The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Those who intend to end shark storms travel through time in order to save humankind. Despite the busy structure and occasional brushes with humor, the sense that this has all been seen before is overwhelming. Nothing occurs that didn’t already transpire in previous entries of this mostly awful series.

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★★★☆ – (2018) – A paralyzed man is implanted with a device that allows him to walk and seek his wife’s killers. Starts a little slow, but hits its stride about a half hour in and rarely lets up. Filled with unexpected twists, laugh-out-loud moments, and has one whopper of a conclusion. Borders on silly at times, but lands some mean punches.

Afflicted

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young man on vacation in a foreign land is attacked by, and gradually becomes, a vampire. Has the authentic feel of a reality show in the early stages, and the lead’s slow dissolve into vampirism is effective. By the end, however, anything insightful becomes routine, and the found footage gimmick feels unnecessary.

Tonight She Comes

★★½☆ – (2016) – A naked force of absolute evil makes life painfully difficult for the few people in her terrain. Gets off to a pitiful start before the horror takes over and the failed attempt to create credible characters wanes. The plot makes no sense, but the violence is so unabashedly disgusting it’s hard not to cringe or squirm through the impressive second half.

Witching and Bitching

★★★☆ – (2013) – Jewelry store robbers, one of their young sons, and a cab driver end up the targets of witches who plan mankind’s fall. Begins as a humorous heist film with no traces of horror, but waiting for the witch scenario to take flight is worth the effort. Eventually does whatever it wants to do to provide shocks and humor, and ultimately stands out as a mark of pure lunacy.

He Never Died

★★★☆ – (2015) – A lumbering immortal makes trouble for gangsters who disrupt his meaningless days. While the point isn’t entirely clear, and some motives are questionable, this is always fun and worth following. Mainly gets by on great humor, witty dialog, and a terrific performance by Henry Rollins.

Party Bus to Hell

★½☆☆ – (2017) – Partygoers become stranded in the desert realm of an ancient, murderous tribe. On the upside, a lot happens at a brisk pace. On the downside, nothing that happens is very enjoyable as the obnoxiousness reaches high levels of irritation. The violence and sleaze are okay, but there’s an awful lot of yelling, screaming, and music played at equal volume.

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.