Recent Additions: August 2021

Psychotronic Review

What this month lacked in total movies it made up for in quality. Some surprised include Curse of the Fly, the third in the series and probably the best. We also did the first two Blind Zombie films. The next two will be on next month’s list. And then there was a delightful newer film Vicious Fun. Of course, that kind of film is clearly made with people like me in mind.

June 2021 Films

  1. Bad Teacher (2011)
  2. Beetlejuice (1988)
  3. Curse of the Fly (1965)
  4. Dolores Claiborne (1995)
  5. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
  6. George of the Jungle 2 (2003)
  7. The Ghost Galleon (1974)
  8. Gremlins (1984)
  9. Host (2020)
  10. Jaws (1975)
  11. Jaws 2 (1978)
  12. Killer Sofa (2019)
  13. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  14. Macon County Line (1974)
  15. Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
  16. Mystery Men (1999)
  17. Night of the Seagulls (1975)
  18. The Osterman Weekend (1983)
  19. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
  20. The Psychic (1977)
  21. Return of the Blind Dead (1973)
  22. Rock’n’Roll Wolf (1976)
  23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  24. Shock Waves (1977)
  25. Spinning Man (2018)
  26. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
  27. Vicious Fun (2020)
  28. White Fang (1973)
  29. Wizards (1977)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: September 2021

Psychotronic Review

All and all, it was a weak month for films. But there were some highlights. Get Out, of course, is a wonderful film. I haven’t seen anything else from Jordan Peele but I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Martyrs Lane is just a fantastic film that I loved when I saw it and has only gotten better as I look back on it. The Tenant is a really slow film but it builds well and really leaves an impact. Zombi 3 is a fairly typical Fulci film, but of course, that’s great.

The Spirits of Jupiter and Spookies are the kinds of films this site is all about. They are both weird and brilliant. Find them both!

June 2021 Films

  1. Biohazard (1985)
  2. Cellar Dweller (1987)
  3. Cool World (1992)
  4. Creepshow 2 (1987)
  5. The Dunwich Horror (1970)
  6. Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)
  7. Get Out (2017)
  8. Hackers (1995)
  9. I See You (2019)
  10. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)
  11. Love and Monsters (2020)
  12. Martyrs Lane (2021)
  13. Popcorn (1991)
  14. Primeval (2007)
  15. Saturday the 14th (1981)
  16. The Spirits of Jupiter (1984)
  17. Spookies (1986)
  18. The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)
  19. Superhost (2021)
  20. The Tenant (1976)
  21. Tomb of the Pistolero (1964)
  22. WarGames (1983)
  23. Zombi 3 (1988)

See you next month!

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre vs The Happening: Comparison of Two Scenes

I like M Night Shyamalan’s work. He’s a very capable writer-director. What’s more, I like The Happening, which almost everyone seems to despise. But he does tend to waste a lot of money. I think his films would usually be better if he had less to spend. And this was very much on display in the Jeep crash scene from that film. I couldn’t help but compare it to the notorious meathook scene from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Now, you may think this is unfair. After all, this is one of the greatest scenes ever created for a movie. But I think it is still worth doing. This is a scene that cost almost nothing to shoot. It involves two camera setups. It was probably shot in an afternoon. Yet it is visceral in its impact.

This is exactly the opposite of the jeep crash scene in The Happening. It relies on motion-controlled cameras, computer graphics, stunt workers, and doubtless cost hundreds of thousand dollars — if not more. Yet it has no real impact on the viewer. It doesn’t even need to be in the film except to provide the film’s heartwarming epilog.

Meathook Scene: Shot by Shot

There are many things that make this scene one of the most frightening in movie history. There’s the excellent acting, the incredible music, and the context coming right after Pam (Teri McMinn) flees the “chicken” room. But I want to focus on the shots, which may be brilliant, but only in their simplicity.

