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.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Top Ten for 1985


Overview coming soon.
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1985
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. The Return of the Living Dead
USA / Dan O'Bannon / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Phenomena (Creepers)
Italy / Dario Argento / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
3. Re-Animator
USA / Stuart Gordon / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
4. Geung si sin sang (Mr. Vampire)
Hong Kong / Ricky Lau / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
5. Day of the Dead
USA / George A. Romero / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Fright Night / USA / Tom Holland / 
7. Cemetery of Terror (Cementerio del terror) / Mexico / Rubén Galindo Jr. / 
8. Quiet Earth, The / New Zealand / Geoff Murphy / 
9. Confessions of a Serial Killer / USA / Mark Blair / 
10. Midnight Hour, The (In the Midnight Hour) / USA [TV] / Jack Bender / 

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Also seen:

- Alien Predator (Alien Predators; Cosmos Mortal) / Spain, USA / Deran Sarafian / 1/2
- Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (Schiave bianche - Violenza in Amazzonia) / Italy / Mario Gariazzo / 1/2
- Attack of the Beast Creatures (Hell Island) / USA / Michael Stanley / 1/2
- Bad Seed, The / USA [TV] / Paul Wendkos / 1/2
- Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues / USA / Charles B. Pierce / 1/2
- Bride, The / UK, USA / Franc Roddam / 1/2
- Brutal Storm (Vahset Kasirgasi) / Turkey / Kadir Akgün / SBIG
- Cat's Eye / USA / Lewis Teague / 1/2
- Creature (Titan Find) / USA / William Malone / 
- Cut and Run (Inferno in diretta) / Italy / Ruggero Deodato / 
- Dario Argento's World of Horror (Il mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento) / Italy [doc] / Michele Soavi / 
- Dark Power, The / USA / Phil Smoot / 1/2
- Def-con 4 (Defense Condition 4) / Canada / Paul Donovan / 
- Demons (Dèmoni) / Italy / Lamberto Bava / 1/2
- Document of the Dead / USA [doc] / Roy Frumkes / 
- Don't Mess With My Sister (American Junkyard) / USA / Meir Zarchi / 1/2
Eternal Evil (The Blue Man) / Canada / George Mihalka / 1/2
- Evils of the Night / USA / Mardi Rustam / 
- Faces of Death III / USA [doc] / John Alan Schwartz / 
- Fogbrook Thing, The (The Berko Brothers) / Australia [short] / Mark Osborn / 
- Formula for a Murder (7, Hyden Park: la casa maledetta) / Italy / Alberto De Martino / 1/2
- Fortress / Australia [TV] / Arch Nicholson / 
- Friday the 13th: A New Beginning / USA / Danny Steinmann / 1/2
- Fright Show (Cinemagic: Fright Show) / USA / Jeffrey Baker, Frank Kerr, Jon Mostow, Damon Santostefano and Richard Taylor) / 
- Gakidama (The Demon Within; The Tasty Flesh) / Japan / Masayoshi Sukita / 1/2
- Galaxy Invader, The / USA / Don Dohler / 1/2
- Greedy Terror (Shock Chamber) / Canada [TV] / Steve DiMarco / 1/2
- Guinea Pig: Flowers of Flesh and Blood (Ginî piggu 2: Chiniku no hana) / Japan / Hideshi Hino / 
- Hard Rock Zombies / USA / Krishna Shah / 1/2
- Horror House on Highway Five (Horror House on Highway 5) / USA / Richard Casey / 
- Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf / UK, USA / Philippe Mora / 1/2
- Igor and the Lunatics (Bloodshed) / USA / Billy Parolini / 
- Junior (A Cut Above) / Canada, USA / Jim Hanley / 
- Lifeforce (Space Intruders; Space Vampires) / UK, USA / Tobe Hooper / 
- Mansion of the Living Dead (La mansión de los muertos vivientes) / Spain / Jesus Franco / 
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (Nudo e selvaggio) / BrazilItaly / Michele Massimo Tarantini / 
- Murderlust (Mass Murder) / USA / Donald M. Jones / 1/2
- Mutilator, The (Fall Break) / USA / Buddy Cooper / 1/2
- New Kids, The / USA / Sean S. Cunningham / 
- New York Centerfold Massacre, The / USA / Louis Ferriol /
- Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge / USA / Jack Sholder / 1/2
- Night Train to Terror / USA / John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen and Gregg C. Tallas / SBIG
- Nothing Underneath (Sotto il vestito niente) / Italy / Carlo Vanzina / 
- Revenge of the Teenage Vixens from Outer Space / USA / Jeff A. Ferrell / 1/2
- Ripper, The / USA / Christopher Lewis / 
- Savage Island / Italy, Spain, USA / Edoardo Mulgaria, Ted Nicolaou / 1/2
- Silver Bullet / USA / Daniel Attias / 1/2
- Strangeness, The / USA / Melanie Anne Phillips / 
- Strange Regression (Extraña Regresión) / Colombia / Jairo Pinilla Téllez / 1/2
- Stuff, The / USA / Larry Cohen / 1/2
- Survival Earth (Survival 1990) / Canada [TV] / Peter McCubbin / 1/2
- Teen Wolf / USA / Rod Daniel / 1/2
- Tenderloin (Haven of Horror) / USA / Louis Ferriol / 
- Tenement (Game of Survival) / USA / Roberta Findlay / 1/2
- Ten Little Maidens (Ten Lil' Maidens) / USA / John Seeman / 1/2
- Terror on Tape / USA / Robert A. Worms III / 
- Thirteenth Day of Christmas, The ("Time for Murder" series) / UK / Patrick Lau / 1/2
- Transmutations (Underworld) / UK / George Pavlou / 1/2
- Transylvania 6-5000 / USA, Yugoslavia / Rudy De Luca / 
- Treasure of the Amazon, The (El tesoro del Amazonas) / Mexico, USA / René Cardona, Jr. / 
- Victims! / USA / Jeff Hathcock / 1/2
- Warning Sign / USA / Hal Barwood / 
- White Jungle Slave (La esclava blanca) / Spain / Jesus Franco / 

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