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 1973


Overview coming soon.
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1973
Top 5
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1. The Exorcist
USA / William Friedkin / ★★1/2
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2. The Wicker Man
UK / Robin Hardy / ★★1/2
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(The Tenderness of Wolves)
West Germany / Ulli Lommel / ★★1/2
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4. Westworld
USA / Michael Crichton / ★★1/2
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5. The Night Strangler
USA [TV] / Dan Curtis / ★★1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Return, The / UK [short] / Sture Rydman) / ★★1/2
7. Eugenie de Sade (Eugénie) / FranceLiechtenstein / Jesus Franco / ★★1/2
8. Theatre of Blood / UK / Douglas Hickox / ★★
9. Sisters / USA / Brian De Palma / ★★
10. Cannibal Man, The (La semana del asesino) / Spain / Eloy de la Iglesia / ★★

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Also seen:

- Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (Flesh for Frankenstein) / France, Italy, USA / Paul Morrissey /
- Arnold / USA / Georg Fenady /
Asphyx, The (The Horror of Death) / UK / Peter Newbrook / ★★
- Baby, The / USA / Ted Post / ★★
- Bamboo House of Dolls, The (Nu ji zhong ying) / Hong Kong / Chih-Hung Kuei / ★★1/2
- Bell from Hell, A (La campana del infierno) / France, Spain / Claudio Guerín / ★★1/2
- Black Snake (Dutchess of Doom; Slaves; Sweet Suzy) / USA / Russ Meyer / ★★
- Candy Snatchers, The / USA / Guerdon Trueblood / ★★
- Cat Creature, The / USA [TV] / Curtis Harrington / 
- Crazies, The (Code Name Trixie) / USA / George A. Romero / ★★
Creeping Flesh, The / UK / Freddie Francis / ★★
- Curse of the Devil (El retorno de Walpurgis) / Mexico, Spain / Carlos Aured / 
- Deadly Triangle, The (El juego del adulterio) / Spain / Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent /
- Death Smiled at Murder (La morte ha sorriso all'assassino) / Italy / Joe D'Amato /
Demons, The (Les démons; Sex Demons) / France, Portugal / Jesus Franco /
Devil in Miss Jones, The / USA [X] / Gerard Damiano / ★★1/2
- Devil's Due (Giving the Devil His Due) / USA [X] / Ernest Danna / 
- Devil's Wedding Night, The (Il plenilunio delle vergini) / Italy / Luigi Batzella / 1/2
- Doll, The ("La porta sul buio" series) / Italy [TV] / Mario Foglietti / 
- Don't Look in the Basement (The Forgotten) / USA / S.F. Brownrigg / ★★1/2
- Don't Look Now / Italy, UK / Nicolas Roeg / ★★
- Dracula Saga, The (La saga de los Drácula) / Spain / León Klimovsky / ★★
Dracula's Great Love (El gran amor del conde Drácula) / Spain / Javier Aguirre / 
- Dying Room Only / USA [TV] / Philip Leacock /
- Encounter with the Unknown / USA / Harry Thomason /
- Eyewitness ("La porta sul buio" series) / Italy [TV] / Roberto Pariante / 
- Female Vampire (La comtesse noire) / Belgium, France / Jesus Franco / 1/2
- Flower with the Deadly Sting, The (Il fiore dai petali d'acciaio; The Flower with Petals of Steel) / Italy, Spain / Gianfranco Piccioli / ★★
Ghost of Terror, The (El espectro del terror) / Spain / José María Elorrieta / ★★
- Godmonster of Indian Flats / USA / Fredric Hobbs / 
- Hanging Woman, The (La orgía de los muertos) / Italy, Spain / José Luis Merino /
- High Priestess of Sexual Witchcraft / USA [X] / Beau Buchanan /
- Horror at 37,000 Feet, The / USA [TV] / David Lowell Rich / 
- Horror Hospital (Computer Killers) / UK / Anthony Balch / 
- Horror Rises from the Tomb (El espanto surge de la tumba) / Spain / Carlos Aured / ★★1/2
- Hostages of Lust (Island of Sin; To nisi tis amartias) / Greece / Kostas Doukas /
