– (1967) – A waitress leaves her trade to work for a carnival, and eventually becomes what the titles suggests. Hard to follow in that there’s either mindless chatter between dull characters, or lingering shots of carnival attractions. The “shock” ending is anything but, as it comes out of nowhere and makes little sense.
– (2017) – A couple of lycanthropes uncover an alien plot of impregnating humans through beer. Has a lot going on and moves fast (a little too fast at times) yet somehow bores because none of the zaniness amounts to anything. Tries hard to please, but one probably has to be stoned to find full enjoyment.
– (2017) – The survivor of Hatchet III is trapped in a downed plane with those looking to bank on the legend of Victor Crowley. Despite a few lags, this has a ton of great jokes, awesome kills, and an overall sense of fun. Doesn’t reinvent the genre, but shows how to breathe new life into a fourth entry.
– (2018) – A detective investigating a serial killer gets tied up with the judgmental forces of Hell. An ugly production that at first piles on a ton of gore only to abandon such elements for common cop fodder. Seems to head nowhere, but the final act does have a few unexpected turns. Not great, but not nearly as bad as some other entries.
– (1988) – Someone or something is sucking out human brains through eye sockets, and a rock band is taking the blame. A so-so mystery that shows unusually high forms of narrative for a film with no budget. The characters are somewhat fleshed out, while the horror leads to an outlandish conclusion. Cheap fun.
– (1995) – A model in need of standing out from her peers drinks a growth serum that increases her size, as well as one of her colleagues. Gives excuses for sporadic nudity, but the plot seems to want to focus on a story when all anyone wants to see is the battle between two gigantic bimbos. Cheapens the values of women, sleaze, and special effects.
– (2014) – A low-budget filmmaker agrees to film a supposed nutcase and his ramblings about monsters. Works okay when taking place in the real world, with real actors and directors portraying themselves, but makes a huge mistake in casting a known actor in the lead, rendering the reality gimmick moot. A good idea with enjoyable spots, but Adam Green grins too much and the tongue-in-cheek self-awareness gets old fast.
– (2014) – A young man who recently lost his parents travels to Italy where he meets a woman with supernatural issues. Involves early on, as the set-up is full of humor and intrigue, but once the secret is revealed the plot goes into corny cruise control. Endearing, well-meaning, and certainly unique.