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 1987


Overview coming soon.
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1987
Top 5
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1. Tras el cristal (In a Glass Cage)
Spain / Agustí Villaronga / 1/2
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UK / Clive Barker / 1/2
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3. Opera (Terror at the Opera)
Italy / Dario Argento / 1/2
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4. Evil Dead II
USA / Sam Raimi / 1/2
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5. Vec vidjeno (Deja vu; Reflections)
UK, Yugoslavia / Goran Markovic / 1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Wolf's Hole (Vlci bouda; Wolf's Lair) / Czechoslovakia / Vera Chytilová / 1/2
7. Heartbeat 100 (Xin tiao yi bai) / Hong Kong / Kent Cheng, Kin Lo / 1/2
8. Stepfather, The / CanadaUKUSA / Joseph Ruben / 
9. Anguish (Angustia) / Spain / Bigas Luna / 
10. Deranged / USA / Chuck Vincent / 

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Also seen:

Adoration / Belgium, France [short] / Olivier Smolders / 1/2
- Aenigma / Italy, Yugoslavia / Lucio Fulci / 1/2
- American Gothic / Canada, UK / John Hough / 
- Backwoods (Geek) / USA / Dean Crow / 
- Bad Taste / New Zealand / Peter Jackson / 1/2
- Bates Motel / USA [TV] / Richard Rothstein / 
- Beaks: The Movie (El ataque de los pájaros) / Mexico, Spain / René Cardona Jr. / 1/2
- Berserker (The Nordic Curse) / USA / Jef Richard / 1/2
- Black Widow / USA / Bob Rafelson / 1/2
- Blood Diner / USA / Jackie Kong / 1/2
- Blood Harvest / USA / Bill Rebane / 
- Blood Lake / USA / Tim Boggs / NO STARS!
- Blood Rage (Nightmare at Shadow Woods) / USA / John Grissmer / 
- Blood Sisters / USA / Roberta Findlay / 1/2
- Bloody Movie (Terror Night) / USA / Nick Marino / 1/2
- Bloody New Year (Time Warp Terror) / UK / Norman J. Warren / 1/2
- Cannibal Hookers (I Will Dance on Your Grave: Cannibal Hookers) / USA / Donald Farmer /
- Corpse Master (Jiang shi shao ye) / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Bing-chi Liu /
- Crazy Fat Ethel II (Criminally Insane 2) / USA / Nick Millard / 
- Creepozoids / USA / David DeCoteau / 
- Creepshow 2 / USA / Michael Gornick / 
- Creepy Classics / USA [documentary] / Pamela Page / 
- Cross of the Seven Jewels (La croce dalle sette pietre) / Italy / Marco Antonio Andolfi / 
- Crowley / Uruguay / Ricardo Islas / 1/2
- Curse, The (The Farm) / Italy, USA / David Keith / 
- Deadly Love / USA / Michael O'Rourke /
- Deadly Possession (Coda; Symphony of Evil) / Australia [TV] / Craig Lahiff / 
- Dead of Winter / USA / Arthur Penn / 
- Death Nurse / USA / Nick Millard / 
- Demon of Paradise / Philippines, USA / Cirio H. Santiago /
- Devil Dynamite (Devil's Dynamite) / Hong Kong / "Joe Livingstone" /
- Doctor Bloodbath (Butcher Knife) / USA / Nick Millard / 
- Dolls / USA / Stuart Gordon / 1/2
- Drive-In Madness (Screen Scaries) / USA [documentary] / Tim Ferrante / 
- Evil Spawn (Deadly Sting) / USA / Kenneth J. Hall, Fred Olen Ray / 
- Evil Town / USA / Curtis Hanson, Mardi Rustam, Larry Spiegel, Larry S. Traynor / 
- Faceless (Les prédateurs de la nuit) / France, Spain / Jesus Franco / 
- Fatal Attraction / USA / Adrian Lyne / 
- Flowers in the Attic / USA / Jeffrey Bloom / 1/2
- Forever Evil / USA / Roger Evans /
- Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning / USA [X] / Fred J. Lincoln / 
- Gate, The / Canada, USA / Tibor Takács / 
- Ghost's Lover (Ge shi gui jian qing) / Hong Kong / Richard Yeung Kuen / 
- Graveyard Disturbance (Brivido giallo: Una notte al cimitero) / Italy [TV] / Lamberto Bava / 
- Graveyard Shift (Central Park Drifter) / Canada / Gerard Ciccoritti /
- Harpies (Arpie) / Italy [short] / Fabio Salerno /
Haunted Cop Shop, The (Meng gui cha guan) / Hong Kong / Jeffrey Lau /  1/2
- Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II / Canada / Bruce Pittman / 
Hidden, The / USA / Jack Sholder / 
- House II: The Second Story / USA / Ethan Wiley / 
