The Atrocity Film Festival 2002
as reported by Verson Jetorix
Crash Fans (02) A certified hoot, this
premiere film from local filmmaker Paul Killebrew captures the demolition derby
as AIDS metaphor.
Autopsy (75) Overblown shocker that
never quite gels.
Satan's Cheerleaders (77) Terrible waste
of celluloid and the thespian powers of John Ireland and Yvonne De Carlo.
Hysteria (65) I love this Brit Hitchcockian thriller with the great Robert Webber. On my top 100.
Harper (66) Good, old-fashioned
detective yarn that also features Mr. Webber.
Encounter With the Unknown (73)
Disappointing supernatural pseudo-documentary hosted by Rod Serling.
The H-Man (58) Wonderful Jap sci-fi sans
monsters. I wish there more of these.
Blind Beast (69) Interesting Jap art
film worth seeing once.
A Bullet for the General (67) Excellent
spaghetti western featuring a terrific performance from Gian Maria Volante that
is worth the price of admission.
The Toolbox Murders (78) Amazingly
sleazy slasher flick with the great Cameron Mitchell.
The Giant of Metropolis (61) Gordon Mitchell gets the lead in this peplum/sci-fi hybrid that is sorta fun but not great.
The Vampire's Coffin (58) Old fashioned
spooks from south of the border.
The Swiss Conspiracy (76) All-star mess
of a movie that is supposed convey an anti-drug message but I missed it. Mustve
been too fucked up.
The Evil (78) Guilty pleasure time.
Clichι-ridden horror flick with the great Richard Crenna and the gorgeous Joanna
Pettet. A keeper.
Sardinia Kidnapped (68) Serious crime
flick with Franco Nero and Charlotte Rampling. Hardly any sheep were killed
Cult of the Cobra (55) Totally fun
matinee flick with Marshall Daktari Thompson and snake babe Faith Domergue.
House on the Edge of the Park (80)
Really sick David Hess vehicle will have you squirming.
Jack the Ripper (76) Jess Franco/Klaus
Kinski combination means some good/some bad. Mostly bad.
Impulse (74) Landmark William Shatner
flick that established his rep as a shameless ham bar none.
Fucking legend, Herbert Fux (pictured w/severed hand)
Desperate Target (80) Boring Chris
Mitchum spy vehicle.
Death Rides a Horse (68) Cool spaghetti
with Lee Van Cleef and John Philip Law that begs the question: Could these guys
get any skinnier?
Nightmare in Wax (69) Cam The Man
Mitchell is back is this really low rent horror flick that is beyond bad.
Another guilty pleasure Ill never relinquish.
Attack of the Mushroom People (63) One
of the great Jap horror flicks. And this was a cropped tape presentation!
Pieces (82) Campy bad horror that
features one of our favorite scenes: A guy hides his running chainsaw behind his
back as he gets on an elevator and nobody notices!
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (57) Edgar Ulmer
proves he can gather as many pieces of other movies as anyone else and make it
into a bad John Agar flick.
Planet on the Prowl (66) I think this
was a widescreen version of this Antonio Margheriti space opera featuring AFF
fave Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. I love these and wish theyd come out on DVD.
A Killing in the Sun (73) Serious mafia
crime flick with the Henry Silva.
Demon (79) Cam the Man is back but the
film is so-so except for the show-stopping scene of Jennifer Holmes running
topless thru the attic.
The Sentinel (77) Some folks like this
freak-laden devil movie but it doesnt do much for me.
Winner of the Golden Knife Fight Award 2002:
Blazing Magnums (76) The greatest Stuart
Whitman movie ever. Watch it!
The Last Gun (64) Cam the Man again in
an ancient, old-fashioned western.
Thief (71) Crenna, Cam the Man, and
Angie Dickenson in this prime slice of downbeat TV angst that is one of my faves.
The Bees (78) So bad not even John The
Sax Saxon can save it. Fever dream bad.
Chamber of Horrors (66) Fun Patrick
ONeal period piece horror.
Beyond Evil (80) Now this ones just
silly. The Sax does ok but this proves once again that Lynda Day George cannot
Black Mama, White Mama (72) Not great
Black Samurai (76) Really terrible
blaxploitation except when they offer Jim Kelly a stereo to come back to work.
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (73) Not as good
Face of Fu Manchu (65) Totally fun Fu
flick that features that fab German couple Joachim Fuchsberger and Karin Dor AND
their real voices!
Castle of Fu Manchu (69) Terrible Jess
Atragon (63) Fun Jap sci-fi that I need
June 23rd (Chick Night)
Gunslinger (56) You gotta love Bev
Garland, John Ireland, and Allison Hayes in a Roger Corman western!
The Grass is Greener (60) Fun love
triangle comedy with Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, and Robert Mitchum. Not
Atrocity-like at all but hey, sometimes these things happen.
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