- House That Cried Murder, The / Canada, USA / Jean-Marie Pélissié / ★★
- Hunchback of the Morgue, The (El jorobado de la Morgue) / Spain / Javier Aguirre / ★★
- Invasion of the Bee Girls (Graveyard Tramps) / USA / Denis Sanders / ★★
- It Happened at Nightmare Inn (Una vela para el diablo) / Spain / Eugenio Martín /
- It's No Good for a Man to Be Alone (No es bueno que el hombre esté solo) / Spain / Pedro Olea / 
- Killing Kind, The / USA / Curtis Harrington / ★★
- Kiss Me, Kill Me (Baba Yaga) / France, Italy / Corrado Farina / 
- Legend of Blood Castle, The (Ceremonia sangrienta) / Italy, Spain / Jorge Grau /
Legend of Hell House, The / UK / John Hough / ★★1/2
- Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural / USA / Richard Blackburn / ★★
- Leptirica (The She-Butterfly) / Yugoslavia [TV] / Djordje Kadijevic / ★★
- Let's Play Dead (Schoolgirls in Chains) / USA / Donald M. Jones /
- Lost Hearts / UK [TV] [short] / Lawrence Gordon Clark /
- Love Brides of the Blood Mummy (El secreto de la momia egipcia) / France, Spain / Alejandro Martí / 1/2
- Love Me Deadly / USA / Jacques Lacerte / ★★1/2
- Massage Parlor Murders! (Massage Parlor Hookers) / USA / Chester Fox, Alex Stevens / 
- Mark of the Devil, Part II / UK, West Germany / Adrian Hoven / ★★
- Messiah of Evil (Dead People) / USA / Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz / ★★
- Midnight Intruders (The Wife) / USA / Gary Graver /
- Mummy's Revenge, The (La venganza de la momia) / Spain / Carlos Aured /
- Murder in a Blue World (Clockwork Terror; Una gota de sangre para morir amando) / France, Spain / Eloy de la Iglesia / 
- Neighbor, The ("La porta sul buio" series) / Italy [TV] / Luigi Cozzi /
- No One Heard the Scream (Nadie oyó gritar) / Spain / Eloy de la Iglesia / ★★1/2
- Nothing But the Night (The Resurrection Syndicate) / UK / Peter Sasdy / 
- Please Don't Eat My Mother (Sexpot Swingers) / USA / Carl Monson /
Point of Terror / USA / Alex Nicol /
- Psyched by the 4D Witch (A Tale of Demonology) / USA / Victor Luminera /
- Psychomania (The Death Wheelers) / UK / Don Sharp /
Raw Meat (Death Line) / UK / Gary Sherman / 
- Return of the Evil Dead (El ataque de los muertos sin ojos) / Spain / Amando de Ossorio /
- Run Stranger Run (Happy Mother's Day, Love George) / Switzerland, USA / Darren McGavin / ★★
- Scream Bloody Murder (Claw of Terror) / USA / Marc B. Ray /
- Sexy Cat / Spain / Julio Pérez Tabernero / 
- Sinful Dwarf, The (Dværgen) / Denmark, USA / Vidal Raski /
- Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff, The (Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff) / Spain / Jesus Franco / 
- Someone at the Top of the Stairs ("Thriller" series) / UK [TV] / John Sichel / 
- Sssssss / USA / Bernard L. Kowalski / ★★
- Sugar Cookies (Love Me My Way) / USA / Theodore Gershuny / 
- Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (Kyôfu joshikôkô: bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu) / Japan / Noribumi Suzuki / 
- Terror in the Wax Museum / USA / Georg Fenady /
- Terror on the Beach / USA [TV] / Paul Wendkos / ★★
- Three on a Meathook / USA / William Girdler /
- Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Thriller - en grym film) / Sweden / Bo Arne Vibenius / 
- Vengeance of the Zombies (La rebelión de las muertas) / Spain / León Klimovsky /
- Virgin Among the Living Dead, A (La nuit des étoiles filantes; Zombie 4) / Belgium, France, Italy, Liechtenstein / Jesus Franco / ★★
Virgin's Music (Devicanska svirkaSong of Virgins) / Yugoslavia / Djordje Kadijevic / ★★
- Werewolf of Washington, The / USA / Milton Moses Ginsberg /

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