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 1989


I've written a thorough recap for 1989 but it's far too long to post right here, so let me now re-direct you to the full recap at 1989: THE YEAR IN HORROR.
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1989
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Santa sangre
Italy, Spain / Alejandro Jodorowsky / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Baxter
France / Jérôme Boivin / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
USA / Katt Shea / 1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
4. The Cook the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
France, UK / Peter Greenaway / 1/2
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5. 3615 code Père Noël (Dial Code Santa Claus)
France / René Manzor / 1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Sweet Home (Sûîto Homu) / Japan / Kiyoshi Kurosawa / 1/2
7. Society / USA / Brian Yuzna / 1/2
8. I, Madman (Hardcover) / USA / Tibor Takács / 
9. Vampire vs. Vampire (Yi mei dao ren) / Hong Kong / Ching-Ying Lam / 
10. Sounds of Silence / Sweden, USA / Peter Borg / 
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Also seen:

- After Midnight / USA / Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat / 1/2
- Alien from the Deep (Alien degli abissi) / Italy / Antonio Margheriti / 1/2
- Alien Space Avenger (Space Avenger) / USA / Richard W. Haines / 1/2
- Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes / USA [TV] / Sandor Stern / 1/2
- Arabella, the Black Angel (Arabella l'angelo nero) / Italy / Stelvio Massi / SBIG
- Bad Blood (A Woman Obsessed) / USA / Chuck Vincent / 
- Beware! Children at Play (Goblins) / USA / Mik Cribben / 
- Beyond the Door III (Amok Train) / Italy, USA, Yugoslavia / Jeff Kwitny / 
- Black Cat, The (Demons 6: De Profundis; Il gatto nero) / Italy / Luigi Cozzi / 
- Blades / USA / Thomas R. Rondinella / 
- Bloodbath in Psycho Town / USA / Alessandro De Gaetano / NO STARS!
- Blood Nasty / USA / Richard Gabai, Robert Strauss / 
- Bloody Video Horror That Made Me Puke on My Aunt Gertrude, The / USA [SOV] / Zachary Winston Snygg / NO STARS!
- Bride of Re-Animator (Re-Animator 2) / USA / Brian Yuzna / 
- 'burbs, The / USA / Joe Dante / 1/2
- Cemetery High (Hack 'em High) / USA / Gorman Bechard / 
- Chilling, The / USA / Deland Nuse, Jack A. Sunseri / 
- Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (Chrome Hearts) / USA / Dan Hoskins / 
- C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud / USA / David Irving / 1/2
- Church, The (La chiesa) / Italy / Michele Soavi / 1/2
Clownhouse / USA / Victor Salva / 
- CreepTales / USA / Tim Boxell, Stephen Hegyes, Ken Mandel, Greg Middleton, Roger Nygard, James Salisbury, Rod Slane / 
- Crime of Crimes (Death Clinic) / Mexico, USA / Alfredo Zacarías / SBIG
- Curse II: The Bite (The Bite) / Italy, Japan, USA / Frederico Prosperi / 1/2
- Cutting Class / USA / Rospo Pallenberg / 
Dead Calm / Australia / Phillip Noyce / 
- Deadly Embrace / USA / David DeCoteau / 1/2
- Dead Silence / USA [SOV] / Hugh Gallagher / 1/2
Death Spa (Witch Bitch) / USA / Michael Fischa / 
- Deepstar Six / USA / Sean S. Cunningham / 
- Demons 5: The Devil's Veil (La maschera del demonio) / France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, West Germany / Lamberto Bava / 1/2
- Dr. Alien (I Was a Teenage Sex Mutant) / USA / David DeCoteau / 1/2
Edge of Sanity / France, Hungary, UK, USA / Gérard Kikoïne / 
- Elves / USA / Jeffrey Mandel / SBIG
- Evil Below, The / South Africa, USA / Jean-Claude Dubois / 
- Family Reunion / USA / Michael Hawes / 
- Fatal Exposure (Mangled Alive) / USA [SOV] / Peter B. Good / 1/2
- Fatal Images / USA [SOV] / Dennis Devine / 1/2
- Flora / Czechoslovakia [short] / Jan Svankmajer / 1/2
- Fly II, The / USA / Chris Walas / 
- Friday the 13th Part 2: The Next Generation / USA [X] / Fred J. Lincoln / 1/2
- Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan / Canada, USA / Rob Hedden / 1/2
- Funny Ghost (Meng gui zhuang gui) / Hong Kong / Cheung-Yan Yuen / 1/2
- Ghostbusters II / USA / Ivan Reitman / 1/2
- Gorgon Video Magazine / USA [doc] / Stuart S. Shapiro and others / 
- Gorgon Video Magazine: Volume 2 / USA [doc] / Stuart S. Shapiro and others / 
- Gnaw: Food of the Gods II / Canada / Damian Lee / 1/2
- Grandmother's House (Grandma's House) / USA / Peter Rader / 1/2
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers / USA / Dominique Othenin-Girard / 
- Heavy Metal Massacre / USA [SOV] / Steven DeFalco, Ron Ottaviano / NO STARS!
- Hell High (Raging Fury) / USA / Douglas Grossman / 1/2
- Hider in the House / USA [TV] / Matthew Patrick / 
- Horror Show, The (House III: The Horror Show) / USA / James Isaac / 
