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 1990


I've written a thorough recap for 1990, but it's far too long to post right here, so let me now re-direct you to the full recap at 1990: THE YEAR IN HORROR.
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1990
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. The Witches
UK, USA / Nicolas Roeg / ★★1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Misery
USA / Rob Reiner / ★★1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
3. The Exorcist III
USA / William Peter Blatty / ★★1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
4. Qu mo jing cha (Magic Cop)
Hong Kong / Wei Tung / ★★1/2
* * * * * * * * * *
5. Hard to Die
USA / Jim Wynorski / ★★1/2

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Rounding Out the Top 10:

6. Scarlet Scorpion, The (O Escorpião Escarlate) / Brazil / (Ivan Cardoso) / ★★1/2
7. Evil Within, The (Baby Blood) / France / Alain Robak / ★★
8. Tremors / USA / Ron Underwood / ★★
9. Naked Obsession / USA / Dan Golden / ★★
10. Blood Salvage / USA / Tucker Johnston / ★★

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Also seen:

- Alien Within, The / USA / Kenneth J. Hall, Ted Newsom and Fred Olen Ray / 
- Arachnophobia / USA / Frank Marshall / ★★1/2
- Attack of the Killer Refrigerator / USA [short] / Michael Savino / 1/2
- Bad Girls from Mars / USA / Fred Olen Ray / ★★
- Basket Case 2 / USA / Frank Henenlotter / ★★1/2
- Blood Games / USA / Tanya Rosenberg / ★★1/2
- Bloodmoon / Australia / Alec Mills / ★★
- Brain Dead / USA / Adam Simon / ★★1/2
- Buried Alive / USA [TV] / Frank Darabont / ★★
- Buried Alive / South Africa, USA / Gérard Kikoïne / 1/2
- Channeler, The / USA / Grant Austin Waldman / 1/2
- Chase from Beyond (Chin nin lui yiu) / Hong Kong / Patrick Yeung / ★★
- Child's Play 2 / USA / John Lafia / ★★1/2
- China Lake Murders, The / USA [TV] / Alan Metzger / ★★1/2
- Crash and Burn / USA / Charles Band / ★★
- Crawlers, The (Contamination .7) / Canada, Italy, USA / Fabrizio Laurenti / NO STARS!
- Chunk Blower / USA [short] / Jim Van Bebber / ★★1/2
- Darkman / USA / Sam Raimi / ★★1/2
- Dark Romances, Vol 1. Born Evil / USA / Mark Shepard / 1/2
- Dark Side of the Moon, The / USA / D.J. Webster / ★★
- Dead Girls / USA / Dennis Devine / ★★
- Demon Cop / USA / Hal Miles, Rocco Karega and Fred Olen Ray /  SBIG
- Demon Wind / USA / Charles Philip Moore / ★★1/2
- Disturbed / USA / Charles Winkler / ★★
- Dream a Little Evil / USA / Royce Mathew / 1/2
- Edward Scissorhands / USA / Tim Burton / ★★
- Evil Spirits / USA / Gary Graver / ★★
- Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell (Mark of the Beast) / USA / Jeff Hathcock / 1/2
- First Power, The / USA / Robert Resnikoff / ★★
- Frankenhooker / USA / Frank Henenlotter / ★★
- Gate II: Trespassers, The / Canada, USA / Tibor Takács / 1/2
- Gorgasm / USA / Hugh Gallagher / ★★
Grave Robbers (Ladrones de tumbas) / Mexico / Rubén Galindo Jr. / ★★1/2
- Graveyard Shift / Japan, USA / Ralph S. Singleton / ★★
- Green Man, The / UK, USA [TV] / (Elijah Moshinsky / ★★1/2
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch / USA / Joe Dante / ★★
- Guardian, The / USA / William Friedkin / ★★1/2
- Hardware / UK, USA / Richard Stanley / ★★1/2
- Haunted House Elf (Gui wu xiao jing) / Taiwan / Chi Lo / 1/2
- Haunting Fear / USA / Fred Olen Ray / ★★
- Haunting of Morella, The / USA / Jim Wynorski / 1/2
- Hell's Trap / Mexico / Pedro Galindo III / ★★1/2
- Hook of Woodland Heights, The / USA / Michael Savino / ★★
