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 1978


Though I'm not going to be doing ties, I gotta say this is one case where it was painful to chose between the top 2 films, Both Dawn of the Dead and Halloween are both extremely worthy of the top spot, I just happen to enjoy Dawn slightly more.
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1978
Top 5
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Italy, USA / George A. Romero / ★★
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USA / John Carpenter / ★★
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3. Piranha
USA / Joe Dante / ★★1/2
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4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
USA / Philip Kaufman / ★★1/2
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5. Panna a netvor (The Virgin and the Monster)
Czechoslovakia / Juraj Herz / ★★1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Long Weekend / Australia / Colin Eggleston / ★★
7. Damned in Venice (Nero veneziano) / Italy / Ugo Liberatore / ★★
8. Child's Voice, A / Ireland [short] / Kieran Hickey / ★★
9. Death Train, The / Australia / Igor Auzins / ★★
10. Satan's Blood (Escalofrío) / Spain / Carlos Puerto and Juan Piquer Simón / ★★1/2

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Also seen:

- Alien Factor, The / USA / Don Dohler / ★★
- Beasts Are on the Streets, The / USA [TV] / Peter R. Hunt / ★★1/2
- Being Twenty (Avere vent'anni; To Be Twenty) / Italy / Fernando Di Leo / ★★
- Bermuda Triangle, The (Devil's Triangle of Bermuda) / Italy, Mexico / René Cardona Jr. / 1/2
- Blue Sunshine / USA / Jeff Lieberman / ★★1/2
- Boys from Brazil, The / UK, USA / Franklin J. Schaffner / ★★1/2
- Cat and the Canary, The / UK / Radley Metzger / ★★1/2
- Damien: Omen II / USA / Don Taylor / ★★1/2
- Evil, The (Cry Demon; House of Evil) / USA / Gus Trikonis / ★★1/2
- Eyes of Laura Mars / USA / Irvin Kershner / ★★
- Faces of Death / USA [documentary] / John Alan Schwartz / 1/2
Grapes of Death, The (Les raisins de la mort) / France / Jean Rollin / ★★1/2
- Hallucinations in a Deranged Mind (Delírios de um Anormal) / Brazil / José Mojica Marins / ★★
- House of the Dead, The (Alien Zone; Last Stop on 13th St.) / USA / Sharron Miller / ★★1/2
- Ice House, The / UK [TV] [short] / Derek Lister / ★★
- Initiation of Sarah, The / USA [TV] / Robert Day / ★★1/2
- I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) / USA / Meir Zarchi / 1/2
- It Lives Again (It's Alive 2) / USA / Larry Cohen / ★★
- Jaws 2 / USA / Jeannot Szwarc / ★★
- Jennifer (Jennifer: The Snake Goddess) / USA / Brick Mack / 1/2
- Killer's Moon / UK / Alan Birkinshaw / 1/2
- Last House on the Beach, The (La settima donna) / Italy / Franco Prosperi / ★★
- Legacy, The (The Legacy of Maggie Walsh) / UK, USA / Richard Marquand / ★★
- Magic / USA / Richard Attenborough / ★★1/2
- Manitou, The / Canada, USA / William Girdler / ★★
- Mountain of the Cannibal God, The (La montagna del dio cannibale) / Italy / Sergio Martino / ★★1/2
- Necrotic, The / USA / Louis Ferriol / 1/2
- Patrick / Australia / Richard Franklin / ★★
- Sister of Ursula, The (La sorella di Ursula) / Italy / Enzo Milioni / ★★1/2
Someone's Watching Me! (High Rise) / USA [TV] / John Carpenter / ★★1/2
- Summer of Fear (Stranger in Our House) / USA [TV] / Wes Craven / ★★1/2
- Temptation of the Demon Woman (Godaan Siluman Perempuan) / Indonesia / Ackyl Anwari / ★★
- Terror Storm (Ciclón; Cyclone) / Italy, Mexico, USA / René Cardona Jr. / 1/2
- Till Death / USA / Walter Stocker / ★★1/2
Toolbox Murders, The / USA / Dennis Donnelly / ★★1/2
- Trauma (Enigma rosso; Rings of Fear) / Italy, Spain, West Germany / Alberto Negrin / ★★1/2
- Vampire Hookers (Graveyard Tramps) / Philippines, USA / Cirio H. Santiago / 
- Within the Woods / USA [short] / Sam Raimi / ★★1/2
- Women in Cellblock 9 (Frauen für Zellenblock 9) / Switzerland / Jesus Franco / ★★
- Women Without Innocence (Frauen ohne Unschuld) / Switzerland / Jesus Franco / 1/2
- World Beyond, The (The Mud Monster) / USA [TV] / Noel Black / ★★1/2
- Zoltan... Hound of Dracula (Dracula's Dog) / Italy, USA / Albert Band / ★★1/2

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3 comments:

spookyx3 said...

DAWN OF THE DEAD [139min, only]
BLUE SUNSHINE
PIRANHA
SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!
MAFU CAGE
IT LIVES AGAIN
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
IT'S MURDER!
SUMMER OF FEAR
ALIEN FACTOR

well, it's 10, anyway.

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1978

DAWN OF THE DEAD [139min, only]
THE SCENIC ROUTE
ON THE MARRIAGE BROKER JOKE AS CITED BY SIGMUND FREUD IN WIT AND ITS RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS, OR CAN THE AVANT-GARDE ARTIST BE WHOLED?
FILMING OTHELLO
LMNO
A WEDDING
AUTUMN SONATA
GIRL FRIENDS (weill)
REMEMBER MY NAME
INTERIORS

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Mafu Cage seems like it will be interesting so I'm looking forward to watching that one. Again your other Top 10 is filled with movies I have not seen with the exceptions of Autumn Sonata and Interiors.

spookyx3 said...

MAFU CAGE is worth seeing. it's carol kane's show.

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