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.

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.

1313: Cougar Cult

★☆☆☆ – (2012) – Three women perform rituals on young men in order to appease their god. An incredibly repetitive outing that features near-naked men showering or squirming in bed before the women laughably turn into cougars and allegedly eat them (the eating is never shown). A lazy concoction that means absolutely nothing.