Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake

★★☆☆ – (1998) – A young man falls under the spell of a watery witch who can’t ditch her oppressors of the past or present. Begins as a total bore that slowly improves when bringing in new ideas. Convoluted, but at least tries to mean something while traveling between eras.

Patrick Still Lives

Patrick Still Lives

★★½☆ – (1980) – The well-to-do are invited to a mansion where a comatose patient with telekinesis abides. The titular subject is hardly seen until the end, which is fine since the movie is better when he’s off screen. Most of this consists of sleazy, violent, and vulgar events that fall upon unessential (but easy on the eyes) characters.

Severed Ties

Severed Ties

★★☆☆ – (1992) – A scientist loses his arm during an experiment, only to find that arm alive and violently active. Somewhat succeeds on quirkiness and a sense of not taking matters too seriously, but when all is said and done, this never makes much of a point and seems to create weirdness for the sake of weirdness. Odd, but pretty dim.

Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer

★★☆☆ – (1983) – Vacationing friends fall prey to a hammer wielding manic with a damaged past. Not unlike scores of other SOV junk from the ’80s, but does have a higher abundance of cheese. Most infamous for having disappeared, but there’s little merit to its “triumphant” return.

The Night Strangler

Night Strangler, The

★★☆☆ – (1973) – A newspaper reporter investigates a series of strangulation murders that remind him of a former case. Feels like a repeat of the previous film, but with much less relevant humor and detective work. The stab at horror is commendable, but the comedy and drama wear out their welcome in a hurry.