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.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Spectre (1977) (TV)

Directed by:
Clive Donner

An American occult investigator (Robert Culp) teams up with a doctor (Gig Young, in his final role) to investigate alleged human sacrifices at a secluded British mansion. A Druid cult turns out to be responsible. Things culminate in a topless occult ceremony featuring a barely-seen (and terrible-looking) lizard monster mostly hidden by a blaze of fire the entire time! Some people like this one and the cast is decent, but I found it silly, dull and ponderous, and understand why it hasn't seen the light of day on video or DVD. Executive producer Gene (Star Trek) Roddenberry also co- wrote the screenplay. The cast includes John Hurt, Ann Bell, Gordon Jackson, James Villiers, Majel Barrett, Jenny Runacre, Vicki Michelle (VIRGIN WITCH) and Penny Irving (HOUSE OF WHIPCORD). It's been ages since I've seen it, so I'll try to give it a rewatch sometime.


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