The Battery

★★☆☆ – (2012) – Two baseball players try to survive a living dead outbreak in rural America. Not the worst thing to happen to the zombie genre, but far from the best since it never does anything particularly new. The few characters are engaging at first, but like the story around them, they don’t take long to not do anything special.

Witching and Bitching

★★★☆ – (2013) – Jewelry store robbers, one of their young sons, and a cab driver end up the targets of witches who plan mankind’s fall. Begins as a humorous heist film with no traces of horror, but waiting for the witch scenario to take flight is worth the effort. Eventually does whatever it wants to do to provide shocks and humor, and ultimately stands out as a mark of pure lunacy.

Cheap Thrills

★★★½ – (2013) – Two former friends in turmoil reunite at a bar and come in contact with someone who offers them money to perform violent acts. Enjoyable from humorous start to brutal finish, and packs in a ton of twists along the way. There’s never a dull moment, and plenty of cringe-worthy and laugh-out-loud moments.

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.