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 14, 2009

Bloody Wednesday (1985)

...aka: Great American Massacre, The

Directed by:
Mark G. Gilhuis

Harry (Raymond Elmendorf) is hired on as a caretaker at an old vacant hotel, and suffers from paranoid delusions that are making him lose a grip on his sanity, leading him on an eventual rampage. Low-budget attempt at a REPULSION-like psychological horror study (with a little SHINING thrown in) where a troubled past mixed with an isolated environment may lead to insanity, but the build-up (which lasts nearly the entire movie) gets extremely monotonous after awhile with its fantasy vs. reality plotting. The taut ending is well done if you can last that long. It was scripted by Academy Award nominee Philip Yordan (1945’s DILLINGER). Supposed based on a real-life incident.


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