Don’t Torture a Duckling

★★½☆ – (1972) – Someone’s killing children in a small Italian village, and many locals are suspects. Has a gripping and disturbing first half that offers high levels of discomfort. The final half, however, drags when the murders and the reactions to them are replaced by a dull investigation.

Trophy Heads

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A man is kidnapping B-movie scream queens and filming their murders. The motive isn’t air tight, and some scenes drag on for far too long. Never lives up to its concept, either, but the actresses are all game and it’s great to see so many assembled at once to poke fun at their cheesy (but awesome) careers.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon

★★☆☆ – (1970) – A troubled fashion designer murders women against his own will. Moves slower than a one-wheeled dump truck, and none of the victims are worth worrying about. However, this does manage to make the psychosis of the antagonist creepy and unnerving.

The Bleeder

★½☆☆ – (1983) – A female rock band falls prey to a legendary madman after their tour bus breaks down near his domain. Consist of little more than wandering characters who banter with one another before separating from the group and getting picked off. Despite the title, there’s hardly any blood, although your eyes may bleed from boredom.

Blood Link

★★½☆ – (1982) – A man uses psychic powers to catch a murderer who happens to be his twin brother. An intriguing idea worth following to the end, and has many brushes with great nudity along the way. The main problem is the pace, which is entirely too slow and keeps excitement from ever creeping in.

Ghostkeeper

★★☆☆ – (1981) – A group of vacationing friends tread upon a manor that contains a kooky old woman and her murderous son. Succeeds in areas of atmosphere within and around the main location, but succumbs to a dreary pace and undistinguished events. Has a lot going on, but takes too long to get to each action.