The Babysitter (1980)

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A mysterious young woman enters the life of a small family and gradually adds to their dysfunction. Quietly engaging throughout, though the soft tone does border on dull at times. Never does anything highly profound, but goes unexpected places while continually building a mild mystery.

The Killings at Outpost Zeta

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A space crew investigates a planet where colonists have been killed by a mostly unseen creature. Though the premise sounds like something straight out of Starship Troopers, the output doesn’t carry one ounce of that film’s energy. Instead, we’re treated to characters who talk and talk and talk before they’re killed via an alien’s point of view. The overall cheapness, however, adds some merit.

The Cable Guy

★½☆☆ – (1996) – A man having a relationship issue befriends a psycho who tries too hard to fit into his life. The protagonist’s dilemmas are too typical, while the antagonist adds nothing but corny excuses as to why TV might make someone nuts. Forces a social point in the end, but like all else before it, nothing is ever funny or convincing.

Edge of Tomorrow

★★★☆ – (2014) – A reluctant soldier is forced to relive his dying day over and again in order to figure out how to save the world from an alien invasion. A successful blend of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers that has plenty of innovative ideas to call its own despite combined ideas. A tad dry in the area of soul, but packs in plenty of action wallops atop some truly humorous moments.

Pet Graveyard

★☆☆☆ – (2019) – Three idiots suffocate themselves to death to visit passed relatives, but after returning to life find the grim reaper wanting their souls back. The pathetic cash-grab title aside, this is one of the dullest, corniest, and least effective horror films in recent memory. The entire premise is illogical beyond belief, and makes Flatliners look like a documentary by comparison.

Pet Sematary (2019)

★★★☆ – (2019) – A family relocates to a town near ancient grounds that can return life to the deceased. Seems to have been created for the sole purpose of playing against the original film, but in doing so creates unpredictability in characters and their grim plights. Sometimes uneven, but more often that not will shred nerves and provoke emotions.

Island Claws

★★☆☆ – (1980) – Experiments on crabs to make them grow faster backfires when they become aggressive and/or tremendous. Though it’s hard to fear an enemy that moves so slow, the overall silliness of the terror they inflict is rather amusing. Has moments of cheesy fun, but this also suffers from a lot of sluggish downtime.

Revenge of the Stepford Wives

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A reporter intends to write a story on a town of male dominated women, to the dismay of men. Slowly unravels a mystery already covered in the original, but some of what happens is tacky enough to make for a simple watch. Moves fast, has some colorful characters, and ends well.

Demon Warrior

★★☆☆ – (1988) – A group of friends vacate to a haunted locale where they’re picked off by an ancient demon. Has the makings of a decent 80’s slasher, from bantering friends to a couple of okay murders. The main problem rests with the pace, as long stretches transpire where nothing seems to happen. Has some campy moments and a great nude scene, for what it’s worth.