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 1988


Overview coming soon.
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1988
Top 5
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USA / Frank Henenlotter / ★★1/2
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2. Beetlejuice
USA / Tim Burton / ★★1/2
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(The Twelve Months of the Summer)
Sweden [TV] / Richard Hobert / ★★1/2
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Argentina, UK / Martin Donovan / ★★1/2
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5. Pin
Canada / Sandor Stern / ★★1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Vanishing, The (Spoorloos) / France, Netherlands / George Sluizer / ★★
7. Night of the Demons / USA / Kevin S. Tenney / ★★
8. Guinea Pig: Mermaid in the Manhole (Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo) / Japan / Hideshi Hino / ★★
9. Men Behind the Sun (Hei tai yang 731) / China, Hong Kong / Tun Fei Mou / ★★
10. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers / USA / Fred Olen Ray / ★★

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Also seen
:

- Alice
(Neco z Alenky) / Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, West Germany / Jan Svankmajer / ★★1/2
- American Gothic / Canada, UK / John Hough / ★★
- American Scream, The / USA / Mitchell Linden /
- Bad Dreams / USA / Andrew Fleming /
- Black Roses / Canada, USA / John Fasano /
- Blob, The / USA / Chuck Russell / ★★
- Blood Delirium (Delirio di sangue) / Italy / Sergio Bergonzelli / ★★
- Blood Relations / Canada, USA / Graeme Campbell / ★★1/2
- Blood Screams (The Bloody Monks) / Mexico, USA / Glenn Gebhard /
- Brainsucker, The (Brain Sucker) / USA [SOV] / Herb Robins / NO STARS!
- Butts Motel / USA [SOV] [X] / Scotty Fox /
- Cameron's Closet / UK, USA / Armand Mastroianni /
- Carrier, The / USA / Nathan J. White / ★★
- Cellar Dweller / USA / John Carl Buechler / ★★
- Cheerleader Camp (Bloody Pom Poms) / USA / John Quinn /
- Child's Play / USA / Tom Holland / ★★
- Critters 2 (Critters 2: The Main Course) / USA / Mick Garris / ★★
- Dawn of an Evil Millennium / USA [short] / Damon Packard / ★★
- Deadly Dreams / USA / Kristine Peterson / ★★
- Dead Mate (Grave Robbers) / USA / Straw Weisman /
- Dead Ringers / Canada, USA / David Cronenberg / ★★
- Death by Dialogue (Evil Nightmare) / USA / Thomas Dewier / 1/2
- Death Faces (Dying: Last Seconds of Life) / UK [doc] / Countess Victoria Bloodhart /
- Death Nurse 2 / USA [SOV] / Nick Millard /
- Death Row Diner / USA [SOV] / B. Dennis Wood /
Demonwarp (Demon Warp; Transmutation) / USA / Emmett Alston / ★★1/2
- Destroyer (The Edison Effect; Shadow of Death) / USA / Robert Kirk / ★★1/2
- Devil Sorcery (Ban xian jiang) / Hong Kong / Do Gong-Yue /
- Dial: Help (Love Threat; Minaccia d'amore) / Italy / Ruggero Deodato /
- Diamond Ninja Force (Ghost Ninja) / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Godfrey Ho /
- Don't Panic (Dimensiones ocultas) / Mexico / Rubén Galindo Jr. / 1/2
- Edge of the Axe (Al filo del hacha) / Spain, USA / José Ramón Larraz / ★★
- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark / USA / James Signorelli / ★★
- Evil Clutch (Il bosco 1; Horror Queen) / Italy / Andreas Marfori / ★★
- Evil Dead Trap (Shiryô no wana) / Japan / Toshiharu Ikeda / ★★1/2
- Fair Game (Mamba) / Italy / Mario Orfini /
- Fatal Pulse / USA / Anthony J. Christopher / 1/2
- 555 / USA [SOV] / Wally Koz /
- Flesh Eating Mothers / USA / James Aviles Martin / ★★1/2
- Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood / USA / John Carl Buechler / ★★1/2
- Fright Night Part 2 / USA / Tommy Lee Wallace /
- Ghostess with the Mostess, The / USA [SOV] [X] / Alex de Renzy / ★★
Ghoulies II / USA / Albert Band /
- Grotesque / USA / Joe Tornatore /
- Hackers, The / USA [SOV] / John Duncan / ★★
- Hack-O'Lantern (Halloween Night) / USA / Jag Mundhra / ★★
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers / USA / Dwight H. Little / ★★
- Haunted Cop Shop II, The (Meng gui xue tang) / Hong Kong / Jeffrey Lau / ★★
- Headhunter / South Africa, USA / Francis Schaeffer / ★★
- Heart of Midnight / USA / Matthew Chapman / ★★
- Hellbound: Hellraiser II / UK, USA / Tony Randel / ★★1/2
- Hollow Gate (Hollowgate) / USA / Ray Di Zazzo / ★★
- Hollywood's New Blood / USA / James Shyman /
- Howling IV: The Original Nightmare / South AfricaUK / John Hough / 1/2
- Invisible Kid, The / USA / Avery Crounse /
- Iced (Blizzard of Blood) / USA / Jeff Kwitny /
- I Saw What You Did / USA [TV] / Fred Walton /
- Jack's Back / USA / Rowdy Herrington /
- Judgement Day (The Third Hand) / Philippines, USA / Ferde Grofé, Jr. /
- Jungle Heat (Rimba panas) / Indonesia / Ratno Timoer /
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space / USA / Stephen Chiodo / ★★