  1. The first shot is from above and behind a row of two meathooks. One is prominent in the foreground — slightly out of focus. We see Leatherface carrying Pam, who is screaming and struggling, into the room. He carries her toward the hook.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Meat Hook Scene 1
  1. Cut to the reverse angle, from floor height. Leatherface continues to carry Pam to the hook, lifting her up as if to impale her on it.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Meat Hook Scene 2
  1. Cut back to the first angle. The hook is in the foreground, Pam’s back is brought down toward the hook. This shot is very short — perhaps a quarter second.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Meat Hook Scene 3
  1. Cut to the second angle but swifted so that the camera is directly in front of Pam. Leatherface releases her body, which comes down starply, apparently impaled on the hook.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Meat Hook Scene 4
  1. Axial cut to close-up of Pam screeming.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Meat Hook Scene 5

Why the Meat Hook Scene Works

I think one big reason the whole film works is that it comes across as cinéma vérité. Yet as this scene shows, it is nothing of the sort. But it does have a certain documentary simplicity. The camera is always on a tripod here. It never pushes in, zooms, or even pans.

What’s probably most important here is that the movement of Pam is seamless. As the second shot ends, Pam has been lifted as high as Leatherface can manage. Throughout the third shot, he lowers her. At the start of the fourth shot, she is coming down and then is dropped. To the viewer, it seems like a single shot.

Of course, it is in that fourth shot when Pam is dropped that makes it seem real. This is doubtless because Pam actually is being impaled. Gunnar Hansen really is putting the harness that McMinn is wearing on that hook. There’s even a little natural bounce that sells it.

To some extent, this is an example of practical effects being easier. That whole final “hooked” shot would be hard to make work if it had to be animated. But other than wearing the harness, there really is no “movie magic” in this scene. It’s doubtful it could be any simpler.

Jeep Crash Scene: Shot by Shot

I can’t really do a shot-by-shot analysis of the Jeep crash scene because it is all done in one shot. That is the problem! Let’s go through it.

  1. It starts with a medium shot of the Jeep from the side. As the Jeep accelerates forward, the camera tracks with it.

The Happening Crash Scene 1
  1. The camera falls behind and pans with the Jeep as it drives into the tree.
The Happening Crash Scene 2
  1. The camera stops panning as the Jeep hits the tree and we see the driver fly out the front windshield.
The Happening Crash Scene 3
  1. John Leguizamo exits the Jeep while the camera zooms in and follows him.
The Happening Crash Scene 4
  1. The camera continues to zoom as he sets down and cuts his wrist.
The Happening Crash Scene 5

A Technical Achievement!

There is a 10-minute documentary on the DVD that goes over the process. Basically, they use motion-controlled cameras. Then they composite them into the final scene.

Why did they do this? They spent a lot of time and money to make the scene happen in one shot. It’s 16 seconds from when the Jeep takes off to when we see Leguizamo leave the car. I doubt many people even notice it is in one shot. If they do, I don’t see how they would care.

The biggest problem here is that the most important part of it is in long-shot. Two people are thrown from the Jeep but we only barely see the second and that is after the body has landed. And despite 30 additional seconds of zooming, we see no detail of Leguizamo cutting his writs.

This is a perfect example of filmmakers pleasing themselves rather than the audience. Getting this scene was a technical accomplishment. But it deprived the audience of a great moment in the film.

A Better Jeep Crash Edit

I’m not a film editor. But I think it would have been more effective to eliminate the single-shot and get into the action. Following the crash, this would work better:

  1. CU on Leguizamo as he stares emotionless.
  2. POV of the dead bodies in front of the Jeep.
  3. Medium on Leguzamo as he calmly opens the door.
  4. Follow him as he notices something on the ground.
  5. POV of broken glass.
  6. CU on Leguzamo has he sits.
  7. Tilt down to his hand holding a glass shard as he cuts into his wrist and blood flows.
  8. Cut to other group.

Pretty standard idea there. It could probably be done with half the shots. But that would cut together in an effective way. The only problem: it wouldn’t have given the crew a tech boner.

