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 1970


Overview coming soon.
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1970
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Le boucher (The Butcher)
France, Italy / Claude Chabrol / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Valerie a týden divu (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders)
Czechoslovakia / Jaromil Jires / 
* * * * * * * * * *
3. L'uccello dalle piume di Cristallo 
(The Bird with the Crystal Plumage)
Italy, West Germany / Dario Argento / 
* * * * * * * * * *
4. Savage Intruder (Hollywood Horror House)
USA / Donald Wolfe / 
* * * * * * * * * *
5. And Soon the Darkness
UK / Robert Fuest / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Girly (Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly) / UK / Freddie Francis / ★★
7. Panic (Pánico) / Mexico / Julián Soler / ★★
8. Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion / SpainWest Germany / Jesus Franco / ★★
9. Psycho Lover, The (The Loving Touch) / USA / Robert Vincent O'Neill / ★★
10. Multiple Maniacs / USA / John Waters / ★★

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Also seen:

- Amazing Transplant, The (The Transplant) / USA / Doris Wishman / 
- Ashes of Doom / Canada [short] / Don Arioli and Grant Munro / 
- Assignment Terror (Los monstruos del terror) / Italy, Spain, West Germany / Tulio Demicheli / 
- Awakening of the Beast (O Ritual dos Sádicos) / Brazil / José Mojica Marins / 
- Beast in the Cellar, The (Are You Dying, Young Man?) / UK / James Kelley / 
- Blind Woman's Curse (Kaidan nobori ryû) / Japan / Teruo Ishii / 
- Body Beneath, The (The Vampire's Thirst) / UK / Andy Milligan / 
Cold Head, The (La tête froide) / Belgium [short] / Patrick Hella / ★★
- Cry of the Banshee / UK / Gordon Hessler / 1/2
- Dorian Gray (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray) / Italy, UK, West Germany / Massimo Dallamano / 1/2
- Dunwich Horror, The / USA / Daniel Haller / 1/2
- Erotic Adventures of Hansel and Gretel, The (Hänsel und Gretel verliefen sich im Wald) / West Germany / Franz Josef Gottlieb / 1/2
- Five Dolls for an August Moon (5 bambole per la luna d'agosto) / Italy / Mario Bava / 
- Goodbye Gemini (Twinsanity) / UK / Alan Gibson / 
- Guru, the Mad Monk (Garu, the Mad Monk) / USA / Andy Milligan / SBIG
- Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia) / Italy, Spain / Mario Bava / 1/2
- Horror of Frankenstein, The / UK / Jimmy Sangster / 
- House That Would Not Die, The / USA [TV] / John Llewellyn Moxey / 
- How Awful About Allan / USA [TV] / Curtis Harrington / 
I Drink Your Blood / USA / David A. Durston / 1/2
- Janie / USA / Jack Bravman / 
- Last Step Down, The (Even Devils Pray) / USA / Lawrence Ramport / 
- Love, Vampire Style (Beiß mich, Liebling) / West Germany / Helmut Förnbacher / 
- Madam Satan (Madame Satan) / USA / Tom Gordon / SBIG
- Manopsychotisches Ballett / Austria [short] [X] / Otto Mühl / NO STARS!
- Mark of the Devil (Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält) / West Germany / Michael Armstrong / 1/2
- Night of the Blood Monster (Il trono di fuoco; The Bloody Judge) / Italy, Liechtenstein, Spain, West Germany / Jesus Franco / 
- Oh Sensibility / Austria [short] [X] / Kurt Kren and Otto Mühl / NO STARS!
- Queens of Evil (Le regine) / France, Italy / Tonino Cervi / 1/2
- Revenge of Dr. X, The (Body of the Prey) / Japan, USA / Norman Thomson / SBIG
- Scars of Dracula / UK / Roy Ward Baker / 1/2
- Scream and Scream Again / UK / Gordon Hessler / 1/2
- Scream of the Demon Lover (Il castello dalle porte di fuoco) / Italy, Spain / Jose Luis Merino / 
- Sex and the Single Vampire / USA [X] / Modunk Phreezer / 
- Sex Psycho (The Demon in Miss Jones; Widow Blue) / USA [X] / Walt Davis / SBIG
- Sex Ritual of the Occult (Ritual of the Occult) / USA / Robert Caramico / 1/2
- Taste the Blood of Dracula / UK / Peter Sasdy / 
- Torture Dungeon (Dungeon of Death) / USA / Andy Milligan / SBIG
- Trap (Piège) / France / Jacques Baratier / 
- Vampire Doll, The (Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô) / Japan / Michio Yamamoto / 1/2
- Vampire Lovers, The / UK / Roy Ward Baker / 1/2
Weekend Murders, The (Concerto per pistola solista) / Italy / Michele Lupo / ★★
- Wizard of Gore, The / USA / Herschell Gordon Lewis / 1/2

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