Death Race 2050

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Five cars race across America and aim for pedestrians as their point achievements. A remake that keeps some of the original’s craziness, but the tongue-in-cheek nature of such oddities is lost to an overall lack of focus. One of cinema’s worst edited movies in existence as scenes and events come and go with little to no cohesion. Also, the F/X are terrible.

Dark Universe

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★½☆☆ – (1993) – Scientists head to a bayou to explore the presence of an alien with human DNA. Despite a few attempts to elicit excitement in the final act, nothing that appears throughout comes close to meaning anything. Humor, sleaze, and monster activities are all lacking, though scenes of uselessness are in high supply.

Purge

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★☆☆☆ – (2010) – In an alternate future, people are genetically enhanced to not show emotion in their provided social status, but some oppose this action. Does an okay job attempting a dystopian look from a technological standpoint, but the budget is simply too small to make it fully work. The story is a pitiful blend of confusion and characters who lack any sort of emotional significance.

Phantasm: Ravager

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★★½☆ – (2016) – Reggie wanders through time and space seeking his friends while trying to destroy his adversary. Works well as a continuation of the surreal series, but comes up short as the definitive outcome. Feels as though nobody will ever explain what the franchise means, and at some points gives the notion that the creators figured it was best to make one more entry while everyone was still alive. Has moments that will please Phantasm fans, but newcomers will be lost.

The Lift

Lift, The

★½☆☆ – (1983) – A repairman investigates an elevator that’s causing mysterious deaths. Aside from one great decapitation, this focuses more on the mystery of computer chips than anything related to horror. The characters are somewhat distinct, but there’s not much for them to do but wade from one flat scene to the next.

Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold

Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold

★½☆☆ – (1995) – A model in need of standing out from her peers drinks a growth serum that increases her size, as well as one of her colleagues. Gives excuses for sporadic nudity, but the plot seems to want to focus on a story when all anyone wants to see is the battle between two gigantic bimbos. Cheapens the values of women, sleaze, and special effects.

The Box

Box, The

★½☆☆ – (2009) – Strange things start happening to a married couple when they press a button that kills a stranger but garners them a million bucks. Hard to say there’s anything else like it, which is great since that leaves us with a singular, sour experience. A muddled mishmash of surreal advancements that are too languid to find involvement in. Overlong and overstuffed with pretension.