Audience First

Financial limitations often bring out the creativity in people. But that isn’t what’s going on here.

The people who made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre were just trying to make an effective film. The Happening was made by a bunch of jaded professionals. So why not have some fun with a technical challenge?

The problem is that after they spent the cost of a nice house on this technical feat, they had to use it in the film. And the film is worse for it.

Screen captures from the two films are used under Fair Use.

Recent Additions: July 2021

Psychotronic Review

Maybe I’m getting pickier but there weren’t as many outstanding films this month. But the ones there made up for it.

The Babadook is an exceptional haunted house film with a very interesting evil character. I do wish the film didn’t have such a clear theme. But I just force myself not to think about it.

Demonic Toys is one of those great Full Moon kind of films. It’s just a whole lot of fun. Although the plot is awfully complicated. But that kid is just so creepy. How do you not love this?

Four of the Apocalypse may well be my favorite Lucio Fulci film. It’s certainly my favorite of his westerns — and possibly my favorite western ever. If you like McCabe & Mrs Miller, you should like this.

Godzilla vs Hedorah is one of the best Godzilla films. It’s just visually more interesting than they usually are. But note that I’m not a huge Godzilla fan.

Tammy and the T-Rex is a wonderfully silly and sweet film. It could so easily have missed the mark but it’s perfect and loads of fun. It’s the kind of film that Fred Olen Ray would have ruined.

Andrea told me An Unquiet Grave (only available on Shudder) was terrible so maybe my expectations were low. I kept watching it wondering when it would get bad. Instead, it just got better and better. It’s a wonderful film!

If you’ve ever wondered what a Nicolas Cage film would be like if he never spoke, you must watch Willy’s Wonderland. It’s a wonderful, funny, gory romp. The first half is particularly good.

Yor, the Hunter from the Future is a very creative film that pretends to be sword and sandals but is a lot more. It features some great practical effect.

June 2021 Films

  1. Assignment: Terror (1970)
  2. The Babadook (2014)
  3. Contraband (1980)
  4. The Dead Want Women (2012)
  5. Demonic Toys (1992)
  6. Devil’s Express (1976)
  7. Evil Bong (2006)
  8. Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
  9. Gilda (1946)
  10. Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)
  11. Hang ’em High (1968)
  12. Hobgoblins (1988)
  13. John Wick (2014)
  14. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
  15. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
  16. The Last Unicorn (1982)
  17. Massacre Time (1966)
  18. Munster, Go Home! (1966)
  19. The Private Eyes (1980)
  20. Raising Arizona (1987)
  21. Shrunken Heads (1994)
  22. Signs (2002)
  23. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
  24. An Unquiet Grave (2020)
  25. Vice Academy (1989)
  26. Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
  27. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: June 2021

Psychotronic Review

You know how this goes. All the links go to the capsule review. The ones in bold typeface are what I consider must-see for psychotronic fans. I see that Dirty Harry is not bold. It’s just that the film hasn’t aged well. In fact, it’s hard to see what the fuss was about other than people reacting to what was (falsely) seen as an overly kind criminal justice system.

The real stand-out here is the George Romero film The Amusement Park. It’s shocking that he managed to get money for it. Amazing film with is kind of a documentary and kind of a horror film — but also not either.

