Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

10 Rillington Place (1970)

Directed by:
Richard Fleischer

Richard Attenborough is bald, bespeckled John Reginald Christie, a real-life serial killer who ran a boardinghouse, drugged, raped and murdered eight female boarders in 1940s England and buried the bodies in his yard. John Hurt is Timothy Evans, a male boarder who is blamed and wrongfully hanged for one of the murders, an event that led to the abolishment of the death penalty in England. The atmosphere is grim, the period details are good and the acting is excellent. Director Fleischer made at least three other movies about real-life murder cases; THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING (1955), COMPULSION (1959) and THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968).


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