Horror Hotel: The Movie

★½☆☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on space chicks, the comatose, a skip tracer, identity swapping, murder contemplation, and a male-free future. A dreadful collection of lame tales that share two common traits: they all take place in a MOTEL and they all stink. The final story shows some signs of mild creativity, but the others merely follow trails of cliches.

Critters Attack!

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Small creatures invade a small town and terrorize small minded townspeople. Barely attempts building character arcs, as nothing about any of them is remotely unique. Exploits feminism by use of a female alien savior and an outcast lead, but any social point is lost in what is ultimately mundane and unoriginal.

Brightburn

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.

The Killings at Outpost Zeta

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A space crew investigates a planet where colonists have been killed by a mostly unseen creature. Though the premise sounds like something straight out of Starship Troopers, the output doesn’t carry one ounce of that film’s energy. Instead, we’re treated to characters who talk and talk and talk before they’re killed via an alien’s point of view. The overall cheapness, however, adds some merit.

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.

The Green Slime

★½☆☆ – (1968) – Astronauts unwittingly bring back an ooze from an asteroid that morphs into monsters. Though the goofy special F/X and creature designs do amuse, they’re all but wasted in a movie that refuses to move beyond the speed of molasses. Might have worked better if it displayed a pulse.