Jaws of Satan

Jaws of Satan

★½☆☆ – (1981) – Killer snakes make trouble for a town that’s preparing to open a canine race track. Apparently, Satan has manifested himself into one snake that can control others, which never comes across as believable or frightening. More than a little slow, and does nothing not unseen in other serpent movies or Jaws rip-offs.

Venom (2011)

Venom (2011)

★½☆☆ – (2011) – After accidentally killing a queen snake in heat, a mother and daughter are stalked throughout a desert by angry serpents. As dumb as the premise sounds, the subplot involving lost money fares even worse. Never creates a single moment of wit or tension.

Komodo

Komodo

★★☆☆ – (1999) – A traumatized orphan returns to the site where his parents were killed by large lizards, and falls victim to their resurgence. Takes itself seriously, which helps aid the drama but kills the cliched action. Mostly dark, but is too reminiscent of Jurassic Park.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – Varying Middle Earth inhabitants quest for a stone once stolen by a fearful dragon. An overblown assortment of long speeches, last minute rescues, uneven humor, and ridiculously choreographed action. Visually impressive, but the characters haven’t grown since the previous film, which only adds to the emptiness.