The Golem

Golem, The

★★☆☆ – (1920) – A bulky man of clay is constructed and brought to life to ward off a Jewish plague. Neither the titular creation nor anyone involved serve a clear purpose, but forgiveness of such faults must be granted as this was filmed during cinema’s infancy. Mostly a chore to get through, but the visuals do command some respect.

The People Across the Lake

People Across the Lake, The

★½☆☆ – (1988) – A small family moves to a country home where dead bodies pop up nearby, turning nearly everyone in town into a suspect. A common city folk versus country folk yarn that never bothers to establish any characters. Has decent atmosphere, but the family dynamic, the villains, and the ultimate purposes all fail.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

★½☆☆ – (2013) – A screenwriter under pressure from his agent to submit new material embarks on a killing spree. Tries to to unfold as a quiet thinking piece, but the pace causes boredom and the story subjects fail to entertain. It’s nice to see some familiar horror faces, but they appear at some truly low expenses.

Sinister 2

Sinister 2

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A family hiding out in a haunted farmhouse are subjected to videos of torture. Some of the family dynamics feel realistic, and characters are somewhat well-drawn, but the pace is too slow and the horror too familiar. Tries to get by on jolts, yet can only manage a few creepy images.

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.