June 2021 Films

  1. Aenigma (1988)
  2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  3. The Amusement Park (1973)
  4. Beaks: The Movie (1987)
  5. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
  6. Black Roses (1988)
  7. Black Sunday (1960)
  8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973)
  9. Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962)
  10. Circus of Horrors (1960)
  11. Conquest (1983)
  12. Count Dracula (1970)
  13. Dead of Night (1977)
  14. Demonia (1990)
  15. Dirty Harry (1971)
  16. Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
  17. Evilspeak (1981)
  18. Eye of the Needle (1981)
  19. A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
  20. Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
  21. Ghosthouse (1988)
  22. The Gorgon (1964)
  23. High Plains Drifter (1973)
  24. Housebound (2014)
  25. Lifeforce (1985)
  26. Lust in the Dust (1985)
  27. Manhattan Baby (1982)
  28. The Manster (1959)
  29. My Favorite Year (1982)
  30. Nightfall (1988)
  31. Pale Rider (1985)
  32. Pieces (1982)
  33. Piranhaconda (2012)
  34. The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)
  35. Puzzle (1974)
  36. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
  37. Shane (1953)
  38. Silver Saddle (1978)
  39. Slaughter High (1986)
  40. The Sting (1973)
  41. Toxic Zombies (1980)
  42. The Woman in the Window (2021)
  43. Zombie Nightmare (1987)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: May 2021

Psychotronic Review

Somehow, the Oblivion films got placed in two different months. So let me be clear just how much I like them. Sam Irvin is one of those great directors who’s quietly built up quite the collection of films. These two films were made back-to-back in Romania — something Full Moon did a lot but rarely with this much success. You should see them!

Carnival of Souls is a classic. Everyone who loves horror should see it. But I do understand that it’s my kind of film. I prefer films that don’t bother to explain themselves because the explanations usually just trivialize things. This one might be even better if it didn’t feature the final reveal, even though it is very cool.

I featured two Russ Meyer films this month. I don’t think he gets enough credit. Everyone thinks of him as a sex filmmaker. But despite some notable exceptions, I think he is primarily a comedic filmmaker. He’s also very talented as a visual storyteller — a lot more talented than some “great” filmmakers I could mention.

And then we have Bride of Re-Animator. Watching it made me think that Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive was kind of a rip-off. Clearly, Bride is not as good as the original, but it’s still a damned fine film. Brian Yuzna is really good. I’ve been meaning to watch his Dentist films.

As usual, the films in bold are ones I think all genre fans should watch. Click on the links to go to the capsule reviews. Otherwise, I take no blame for you sitting through Blackenstein.

May 2021 Films

  1. American Mary (2012)
  2. Black Magic (1949)
  3. Blackenstein (1973)
  4. Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
  5. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  6. ClownTown (2016)
  7. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
  8. Cujo (1983)
  9. Def by Temptation (1990)
  10. Eat My Dust! (1976)
  11. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
  12. The Fifth Element (1997)
  13. Firecracker (1981)
  14. Forbidden World (1982)
  15. The Funeral Home (2020)
  16. Goin’ South (1978)
  17. The Happening (2008)
  18. Hidalgo (2004)
  19. The Immoral Mr Teas (1959)
  20. Knightriders (1981)
  21. The Machine (2013)
  22. Motorama (1991)
  23. Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
  24. The Ruins (2008)
  25. Swordfish (2001)
  26. Time Lapse (2014)
  27. Trancers (1984)
  28. Trancers II (1991)
  29. Trouble in Mind (1985)
  30. Zombieland (2009)
  31. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: April 2021

Psychotronic Review

We managed to write 45 capsule reviews last month. That involved watching all of the Mad Max films. I was pleased to see that only Beyond Thunderdome didn’t hold up. And I doubt seriously it was any better at the time of its release. It really comes off as a parody of the other films.

As usual, in the list below, the films in bold are particularly good and worth seeking out. There’s still a lot of worthy stuff outside of that, but there are too many films and not enough time…

