It (2017)

★★★☆ – (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.

Dying God

★★½☆ – (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.

The Creeping Flesh

★★☆☆ – (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.

Dark Was the Night

★½☆☆ – (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.