- Howling III: The Marsupials (The Marsupials) / Australia / Philippe Mora / 
- Howl of the Devil (El aullido del diablo) / Spain / Paul Naschy / 
- Hunter's Blood / USA / Robert C. Hughes /
- It's Alive III: Island of the Alive / USA / Larry Cohen / 1/2
- Jaws: The Revenge / USA / Joseph Sargent /
- Jokers Playing Games / Hong Kong / Kong Yeung, Yeung Tong-Mei / 
- Killer Workout (Aerobi-cide; Aerobic Killer) / USA / David A. Prior / SBIG
- Kindred, The / USA / Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow / 
- Lost Boys, The / USA / Joel Schumacher / 1/2
- Lunch Meat (Lunchmeat) / USA / Kirk Alex / 
- Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell / USA [compilation] / Jim Monaco /
Majorettes, The (American Killer; One by One) / USA / S. William Hinzman /
- Masterblaster / USA / Glenn R. Wilder /
- Mind Killer (The Brain Creatures; Mindkiller) / USA / Michael Krueger / 
- Mr. Vampire III (Ling huan xian sheng) / Hong Kong / Ricky Lau / 
- Monster Squad, The / USA / Fred Dekker /
- Moon in Scorpio / USA / Gary Graver / 
- Munchies / USA / Bettina Hirsch /
- Mutilations / USA / Lawrence Thomas / 1/2
My Best Friend is a Vampire (I Was a Teenage Vampire) / USA / Jimmy Huston / 
- My Demon Lover / USA / Charles Loventhal /
- Near Dark / USA / Kathryn Bigelow / 
- Nekromantik / West Germany / Jörg Buttgereit / 
- Nightflyers / USA / Robert Collector / 
- Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A / USA / Chuck Russell / 
- Night of the Living Babes / USA / Jon Valentine / 
- Night Screams / USA / Allen Plone / 
- Night Visitors / USA / David Fulk / 
- Offspring, The (From a Whisper to a Scream) / USA / Jeff Burr / 1/2
- Open House / USA / Jag Mundhra / 1/2
- Possession: Until Death Do You Part / Canada / Michael Mazo and Lloyd A. Simandl / 
Predator / USA / John McTiernan / 
- Primal Scream / USA / William Murray / 
- Prince of Darkness / USA / John Carpenter /
- Prison / USA / Renny Harlin / 
- Psychos in Love / USA / Gorman Bechard /
- Rest in Pieces (Descanse en piezas) / Spain, USA / José Ramón Larraz /
- Resurrection of Michael Myers, The (Beckman, Holm, Wadling)
- Retribution / USA / Guy Magar / 1/2
- Return of the Demon (Mo gao yi zhang) / Hong Kong / Wong Ying / 1/2
- Return to Horror High / USA / Bill Froehlich /
- Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (La revanche des mortes vivantes) / France / Pierre B. Reinhard / 1/2
- Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (Arch Angel; The Edge of Hell) / Canada / John Fasano / SBIG
- Scared Stiff / USA / Richard Friedman / 
- Sexandroide / France / Michel Ricaud / 
- Shallow Grave / USA / Richard Styles / 
- Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 / USA / Lee Harry / SBIG
- Slaughterhouse (Pig Farm Massacre) / USA / Rick Roessler / 1/2
- Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity / USA / Ken Dixon /
- Slumber Party Massacre II / USA / Deborah Brock / 
- Splatter Farm / USA / John Polonia, Mark Polonia and Todd Smith / 
- Stage Fright (Aquarius; Bloody Bird; Deliria) / Italy / Michele Soavi / 1/2
- Stay Awake, The / South Africa / John Bernard / NO STARS!
- Stepford Children, The / USA [TV] / Alan J. Levi / 
- Street Trash / USA / Jim Muro / 1/2
- Stripped to Kill / USA / Katt Shea / 
- Surf Nazis Must Die / USA / Peter George / 
- Teen Wolf Too / USA / Christopher Leitch / NO STARS!
To Kill a Stranger (Secuestrada; Trampa nocturna) / MexicoJuan López Moctezuma / 1/2
- Twisted Nightmare / USA / Paul Hunt /
Until Death ("Brividio giallo" series; Per sempre) / Italy [TV] / Lamberto Bava / 1/2
- Venus Flytrap / USA / T. Michael /
- Vampire's Breakfast (Ling chen wan can) / Hong Kong / Chung Wang / 
- Video Dead, The / USA / Robert Scott / 
- Video Violence / USA / Gary Cohen / 1/2
- Video Violence Part 2 / USA / Gary Cohen / 
- Vincent Price: The Sinister Image / USA [documentary] / Stanley Sheff / 
- Wicked, The (Outback Vampires) / Australia / Colin Eggleston / 
- Zombie Death House (Death House) / USA / John Saxon / 
- Zombie Nightmare / Canada / John Fasano /

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