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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Noise in the Middle (2020) Stefan Birgir Stefans Somewhere inside Noise in the Middle there is a decent film, but the endless layers of ideas make it a confusing mess. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
1/5 Pulse 3 (2008) Stefan Birgir Stefans Pulse 3 (2008) is poorly acted, directed and written, but its somehow a little more coherent than its predecessors. It is still crap, though. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
0.5/5 Pulse 2: Afterlife (2008) Stefan Birgir Stefans Pulse 2: Afterlife manages somehow to be worse than the original, and of course a lot cheaper since it looks like it was shot in one green screen room with no-name actors and a terrible script. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
1.5/5 Pulse (2006) Stefan Birgir Stefans Pulse is an ugly mess that makes little to no sense. I am sure I thought it looked quite cool in the naive 00s, but it's hypercontrasted-desaturated-blue/green-hued look has aged like milk in the sun. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2021
0/5 Doll Face (2021) Stefan Birgir Stefans We don't know who wrote or directed Doll Face, but we do know that whoever did, can neither write nor direct a film. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 Star Crystal (1986) Stefan Birgir Stefans What saves Star Crystal is the third act, where it becomes so absurd that it moves the whole film from bad to so-bad-it's-a-must-watch for anyone who likes schlock sci-fi. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
3/5 Communion (1989) Stefan Birgir Stefans Communion isn't a good by any known human standards, however, if we go with my high strangeness theory, that is, that the movie is intentionally weird to invoke the feelings of an abductee in the viewer, then it's a smashing success. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
2.5/5 The Arbors (2020) Stefan Birgir Stefans Lurking inside a two-hour runtime there is a great 80-minute flick; however, in its current state it's dull at times and uninteresting. The mind wanders away from the screen while a lonely man reflects awkwardly on what to do with this murderous creature. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
2/5 Ghoulies IV (1994) Stefan Birgir Stefans Unlike the other three, this is barely a horror film. It's a comedic cop movie with supernatural elements. It exudes nineties straight-to-videoness, which can be fine when you are in the mood for that but there are much better ways to spend 80 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
2.5/5 Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College (1990) Stefan Birgir Stefans It's easy to dismiss Ghoulies III as cheap direct-to-video trash. Mainly because it is cheap direct-to-video trash; however, if you survive the bad jokes and the wacky sound effects that follow every movement of every character, you might just enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
3.5/5 Ghoulies II (1988) Stefan Birgir Stefans Turns the critter action up to eleven in an all-around fun carnival horror show. This is a cheesy schlock horror film, and it doesn't try to be anything else. It's made to be entertaining and it succeeds. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2021
3/5 Ghoulies (1985) Stefan Birgir Stefans There are much better haunted mansion films, many also produced by Charles Band, but Ghoulies has a charm of its own. It's a fun B-movie through and through with plenty of satanism and devilish creatures. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
1.5/5 The Howling: Reborn (2011) Stefan Birgir Stefans A film that features a few scenes with werewolves, but it's mostly a teen-romance in a spooky situation. It has nothing to do with Howling in general, but that's a given for the series. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
0.5/5 The Howling VII (1995) Stefan Birgir Stefans A big "f-you" to the werewolf genre, if not the whole horror genre. It's unbelievably bad in such an incompetent way that you can't even get enjoyment from its badness. It's a film about bad actors delivering bad lines while singing bad country songs. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/5 Monolith (1993) Stefan Birgir Stefans Monolith isn't anything memorably and it looks cheap, but it does have that early 1990s charm, though, with its corny music and crappy special effects. Add Bill Paxton and a villainous John Hurt to the mix and you got yourself an enjoyable 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/5 The Howling VI: The Freaks (1991) Stefan Birgir Stefans Howling VI: The Freaks is a mildly entertaining film; a great improvement to the fourth and fifth chapter in the series, but those were really terrible movies. It's quite forgettable, but worth a watch for werewolf completionists. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
1/5 Howling V: The Rebirth (1989) Stefan Birgir Stefans Howling V: The Rebirth is a painfully dull, poorly produced and badly acted cheap cash in on a series that I don't even know made any money to begin with. The fact that they couldn't even write in, or afford, werewolves makes the film a must miss. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
