Blue Ruin

★★½☆ – (2013) – A young man returns home after killing the person who murdered his parents, and finds trouble with a vengeful family. Has a few scenes with stomach twisting shocks, and there’s always a need to see how things pan out. Not always on point, however, as some events lean toward the predictable/illogical side.

Revenge (2017)

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A girl who’s raped and later left for dead hunts down her aggressors. Initially has some enticing and shocking moments, but gradually becomes a bland mix of I Spit on Your Grave and Rambo III. The violence is the highlight as this ultimately turns into a bloodbath, but the plot and characters leave much to be desired.

Jigsaw

★★☆☆ – (2017) – Five people play vicious games against murderous devices while detectives and medics try to piece together where and why. Has clever moments and spots of violence that remind us of the days of Saw lore, but there’s never a moment that doesn’t feel unnecessary. Not a complete waste, but the reasons for bringing the series back only add confusion.

Victims!

★½☆☆ – (1985) – A group of female friends take a trip to the desert where they’re assaulted by rapists. Does plenty of preaching about the social statures of men and women, but never signifies a point as this feels more like a rip-off of Last House than anything singular or eventful. Has so much nudity that the mere thought of women’s lib is rendered moot early on.

Torture Garden

★★☆☆ – (1967) – Anthology of four stories that focus on a vengeful cat, a secret film society, an active piano, and Edgar Allan Poe. Each segment is unpredictable and uneasy to figure out, which is a plus, but they also move at a crawl. Utilizes some good ideas and some great actors, but is hardly ever shocking.

Strip Club Massacre

★★½☆ – (2017) – A down on her luck woman ends up working in a strip club that employs the most despicable humans known to man. Doesn’t accomplish anything new, but does have a basic core that’s easy to watch thanks to bitchy characters and a seedy setting. The acting borders on travesty at times, but does add to the low grade charm that permeates throughout.