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.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Additions to the Index

Every time I think I'm making some progress with my title index, a new title I'd never even heard of before (or one I'd forgotten to include) comes to my attention. I usually jot them down so I can add them on here later and it didn't take long for one to become two to become three to become 124 before I had a chance to play catch up. Below are the new movies I just added. Should be fun to try to hunt some of these down...

- Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951; Charles Lamont)
- Ash Tree, The (Ghost Story for Christmas: The Ash Tree) (1975; Lawrence Gordon Clark)
- Beautiful Girl Hunter (Dabide no hoshi: Bishôjo-gari) (1979; Norifumi Suzuki)
- Beauty and the Devil (1950; Rene Clair)
- Black Rain (Kuroi ame) (1989; Shohei Imamura)
- Blind Beast (Môjû) (1969; Yasuzo Masumura)
- Blood Stains in a New Car (Manchas de sangre en un coche nuevo) (1975; Antonio Mercero)
- Bride from Hades, The (Botan-dôrô) (1968; Satsuo Yamamoto)
- Bridge to Nowhere (1986; Ian Mune)
- Casting the Runes (1979; Lawrence Gordon Clark)
- Chaos (Kaos) (1984; Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani)
- Cold Night's Death, A (The Chill Factor) (1973; Jerrold Freedman)
- Colossus of New York, The (1958; Eugène Lourié)
- Cosmic Monsters (The Strange World of Planet X) (1958; Gilbert Gunn)
- Cross Current (Un omicidio perfetto a termine di legge) (1971; Tonino Ricci)
- Day of Wrath (Den gneva) (1985; Sulambek Mamilov)
- Dead Father, The (1986; Guy Maddin)
- Deadly Corpse (Khooni Murdaa) (1989; Mohan Bhakri)
- Depth (Gehrayee) (1980; Vikas Desai and Aruna Raje)
- Devil in Miss Jones, The (1973; Gerard Damiano)
- Devilish Murder (Salinma) (1965; Yongmin Lee)
- Drifter in the Rain (Vagabundo en la lluvia) (1968; Carlos Enrique Taboada)
- Eden and After (L'éden et après) (1970; Alain Robbe-Grillet)
- Emperor and the Golem, The (Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar) (1952; Martin Fric)
- Ferat Vampire (Upír z Feratu) (1981; Juraj Herz)
- Fist In the Pocket (I pugni in tasca) (1965; Marco Bellocchio)
- Ghost-Cat Cursed Wall, The (Kaibyô noroi no kabe) (1958; Kenji Misumi)
- Ghost Stories of Wanderer at Honjo (Kaidan Honsho nanafushigi) (1957; Gorô Kadono)
- Ghost Story of Deathfire Pond (Kaidan onibi no numa) (1963; Bin Kado)
- Ghost Story of Kakui Street (Kaidan Kakuidori) (1961; Kazuo Mori)
- Ghost Story of Oiwa's Spirit (Kaidan Oiwa no borei) (1961; Tai Kato)
- Gog (1954; Herbert L. Strock)
- Gorilla at Large (1954; Harmon Jones)
- Habit (1982; Larry Fessenden)
- Haunted Castle, The (Hiroku kaibyoden) (1969; Tokuzo Tanaka)
- Haunted Strangler, The (Grip of the Strangler) (1958; Robert Day)
- Headless Rider, The (El jinete sin cabeza) (1957; Chano Urueta)
- He Lives By Night (Ye jing hun) (1982; Po-Chih Leong)
- H-Man, The (Beauty and the Liquidman; Bijo to Ekitainingen) (1958; Ishirô Honda)
- Hostile Takeover (Office Party) (1988; George Mihalka)
- Human Vapor, The (Gasu ningen dai ichigo) (1960; Ishirô Honda)
- I'll See You in Hell (Ti aspetterò all'inferno) (1960; Piero Regnoli)
- Illusion of Blood (Yotsuya Ghost Story; Yotsuya kaidan) (1965; Shirô Toyoda)
- In the Old Manor House (W starym dworku czyli niepodleglosc trójkatów) (1985; Andrzej Kotkowski)
- Kill Barbara with Panic (Patayin mo sa sindak si Barbara) (1974; Celso Ad. Castillo)
- Killer is Still Among Us, The (L'assassino è ancora tra noi) (1986; Camillo Teti)
- Kiss from Beyond the Grave, The (El beso de ultratumba) (1963; Carlos Toussaint)
- Kronos (1957; Kurt Neumann)
- Last Savage, The (Addio ultimo uomo) (1978; Alfredo Castiglioni and Angelo Castiglioni)
- Living Coffin, The (El grito de la muerte; Scream of Death) (1959; Fernando Méndez)
- Living Skeleton, The (Kyuketsu dokuro sen) (1968; Hiroshi Matsuno)
- Lokis (The Bear) (1970; Janusz Majewski)
- Lolita: Vibrator Torture (Lolita vib-zeme) (1987; Hisayasu Sato)
- Man and the Monster, The (El hombre y el monstruo) (1959; Rafael Baledón)
- Mangalsutra (1981; Vijay B.)
- Månguden (1988; Jonas Cornell)
- Man with No Face, The (El hombre sin rostro) (1950; Juan Bustillo Oro)
- Mister Designer (Gospodin oformitel) (1988;Oleg Teptsov)
- Monster from Green Hell (1958; Kenneth G. Crane)
- Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1965; David L. Hewitt)
- Monster with Twenty Faces (Kaijin nijumenso) (1954; Susumu Yumizuri)
- Morbo (Morbidness) (1972; Gonzalo Suárez)
- Mother Tree, The (Ghost of Chibusa Enoki; Kaidan chibusa enoki) (1958; Gorô Kadono)
- Museum of Horror (Museo del horror) (1965; Rafael Baledón)
- Naked Jungle, The (1954; Byron Haskin)
- Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, The (1965; Bert Williams)
- Night of 1,000 Sexes (Mil sexos tiene la noche) (1984; Jesus Franco)
- Night of the Ghouls (Revenge of the Dead) (1959; Edward D. Wood, Jr.)
- Nine Guests for a Crime (Nove ospiti per un delitto) (1977; Ferdinando Baldi)
- Oiwa Phanton, The (Yotsuya kaidan - Oiwa no borei) (1969; Kazuo Mori)
- Old Temple, The (Purana Mandir) (1984; Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay)
- Olga's House of Shame (36 Hours of Terror) (1964; Joseph P. Mawra)
- Panic on the Mountain (Pánico en la montaña) (1989; Pedro Galindo III)
- Passport for a Corpse (Lasciapassare per il morto) (1962; Mario Gariazzo)
- Phantom of the Red House, The (El fantasma de la casa roja) (1956; Miguel M. Delgado)
- Pig-Chicken Suicide (Tonkei shinjû) (1981; Yoshihiko Matsui)
- Playbird Murders, The (The Playbirds) (1978; Willy Roe)
- Plot of Fear (...e tanta paura) (1976; Paolo Cavara)
- Porno Zombies, The (La fille à la fourrure) (1977; Claude Pierson)
- Portrait of Hell (Jigokuhen) (1969; Shirô Toyoda)
- Revived Monster, The (El monstruo resucitado) (1953; Chano Urueta)
- Room to Let (1950; Godfrey Grayson)
- Rowing with the Wind (Remando al viento) (1988; Gonzalo Suárez)
- Rusted Body: Guts of a Virgin III (Gômon kifujin) (1987; Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu)
- Samurai Resurrection (Makai tenshô) (1981; Kinji Fukasaku)
- Saragossa Manuscript, The (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) (1965; Wojciech Has)
- Satan's Bed (1983; H. Tjut Djalil)
- School for Dead Girls (1972; unknown)
- School of the Holy Beast (Seijû gakuen) (1974; Norifumi Suzuki)
- Scream, The (Cheekh) (1985; Mohan Bhakri)
- Secret of Death (Enigma de muerte) (1969; Federico Curiel)
- Secrets (Rahsia) (1987; Othman Hafsham)
- Serial Rape Murderer, The (Renzoku bôkan) (1983; Yôjirô Takita)
- Serpent Island (1954; Tom Gries)
- Seventh Grave, The (La settima tomba) (1965; Garibaldi Serra Caracciolo)
- Sexual Apocalypse (Apocalipsis sexual) (1982; Carlos Aured and Sergio Bergonzelli)
- Stalls of Barchester, The (Ghost Story for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester) (1971; Lawrence Gordon Clark)
- Sucedió en el internado (1985; Emilio Vieyra)
- Survivors, The (Los sobrevivientes) (1979; Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
- Swamp of the Lost Souls (El pantano de las ánimas) (1957; Rafael Baledón)
- Sweet Body of Deborah, The (Il dolce corpo di Deborah) (1968; Romolo Guerrieri)
- Take Me Naked (Take Me) (1967; Michael Findlay and Roberta Findlay)
- Taming of Rebecca, The (1982; Phil Prince)
- Target Earth (1954; Sherman A. Rose)
- Television Set, The (El televisor) (1974; Narciso Ibáñez Serrador)
- Tenamonya: Ghost Journey (Tenamonya yurei dochu) (1967; Shûe Matsubayashi)
- Terror in the Midnight Sun (Rymdinvasion i Lappland) (1959; Virgil W. Vogel)
- Tortured Females (1965; Arch Hudson)
- Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974; Lawrence Gordon Clark)
- Twelve Months of the Summer, The (Sommarens tolv månader) (1988; Richard Hobert)
- Unknown, The (Gumnaam) (1965; Raja Nawathe)
- Vengeance Is Mine (Fukushû suru wa ware ni ari) (1979; Shohei Imamura)
- Violated Angels (Okasareta hakui) (1967; Kôji Wakamatsu)
- Voodoo Woman (1957; Edward L. Cahn)
- Weak-kneed from Fear of Ghost-Cat (Kaibyo koshinuke daisodo) (1954; Torajiro Saito)
- Witch, The (La bruja) (1954; Chano Urueta)
- Witches' Hammer, The (Kladivo na carodejnice) (1970; Otakar Vávra)
- Witches' Sabbath, The (La visione del Sabba) (1988; Marco Bellocchio)
- Witch with Flying Head, The (Fei taugh mo neuih) (1977; Lian Sing Woo)
- Without Warning! (1952; Arnold Laven)
- Woman Called Sada Abe, A (Jitsuroku Abe Sada) (1975; Noboru Tanaka)
- Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952; Fred C. Brannon)
- Zoom In: Rape Apartments (Zoom In: boko danchii) (1980; Naosuke Kurosawa)
- Zoom Up: Rape Site (Zûmu appu: bôkô genba) (1979; Koyu Ohara)

