange realization of sex, drugs, and violence paired into a slapdash film. A Last House knock off that never establishes a specific character or point.

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