"Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" can't undo all of the emotional damage that the brand has inflicted upon me...Nothing can...But it is a pretty fun B-movie, designed to entertain bad people such as myself.
Yet "Cooler's Revenge" works better upon second viewing because it isn't accompanied by the deadweight hype. On its own merits, it's briskly paced and excelled in the action department, so I was thoroughly entertained.
"23:59" has a strong first act, shrouding itself in mystery, a chillingly foreboding atmosphere and creepy scares. Unfortunately, its initial success only makes the rest of the movie suck that much harder. Even though I adore military themed horror flicks, this ghost-thriller is a casualty of war.
“V/H/S/2” mastered the formula of its predecessor, being incredibly well paced- a rarity for any anthology- and improved the quality of each individual short, while making sure the tone was consistent. It also helps that the film is pretty scary.
“The Reef” coasts off the formula designed by “Jaws” and “Open Water”, never doing ANYTHING new or unique itself. Yet the problem is that even though it’s a storm of shark movie clichés, it actually executes the formula fairly well. Even if the majority of its scare tactics were invented by Steven Spielberg 40 years ago, at least the filmmakers of “The Reef” applied them effectively.