– (2008) – A former detective who uses prostitutes to track whomever stole some of his women ends up searching for a serial killer. The complicated but clear plot is engaging throughout thanks to swift editing, touches of humor, and grueling suspense. Takes enough jarring turns to keep one glued to their seat in anticipation of how it all unfolds.
– (2014) – Cheerleaders travel to a training spot where their own kind were murdered a year before. A cheap and ugly slasher with lame kills, lame humor, and a lame outcome. Every character is either a vapid pain in the ass, an overly smug victim, or a cheesy red herring. Incredibly short, but still dull.
– (1958) – A swashbuckling sailor helps a devious magician reclaim his magic lamp in a land of monsters. Though the human element is paper thin, and the pace often sluggish, this deserves a ton of respect for the effective creature moments. Deservedly renown for its F/X, while the plot is a simple means to get to the stop-motion highlights.
– (2016) – A task force struggles to locate six books that can cause the death of anyone inscribed within. Though the initial idea still holds intrigue, the first hour is overloaded with dozens of details regarding convoluted rules. An overlong mishmash of names and identities that serve as a reminder of how this series is more effective when focused.
– (2017) – An ancient evil is unleashed in the form of an Egyptian woman, and it’s up to archaeologists to stop her. Gets off to a decent start with some excitement and humor, but hits the brakes halfway through, adds one subplot too many, and stops making any sense. Worsens by the minute, and continually loses focus.
– (1985) – A group of female friends take a trip to the desert where they’re assaulted by rapists. Does plenty of preaching about the social statures of men and women, but never signifies a point as this feels more like a rip-off of Last House than anything singular or eventful. Has so much nudity that the mere thought of women’s lib is rendered moot early on.