- Kiss, The / Canada, USA / Pen Densham / ★★
- Lair of the White Worm, The / UK / Ken Russell / ★★1/2
- Last Slumber Party, The / USA / Stephen Tyler /
- Lurkers / USA / Roberta Findlay / ★★
Mask of Murder (The Investigator) / Canada, Sweden / Arne Mattsson / 
- Miss Magic (Lady Vampire; Ling huan xiao jie) / Hong Kong / Fung Hak-On / ★★
- Mr. Vampire Saga 4 (Jiang shi shu shu) / Hong Kong / Ricky Lau / ★★1/2
- Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear / USA / George A. Romero / ★★
Moonlight Sonata, The (Kuutamosonaatti) / Finland / Olli Soinio / 
- Murder Secret, The (Non aver paura della zia Marta) / Italy / Mario Bianchi / ★★
- Nest, The / USA / Terence H. Winkless / ★★1/2
- Newlydeads, The / USA / Joseph Merhi /
- Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A / USA / Renny Harlin / ★★1/2
- Nightmare on Porn Street / USA [X] / Scotty Fox /
- Nightmare Sisters (Sorority Succubus Sisters) / USA / David DeCoteau / ★★1/2
- Night of the Sharks (La notte degli squali) / Italy / Tonino Ricci /
- Night Wars / USA / David A. Prior /
- 976-EVIL / USA / Robert Englund / ★★
- Nosferatu in Venice (Nosferatu a Venezia; Vampire in Venice) / Italy / Mario Caiano, Augusto Caminito, Luigi Cozzi, Klaus Kinski, Maurizio Lucidi /
- Not of This Earth / USA / Jim Wynorski / ★★1/2
Out of the Dark / USA / Michael Schroeder / ★★
- Paperhouse / UK / Bernard Rose / ★★
- Party Line / USA / William Webb /
- Phantasm II / USA / Don Coscarelli / ★★1/2
- Phantom Brother / USA / William Szarka / 1/2
- Phantom of Death (Un delitto poco comune) / Italy / Ruggero Deodato / ★★1/2
- Poltergeist III / USA / Gary Sherman / 1/2
- Prime Evil / USA / Roberta Findlay / ★★
- Prince of Terror, The (Il maestro del terrore) / Italy [TV] / Lamberto Bava / ★★1/2
- Pulse / USA / Paul Golding /
- Pumpkinhead (Vengeance: The Demon) / USA / Stan Winston / ★★1/2
- Rabid Grannies (Les mémés cannibales) / Belgium, France, Netherlands / Emmanuel Kervyn / 1/2
- Rat Man (Quella villa in fondo al parco) / Italy / Giuliano Carnimeo / 1/2
- Red Monks, The (I frati rossi) / Italy / Gianni Martucci / 1/2
- Rejuvenator, The (Rejuvenatrix) / USA / Brian Thomas Jones / ★★
- Remote Control / USA / Jeff Lieberman / ★★1/2
- Resurrection of Michael Myers, Part 2, The / Sweden [short] / Richard Holm, Henrik Wadling /
- Return of the Killer Tomatoes! / USA / John De Bello /
- Return of the Living Dead Part II / USA / Ken Wiederhorn / ★★
- Revenge of the Living Zombies (Flesh Eater) / USA / S. William Hinzman / ★★
- Re-Wind (Abunômaru: Ingyaku; Celluloid Nightmares) / Japan / Hisayasu Satô / ★★
- Robo Vampire / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Godfrey Ho /
- Scarecrows / USA / William Wesley / ★★1/2
- Scorpion Thunderbolt (Snake) / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Godfrey Ho, Cheng-Ying Lai /
- Serpent and the Rainbow, The / USA / Wes Craven / ★★
- Shadows of Blood / Netherlands / Sydney Ling / SBIG
- Slaughterhouse Rock / USA / Dimitri Logothetis / 1/2
- Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers / USA / Michael A. Simpson / ★★1/2
- Slime City / USA / Greg Lamberson / ★★
- Slugs: The Movie (Slugs, muerte viscosa) / Spain, USA / Juan Piquer Simón / ★★1/2
- Someone's Watching Me (Biri beni gözlüyor) / Turkey / Ömer Ugur / 
- Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (The Imp) / USA / David DeCoteau / ★★
- Spider Labyrinth, The (Il nido del ragno) / Italy / Gianfranco Giagni / ★★
- They Live / USA / John Carpenter / ★★
- Thunder of Gigantic Serpent (Terror Serpent) / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Godfrey Ho /
Tiyanak (GoblinMonster Baby) / Phillipines / Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes / ★★
- Touch of Death (Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / ★★
- Troma's War (Club War; 1,000 Ways to Die) / USA / Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman / ★★1/2
- Twice Dead / USA / Bert L. Dragin /
- Understudy: Graveyard Shift II, The / Canada / Gerard Ciccoritti /
- Undertaker, The / USA / Franco De Stefanino /
- Uninvited / USA / Greydon Clark /
- Unnamable, The / USA / Jean-Paul Ouellette /
- Vampire on Bikini Beach (Vampires on Bikini Beach) / USA / Jerry Brady /
- Vampires (Abadon) / USA / Len Anthony /
- Vicious (To Make a Killing; Wild Boys) / Australia / Karl Zwicky / ★★
- Watchers / USA / Jon Hess / ★★
- Waxwork / UK, USA, West Germany / Anthony Hickox / ★★
- Witchcraft / USA / Robert Spera / 1/2
- Witchery (La casa 4 (Witchcraft); Witchcraft) / Italy / Fabrizio Laurenti / ★★
- Woodchipper Massacre / USA / Jon McBride / 1/2
- Zombie 3 (Zombi 3; Zombie Flesh Eaters 2) / Italy / Claudio Fragasso, Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei /

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