Queen of Blood

Queen of Blood

★½☆☆ – (1966) – A space crew bound for Mars picks up a green woman who has an appetite for plasma. A dorky experience that explains too much through assumed dialog and not nearly enough through direct action. The female-alien-breeding-eggs motif is a prelude to Alien films, but this dud certainly didn’t influence their excitement.

Planet of the Vampires

Planet of the Vampires

★★☆☆ – (1965) – Visitors to a barren planet discover secrets that turn them against each other. Some of the production aspects obviously influenced Alien, which is commendable, but the characters and story are rather bland as there’s a distinct lack of heroes and villains. Too serious to hail as goofy, yet too empty to hail as a wholly competent.

Tales of Halloween

Tales of Halloween

★½☆☆ – (2015) – Anthology of ten stories that focus on multiple aspects of Halloween, from killer humans to killer pumpkins. The tales range from barely okay to outright idiotic, despite thriving for holiday themes. The F/X are utterly awful, but somehow the acting is worse.

Almost Human

Almost Human

★★★☆ – (2013) – A man who’s sucked into outer space returns with a strong desire to obliterate humankind. The production is cheap and the acting sub par, but man-oh-man does the horror deliver. Anyone can spray buckets of blood, but the violence here is highly effective and plays into the dire mood.