High Spirits

high-spirits

★★☆☆ – (1988) – Castle inhabitants plan to falsely haunt their domain until discovering the place is actually haunted. A sloppily told and noisily concocted story of many characters (most of whom are never fleshed out) dealing with love on earthly and unearthly planes. The atmosphere is strong, but despite many attempts at zany comedy few laughs are had.

Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies

★★☆☆ – (2011) – A group of college students come to terms with each other as well as a zombie outbreak. Has moments of somewhat-fun get-to-know-you character moments, and an above average attempt to freshen a beaten genre. Commonness gets in the way of any festivities, but the lightheartedness does work.

Krampus

Krampus

★½☆☆ – (2015) – Evil forces are unleashed upon a dysfunctional family at Christmastime when the last of Santa’s believers stops believing in him. Begins with typically abnormal characters struggling to co-exist, then tosses in horror that makes up rules as it goes along. One moment features killer cookies, then killer attic junk, then killer elves, etc. Has no solid foundation and little cohesion.

Blood Car

Blood Car

★½☆☆ – (2007) – A school teacher invents a fuel of wheat grass and human blood in an era when gas is over $30 a gallon. Asks more questions about woman’s need for men with cars than the world’s need for alternative fuel. Tries to make a social point, but only aims at the obvious.

Rockula

Rockula

★½☆☆ – (1990) – A vampire with close relations to his own reflection woos a girl he lost decades ago. A horror/comedy with musical inclusions that’s packed with unfunny jokes and stale original songs. Highly ambitious, but too often fails to entertain.