Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

★½☆☆ – (2009) – A group of teens and a talking dog try to solve a ghostly problem in their high school. Good for a chuckle or two if your child-self is watching, but to the adult-self this is pure misery. The jokes grow old fast, the story is hard to invest in, and the characters barely resemble the cartoon cast or even the actors from the first two live action films.

Party Bus to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Partygoers become stranded in the desert realm of an ancient, murderous tribe. On the upside, a lot happens at a brisk pace. On the downside, nothing that happens is very enjoyable as the obnoxiousness reaches high levels of irritation. The violence and sleaze are okay, but there’s an awful lot of yelling, screaming, and music played at equal volume.

Better Watch Out

★½☆☆ – (2016) – A kid who plans on putting the moves on his babysitter is interrupted by a home intruder. Starts off okay, and the initial twist is neat at first, but not much comes from the result as the main villain is rather annoying. Aims for comedy and suspense, but misses those marks by a mile.

Ski Wolf

★☆☆☆ – (2008) – Rival skiers compete for the domination of a hill while one of them becomes a wolf. A spoof of an already lame movie that does little but exploit ’80s sport cliches. A Chris Sever letdown as too many lines are repeated from other entries and too many once-humorous mannerisms now amount to nothing.

The Babysitter (2017)

★★★☆ – (2017) – A young man who’s afraid of everything is hunted by his babysitter and her sadistic cronies. Despite some slow spots in the second act, and a plot that doesn’t make much sense, this is an absolute blast. The humor is top notch, surprises run rampant, and the script tightly winds together every small detail put forth throughout. Funny, gruesome, and surprisingly touching.