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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cani arrabbiati (1974)

...aka: Kidnapped
...aka: Man and a Boy, A
...aka: Rabid Dogs
...aka: Semaforo rosso
...aka: Wild Dogs

Directed by:
Mario Bava

Review coming soon.

★★★1/2

Race with the Devil (1975)

Directed by:
Jack Starrett

For some reason, most major critics seem to hate this lightning-paced, action-packed and sometimes creepy horror thriller. It's actually not as bad as they lead on. Four friends (younger couple Peter Fonda and Lara Parker and older couple Warren Oates and Loretta Swit) are vacationing in rural Texas when they witness a human sacrifice deep in the woods. The culprits naturally are the local Satanic coven and the rest of the movie is spent with non-stop car chases, close calls, brushes with death and double crosses by local townspeople, all of whom seem to be in on things. Although it suffers from a very weak and irritating open ending and some plot inconsistencies, RACE delivers suspense, action and scares throughout in the effective 70s drive-in tradition. Also be on the lookout for smaller roles played by Paul A. Partian (Franklin from the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) as a mechanic, director Starrett as a gas station attendant, co-writer Wes Bishop as a deputy and R.G. Armstrong as a sheriff.

★★1/2

Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)

Directed by:
Don Sharp

Review coming soon.

★★1/2

Mosura tai Gojira (1964)

...aka: Godzilla Against Mothra
...aka: Godzilla Fights the Giant Moth
...aka: Godzilla vs. Mothra
...aka: Godzilla vs. the Giant Moth
...aka: Godzilla vs. the Thing
...aka: Mothra vs. Godzilla

Directed by:
Ishir├┤ Honda

Review coming soon.

★★1/2

Gorgon, The (1964)

Directed by:
Terence Fisher

Review coming soon.

★★1/2

Dead Ringers (1988)

...aka: Alter Ego
...aka: Gemini
...aka: Twins

Directed by:
David Cronenberg

Review coming soon.

★★

Shallow Grave (1987)

Directed by:
Richard Styles

Review coming soon.

Score: 5 out of 10

Quiet Earth, The (1985)

Directed by:
Geoff Murphy

Review coming soon.

Score: 7 out of 10

Phenomena (1984)

...aka: Creepers

Directed by:
Dario Argento

Review coming soon.

Score: 9 out of 10
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