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 1982


Overview coming soon.
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1982
Top 5
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USA / Frank Henenlotter / ★★1/2
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2. Litan
France / Jean-Pierre Mocky / ★★1/2
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3. Eating Raoul
USA / Paul Bartel / ★★1/2
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USA / William Asher / ★★1/2
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USA / John Carpenter / ★★

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Tenebre (Unsane) / Italy / Dario Argento / ★★
7. Poltergeist / USA / Tobe Hooper / ★★
8. Brimstone & Treacle / UK / Richard Loncraine / ★★
9. Q: The Winged Serpent / USA / Larry Cohen / ★★
10. Sender, The / UK / Roger Christian / ★★

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Also seen:

- Alone in the Dark / USA / Jack Sholder / ★★1/2
- Amityville II: The Possession / Italy, Mexico, USA / Damiano Damiani / 
- Android / USA / Aaron Lipstadt / ★★
- Beast Within, The / USA / Philippe Mora / 1/2
- Being Captured (Baby Sitter; Il nano erotico) / Italy / Alberto Cavallone / ★★
- Black Candles (Los ritos sexuales del diablo) / Spain / José Ramón Larraz / ★★
- Blood Link (Extrasensorial; The Link) / Italy, USA, West Germany / Alberto De Martino / ★★1/2
- Blood Song (Dream Slayer) / USA / Alan J. Levi / 
- Boardinghouse (Housegeist) / USA / Johnn Wintergate / SBIG
- Boogeyman, The / USA [short] / Jeffrey C. Schiro /
- Caligula: The Untold Story (Caligola: La storia mai raccontata) / Italy / Joe D'Amato / 
- Cat People / USA / Paul Schrader /
Creepshow / USA / George A. Romero / ★★
- Curse of Evil (Xie zhou) / Hong Kong / Chih-Hung Kuei / ★★1/2
- Curse of the Screaming Dead, The / USA / Tony Malanowski / NO STARS!
- Deadly Eyes (The Rats) / Canada / Robert Clouse /
- Demon Rage (Fury of the Succubus; Satan's Mistress) / USA / James Polakof /
- Devil Returns (Jing hun feng yu ye) / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Richard Chen /
- Entity, The / USA / Sidney J. Furie / ★★
Exposed to Danger (Leng yan sha ji) / Hong KongTaiwan / Chia-Yun Yang / ★★1/2
- Fair Game (Desolation Angels) / Australia / Christopher Fitchett / ★★1/2
- Fall of the House of Usher, The (Zánik domu Usheru) / Czechoslovakia [short] / Jan Svankmajer /
- Friday the 13th Part III / USA / Steve Miner / ★★
- Girls Nite Out / USA / Robert Deubel / 
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch / USA / Tommy Lee Wallace / ★★1/2
- Hell Has No Boundary (Mo jie) / Hong Kong / Richard Yeung Kuen / ★★1/2
- Island of Blood (Scared Alive; Whodunit?) / USA / William T. Naud / 
- It Came from Hollywood / USA [compilation] / Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt / 1/2
- Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again / USA / Jerry Belson / ★★
- Last Horror Film, The (Fanatic; Fanatical Extreme) / USA / David Winters / 
- Madman (Madman Marz) / USA / Joe Giannone / 1/2
- Manhattan Baby (Eye of the Evil Dead; Il malocchio) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / 
- Midnight (Backwoods Massacre) / USA / John A. Russo / 
- New York Ripper, The (Lo squartatore di New York) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / ★★
- Night Beast (Nightbeast; Terror from the Unknown) / USA / Don Dohler /
Oasis of the Zombies (La tumba de los muertos vivientes) / France, SpainJesus Franco / 
- Pandemonium (Tuesday the 12th) / USA / Alfred Sole /
- Panic (Bakterion; Monster of Blood) / Italy, Spain / Tonino Ricci / 
- Parasite / USA / Charles Band / 
- Pieces (Mil gritos tiene la noche) / Italy, Puerto Rico, Spain, USA / Juan Piquer Simón / SBIG
- Psychophobia (El ser; The Being) / Spain / Sebastián D'Arbó / ★★1/2
- Reincarnation of Sex, The (A Reencarnação do Sexo) / Brazil / Luiz Castellini / ★★
- Scorpion with Two Tails (Assassinio al cimitero etrusco) / France, Italy / Sergio Martino / 1/2
- Seduction, The / USA / David Schmoeller / 1/2
Sheriff's Strange Son, The (El extraño hijo del Sheriff) / Mexico / Fernando Durán Roja / ★★
- Slayer, The (Nightmare Island) / USA / J.S. Cardone / ★★1/2
Slumber Party Massacre, The / USA / Amy Jones / ★★
- Snake Queen, The (Nyi blorong) / Indonesia, Japan / Sisworo Gautama Putra / ★★
- Straight Jacket (Dark Sanity) / USA / Martin Green / 1/2
- Superstition (The House of Mary; The Witch) / Canada / James W. Roberson / 1/2
- Swamp Thing / USA / Wes Craven / 
- Vincent / USA [short] / Tim Burton /
- Visiting Hours (The Fright; Get Well Soon) / Canada / Jean-Claude Lord /
- Xtro / UK, USA / Harry Bromley Davenport / ★★1/2

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