Once Bitten

★★☆☆ – (1985) – A high school student looking to lose his virginity is bitten by a female vampire who won’t leave him alone. Moves incredibly fast and has plenty of outlandish moments, but the humor is rather stale and the plot too flimsy to worry about. Shows signs of Jim Carrey’s bright future, but here he’s as underplayed as all the other characters.

The Guest

Guest, The

★★★☆ – (2014) – A comrade visits the family of a deceased solider over matters of consolation, but such matters gradually go awry. Slowly builds itself into an odd-yet-absorbing story of a stranger who does as he pleases, but goes a little too bananas toward the end. Full of surprises, as well as implausibility, and always provides segments of intrigue. The synth score is especially top notch.

Pep Squad

Pep Squad

★☆☆☆ – (1998) – The kidnapping and murder of a high school principal leads prom queen contenders on a path of violence. A sour attempt at becoming the next Heathers that fails miserably thanks to sloppy writing and some truly awful acting. Has a lot going on, but not with anyone credible.

Study Hell

Study Hell

★½☆☆ – (2005) – A derelict school teacher is made to look after detention students who must fight for their lives against him. Exploits modern school killings with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and equals one weird/uncomfortable experience. Tries to turn The Breakfast Club into a current teenage horror tale, but milks too much unwarranted sympathy.