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 1986



Overview coming soon.
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1986
Top 5
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1. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
USA / John McNaughton / 
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Aliens
UKUSA / James Cameron / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
3. Little Shop of Horrors
USA / Frank Oz / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
4. The Fly
Canada, UK, USA / David Cronenberg / 
* * * * * * * * * *
5. From Beyond
USA / Stuart Gordon / 

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Witchboard / USA / Kevin S. Tenney / 
7. Hitcher, The / USA / Robert Harmon / 
8. Night of the Creeps / USA / Fred Dekker / 
9. Dark of the Night (Mr. Wrong) / New Zealand / Gaylene Preston / 
10. Spooky Spooky (Gui meng jiao) / Hong Kong / Sammo Hung and Wei Don Lo / 

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Also seen:

- Abomination, The / USA / Bret McCormick / 
April Fool's Day / USA / Fred Walton / 
- Bad Girls Dormitory / USA / Tim Kincaid / SBIG
- Blood Hook / USA / Jim Mallon / 
- Blue Velvet / USA / David Lynch / 
- Body Count (Camping del terrore) / Italy, USA / Ruggero Deodato / 1/2
- Body Count (Bodycount) / Canada [TV] / Lionel Shenken / 1/2
- Breeders / USA / Tim Kincaid / 1/2
- Cassandra / Australia / Colin Eggleston / 
- Chopping Mall (Killbots) / USA / Jim Wynorski / 1/2
- Class of Nuke 'em High / USA / Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman / 1/2
- Crawlspace / Italy, USA / David Schmoeller / 
- Critters / USA / Stephen Herek / 1/2
- Deadly Friend / USA / Wes Craven / 
- Deadtime Stories (Freaky Fairy Tales) / USA / Jeffrey Delman / 1/2
- Deliberate Stranger, The / USA [TV] / Marvin J. Chomsky / 
- Demented Death Farm Massacre... The Movie / USA / Donn Davison and Fred Olen Ray / 
- Demon Queen / USA / Donald Farmer / 
- Demons 2 (Dèmoni 2... l'incubo ritorna) / Italy / Lamberto Bava / 1/2
- Double Heat / USA [X] / David Michel / 
- Dreamaniac / USA / David DeCoteau / 1/2
- Entrails of a Beautiful Woman (Bijo no harawata) / Japan / Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu / 
- Entrails of a Virgin (Shojo no harawata) / Japan / Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu / 1/2
- Escape from Coral Cove (Tiu chut san woo hoi) / Hong Kong / Terrance Cheung Ga-Jan / 
- Escape from the Insane Asylum (Night of Terror) / USA / Felix Girard / NO STARS!
- Escapes / USA / David Steensland / 1/2
- Evil in the Woods / USA / William J. Oates / 1/2
- Evil Laugh / USA / Dominick Brascia / 1/2
- Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives / USA / Tom McLoughlin / 
- Goremet: Zombie Chef from Hell / USA / Don Swan / 
- Gothic / UK / Ken Russell / 
- Guinea Pig: He Never Dies (Ginî piggu 3: Senritsu! Shinanai otoko) / Japan / Masayuki Kusumi /  
- Guzoo (Guzoo: Kami ni misuterareshi mono - Part I) / Japan / Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu / 
- Haunted Honeymoon / USA / Gene Wilder / 
- Horrible Horror / USA [doc] / David Bergman / 1/2
- House / USA / Steve Miner / 1/2
- Hunter's Blood / USA / Robert C. Hughes / 
- In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro / Kenya, UK / Raju Patel / 1/2
- Invaders from Mars / USA / Tobe Hooper / 
- Killer Party (The April Fool) / USA / William Fruet / 
- King Kong Lives / USA / John Guillerman / 
- Magic of the Universe (Salamamgkero) / Philippines / Tata Esteban / 
- Mania / Canada / Paul Lynch, David M. Robertson and John Sheppard / 1/2
- Mark of Cain (Identity Crisis) / CanadaBruce Pittman / 1/2
- Maximum Overdrive / USA / Stephen King / 
- Midnight Horror (Midnight Killer; Morirai a mezzanotte) / Italy / Lamberto Bava / 
- Mr. Vampire II (Jiang shi jia zu: Jiang shi xian sheng xu ji) / Hong Kong / Ricky Lau / 
- Mountaintop Motel Massacre (Mountain Top Motel) / USA / Jim McCullough Sr. / 
- Neon Maniacs / USA / Joseph Mangine / 1/2
- Nightmare Weekend / France, UK, USA / Henry Sala / SBIG
- Night Ripper! / USA / Jeff Hathcock / 1/2
- Nomads / USA / John McTiernan / 
- Ozone! Attack of the Red Redneck Mutants / USA / Matt Devlen / 1/2
- Poltergeist II: The Other Side / USA / Brian Gibson / 1/2
- Psycho III / USA / Anthony Perkins / 1/2
- Rawhead Rex / Ireland, UK, USA / George Pavlou / 1/2
- Roller Blade / USA / Donald G. Jackson / SBIG
- Scream Greats, Vol. 1 / USA [doc] / Damon Santostefano / 1/2
- Scream Greats, Vol. 2 / USA [doc] / Damon Santostefano / 
- Screamtime / UK, USA / Michael Armstrong and Stanley A. Long / 1/2
- Seven Vampires, The (As Sete Vampiras) / Brazil / Ivan Cardoso / 
- Sex with a Stranger / USA [X] / Chris Monte / 
- Shadows Run Black / USA / Howard Heard / 
- Slaughter High / UK / George Dugdale, Mark Ezra and Peter Litten / 1/2
- Sorority House Massacre / USA / Carol Frank / 1/2
- Spookies / USA / Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner and Eugenie Joseph / 1/2
- Supernaturals, The / USA / Armand Mastroianni / 1/2
- Terror on Alcatraz / USA / Philip Marcus / 
- TerrorVision / USA / Ted Nicolaou / 
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2, The / USA / Tobe Hooper / 1/2
- Tomb, The / USA / Fred Olen Ray / 1/2
- Troll / Italy, USA / John Carl Buechler / 1/2
- Truth or Dare?... A Critical Madness / USA / Tim Ritter / 1/2
- Vamp / USA / Richard Wenk / 
- Vicious Lips (Lunar Madness; Pleasure Planet) / USA / Albert Pyun / 
- Wraith, The (Interceptor; Phantom) / Canada, USA / Mike Marvin / 
- Zero Boys, The / USA / Nico Mastorakis / 
- Zombiethon / USA [partial compilation] / Ken Dixon / 1/2

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