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 1984


Overview coming soon.

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1984
Top 5
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1. The Company of Wolves
UK / Neil Jordan / ★★1/2
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USA / Joe Dante / ★★1/2
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3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
USA / Wes Craven / ★★
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4. Purana Mandir (The Old Temple)
India / Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay / ★★
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USA / Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman / ★★

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Ghostbusters / USA / Ivan Reitman / ★★
7. Deadline / Canada / Mario Azzopardi / ★★
8. Death Wish Club, The (Carnival of Fools; Gretta) / USA / John Carr / ★★
9. Enchanted, The / USA / Carter Lord / ★★
10. Possessed II (Yan gui fa kuang) / Hong Kong / David Lai / ★★1/2

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Also seen:

- Bloodbath at the House of Death / UK / Ray Cameron / ★★
- Body Double / USA / Brian De Palma / ★★1/2
- Carnage / USA / Andy Milligan / 
- Children of the Corn / USA / Fritz Kiersch / 1/2
- C.H.U.D. / USA / Douglas Cheek / 1/2
- Combat Shock (American Nightmare) / USA / Buddy Giovinazzo / ★★1/2
- Crazy Monk, The (El monje loco; The Mad Monk) / Mexico / Julio Aldama / ★★
- Day of the Reaper / USA / Tim Ritter / NO STARS!
- Death of the Jackal, The (La muerte del chacal) / Mexico / Pedro Galindo III / ★★
- Death Warmed Up (Death Warmed Over) / Australia, New Zealand / David Blyth / ★★
- Devilfish (Monster Shark; Shark: Rosso nell'oceano) / France, Italy / Lamberto Bava / ★★
- Devil's Gift, The / USA / Kenneth J. Berton / 
- Don't Open Till Christmas / UK / Derek Ford, Edmund Purdom and Ray Selfe / 1/2
- Driller / USA [X] / Joyce James / 
- Fatal Games (The Killing Touch, Olympic Nightmare) / USA / Michael Elliot / 1/2
- Firestarter / USA / Mark L. Lester / ★★
- Fleshburn (Fear in a Handful of Dust) / USA / George Gage / ★★
- Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie / Mexico, UK, USA / Myron J. Gold / NO STARS!
- Frankenweenie / USA [short] / Tim Burton / ★★
- Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter / USA / Joseph Zito / ★★1/2
- Game, The (The Cold) / USA / Bill Rebane / ★★
- Ghoulies / USA / Luca Bercovici / 1/2
- Hills Have Eyes, Part II, The / USA / Wes Craven / 
- Hocus Pocus (Hogus Pogus; Ren xia gui) / Hong Kong / Yuet Sang Chin / ★★
- Horror Heaven / West Germany / Jörg Buttgereit / 1/2
- Initiation, The / USA / Larry Stewart / ★★
- Invitation to Hell / USA [TV] / Wes Craven / ★★1/2
- Making of a Horror Film, The / UK / Director Unknown / ★★
- Movie House Massacre (Blood Theater) / USA / Rick Sloane / 
- Murderock (Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / ★★
Night of the Comet / USA / Thom Eberhardt / ★★1/2
Ninja III: The Domination / USA / Sam Firstenberg / ★★
Pit, the Pendulum and Hope, The (Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje) / Czechoslovakia [animated short] / Jan Svankmajer / ★★1/2
- Prey, The / USA / Edwin Scott Brown / 1/2
- Scream for Help / USA / Michael Winner / SBIG
- Sea Serpent, The (Serpiente de mar) / Spain / Amando de Ossorio / SBIG
- Shock: Evil Entertainment (Shock: Diversão Diabólica) / Brazil / Jair Correia / 1/2
- Silent Madness (Beautiful Screamers; The Nightkillers) / USA / Simon Nuchtern / 1/2
- Silent Night, Deadly Night / USA / Charles E. Sellier Jr. / ★★1/2
- Splatter University / USA / Richard W. Haines / 1/2
- Surrogate, The (Blind Rage; Schizophrenia) / Canada / Don Carmody / ★★1/2
- Terminator, The / UK, USA / James Cameron / 1/2
- Terror in the Aisles (Time for Terror) / USA [documentary] / Andrew J. Kuehn / ★★
Terror, Sex and Witchcraft (Terror, sexo y brujería) / Mexico / Rafael Portillo / SBIG
- They're Playing with Fire / USA / Howard Avedis / 1/2
- Wild Beasts (Wild beasts - Belve feroci) / Italy / Franco Prosperi / ★★
- Zombie Island Massacre / USA / John N. Carter / ★★

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