Blood Car

Blood Car

★½☆☆ – (2007) – A school teacher invents a fuel of wheat grass and human blood in an era when gas is over $30 a gallon. Asks more questions about woman’s need for men with cars than the world’s need for alternative fuel. Tries to make a social point, but only aims at the obvious.

Rockula

Rockula

★½☆☆ – (1990) – A vampire with close relations to his own reflection woos a girl he lost decades ago. A horror/comedy with musical inclusions that’s packed with unfunny jokes and stale original songs. Highly ambitious, but too often fails to entertain.

Bates Motel

Bates Motel

★★☆☆ – (1987) – The protege of a deceased Norman Bates re-opens an infamous motel only to unleash ghosts. Characters come and go so often this feels more like a string of TV episodes than a cohesive film. Either way, the humor is paltry, the suspense is absent, and the purpose is left to wonder.

Hunter’s Blood

Hunter's Blood

★★☆☆ – (1986) – A group of men go hunting and end up in a violent war with hillbilly deer poachers. A Deliverance/The Hills Have Eyes wannabe that takes an incredibly long time setting up everyday men in kooky situations before getting to the meat of the plot. Sometimes worthwhile, but mostly a silly drag.

Queen of Blood

Queen of Blood

★½☆☆ – (1966) – A space crew bound for Mars picks up a green woman who has an appetite for plasma. A dorky experience that explains too much through assumed dialog and not nearly enough through direct action. The female-alien-breeding-eggs motif is a prelude to Alien films, but this dud certainly didn’t influence their excitement.

Planet of the Vampires

Planet of the Vampires

★★☆☆ – (1965) – Visitors to a barren planet discover secrets that turn them against each other. Some of the production aspects obviously influenced Alien, which is commendable, but the characters and story are rather bland as there’s a distinct lack of heroes and villains. Too serious to hail as goofy, yet too empty to hail as a wholly competent.

The Day After Halloween

Day After Halloween, The

★½☆☆ – (1979) – A hair dresser who falls in with the model crowd is stalked by her ex-boyfriend. Has a few dramatic character moments that move the plot forward, but after a while becomes a bore where the intentions of everyone on and off screen are unknown. The lead actress gives her all, but toward nothing credible.