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[6.5] Director Paul Verhoeven (Spetters, RoboCop) and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct) reteam for this stripper-style twist on A Star is Born and All About Eve. Elizabeth Berkley (Saved by the Bell) stars as a tough but naïve young woman with Las Vegas showgirl aspirations. She quickly learns how devious the environment and its denizens can be. She learns their wicked game and plays it …

[7.0] If you’re in the mood for a campy ‘so bad, it’s good’ kind of movie, look no further than Tammy and the T-Rex, a goofy abomination of a movie that seems to be gleefully aware of how ridiculous it is. Denise Richards (Starship Troopers) stars as a high schooler whose boyfriend, played by Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious), is left for dead by …

[5.0] Six young people decide to have a clandestine sex party in a shopping mall that’s just deployed three robots to patrol the storefronts overnight. But after an electrical storm interferes with the robots’ programming, the horny youths find themselves being murdered one by one by the lethal machines. Chopping Mall knows how goofy it is, with the tone set perfectly by campy cameo appearances …

[6.5] In this dream-like film from director Juan López Moctezuma, a teenaged girl named Justine goes to live at a convent after the death of her parents. Unfortunately, her nun roommate, Alucarda, turns out to be a satanic lesbian with slightly vampiric tendencies. How the nuns missed the warning signs, we’ll never know. But after Alucarda takes Justine to a devil orgy in the woods …

[3.5] This faux documentary featuring people’s alleged encounters with a sasquatch-like monster in the Louisiana woods made millions at drive-ins across America when it was released. It was a remarkable fete for a G-rated homegrown independent flick featuring non-actors. And that’s the most remarkable thing about The Legend of Boggy Creek — it’s gumption and box office success. While the story is narrated by a …

[3.0] A pregnant woman and her boyfriend visit Big Mamma’s whorehouse and abortion clinic, where her fetus is flushed down the toilet into a sewer of toxic waste. The critter manages to survive and seek revenge on everyone at Big Mamma’s place, hookers, johns, and all. The Suckling, also called Sewage Baby in some markets, is bottom-of-the-barrel in production value and has acting that ranges …

[8.0] In this seminal silent classic, a doctor showcases a fortune-telling sleepwalker to a crowd of spectators. One man asks, “When will I die?” The sleepwalker says, “By dawn tomorrow.” And then the doctor sets out to fulfill the premonition by ordering his catatonic slave to murder the man that night. This isn’t just how The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari begins — it’s also how …

[6.5] After a confrontation with bullies leads to attempted rape and gunfire, Helen Slater (Supergirl) hits the road with her brother (Christian Slater) and a pair of friends (Yeardley Smith and Martha Gehman). They dodge the police and profess their innocence to the press while Slater tries to find a way to resolve the escalating conflict before someone gets hurt. In the meantime, word-of-mouth and …

[6.5] Producer/director Sean S. Cunningham admits Friday the 13th was a post-Halloween cash grab, but slasher fans decided there was plenty of room in the world for more than one killer franchise. All Cunningham needed was a great title that lent itself to recurring significance, and a compelling core piece of mythology — that a little boy drowned at Camp Crystal Lake when the teenaged …

[8.0] Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lily Powers, the poor daughter of a speakeasy owner, who takes an old philosopher’s advice to start using her feminine wiles (or ‘lily power’) to get ahead in life. After her nasty father dies in a distillery fire, Lily moves to New York City and literally sleeps her way, floor by floor, to the top of a banking company. She …

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