"Saw IV" is reasonably entertaining if you just want to see people die in cruel ways, but by now everything that made the previous entries unique has become clichéd and this movie doesn't want to take any risks...
"Hostel 2" feels like Eli Roth was only interested in the project for the money, as it lacks the hyperactive enthusiasm which accompanies even his worst films. So he played it safe, creating a harmless torture porn flick...and yes, I know how odd that sounds...But it has an effortless pace, a consistent tone and characters who aren't as likely to piss you off. It might not be as memorable as its predecessor, but it's also less likely to get on your nerves.
Dolph Lundgren's "Missionary Man" isn't good, but it doesn't suck either. Yet when it works, it's primarily because it's using ideas from better movies. When it fails, it's because other movies did those same ideas better.
Allegedly, we were supposed to see more of the Nazi-Ghosts, but the lack of money meant substandard make-up. So they wisely kept the villains in the shadows, which is always a better idea. Then when we do get a good, hard look at these monsters, the make-up can be a little more frightening. I suspect that if "Outpost" had more money to work with, it wouldn't have been as effective.
“Dororo” is one of those 'almost good' movies. It does a lot right, yet its positive attributes are dragged down by the flaws. But I did get to see Japanese warriors fight some bizarre looking monsters, which was exactly what I wanted out of it.
It's like the filmmakers got together and announced their ambitions as: “Let's make every haunted house movie ever made!”. So began long periods of research where they gathered all of the cliches together and created the monster known as “Dark Mirror”.