Bloody Murder (2000) * 1/2 This low-budget horror film is about a group of councilors trying to get a summer camp ready to open when they are attacked by a man in a hockey mask. This film was obviously meant as a homage to FRIDAY THE 13TH and there are a lot of winks to that film. The only problem is that this thing is rather bland and boring with a lot of characters that you don't really like. The film also suffers from the fact that there's really no violence, sex, gore or anything else that would remind you of a F13 movie. Satanic Panic (2019) ** 1/2 A pizza delivery girl goes to a rich neighborhood and when she's stiffed on the tip she enters a house only to learn they are Satanist and now they want her because she's a virgin. This here was a really strange movie and I must say that it's been a very long time since I've had such a strong love/hate relationship with the film. The comic nature of the first thirty-minutes was downright awful and it just never really worked for me. It wasn't that it was bad as I'm sure many will like it but it just didn't sit well with me. I loved the second half of the film once the blood, sex, gore and exploitation started. The film got better as it went on but the comic tone just didn't work for me. Rebecca Rominjn is exceptionally good as the main Satanist. Jerry O'Connell has a small role as well. Annabelle Comes Home (2019) *** I didn't care for the first two Annabelle movies but I certainly enjoyed this one. I thought all of the performances were great and I also thought the director did a wonderful job with the story. Some of the CGI monsters (like the werewolf) were poor but this was my only issue with the film. I thought the director did a good job with the suspense and I loved his use of the 2.35:1 ratio. This ratio is so overused these days and especially by director's who don't know what they're doing but that certainly wasn't the case here. Trespassers (2018) ** 1/2 Two couples arrive at a luxury house for a getaway but their good times quickly turn to terror when they make the mistake of letting a stranger come in to use the phone. There are several twists and turns in this film so obviously I'm not going to spoil them. I thought the film was going to be better than it actually was and the biggest issue was a sequence in the middle where one of the characters is junked up on cocaine and does something really stupid. This sequence pretty much threw the entire film out of whack but it's best to just turn your brain off and soak up the rather violent and gory final act. Again, I'm not going to spoil what happens but there are a lot of twists in the film and not all of them work but as a home invasion film I've seen worse. Death at Love House (1976) ** 1/2 Made-for-TV film has Robert Wagner and Kate Jackson playing a couple doing research on an old Hollywood legend who just happened to date Wagner's father. Even for a television movie this thing is pretty tame, laid back and it doesn't try to do anything new. It's really too bad more wasn't done with the material because we get a terrific supporting cast that includes Sylvia Sidney in a small role as well as cameo appearances by John Carradine, Dorothy Lamour and Joan Blondell. The film is entertaining but it should have been better. The Willies (1990) ** Sean Astin is camping with two young boys and tells some scary stories. I understand what the director was going for with this film. He basically wanted to flashback when you were young, heard stories and then you told the stories to your friends even if you didn't know if they were really true or not. The film has that aspect down good but the problem is that the stories told really aren't all that good. The best is the first that has James Karen playing a janitor who just happens to also be a demon. The second story involves a bully with a fascination with flies and this here was quite poor. What's worse is that this story takes up the majority of the running time and it's just way too flat. Terror in the Tropics (2006) * This here tries the DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID approach to filmmaking. It turns out that KING KONG was a true story and the map to Skull Island has been stolen from RKO. A detective sets out to find out what's going on. This here uses clips from movies like THE APE, the Mr. Wong series, THE DEVIL BAT, THE LOST WORLD and THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME and mixes it up with new footage to try and make a new movie but the results were just bad. Even at just 57-minutes this film was rather boring and the footage just doesn't mix well together.