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 1979


Overview coming soon.
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1979
Top 5
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1. Alien
UK, USA / Ridley Scott
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(Vengeance Is Mine)
Japan / Shôhei Imamura / 
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3. El caminante (The Traveler)
Spain / Paul Naschy / 
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USA [TV] / Robert Day /
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5. Phantasm
USA / Don Coscarelli / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Thirst / Australia / Rod Hardy /
7. Schalcken the Painter / UK [TV] / Leslie Megahey /
8. Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega; Buried Alive) / Italy / Joe D'Amato /
9. Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls (Dabide no hoshi: Bishôjo-gari) / Japan / Noribumi Suzuki / 
10. World of Dracula, The (The Curse of Dracula) / USA [TV] / Jeffrey Hayden, Kenneth Johnson and Sutton Roley / 

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Also seen:

- Amityville Horror, The / USA / Stuart Rosenberg /
- Brood, The / Canada / David Cronenberg / 
- Caligula (Caligola) / Italy, USA / Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione /
- Capture of Bigfoot, The / USA / Bill Rebane /
Dominique is Dead (Avenging Spirit; Dominique) / UK / Michael Anderson /
Don't Go in the House (The Burning) / USA / Joseph Ellison /
- Don't Go Near the Park (The Nightstalker) / USA / Lawrence D. Foldes / 
- Driller Killer, The / USA / Abel Ferrara /
Dumb Waiter, The / UK [short] / Robert Bierman /
- Fascination / France / Jean Rollin / 
- Giallo in Venice (Giallo a Venezia) / Italy / Mario Landi /
- Killer Nun, The (Suor Omicidi) / Italy / Giulio Berruti /
- Malabimba (The Malicious Whore; Possession of a Teenager) / Italy / Andrea Bianchi /
- Midnight Blue (Sexy Blue) / Italy / Raimondo Del Balzo /
Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) / France, West Germany / Werner Herzog /
- Once Upon a Midnight Scary ("CBS Library" series) / USA [TV] / Nell Cox /
- Island of the Fishmen (L'isola degli uomini pesce) / Italy / Sergio Martino /
- Rat in the Darkness, A (Una rata en la oscuridad) / Mexico / Alfredo Salazar
Return of the Dead (Xiao hun yu) / Hong Kong / Han Hsiang Li /
- Savage Weekend (The Killer Behind the Mask) / USA / David Paulsen / 
- Screamers (Something Waits in the Dark) / Italy, USA / Sergio Martino, Dan T. Miller /
- Silent Scream (The Silent Scream) / USA / Denny Harris /
Special Silencers / Indonesia / Arizal / 
- Terror Express (La ragazza del vagone letto) / Italy / Ferdinando Baldi /
Tourist Trap / USA / David Schmoeller /
- Visitor, The (Stridulum; The Visitors) / Italy, USA / Giulio Paradisi /
- Zombie (Zombi 2; Zombie Flesh Eaters) / Italy / Lucio Fulci /

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2 comments:

CavedogRob said...

Another good year! There's a couple here I've never seen. I'm making a note about them!

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Yeah, it's a pretty interesting year. Most years of the 60s & 70s are full of great films. And there are plenty other good ones from this year I don't have on here. I remember really liking Murder by Decree, Thirst, The Plumber and some others but it's been so long since I saw any of those that I need to rewatch them before I throw any on. I haven't even seen Salem's Lot yet and a few others (La tía Alejandra from Mexico, Fascination from France, etc.) look like they might be pretty good.

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