- House of Clocks, The (La casa nel tempo) / Italy [TV] / Lucio Fulci / 
- House of Witchcraft, The (La casa del sortilegio) / Italy [TV] / Umberto Lenzi / 
- House on Tombstone Hill, The (Dead Dudes in the House) / USA / James Riffel / 1/2
- Howling V: The Rebirth / Hungary, UK / Neal Sundstrom / 
- Intruder (Night Crew: The Final Checkout) / USA / Scott Spiegel / 
- Killer Crocodile / Italy / Fabrizio De Angelis / 1/2
- Kitchen Sink / New Zealand [short] / Allison Maclean / 
- Lady Terminator (Pembalasan ratu pantai selatan) / Indonesia / H. Tjut Djalil / 
- Las Vegas Bloodbath / USA [SOV] / David Schwartz / NO STARS!
- Laughing Dead, The (Ritual Macabro; Sacrifices) / USA / Somtow Sucharitkul /
- Legend of the Overfiend (Chôjin densetsu Urotsukidôji) / Japan [animated] / Hideki Takayama / 
- Lethal Woman / South Africa, USA / Christian Marnham / 
- Leviathan / Italy, USA / George P. Cosmatos / 
- Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie / USA [short] / Buddy Giovinazzo / 
- Masque of the Red Death / USA / Larry Brand / 
- Massacre (Massacro) / Italy / Andrea Bianchi / 
- Meet the Feebles (The Feebles) / New Zealand / Peter Jackson / 
Memorial Valley Massacre (Valley of Death) / USA / Robert C. Hughes / 
- Midnight / USA / Norman Thaddeus Vane / 
- Moonstalker (Camper Stamper; Moon Stalker) / USA / Michael O'Rourke / 1/2
- Moontrap (Moon Trap) / USA / Robert Dyke / 1/2
- Murder Weapon / USA / David DeCoteau / SBIG
- Muscle (Kurutta Butokai; Lunatic Theatre; The Madness Night) / Japan / Hisayasu Satô / 
- My Mom's a Werewolf / USA / Michael Fischa / 
- Nightlife / USA [TV] / Daniel Taplitz / 1/2
- Night Life (Grave Misdemeanors) / USA / David Acomba / 1/2
- Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, A / USA / Stephen Hopkins / 1/2
- Night Shadow / USA / Randolph Cohlan / 1/2
- Night Visitor (Never Cry Devil) / USA / Rupert Hitzig / 
- Nutzoids at Cannibal Cove, The / USA [short] / Louis Ferriol / 1/2
- Offerings / USA / Christopher Reynolds / SBIG
- Paganini Horror (The Killing Violin) / Italy / Luigi Cozzi / 
- Parents / Canada, USA / Bob Balaban / 1/2
- Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood / UK [TV] [doc] / Alan Bell / 
- Pet Sematary / USA / Mary Lambert / 1/2
- Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge / USA / Richard Friedman / 1/2
- Phantom of the Opera, The / USA / Dwight H. Little / 
- Phone Call, The / Canada [TV] / Allan A. Goldstein / 
- Pieces of Darkness / USA [SOV] / George Bonilla, J.J. Johnson III / NO STARS!
- Psycho Cop / USA / Wallace Potts / 
- Puppet Master (Puppetmaster) / USA / David Schmoeller / 1/2
- Red & Rosy / USA [short] / Frank Grow / 
- Return of Swamp Thing, The / USA / Jim Wynorski / 1/2
- Return of the Family Man / South Africa / John Murlowski / 1/2
- River of Death / South Africa, USA / Steve Carver / 
- Romantic Ghost Story, A (Meng gui jia ren) / Hong Kong / Wen Hua / 1/2
- Rush Week / USA / Bob Bralver / 1/2
- Scream Dream / USA [SOV] / Donald Farmer / 1/2
- Sexbomb / USA / Jeff Broadstreet / 
- Shocker / USA / Wes Craven / 1/2
- Shocking Dark (Alienators; Terminator II) / Italy / Bruno Mattei / 1/2
- Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! / USA / Monte Hellman / 
- Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland ./ USA / Michael A. Simpson / 1/2
- Stepfather II / UK, USA / Jeff Burr / 1/2
- Teen Witch / USA / Dorian Walker / 
- Terror Eyes / USA / Eric Parkinson, Michael Rissi and Steve Sommers / 
- Terror Within, The / USA / Thierry Notz / 
- Toxic Avenger, Part II, The / USA / Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman / 1/2
- Toxic Avenger, Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, The / USA / Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman / 1/2
Trapped / USA [TV] / Fred Walton / 
- Uncle Cyril (Prokletí domu Hajnù) / Czechoslovakia / Jirí Svoboda / 
- Urge to Kill, The (Attack of the Killer Computer) / UK / Derek Ford / SBIG
- Vacations of Terror (Vacaciones de terror) / Mexico / René Cardona III / 
- Vineyard, The / Canada, USA / James Hong, William Rice / 
- Warlock / USA / Steve Miner / 1/2
- Weirdo, The (Weirdo: The Beginning) / USA / Andy Milligan / SBIG
- Welcome to Spring Break (Nightmare Beach) / Italy, USA / Umberto Lenzi / 
- Winterbeast / USA / Christopher Thies / SBIG
- Witch Story (Streghe; Superstition 2) / Italy, USA / Alessandro Capone / 
- Witchtrap (The Presence) / USA / Kevin S. Tenney / SBIG
- Woman in Black, The / UK [TV] / Herbert Wise / 
- Zombie 4 (After Death; Oltre la morte; Zombi 4) / Italy / Claudio Fragasso / 1/2

Note: Years are based on release date as listed on IMDb. I sometimes list films by copyright date, so the years may differ between the two.
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