– (2016) – Whirlwinds of sharks (and cows) wreak havoc across the country, laying waste to washed up celebrities and those with no future. Gets off to an awesomely bombastic start in Las Vegas, but then settles into the safe corn this series thrives on. Goes to absurd places, and does have some fun vibes.
– (2017) – Five cars race across America and aim for pedestrians as their point achievements. A remake that keeps some of the original’s craziness, but the tongue-in-cheek nature of such oddities is lost to an overall lack of focus. One of cinema’s worst edited movies in existence as scenes and events come and go with little to no cohesion. Also, the F/X are terrible.
– (1994) – An alien with human DNA is hunted by separate parties whose intentions are exploiting or destroying the rubber beast. At first appears as low-level wretch, but gradually includes so much appreciative cheapness that fun becomes a valid option. Has blood, nudity, and enough humor to provide a moderately good time.
– (2016) – A senator who opposes Purge Night becomes the focus of purgers. A contender for one of the worst scripts ever shot for a major motion picture, as the dialog merely inflicts racism among characters who do nothing but state their social status amid a supposed social nightmare. There’s hardly anyone on the streets of this daunting night, meaning tension is lost to awful actors who strike poses in place of striking fear.
– (2016) – Reggie wanders through time and space seeking his friends while trying to destroy his adversary. Works well as a continuation of the surreal series, but comes up short as the definitive outcome. Feels as though nobody will ever explain what the franchise means, and at some points gives the notion that the creators figured it was best to make one more entry while everyone was still alive. Has moments that will please Phantasm fans, but newcomers will be lost.
– (2016) – A reporter and his ragtag cohorts battle against zombies and a government plan to kill the living infected. Has much more to do with conspiracies and computer hacking than the angry dead, which wouldn’t be a problem had the story not been so ordinary and stale. A dime-a-dozen bore with stiff pacing and meaningless action.
– (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.
– (2012) – Heavily armored soldiers fight off hoards of giant bugs on a spaceship that contains an insect queen. Works best when dropping lines and musical cues from the original film, but is otherwise a standard story that serves as an excuse to show countless scenes of arachnid mayhem. Repetitive, to say the least, but moves fast.
– (2000) – A man willingly becomes a monster to avenge the death of his girlfriend, then finds the deal isn’t so simple. Has a great supporting cast and ambitious F/X, but the lead is lousy and the plot too convoluted. Reminds of Spawn, another dud from hell.