★★☆☆ – (2020) – Ocean researches become trapped miles beneath the surface when their rig is destroyed. On top of escape they also battle a monster. Gets off to an exciting and tense start, but gradually becomes repetitive and dull. Manages some suspense toward the end, but there’s little danger felt for the characters since all we know about them are thin backstories.

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Cube Zero

★½☆☆ – (2004) – A small group of strangers struggle to escape from a series of boxes while engineers try to keep them contained. Only distinct from the previous entries in that we leave confined compounds, but the scenes outside the squares are equally inept. Has a great opening shot of grue, but all else is stale and uneventful.

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Zombies: The Beginning

★★½☆ – (2007) – A woman who survived a zombie attack on an island returns to that island to bring them all down. Pretty much Aliens with zombies in place of monsters, yet has so many off-the-wall moments it’s hard to condemn as just a casual rip-off. Gore is plentiful, zombies are everywhere, and the outcome is admiringly disgusting.

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In the Tall Grass

★☆☆☆ – (2019) – A group of people become trapped in a field of grass that can manipulate time. Goes through varying stages of irritation, mostly dealing with perpetually shouting characters and pretentious plotting. Dialog hits a new low as well, and finding out what this is all about becomes less of a concern the more the nagging story progresses.

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Horror Hotel: The Movie

★½☆☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on space chicks, the comatose, a skip tracer, identity swapping, murder contemplation, and a male-free future. A dreadful collection of lame tales that share two common traits: they all take place in a MOTEL and they all stink. The final story shows some signs of mild creativity, but the others merely follow trails of cliches.

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