– (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.
– (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.
– (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.
– (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.
– (2017) – The survivor of Hatchet III is trapped in a downed plane with those looking to bank on the legend of Victor Crowley. Despite a few lags, this has a ton of great jokes, awesome kills, and an overall sense of fun. Doesn’t reinvent the genre, but shows how to breathe new life into a fourth entry.
– (2018) – A detective investigating a serial killer gets tied up with the judgmental forces of Hell. An ugly production that at first piles on a ton of gore only to abandon such elements for common cop fodder. Seems to head nowhere, but the final act does have a few unexpected turns. Not great, but not nearly as bad as some other entries.