Evil in the Woods (1986)

Directed by:
William J. Oates


A little boy (Brian Abent) goes to the library and snatches a copy of an ancient-looking book titled "Evil in the Woods." He returns home, hops in bed and starts reading the "fractured fable" found inside, which is then visualized for us. It's narrated by someone with a cheesy and highly annoying country fried goofball accent and for some reason redundant title cards have been inserted every once in awhile, probably less to keep viewers informed of what's going on than to help with the consistently poor continuity. Somewhere near Mildew, Georgia in 1956 a man is attacked by something from the sky. The film then hops to present day Atlanta and we're on the set of "Bigfoot vs. the Space Monsters." The cast and production crew promptly travel to Mildew, where a big foot-like creature is roaming the woods and a tinfoil spaceship with a couple of alien midgets lands. All that turns out to be just a movie.

Meanwhile, a camping family from the big city lose their little son Billy (played by the same kid reading the book), who ends up getting dismembered (off screen) by an old backwoods witch named Ida Pierson (Stephanie Kaskel). Ida has about half-a dozen retarded fully-grown children (bi-products of incest, naturally) who roam around in the woods, kidnap the crew members, take them back to their home, torture and dismember them and then eat them. Ida makes herself young and beautiful with a magic potion and eventually turns her clan into mutant monsters with the help of voodoo dolls. The missing little boy's parents go to the sheriff for help, little knowing he's actually romantically involved with the witch. The cast and crew of the movie hang out, bicker, drink and do drugs before getting killed.

I've heard both good and bad things about this rare low-budgeter, but I'm mostly siding with the bad camp. The (over)acting, dialogue, editing and production values are all pretty dire, attempts at humor are labored and unfunny, the narration is extremely irritating and never seems to end and the whole mess is sloppy, juvenile, slapdash and lacks focus. On the plus side, some of the music is actually pretty good (except for a song that attempts to rhyme "tequila" with "squeeze-a"), there's some OK aerial photography and the last half hour is much better than what precedes it (which is pretty much unwatchable). Most of the cheap gore is also saved for the end. We get an exploding head, guts ripped out, brains removed, etc. Too little, too late. It ends with a shot of an Iron Maiden poster and a page of the book that says "Please watch for other fractured fables by Fantasy Factory." Guess that never happened.

The VHS distributor was Cinevest Interactive, who also released NIGHTMARE (1981), THE SLAYER (1981), NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985), REVENGE OF THE LIVING ZOMBIES (1988), VAMPIRES (1988) and NIGHT TERROR (1989). Bootleg DVD-R's are also available.

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