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 1968



Overview coming soon.
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1968
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Night of the Living Dead
USA / George A. Romero / 
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Rosemary's Baby
USA / Roman Polanski / 
* * * * * * * * * *
3. Yabu no naka no kuroneko (Kuroneko)
Japan / Kaneto Shindô / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
4. Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead)
France, Italy / Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
5. Targets
USA / Peter Bogdanovich / 1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit (Kaibyô nori no numa) / Japan / Yoshihiro Ishikawa / 1/2
7. Pretty Poison / USA / Noel Black / 1/2
8. Strange World of Coffin Joe, The (O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão) / Brazil / José Mojica Marins / 
9. Witchfinder General (The Conqueror Worm) / UK / Michael Reeves / 
10. Joy of Torture, The (Tokugawa onna keibatsu-shi) / Japan / Teruo Ishii / 

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Also seen:

- Alphabet, The / USA [short] / David Lynch / 
Blood Beast Terror, The (The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood) / UK / Vernon Sewell / 1/2
- Body Snatcher from Hell (Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro) / Japan / Hajime Satô / 1/2
- Brides of Blood / Philippines, USA / Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero / 1/2
- Castle of the Creeping Flesh (Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde) / West Germany / Adrian Hoven / 1/2
- Confessions of a Psycho Cat / USA / Herb Stanley / 1/2
- Corruption (Carnage; Laser Killer) / UK / Robert Hartford-Davis / 
- Crimson Cult, The (Curse of the Crimson Altar) / UK / Vernon Sewell / 
- Curse of Her Flesh, The / USA / Michael Findlay / 1/2
- Dance of Death (House of Evil) / Mexico, USA / Jack Hill and Juan Ibáñez / NO STARS!
- Deadly Inheritance (Omicidio per vocazione) / Italy / Vittorio Sindoni / 
- Devil Rides Out, The (The Devil's Bride) / UK / Terence Fisher / 
- Dracula Has Risen from the Grave / UK / Freddie Francis / 
- Drifter in the Rain (Vagabundo en la lluvia) / Mexico / Carlos Enrique Taboada / 1/2
- Fear Chamber, The (La cámara del terror) / Mexico. USA / Jack Hill and Juan Ibáñez / 1/2
- Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (La marca del Hombre Lobo) / Spain, West Germany / Enrique López Eguiluz / 
- Ghastly Ones, The (Blood Rites) / USA / Andy Milligan / SBIG
- Ghost Story of the Snow Witch (Kaidan yukijorô) / Japan / Tokuzô Tanaka / 1/2
- Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) / Sweden / Ingmar Bergman / 
- In Hot Blood / USA / Joel Landwehr / 1/2
- Journey to Midnight / UK [TV] / Roy Ward Baker and Alan Gibson / 1/2
- Love After Death (Unsatisfied Love) / USA / Glauco Del Mar / 1/2
- Mad Doctor of Blood Island / Philippines, USA / Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero / 1/2
- Monster and the Stripper (The Exotic Ones) / USA / Ron Ormond / 
Power, The / USA / Byron Haskin / 
- Rape of the Vampire, The (Le viol du vampire) / France / Jean Rollin / 1/2
- Seeds (Seeds of Sin) / USA / Andy Milligan / 
- Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The (Hebi musume to hakuhatsuma) / Japan / Noriaki Yuasa / 1/2
- Sweet Body of Deborah, The (Il dolce corpo di Deborah) / France, Italy / Romolo Guerrieri / 1/2
- Thousand Pleasures, A / USA / Michael Findlay / 1/2
- Twisted Nerve / UK / Roy Boulting / 
- Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women / USA / Peter Bogdanovich / 
- Whistle and I'll Come to You ("Omnibus" series) / UK [TV] / Jonathan Miller / 
- Woman Possessed, A (La endemoniada) / Mexico / Emilio Gomez Muriel / 1/2

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6 comments:

spookyx3 said...

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
ROSEMARY'S BABY
PRETTY POISON
TARGETS
KURONEKO
SPIDER BABY, OR THE MADDEST STORY EVER TOLD

SKIDOO was horrific, does that count?

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FACES
SALESMAN
RECONSTRUCTION
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ROSEMARY'S BABY

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I've not seen Skidoo so I can't say! This was a tough year to decide a top horror movie because Night of the Living Dead and Rosemary's Baby are both damn near perfect. I have to give Night the edge though because of how groundbreaking and important it is, not just for the genre but also for independent film productions in general. Then there are a lot of other very strong contenders for 1968, which made even narrowing it down to 10 hard.

IMDb can't seem to decide on Spider Baby's release year. They used to have it as 1964 (the production year I believe), then 1968, now 1967... I hope it stays at 1967 because it easily stands out as one of the top 3 of that year. If it were in with this group it would probably be in the 6-10 section.

spookyx3 said...

> I've not seen Skidoo

wise. a bizarre LSD comedy by the director of BONJOUR TRISTESSE & ADVISE AND CONSENT. was never going to work.

> have to give Night the edge though because of how groundbreaking and important it is

certainly favoring DIY and independents as i do, NOTLD, needs to be here, and above RB, but what do i cut? that's why this is tough.

> Spider Baby's release year ... now 1967

i could use it in '67. when you're considering MAD MONSTER PARTY, there's not much in reserve.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

1967 is an incredibly weak horror year by 60s standards, perhaps THE worst. Two gems from that year that are often overlooked are Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism, which has really amazing Gothic sets / atmosphere and other great stuff to offer, and Violated Angels, which is basically a depiction of the Richard Speck murders. I only have six films from 1967 rated three stars or above and that's pretty bad considering how generous I am with the ratings.

spookyx3 said...

thanks. just read your overview @ 1967. curious about VIY now.

think i'll skip my 1967 list; aside from THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, & WAIT UNTIL DARK, i got nothin' for horror, and that ought to be the focus here.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Viy is good but falls short of great because it really drags at times. The special effects in it are truly amazing for 1967.

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