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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Top Ten for 1959


Overview coming soon.
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1959
Top 5
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1. Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya)
Japan / Nobuo Nakagawa / 1/2
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2. The Hound of the Baskervilles
UK / Terence Fisher / 
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3. House on Haunted Hill
USA / William Castle / 
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4. A Bucket of Blood
USA / Roger Corman / 
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5. El hombre y el monstruo (The Man and the Monster)
Mexico / Rafael Baledón / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Terror Is a Man (Blood Creature) / Philippines, USA / Gerardo de Leon / 
7. Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, The / USA / Edward L. Cahn / 1/2
8. Wasp Woman, The / USA / Roger Corman / 1/2
9. Man Who Could Cheat Death, The / UK / Terence Fisher / 1/2
10. Manster, The (The Split) / Japan, USA / George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane / 1/2

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Also seen:

Alligator People, The / USA / Roy Del Ruth / 1/2
Bat, The / USA / Crane Wilbur / 1/2
- Cosmic Man, The / USA / Herbert S. Greene / 1/2
- Curse of the Undead (Mark of the West) / USA / Edward Dein / 
- Giant Gila Monster / USA / Ray Kellogg / 1/2
- Horrors of the Black Museum / UK / Arthur Crabtree / 
- Invisible Invaders / USA / Edward L. Cahn / 
Killer Shrews, The / USA / Ray Kellogg / 1/2
- Lady Vampire, The (Onna kyûketsuki) / Japan / Nobuo Nakagawa / 
- Plan 9 from Outer Space / USA / Edward D. Wood, Jr. / SBIG
- Teenagers from Outer Space / USA / Tom Graeff / SBIG
- Teenage Zombies / USA / Jerry Warren / 
Terror in the Midnight Sun (Rymdinvasion i Lappland) / Sweden, USA / Virgil W. Vogel / 1/2
- Uncle Was a Vampire (Tempi duri per i vampiri) / France, Italy / Steno / 1/2

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