1/5 Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) Stefan Birgir Stefans To call the film slow moving is an understatement. It has the pacing of molasses streaming down a 1-degree slope. The fact that it barely features werewolves doesn't help any. There is mostly bad acting, ADR and boredom to be found here. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
2.5/5 Howling III (1987) Stefan Birgir Stefans It's quite hard to pinpoint if Howling III is a bad film or a good one. Like the second in the series, it's mostly just a weird one. In the end, the only question that matters is: Is it entertaining? And the answer is yes. Yes, it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
0.5/5 Conjuring the Devil (2020) Stefan Birgir Stefans There is an unwritten rule between me and every filmmaker that makes cheap knockoff horror flicks that their film's running time does not exceed 80 minutes. This film is 114 minutes, and those 114 minutes are long, boring, and filled with things you hate. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/5 Howling II ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) Stefan Birgir Stefans Even though it's truly a bad film, its full-on weirdness makes it quite entertaining, at least entertaining enough for it to get a recommendation from me to horror fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
4.5/5 The Howling (1981) Stefan Birgir Stefans The Howling is a fantastic off-beat horror flick with a dash of comedy that still holds up great 40 years later. The effects are fantastic, the script, acting and directing are superb and it's just an all-around fun movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
2/5 Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018) Stefan Birgir Stefans There is nothing technically wrong with the film. Even the actors are fine. It's just not a horror film like one would expect. The horror is tacked onto a boring drama. That can work, but it must be brilliantly written and this ain't. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
1/5 Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011) Stefan Birgir Stefans The lack of children of the corn in "Children of the Corn: Genesis" isn't the film's main issue. The biggest problem it has is that it's not entertaining. It's boring and at 80 minutes, it feels long. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
2.5/5 Twisted Nightmare (1987) Stefan Birgir Stefans Impressively unoriginal; however, it has charm since it's so inanely written and all together stupid. There are decent performances, while others are straight out of "Miami Connection." The film is fun and a worthwhile silly watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3.5/5 Earthquake (1974) Stefan Birgir Stefans As is tradition with 70s disaster films, the first hour is a star-studded melodrama, but then that practical effects kick in and you are in business. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
1/5 Children of the Corn (2009) Stefan Birgir Stefans Borcher took the only redeeming qualities the original had and made them worse, but decided to keep the worst aspect of it, how utterly boring it was. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/5 Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021) Stefan Birgir Stefans They pump out these Scooby-Doo flicks every year and somehow they always manage to be entertaining and fresh, while staying loyal to the original versions. Matthew Lillard needs a big award for his portrayal of Shaggy over the past two decades. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
2/5 Tom & Jerry (2021) Stefan Birgir Stefans This film will be studied in animation schools for decades to come to show the importance of outlines. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
3/5 Don't Go in the House (1979) Stefan Birgir Stefans "Don't Go in the House" is a decent entry in the serial killer genre, although it never reaches real originality, Grimaldi's performance and that one 'burned alive' death scene raises it to a semi-memorable status. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
0.5/5 Confessions of a Time Traveler - The Man from 3036 (2020) Stefan Birgir Stefans It's hard to enjoy a documentary when its main subject can be disproven by simply understanding that language evolves, and a person from a thousand years in the future is not going to speak the exact same English as we do. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 Frauds (1993) Stefan Birgir Stefans Offbeat, slightly wacky, a little unnerving, and quite weird, like most Australian films from this era. Think Phil Collins talking into a Lego phone intercut with extreme closeup shots of the woman on the other end. You will either like it or loath it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 The Honeymoon Killers (1969) Stefan Birgir Stefans Stoler is Divine, Annie Wilkes Joan Rivers and Nurse Ratchet merged into one unforgettable performance. The film's low budget, often amateurish editing, and hand-held camerawork blend beautifully and make the film into a work of art. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/5 Twice Dead (1988) Stefan Birgir Stefans In general, the film just a few edits from being a "Goosebumps" episode. The bright side is that I like "Goosebumps" episodes, and even though I didn't get what I expected from "Twice Dead," I was entertained by what I got. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
