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 1971


Overview coming soon.
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1971
Top 5
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1. Let's Scare Jessica to Death
USA / John D. Hancock / 
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2. 10 Rillington Place
UK / Richard Fleischer / 
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3. Reazione a catena (Bay of Blood)
Italy / Mario Bava / 
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4. The Devils
UK / Ken Russell / 
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5. The Beguiled
USA / Don Siegel / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Duel / USA [TV] / Steven Spielberg / 
7. Abominable Dr. Phibes, The / UK / Robert Fuest /
8. Brotherhood of Satan, The / USA / Bernard McEveety /
9. Night Visitor, The (Lunatic) / Sweden, USA / László Benedek /
10. House That Dripped Blood, The / UK / Peter Duffell /

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Also seen:

- Beyond Love and Evil (La philosophie dans le boudoir) / France / Jacques Scandelari /
Blood and Lace / USA / Philip S. Gilbert /
Blood on Satan's Claw (Satan's Skin) / UK / Piers Haggard /
Brain of Blood (The Creature's Revenge; The Oozing Skull) / USA / Al Adamson /
- Case of the Scorpion's Tail, The (La coda dello scorpione; The Scorpion's Tail) / Italy, Spain / Sergio Martino /
- Cat O' Nine Tails, The (Il gatto a nove code) / France, Italy, West Germany / Dario Argento /
- Corpse Grinders, The / USA / Ted V. Mikels /
- Countess Dracula / UK / Peter Sasdy /
Crucible of Horror (The Corpse; The Velvet House) / UK / Viktors Ritelis /
- Death Walks on High Heels (La morte cammina con i tacchi alti) / Italy, Spain / Luciano Ercoli /
- Devil's Nightmare, The (La plus longue nuit du diable) / Belgium, Italy / Jean Brismée /
Don't Deliver Us from Evil (Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal) / France / Joël Séria / 
- Feast of Satan, The (Las amantes del diablo) / Italy, Spain / José María Elorrieta /
Fifth Cord, The (Giornata nera per l'ariete) / Italy / Luigi Bazzoni /
- Four Flies on Grey Velvet (4 mosche di velluto grigio) / France, Italy / Dario Argento /
- Fourth Victim, The (La última señora Anderson) / Italy, Spain / Eugenio Martín /
- Fright / UK / Peter Collinson /
- Geek, The / USA [X] / Director Unknown /
- Glass Ceiling, The (El techo de cristal) / Spain / Eloy de la Iglesia /
- Guess What Happened to Count Dracula? / USA / Laurence Merrick /
- Hands of the Ripper / UK / Peter Sasdy /
- Headless Eyes, The (Bloodthirsty Butcher) / USA / Kent Bateman /
- Horny Vampire, The / USA [X] / Ray Dennis Steckler /
- Jabberwocky (Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta) / Czechoslovakia [short] / Jan Svankmajer
- Laboratory of Fear (Le laboratoire de l'angoisse) / France [short] / Patrice Leconte /
- Lady Frankenstein (La figlia di Frankenstein) / Italy / Mel Welles /
- Mad Butcher, The (Lo strangolatore di Vienna) / Italy, West Germany / Guido Zurli /
- Malpertuis (The Legend of Doom House) / Belgium, France, West Germany / Harry Kümel /
- Mephisto Waltz, The / USA / Paul Wendkos /
- Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, The (La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba) / Italy / Emilio Miraglia /
- Night God Screamed, The (Scream) / USA / Lee Madden /
- Play Misty for Me / USA / Clint Eastwood /
- Requiem for a Vampire (Vierges et vampires) / France / Jean Rollin /
- Revenge (There Once Was a Woman) / USA [TV] / Jud Taylor /
- Sacrilege / USA [X] / Ray Dennis Steckler /
- 7 Murders for Scotland Yard (Jack el destripador de Londres; Jack the Mangler of London) / Italy, Spain / José Luis Madrid /
- Slaughter Hotel (La bestia uccide a sangue freddo) / Italy / Fernando Di Leo /
- Snake People (La muerte viviente) / Mexico, USA / Jack Hill, Juan Ibáñez /
- Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things / USA / Thomas Casey /
- Stalls of Barchester, The / UK [TV] / Lawrence Gordon Clark /
- Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, The (Blade of the Ripper; Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh) / Italy, Spain / Sergio Martino)
- Straw Dogs / UK, USA / Sam Peckinpah /
- Terror at Orgy Castle / USA / Zoltan G. Spencer /
- Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman (León Klimovsky)
- Zaat (Blood Waters of Dr. Z) / USA / Don Barton /
- Zero in and Scream / USA / Lee Frost /
- Zodiac Killer, The / USA / Tom Hanson /

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