Zombies: The Beginning

★★½☆ – (2007) – A woman who survived a zombie attack on an island returns to that island to bring them all down. Pretty much Aliens with zombies in place of monsters, yet has so many off-the-wall moments it’s hard to condemn as just a casual rip-off. Gore is plentiful, zombies are everywhere, and the outcome is admiringly disgusting.

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In the Land of the Cannibals

★★☆☆ – (2004) – Soldiers venture into a jungle on a search and rescue mission, but encounter enraged cannibals. Begins as an obvious rip-off of Cannibal Holocaust before becoming an obvious rip-off of Predator. The amount of plagiarism has to be seen to be believed, yet is the only redeeming quality.

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3 from Hell

★★★☆ – (2019) – Notorious serial killers reassemble to continue their deviant ways. The first hour is an absolute riot that builds on the lore of the main cast while furthering their inventive insanity. The second half, however, merely mimics the third act of The Devil’s Rejects. Still, there are plenty of reasons to rejoice over the resurgence of characters who are at their best when behaving their worst.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

★★☆☆ – (2019) – Giant monsters are unleashed to deplete the world population, but they’re more intent on wiping out each other. The human characters are forgettable thanks largely to a stale and corny script, but fans of the series won’t care. The entire point here are the F/X filled action scenes, which are pretty effective when not too dark or discombobulated.

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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.

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Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans

★★☆☆ – (1991) – A sorceress abducts the winners of a sword fighting tournament and turns them into a stone army. Sounds like a goofy good time, but too much of this focuses of one droll fight after another. As repetitive as a film can get, but has enough corniness and nudity to make the watch an unharmful one.

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Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell

★½☆☆ – (1988) – A warrior and a princess set out to claim one of two stones before an evil ruler gathers both. Has a few eye opening moments of the lamest varieties, but most other progressions are mundane. Doesn’t last long and moves relatively fast, although the only highlights are ones the creators shouldn’t be proud of.

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Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans

★★☆☆ – (1987) – A warrior and a princess aim to reclaim her kingdom from a clone created by an evil magician. There’s a goofy charm persistent throughout, which is a major saving grace since this is pretty dry even with the campy tone. Swords, sorcery, and zombies and in supply, but the plot sustaining them is a bit too thin.

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