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 1980


Overview coming soon.

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1980
Top 5
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1. Cannibal Holocaust
Italy / Ruggero Deodato / 
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2. The Changeling
Canada / Peter Medak / 1/2
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3. The Ninth Configuration
USA / William Peter Blatty / 1/2
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4. Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out)
USA / Lewis Jackson / 1/2
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UK, USA / Stanley Kubrick / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Maniac / USA / William Lustig / 
7. Dressed to Kill / USA / Brian De Palma / 
8. Night of the Hunted, The (La nuit des traquées) / France / Jean Rollin / 
9. Hex versus Witchcraft (Che dau che) / Hong Kong / Chih-Hung Kuei / 
10. Night of Death! (La nuit de la mort!) / France / Raphaël Delpard / 

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Also seen:

- Alien Contamination (Contamination) / Italy, West Germany / Luigi Cozzi / 
Alien Dead, The (It Fell from the Sky) / USA / Fred Olen Ray / 1/2
- Alligator / USA / Lewis Teague / 
- Babysitter, The / USA [TV] / Peter Medak / 1/2
- Beyond Terror (Further Than Fear; Más allá del terror) / Spain / Tomás Aznar / 1/2
- Blow Job (Blow Job - Dolce lingua) / Italy / Alberto Cavallone / 1/2
- Boogeyman, The (The Boogey Man) / USA / Ulli Lommel / 
- Cannibal Apocalypse (Apocalypse domani) / Italy, Spain / Antonio Margheriti / 
Cannibal Terror (Terreur cannibale) / France, SpainAlain Deruelle / NO STARS!
- Cataclysm / USA / Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan and Gregg C. Tallas / 
- Charlie Boy ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Robert Young / 1/2
- Children, The (The Children of Ravensback) / USA / Max Kalmanowicz / 
- Children of the Full Moon ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Tom Clegg / 
- Child's Play / USA [short] / Amy Rose Bloch / 
- City of the Living Dead (Paura nella città dei morti viventi) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / 1/2
- Days of Fury / Netherlands, USA [doc] / Fred Warshofsky / 1/2
- Demon Lust (Savage Encounter) / South Africa / Bernard Buys / 1/2
- Devil Hunter (El caníbal) / France, Spain, West Germany / Jesus Franco / 
- Don't Answer the Phone! / USA / Robert Hammer / 1/2
- Dracula Dynasty, The (La dinastía de Dracula) / Mexico / Alfredo B. Crevenna / 1/2
- Eaten Alive! (Mangiati vivi!) / Italy / Umberto Lenzi / 1/2
- Erotic Nights of the Living Dead (Le notti erotiche dei morti viventi; Sexy Nights of the Living Dead) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 
- Escape from Hell (Femmine infernali) / Italy, Spain / Edoardo Mulgaria / 1/2
- Fade to Black / USA / Vernon Zimmerman / 1/2
- Fiend (Deadly Neighbor) / USA / Don Dohler / 
- Fog, The / USA / John Carpenter / 1/2
- Friday the 13th / USA / Sean S. Cunningham / 
- Frozen Terror (Macabre; Macabro) / Italy / Lamberto Bava / 
- Grim Reaper, The (Anthropophagus) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 1/2
- Growing Pains ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Francis Megahy / 
- Guardian of the Abyss ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Don Sharp / 
- Hex (Xie) / Hong Kong / Chih-Hung Kuei / 1/2
- Hotel Paradise (Orinoco: Prigioniere del sesso) / Italy, Spain / Edoardo Mulargia / 1/2
- House on the Edge of the Park, The (La casa sperduta nel parco) / Italy / Ruggero Deodato / 
- House That Bled to Death, The ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Francis Megahy / 
Humanoids from the Deep (Monster from the Deep) / USA / Barbara Peeters / 
- Inferno / Italy / Dario Argento / 1/2
- Krai Thong (Kraithong) / Indonesia / Sompote Sands / 
- Motel Hell / USA / Kevin Connor / 1/2
- Mother's Day / USA / Charles Kaufman / 1/2
- New Year's Evil / USA / Emmett Alston / 
- Nightmare City (City of the Walking Dead; Incubo sulla città contaminata) / Italy, Spain, Mexico / Umberto Lenzi / 
- Night of the Zombies (Hell of the Living Dead) / Italy, Spain / Bruno Mattei / 
- Patrick Still Lives (Patrick vive ancora) / Italy / Mario Landi / 1/2
- Private Eyes, The / USA / Lang Elliott / 1/2
- Prom Night / Canada / Paul Lynch / 1/2
- Revenge of the Stepford Wives / USA [TV] / Robert Fuest / 
- Rude Awakening ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Peter Sasdy / 1/2
- Saturn 3 / UK / Stanley Donen / 1/2
- Screamers (Something Waits in the Dark) / Italy, USA / Miller Drake, Sergio Martino / 1/2
- Stage Fright (Nightmares) / Australia / John D. Lamond / 1/2
- Terror Train / Canada / Roger Spottiswoode / 
- Thirteenth Reunion, The ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Peter Sasdy / 
- To All a Good Night / USA / David Hess / 1/2
- Toxic Zombies (Blood Butchers; Bloodeaters) / USA / Charles McCrann / 1/2
- Two Faces of Evil, The ("Hammer House of Horror" series) / UK [TV] / Alan Gibson / 
- Unseen, The / USA / Danny Steinmann / 1/2
- Vacation for a Massacre (Vacanze per un massacro) / Italy / Fernando Di Leo / 
- We're Going to Eat You (Di yu wu men) / Hong Kong / Hark Tsui / 
- White Cannibal Queen (Mondo cannibale) / France, Italy, Spain / Jesus Franco / 
- Without Warning / USA / Greydon Clark / 1/2
- Zombie Holocaust (Dr. Butcher, M.D.) / Italy / Marino Girolami / 
- Zoom In: Rape Apartments (Zûmu in: Bôkô danchi) / Japan / Naosuke Kurosawa / 1/2

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