March 2021 Films

  1. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  2. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  3. A Bay of Blood (1971)
  4. Born to Win (1971)
  5. Boys from County Hell (2020)
  6. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
  7. Color Me Dead (1969)
  8. Crash (1996)
  9. Crash and Burn (1990)
  10. Cyberzone (1995)
  11. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  12. Dinosaur Island (2014)
  13. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  14. DOA (1950)
  15. DOA (1988)
  16. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
  17. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
  18. The Fog (1980)
  19. Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  20. The Howling (1981)
  21. Hancock (2008)
  22. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  23. The Haunting of Julia (1977)
  24. Haunting of the Mary Celeste (2020)
  25. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  26. Kiss of the Damned (2012)
  27. Leprechaun (1993)
  28. Mad Max (1979)
  29. Mad Max 2 (1981)
  30. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  31. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  32. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
  33. Mother’s Day (1980)
  34. Necessary Roughness (1991)
  35. Night of the Lepus (1972)
  36. Ouija Blood Ritual (2020)
  37. Piranha (1978)
  38. Ratched (2020)
  39. Robot Wars (1993)
  40. Saturn 3 (1980)
  41. Shanghai Noon (2000)
  42. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
  43. Starcrash (1978)
  44. The Stepfather (1987)
  45. Thunder Force (2021)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: March 2021

Psychotronic Review

This month I reached back to some classics. And some of them did not hold up as well as I had hoped. In Particular, The Matrix films don’t aren’t that great — especially the sequels. I remember trying so hard to love The Matrix Reloaded, but ultimately, it wasted its budget.

In the list below, the films in bold are the ones that I think are worth seeking out. All of them have their appeal, however. Check out the links for more thoughts and details on each.

March 2021 Films

  1. And the Devil Makes Three (2016)
  2. Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  3. The Burning (1981)
  4. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  5. Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014)
  6. Captain Ron (1992)
  7. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
  8. Death Proof (2007)
  9. The Devils (1971)
  10. Edge of the Axe (1988)
  11. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  12. A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)
  13. Flawless (2007)
  14. From Hell (2001)
  15. Game of Death (2017)
  16. I Care a Lot (2020)
  17. The Irishman (2019)
  18. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
  19. The January Man (1989)
  20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019)
  21. Krull (1983)
  22. Land of the Dead (2005)
  23. The Last Samurai (2003)
  24. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
  25. The Matrix (1999)
  26. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  27. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  28. Mermaids of Tiburon (1962)
  29. Murdercycle (1999)
  30. Oblivion (1994)
  31. The Omen (1976)
  32. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  33. Outcast (2010)
  34. The Ring (2002)
  35. RoboCop (1987)
  36. RoboCop 2 (1990)
  37. RoboCop 3 (1993)
  38. Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)
  39. Slaxx (2020)
  40. Stay Out of the F**king Attic (2021)
  41. Stolen (2012)
  42. The Terminator (1984)
  43. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  44. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  45. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: February 2021

Psychotronic Review

I’m changing this post again. Every film that I think is really worth checking out is listed in bold. This is no kind of objective measure. These are just my opinions. All the films listed are worthy in their ways.

What’s more, some films are likely to annoy a lot of people. For example, Andrea absolutely hated Blood Beat, but I thought it was a work of genius. Just because it didn’t make much sense does not mean it isn’t good.

So this month we have 17 particularly interesting films out of 55. Enjoy!

February 2021 Films

  1. Ace High (1968)
  2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)
  3. Audrey Rose (1977)
  4. The Aztec Mummy (1957)
  5. Blood Beat (1983)
  6. Boot Hill (1969)
  7. CarousHELL (2016)
  8. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
  9. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
  10. The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)
  11. Demons (1985)
  12. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  13. Devil’s Trail (2017)
  14. Eat Locals (2017)
  15. The Exorcist III (1990)
  16. The Ghost Writer (2010)
  17. The Girl in the Crawlspace (2018)
  18. God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967)
  19. Gorgo (1961)
  20. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
  21. Ice Cream Man (1995)
  22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  24. King Dinosaur (1955)
  25. King Kong (1976)
  26. Little Monsters (2019)
  27. The Lords of Salem (2012)
  28. Love at First Bite (1979)
  29. May (2002)
  30. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
  31. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  32. The Monster Club (1981)
  33. Monster From a Prehistoric Planet (1967)
  34. Mother Krampus (2017)
  35. Murder Party (2007)
  36. Mute (2018)
  37. My Alien Girlfriend (2019)
  38. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  39. One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
  40. Open 24 Hours (2018)
  41. Prince of Space (1959)
  42. Princess of Thieves (2001)
  43. Ravenous (1999)
  44. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  45. The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy (1958)
  46. The Saint (1997)
  47. SOS: Save Our Skins (2014)
  48. Scarecrow County (2019)
  49. Spaceballs (1987)
  50. Teenage Zombies (1959)
  51. Two Sentence Horror Stories (2019-2021)
  52. The Viking War (2019)
  53. Violent Saturday (1955)
  54. The Woman (2011)
  55. Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: January 2021