- Horror Hall of Fame, The / USA [doc] [TV] / Ron de Moraes / ★★
- I'm Dangerous Tonight / USA [TV] / Tobe Hooper / ★★1/2
- It / Canada, USA [TV] / Tommy Lee Wallace / ★★1/2
- Kamillions (The Wingates) / USA / Mike B. Anderson / ★★1/2
- Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III / USA / Jeff Burr / ★★
- Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout / USA / Kenneth J. Hall / ★★1/2
- Lisa / USA / Gary Sherman / ★★
- Lord of the Flies / USA / Harry Hook / ★★1/2
- Luther the Geek / USA / Carlton J. Albright / ★★1/2
- Maniac Cop 2 / USA / William Lustig / ★★
- Mark of the Beast (Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell) / USA / Jeff Hathcock / 1/2
- Meridian (Kiss of the Beast) / USA / Charles Band / ★★1/2
- Metamorphosis / Italy, USA / George Eastman / ★★
- Mirage / USA / Bill Crain / ★★
- Mirror Mirror / USA / Marina Sargenti / ★★
- Night Angel / USA / Dominique Othenin-Girard / ★★1/2
Nightbreed / USA / Clive Barker / ★★
- Nightmare Concert (A Cat in the Brain) / Italy / Lucio Fulci / ★★
- Nightmare on the 13th Floor / USA [TV] / Walter Grauman / ★★
- Night of the Dribbler / Canada / Jack Bravman / NO STARS!
- Night of the Living Dead / USA / Tom Savini / ★★1/2
- Nightwish / USA / Bruce R. Cook / ★★
- Outcast / Canada / Roman Buchok / ★★
- Overexposed / USA / Larry Brand / ★★1/2
- Pacific Heights / USA / John Schlesinger / ★★
- Pale Blood / Hong Kong, USA / V.V. Dachin Hsu / ★★1/2
- Pit and the Pendulum, The / USA / Stuart Gordon / ★★
- Playroom / USA / Manny Coto / 1/2
- Pledge Night / USA / Paul Ziller / 1/2
- Predator 2 / USA / Stephen Hopkins / ★★1/2
- Prom Night III: The Last Kiss / Canada / Ron Oliver and Peter R. Simpson / ★★
- Psycho IV: The Beginning / USA [TV] / Mick Garris / ★★
- Repossessed / USA / Bob Logan / ★★
- Ritual of Death, The / Brazil / Fauzi Mansur / ★★1/2
- Satanic Attraction / Brazil / Fauzi Mansur / ★★
- Savage Lust (Deadly Manor) / Spain, USA / José Ramón Larraz / ★★1/2
- Shakma / USA / Tom Logan and Hugh Parks / ★★1/2
- Shock Cinema Volume One / USA [documentary] / Robert Hayes / ★★
- Shock Cinema Volume Two / USA [documentary] / Robert Hayes / ★★
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation / USA / Brian Yuzna / ★★1/2
- Singapore Sling (Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma) / Greece / Nikos Nikolaidis / ★★1/2
- Slumber Party Massacre III / USA / Sally Mattison / ★★
- Sorority Girls and the Creature from Hell / USA / John McBrearty / 
- Sorority House Massacre II / USA / Jim Wynorski / ★★
- Soultaker / USA / Michael Rissi / ★★
- Spirits / USA / Fred Olen Ray / 1/2
- Spontaneous Combustion / USA / Tobe Hooper / 1/2
- Spooky Family (Zhuo gui he jia huan) / Hong Kong / Yuet-Sang Chin / ★★1/2
- Streets / USA / Katt Shea / ★★
- Suckling, The / USA / Francis Teri / ★★
- Syngenor / USA / George Elanjian, Jr. / ★★1/2
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie / USA / John Harrison / ★★
- Troll 2 / Italy, USA / Claudio Fragasso /  SBIG
- Two Evil Eyes / Italy, USA / Dario Argento and George A. Romero / ★★1/2
- Vampire Cop / USA / Donald Farmer / 1/2
- Vampire Family, The (Family of Vampires; Semya vurdalakov) / Soviet Union / Gennadiy Klimov and Igor Shavlak / ★★1/2
- Watchers II / USA / Thierry Notz / ★★
- Wheels of Terror / USA [TV] / Christopher Cain / ★★
- Wicked Women / UK [documentary] / Robert Sidaway / 1/2
- Willies, The / USA / Brian Peck / ★★1/2
- Witch Academy / USA / Fred Olen Ray / ★★
Witchcraft II: The Temptress / USA / Mark Woods / 1/2

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