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 1974


Overview coming soon.
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1974
Top 10
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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
USA / Tobe Hooper / 
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2. Cani arrabbiati (Rabid Dogs)
Italy / Mario Bava / 
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3. Homebodies
USA / Larry Yust / 
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4. Phase IV
UK, USA / Saul Bass / 
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5. It's Alive
USA / Larry Cohen / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Black Christmas / Canada / Bob Clark /
7. Young Frankenstein / USA / Mel Brooks /
8. Deranged (Confessions of a Necrophile) / CanadaUSA / Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby /
9. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter / UK / Brian Clemens /
10. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti) / Italy, Spain / Jorge Grau /

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Also seen:

- Abby / USA / William Girdler /
- Act of Vengeance (The Rape Squad) / USA / Bob Kelljan /
Aimilia, the Psychopath (Aimilia, i diestrammeni) / Greece / Pavlos Parashakis /
- All the Kind Strangers (Evil in the Swamp) / USA [TV] / Burt Kennedy /
- Antichrist, The (L'anticristo; The Tempter) / Italy / Alberto De Martino /
- Axe (Lisa, Lisa) / USA / Frederick R. Friedel /
- Beast Must Die, The (Black Werewolf) / UK / Paul Annett /
- Beyond Erotica (Lola; No es nada, mamá, sólo un juego) / Spain, Venezuela / José María Forqué /
- Blood / USA / Andy Milligan / 
- Blood Reincarnation (Yinyang jie) / Hong Kong / Shan-Hsi Ting /
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (House of Psychotic Women; Los ojos azules de la muñeca rota) / Spain / Carlos Aured / 
- Burning Hell, The / USA / Ron Ormond / 
- Centerfold Girls, The / USA / John Peyser /
- Chosen Survivors (Los sobrevivientes escogidos) / Mexico, USA / Sutton Roley /
- Corpse Eaters / Canada / Donald R. Passmore, Klaus Vetter / 
- Deathdream (Dead of Night) / Canada, UK / Bob Clark / 
- Death Kiss (Eglima sto Kavouri) / Greece / Kostas Karagiannis /
- Devil Times Five (The Horrible House on the Hill) / USA / Sean MacGregor /
- Fangs (Holy Wednesday; Snakes) / USA / Arthur A. Names / 
- Fire Down Below (Perverted Passion) / USA [X] / Ray Dennis Steckler / 
- Flavia the Heretic (Flavia: Heretic Priestess; Flavia, la monaca musulmana) / France, Italy / Gianfranco Mingozzi / 
- Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette) / Italy / Dick Randall / 
- Frightmare / UK / Pete Walker /
From Beyond the Grave / UK / Kevin Connor / 
- Ghost Galleon, The (El buque maldito) / Spain / Amando de Ossorio / 
- Haunted: The Ferryman / UK [TV] / John Irvin / 
- Horror Hall of Fame: A Monster Salute, The / USA [TV] / Charles Braverman / 
- Horror High (Twisted Brain) / USA / Larry N. Stouffer / 
- I Hate My Body (Odio mi cuerpo) / Spain, Switzerland / León Klimovsky / 
- Impulse / USA / William Grefe /
- Kill Barbara with Panic (Patayin mo sa sindak si Barbara) / Philippines / Celso Ad. Castillo /
- Killdozer / USA [TV] / Jerry London /
- Last Bride of Salem ("The ABC Afternoon Playbreak" series) / USA [TV] / Tom Donovan /
- Lifespan / Belgium, Netherlands, UK, USA / Alexander Whitelaw / 
- Loreley's Grasp, The (Las garras de Lorelei) / Spain / Amando de Ossorio /
- Lorna... the Exorcist (Les possédées du diable) / France / Jesus Franco / 
- Madhouse / UK, USA / Jim Clark /
- Night of the Skull (La noche de los asesinos) / Spain / Jesus Franco /
Night of the Sorcerers, The (Amando de Ossorio)
- Puzzle (L'uomo senza memoria; Man Without a Memory) / Italy / Duccio Tessari /
- Refuge of Fear (El refugio del miedo) / Spain / José Ulloa / 
- Seizure / Canada, USA / Oliver Stone /
Shanks / USA / William Castle / 
- Sugar Hill (The Zombies of Sugar Hill) / USA / Paul Maslansky / 
- Swamp of the Ravens (El pantano de los cuervos) / Ecuador, Spain / Manuel Caño / 
- Sweet Movie / Canada, France, West Germany / Dusan Makavejev /
- Symptoms (Blood Virgin) / Belgium, UK / José Ramón Larraz / 
- Thirsty Dead, The (Blood Hunt) / Philippines, USA / Terry Becker / 
- Treasure of Abbot Thomas, The / UK [TV] / Lawrence Gordon Clark /
Vampire's Night Orgy, The (La orgía nocturna de los vampiros) / Italy, Spain / León Klimovsky /
- Voodoo Black Exorcist (Vudú sangriento) / Spain / Manuel Caño /
- What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (The Coed Murders; La polizia chiede aiuto) / Italy / Massimo Dallamano /
- Wolf Girl, The (Lang nu) / Taiwan, Thailand / Tung Man Chan, Kuang Hui / 

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