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.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Faces of Death II (1981)

Directed by:
John Alan Schwartz

Dr. Francis B. Gross (Michael Carr) hosts yet another stomach churning collection of real-life death in this first sequel. Some say this entry has the most authentic death footage of the entire series (aside from a silly drugstore robbery segment), but it's still grainy and cheap looking, and senselessly slapped together with absolutely no insight into anything (though the narrator rambles on and on as if he's being profound), which makes it really hard to sit through for an hour and a half. There's a suicide, more animals dying (including dolphins getting slaughtered in Japan), bloated corpses, an infected snake bite, soliders developing leprosy after being exposed to radiation, a long sequence on boxer Johnny Owen's death, avalanche and fire victims, car and airplane crashes, public executions, etc. It's actually the least gory of the bunch (probably because it's full of older news footage) and was followed by FACES OF DEATH III in 1985.

Score: 1 out of 10

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