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.

The Bye Bye Man

★☆☆☆ – (2017) – Some dweeb tries to solve the mystery of a ghostly killer who manipulates minds. Focuses on very few characters, yet still can’t make any of them noteworthy. Says hello to mediocrity and bye-bye to credibility through one cliched scene of incompetence after another.

The Void

★★☆☆ – (2016) – Cops, hospital personnel, and vigilantes contend with interdimensional forces of evil. Basically a cross between Assault on Precinct 13 and From Beyond, with traces of other more successful films thrown in the mix. Has some enjoyably gory mayhem, but the plot and significance lack originality.

Kong: Skull Island

★★½☆ – (2017) – A military guided expedition to an unclaimed island leads to the discovery of a massive ape. Gets off to a rip-roaring start, but after the first major action sequence, the pace takes a serious hit. Separate parties wander toward a rendezvous point amid sporadic creature battles, yet only one character has a background while others go missing for long stretches. The human scope is empty, but the mystique of Kong is top notch.

Yeti

★½☆☆ – (2008) – A football team crash lands in the Himalayas and are picked off by a Sasquatch. Takes the key components of Alive, and throws in a ridiculous looking monster to further disrupt the lives of atrocious brats. Has a few awful/fun moments, but most are just plain awful.