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 1977



Overview coming soon.
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1977
Top 5
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1. Martin
USA / George A. Romero / 
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2. Suspiria
Italy / Dario Argento / 1/2
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3. Eraserhead
USA / David Lynch / 1/2
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4. Rabid
Canada / David Cronenberg / 1/2
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5. Mosquito der Schander (Bloodlust)
Switzerland / Marijan Vajda / 1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Last Wave, The / Australia / Peter Weir / 1/2
7. Hills Have Eyes, The / USA / Wes Craven / 1/2
8. Andy Warhol's Bad (Bad) / USA / Jed Johnson / 1/2
9. Hotel Fear (Fear Hotel; Pensione paura) / Italy, Spain / Francesco Barilli / 
10. Haunts / USA / Herb Freed / 

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Also seen:

- Alice or the Last Escapade (Alice ou la dernière fugue) / France / Claude Chabrol / 1/2
- Alucarda (Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas) / Mexico / Juan López Moctezuma / 
- Another Son of Sam (Hostages) / USA / Dave A. Adams / 
- Ants! (It Happened at Lakewood Manor) / USA [TV] / Robert Scheerer / 
- Beast in Heat, The (La bestia in calore) / Italy / Luigi Batzella / 
- Cathy's Curse (Cauchemares) / Canada, France / Eddy Matalon / 
- Child, The (Kill and Go Hide; Zombie Child) / USA / Robert Voskanian / 
- Claws / USA / Richard Bansbach and Robert E. Pearson / 1/2
- Curse of the Black Widow (Love Trap) / USA [TV] / Dan Curtis / 
- Curse of the Dog God (Inugami no tatari) / Japan / Shunya Itô / 
- Dark Echoes (Dark Echo) / Austria, USA, Yugoslavia / George Robotham / 
- Day of the Animals (Something Is Out There) / USA / William Girdler / 1/2
- Dead of Night / USA [TV] / Dan Curtis / 1/2
- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats / USA / George Barry / 
- Death Steps in the Dark (Passi di morte perduti nel buio) / Greece, Italy / Maurizio Pradeaux / 1/2
- Demon Seed / USA / Donald Cammell / 
- Devil Inside Her, The / USA [X] / Zebedy Colt / 1/2
- Drive-In Massacre / USA / Stu Segall / 1/2
- Eaten Alive (Legend of the Bayou) / USA / Tobe Hooper / 1/2
- Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali; Trap Them and Kill Them) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 1/2
- Emanuelle Around the World (Confessions of Emanuelle; Emanuelle - Perché violenza alle donne?) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 1/2
- Emanuelle in America (Brutal Nights) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 
- Empire of the Ants / USA / Bert I. Gordon / 
- Eyes Behind the Wall (L'occhio dietro la parete) / Italy / Giuliano Petrelli / 
- Gestapo's Last Orgy, The (L'ultima orgia del III Reich) / Italy / Cesare Canevari / 
-.Hausu (House) / Japan / Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1/2
- Hellish Flesh (Inferno Carnal) / Brazil / José Mojica Marins / 
- Hitch Hike (Autostop rosso sangue) / Italy / Pasquale Festa Campanile / 1/2
- Hollywood Meatcleaver Massacre (Evil Force) / USA / Evan Lee /
- Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (Greta - Haus ohne Männer) / Switzerland, USA, West Germany / Jesus Franco / 1/2
- Island of Death (Ta paidia tou Diavolou) / Greece / Nico Mastorakis / 
- Island of Dr. Moreau, The / USA / Don Taylor / 1/2
- Jungle Holocaust (Ultimo mondo cannibale) / Italy / Ruggero Deodato / 
Kingdom of the Spiders / USA / John 'Bud' Cardos / 
- Last House on Dead End Street, The / USA / Roger Watkins / 
- Night of the Walking Dead (El extraño amor de los vampiros; Strange Love of the Vampires) / Spain / León Klimovsky /  
- Nine Guests for a Crime (Nove ospiti per un delitto) / Italy / Ferdinando Baldi / 
- Obsessed (Anna Obsessed) / USA [X] / Martin & Martin / 1/2
- Orca / Italy, USA / Michael Anderson / 
- Planet of Dinosaurs (Planet of the Dinosaurs) / USA / James K. Shea / 
- Rituals (The Creeper) / Canada, USA / Peter Carter / 1/2
- Ruby (Blood Ruby) / USA / Curtis Harrington / 1/2
- Satanic Sisters (Die teuflischen Schwestern; Sexy Sisters) / Switzerland / Jesus Franco / 1/2
- Satan's Cheerleaders / USA / Greydon Clark / 
- Scalpel (False Face) / USA / John Grissmer / 
- Sentinel, The / USA / Michael Winner / 1/2
- Shock (Beyond the Door II; Schock) / Italy / Mario Bava / 1/2
- Shock Waves (Almost Human; Death Corps) / USA / Ken Wiederhorn / 
- Sisters of Death (Death Trap) / USA / Joseph Mazzuca / 
- Snowbeast / USA [TV] / Herb Wallerstein / 
- Spectre / UK [TV] / Clive Donner / 1/2
- SS Camp: Women's Hell (SS Lager 5: L'inferno delle donne) / Italy / Sergio Garrone / 
- SS Girls (Casa privata per le SS) / Italy / Bruno Mattei / 1/2
- Stigma ("Ghost Story for Christmas" series) / UK [TV] [short] / Lawrence Gordon Clark / 1/2
- Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver, The / USA [TV] / Dan Curtis / 
- Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo / USA [TV] / Stuart Hagmann / 1/2
- Tentacles (Tentacoli) / Italy, USA / Ovidio G. Assonitis / 1/2
- Tintorera (Killer Shark; Tiger Shark) / Mexico, UK / René Cardona Jr. / 
- Voodoo Passion (Der Ruf der blonden Göttin) / Switzerland / Jesus Franco / 1/2
- Watch Me When I Kill (Il gatto dagli occhi di giada) / Italy / Antonio Bido / 
- White Buffalo, The (Hunt to Kill) / USA / J. Lee Thompson / 1/2
- Worm Eaters, The / USA / Herb Robins / NO STARS!

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