The First Purge

★½☆☆ – (2018) – For reasons explained in previous entries, a night is staged for people to loot and kill as they please. Not as bad as the previous sequel because this does have a pulse and doesn’t irritate as much, but it’s not about anything we haven’t already seen three miserable times before. Full of stock characters, nonsensical plotting, and lame comic relief.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A few dinosaurs are rescued from a volcanic realm while a newly constructed breed makes trouble in a facility. Peaks 30-minutes in after an exciting lava chase, but the rest is a contest in which means less: the stale plot or the stale characters. Has some dark moments, but when the only sympathy is geared toward CGI monsters, something is seriously wrong.

Witching and Bitching

★★★☆ – (2013) – Jewelry store robbers, one of their young sons, and a cab driver end up the targets of witches who plan mankind’s fall. Begins as a humorous heist film with no traces of horror, but waiting for the witch scenario to take flight is worth the effort. Eventually does whatever it wants to do to provide shocks and humor, and ultimately stands out as a mark of pure lunacy.

He Never Died

★★★☆ – (2015) – A lumbering immortal makes trouble for gangsters who disrupt his meaningless days. While the point isn’t entirely clear, and some motives are questionable, this is always fun and worth following. Mainly gets by on great humor, witty dialog, and a terrific performance by Henry Rollins.

Deep Blue Sea 2

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Scientists in an underwater research facility fight for their lives against flooding and sharks. A veritable blueprint of the first film, so much so that this is far more a remake than a sequel. A failure in either regard, as this lacks the corn that made the original memorable and fun.

Stealthhunters

★½☆☆ – (1991) – After taking on military personnel, zombie soldiers infiltrate a group of campers. A total bore that promises action but only delivers one sleepy groan after another. There’s no humor, no excitement, and no character who stands out as anything but a stiff with a pulse.

Devil’s Express

★★☆☆ – (1976) – A demon is killing people beneath NYC, and rival gangs are taking the blame. Has enough scenes of badly staged martial arts to hold some attention, but even with all the fighting this doesn’t take long to start dragging. The monster activity isn’t too bad, but there isn’t enough of it to go around.

The Most Dangerous Game

★★½☆ – (1932) – A man who’s stranded on an infamous island is hunted for sport by the island’s owner. Only runs 63-minutes, but seems to take forever getting to the hunt. While most of this consists of lumbering dialog, the final third does have great atmosphere and innovative camera work.