– (2017) – A man-creature that emerges to kill every 23 years… emerges to kill. Does nothing worth necessitating the continuance of this dull franchise, as nothing new is ever put forth. The characters amount to squat, the horror is routine, and the plot is just a means to reach a third entry.
– (2017) – A group of kids are haunted by a shape-shifting clown when not hounded by bullies. Works incredibly well by presenting personable characters amid horrifying situations (with too much CGI). Mostly leaves adults out of the mix, which is a bit distracting, but does allow us to focus on the camaraderie among the leads, which results in an emotionally satisfying outcome. Pennywise, in his few scenes, is highly effective.
– (2008)- Something is raping women in the most vicious of ways, but a drunk cop and gangsters intend to stop it. The horror aspect doesn’t do anything not already seen in The Incubus, but enough occurs that this can’t be considered a complete rip-off. Has gruesome moments, one of which goes way too far, and despite the cheap production has some surprising and funny areas.
– (2017) – A boy who has strange dreams escapes disguised creatures from another dimension by slipping into their dimension. Yes, there’s a gunslinger, and yes, there’s a man in black, but not much else is reminiscent of the novels. Very few (if any) characters or situations are explained, rendering this a confusing mess.
– (1977) – A swashbuckling sailor and his comrades travel to a distant land to break the curse of a prince-turned-baboon. While there are moments of adventure and monster activity, everything in between moves incredibly slow. Gets points for imagination, but the excitement factor is bogged down by the languid pace.
– (1958) – A swashbuckling sailor helps a devious magician reclaim his magic lamp in a land of monsters. Though the human element is paper thin, and the pace often sluggish, this deserves a ton of respect for the effective creature moments. Deservedly renown for its F/X, while the plot is a simple means to get to the stop-motion highlights.
– (1973) – A scientist discovers a skeleton with ties to the start of man, and experiments on his own daughter to ascertain its uniqueness. Begins with a strong premise, but too much time is wasted before getting to the inevitable (and weak) creature conclusion. Has a great production design, and a great cast, but feels longer than it is.
– (2014) – A tri-cloven hoofed animal is spreading terror among small town citizens. A slow builder that requires patience, but midway through one can clearly realize this isn’t going anywhere special. The characters mumble from one dry scene to the next, and never capture the emotion necessary to make the attempted tension work.
– (2016) – A creature is picking off dimwits who f**k on its killing ground. Essentially has no f**king plot, as this is merely a means to have lousy f**king actors have partially clothed sex. Good for some okay f**king nudity, but anyone looking for solid f**king entertainment need steer f**king clear.