2.5/5 The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993) Stefan Birgir Stefans If you ever wondered what it would have been like if Neil Breen had made a Dahmer biopic in the 1980s, then here it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
2/5 The Frozen Ghost (1945) Stefan Birgir Stefans Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this fourth "Inner Sanctum Mystery," as a hypnotist riddled with guilt and women who are in love with him. It's watchable but easily forgettable. There are better Chaney films to spend your time on out there. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
3.5/5 Batman (1966) Stefan Birgir Stefans Live action Pop Art. An exhibition of colors and absurdities. Every line of dialogue is inane, and every story point is absurd. It shouldn't work. It's too kitsch for its own good, but it does work and it's as fun now as it was half a century ago. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
4/5 Aliens, Clowns & Geeks (2019) Stefan Birgir Stefans If you would like to put something different on the screen and just have a good laugh, then this film is for you! EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
2/5 Gacy (2003) Stefan Birgir Stefans Mark Holton as Gacy is really the only redeeming quality the film has. The script is superficial and at best boring if it wasn't for Holton's performance, and the film itself looks terribly cheap. Overall, it's pretty useless. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2008
1.5/5 Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001) Stefan Birgir Stefans It's the first in the series that screams "cheaply made straight-to-dvd trash," and that's for a series that has been straight-to-video since the second sequel, so you know I mean it when I say it's bad. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2008
2/5 Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999) Stefan Birgir Stefans Gary Bullock is obviously the only one who wanted this film to be made (he co-wrote it) and produces an enjoyable performance in an otherwise rather dull and lifeless flick. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2008
2/5 Children of the Corn (1984) Stefan Birgir Stefans "Children of the Corn" is memorable, but more as an idea, a feeling, rather than an actual film. It's one of the scary films you saw as a kid and when you rewatch it, you wonder when the scene that scared you so much pops up, but it never does. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
2.5/5 Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) Stefan Birgir Stefans All in all, it is entertaining which is more than can be said about the first one. That one suffered from uncontrollable dullness, which makes "The Final Sacrifice" a sequel that is better than the original. That isn't a high mark, but it's something. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
3/5 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) Stefan Birgir Stefans Not a great film, but its serious tone, with is "The Omen" type operatic choir-of-the-devil soundtrack, combined with lackluster acting from everybody and its ludicrous plot points make it an entertaining straight-to-video horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
2.5/5 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) Stefan Birgir Stefans An okay watch, but it's hard to recommend it unless you are a big fan of straight-to-video 90s horror flicks with some gore but mostly drama and tension brought on by dream sequences or if you are a Naomi Watts completionist. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2008
0.5/5 Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007) Stefan Birgir Stefans Perhaps the least faithful biopic ever made. Even if more suitable actor had been cast, it wouldn't have been enough to save the film. The script is just bad, the acting all around is horrendous and so is the whole production. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/5 Amityville: The Demon (1983) Stefan Birgir Stefans A third Amityville film wasn't made to win Oscars, it was made to give you entertainment, a couple of scares and then you forget about it, and it succeeds on all three for me. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2005
3.5/5 Amityville II: The Possession (1982) Stefan Birgir Stefans It's a more schlocky version of the original film mixed with The Exorcist and I'm the type of guy that likes a film like that. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2005
4/5 The Amityville Horror (1979) Stefan Birgir Stefans A well-made and entertaining 1970s ghost film that has some genuinely scary and immensely memorable moments, topped with great acting from its cast. It definitely is in my list of top ten haunted houses flicks, and I've seen a lot of haunted house flicks. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2005
1.5/5 Ted Bundy (2002) Stefan Birgir Stefans It fails in being historically accurate in most parts and becomes an almost comedy horror film until we are supposed to weep for the harsh treatment Bundy gets from his executioners. Its whole premise is fatally flawed. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2004