First up Ragnarok, a 2013 Norwegian horror film that's called Gåten Ragnarok which translated to English is The Riddle Ragnarok. It's directed by Mikkel Braenne Sandemose and written by John Kåre Raake.
A archeologist called Sigurd is convinced that he's found some ancient secret viking mumbo jumbo on Ragnarok, or the end of the world in Norse mythology, but his boss thinks he's a ninny and fires him. Just after that Sigurd's pal Allan turns up with a map to the Eye Of Odin. They believe that the proof they need is in Finnmark, up near the Russian border. They find an island, a cave and some artifacts. Those are immediately stolen by a greedy guide who leaves Sigurd, Allan, Sigurd's two children and a lady climber stranded in a pit in the cave. They do get out, only to find the raft is gone. We know that something in the lake gulped that guide and the whole raft. They figure out how to get back to land but by then the monster in the lake has gotten pretty active. Things fall apart but eventually Sigurd figures away to save everyone.
It was fairly entertaining though a bit slow at times and that Sigurd is a bit annoying. The CGI monster isn't too bad, for a smallish budget anyway, and it doesn't appear that much. The budget, according to the IMDb is about 4.5 Million US dollars. The movie definitely borrows from Jurassic Park and the like, lots of sweeping vistas and John Williams like music. There's a professor type, his kids, some lady, some victims, monster running about, you get the idea. I enjoyed it enough to recommend it to anyone who likes Jurassic Park. I might not want to buy a copy, unless it's pretty cheap, but I would watch it again.
I might watch Creepozoids again but mostly to see Linnea Quigley running about in her birthday suit. It's a 1987 SF horror movie written by director David DeCoteau and John Schouweiler. David's been in the movie business since 1980 and since 1986 he's directed nearly a hundred movies and plenty of videos, under several names. He's also made some gay porn. Besides Creepozoids he's directed the cult classic Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and some of the Puppet Master series of films. I haven't actually seen much of his work but I do like the title of one of his 2014 films, Bigfoot vs DB Cooper. That has some potential but I know it will let me down somehow.
Creepozoids is set in a post-apoc future where some army deserters have holed up in an underground bunker, They don't realize it's also home to some sort of monster. They're stuck there because of the acid rain outside. They fight back in a loosing battle until there's just one man standing. The monster is no great shakes and the cast is fair to middlin'. The script is pretty poor for the most part and David didn't show much directorial talent back then either. The movie has way too much duct crawling and other dull scenes. Though the movie is only 71 minutes you get a lot more movie because it seems like two hours have gone buy before The End. There were vocal complaints, for being dull and for the crappy monster, and I was complaining right there with the rest. I picked up this copy for under 2 bucks and while I don't feel cheated or anything it's 2 bucks gone. Oh, and that poster? What a piece of shit!