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[6] This faux-documentary about seven men who travel deep into the Pacific Northwest to find Bigfoot was one of the first movies I ever saw. So nostalgia no doubt colors my opinion of it. But re-watching it recently, I can honestly say it’s not without its merits — especially as a product of its time. Unlike the later Blair Witch Project, Sasquatch The Legend of …

[6] Italian writer/artist/political activist Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) paints a bleak portrait of middle-class complacency in Teorema, the story of a bourgeoise household seduced and forever changed by a mysterious stranger played by Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert). The entire family — father, mother, son, daughter, and even the maid — experience …

[6] George Pal brings H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi story to the big screen, casting Rod Taylor as the British inventor who travels from 1899 centuries into the future to discover humanity has devolved into two primitive races — the monstrous Morlocks and the innocent Eloi. When Taylor discovers the Morlocks are breeding the Eloi as food, he decides to help them launch a rebellion, even …

[6] The body count continues at Camp Crystal Lake, as a new batch of teenaged camp counselors gather at a neighboring campsite and learn about the legend of Jason Voorhees — the little boy who drowned in the lake when counselors were too busy having sex to notice him. We know right away, courtesy of killer point-of-view shots, that someone’s watching and planning to kill. …

[8.0] Director James Whale (Waterloo Bridge) was given free reign by Universal Pictures to craft a sequel to his highly successful Frankenstein. The result is a more daring and stylized film considered by many to be the most remarkable in all the studio’s legacy of classic monster movies. In The Bride of Frankenstein, both Frankenstein and his monster survive their apparent deaths at the end …

[6] 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] 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] 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 …

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