Psychotronic Review

Welcome to another month in review!

I’ve decided to do something different now. I’m not going to write about every film we’ve added to the Shorts Takes section of the website. There are two reasons for this.

First, I’m simply watching too many films. I meet online almost every day to watch a film with Andrea. So there are just too many of them.

Second, I’ve now added anchor links to all the films I add. So instead of these links being to Amazon, they are directly to the reviews.

As an added feature, I am typesetting the films in bold that I think are particularly good. Enjoy!

January 2021 Films

  1. The Awakening (2011)
  2. The Baby (1973) — Andrea likes this film more than I do
  3. Beyond the Door (1974) — This is the film Andrea refers to as “the Campbell’s split pea soup movie”
  4. Bikini Frankenstein (2010) — softcore porn
  5. Clue (1985) — big-budget lots of stars
  6. The Convent (2018)
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  10. Dinosaur Island (1994)
  11. Doctor X (1932)
  12. Don’t Go in the Woods (2010)
  13. Fingers (2019)
  14. Frankenstein (2007) — a very interesting modernization
  15. The Ghost Adventurers (2019) — surprisingly good micro-budget
  16. Ginger Snaps (2000) — the first of a franchise and better than most werewolf films
  17. Hacker (2016)
  18. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — this is not at all Craven’s best but it’s still a classic that everyone should see
  19. The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)
  20. Hotel Noir (2012)
  21. The House of the Devil (2009)
  22. It Came from the Desert (2017)
  23. LA Confidential (1997) — big budget with stars and also great
  24. The Loved Ones (2009) — I don’t normally like torture porn but this is a wonderful film
  25. Lovely Molly (2012)
  26. Mania (1960) — strong film but not essential
  27. Maniac Cop (1988) — a lot of fun
  28. Maniac Cop 2 (1990) — you don’t need to see the first one
  29. Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
  30. Night of the Living Deb (2015)
  31. The Night Watchmen (2017) — one of the best zombie comedies
  32. The Oily Maniac (1976) — this would be a classic if it weren’t for the misogyny
  33. The Perfect Host (2010) — a great one with a weak ending
  34. The Phantom Empire (1988) — one of my favorite Fred Olen Ray films made with almost nothing
  35. Phenomena (1985) — fabulous film
  36. Pooka! (2018) — part of Into the Dark series
  37. Rat Fink (1965) — shockingly good all but forgotten film
  38. Rawhead Rex (1986) — lots of creativity in this one
  39. The Ritual (2017) — this is a very good film from one of my favorite younger directors
  40. Santa Jaws (2018) — this is good but not as fun as you’d think
  41. Scare Package (2019) — lots of fun for horror fans
  42. Sharknado (2013) — when the sharks are flying this is awesome but too much of it is boring Movie of the Week drama
  43. Shock (1946)
  44. Sleepaway Camp (1983) — lots of fun
  45. The Soul Collector (2019) — most of this film is exceptional with a wonderful primary relationship
  46. ThanksKilling (2009) — another funny “killer puppet” film
  47. Twilight Vamps (2010) — softcore porn
  48. Twins of Evil (1971) — part of the “sexy vampire” films of the late-60s and early-70s
  49. Unlisted Owner (2017) — good found-footage film
  50. The VelociPastor (2018)
  51. Zorro (1975) — my favorite Zorro

See you next month!