Summer of 84

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Four friends investigate the neighbor they believe is an active serial killer. Follows the basic patterns and results of a film actually made in the 80s, The ‘Burbs, and fails drastically in comparison. On its own this feels like an overlong Scooby-Doo episode with obvious plotting and predictable outcomes. Ending on a down note helps, but getting there takes forever.

Mandy

★★½☆ – (2018) – A mild mannered lumberjack goes after the cult that roasted his wife. The first half, while painfully slow, offers high levels of intrigue, while the second half provides all the Nicolas Cage bombast you could ever want or expect. Stylish one moment, basic the next, but always hard to look away from.

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Those who intend to end shark storms travel through time in order to save humankind. Despite the busy structure and occasional brushes with humor, the sense that this has all been seen before is overwhelming. Nothing occurs that didn’t already transpire in previous entries of this mostly awful series.

Don’t Hang Up

★★★☆ – (2016) – Obnoxious friends who catch a thrill in pranking people are taught a violent and valuable lesson. Mostly borrow parts from other films, and is often predictable, but the filmmaking aspects are professional enough to hold this in high regard. Starts rough, but eventually becomes a rather grueling experience.

She Freak

★½☆☆ – (1967) – A waitress leaves her trade to work for a carnival, and eventually becomes what the titles suggests. Hard to follow in that there’s either mindless chatter between dull characters, or lingering shots of carnival attractions. The “shock” ending is anything but, as it comes out of nowhere and makes little sense.

Ghost Dance

★½☆☆ – (1982) – A Native American possessed by a deadly spirit picks off archaeologists and other unfortunate victims. While a few murders are decent, there’s far too much quiet time between them. Perhaps a social point was intended, but any significant impact is lost to monumental boredom.

Graveyard Story

★★☆☆ – (1991) – An investigator delves deep into the mystery of a deceased child. This is far more a detective saga than anything dealing with horror, as the involved ghost only appears for a few moments. What makes this easy to watch, however, is the blatant stupidity in most every character and plot progression. A dopey mystery with dopey results.

The Werewolf of Washington

★½☆☆ – (1973) – A presidential aide who’s bitten by a werewolf becomes one and terrorizes Washington D.C. Despite some minor brushes with the titular villain attacking random people, this moves at a crawl from start to finish. Free of blood, working humor, and an overall purpose.