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The Slayer

Date:
1982
Stars:
Sarah Kendall
Frederick Flynn
Carol Kottenbrook
Writer:
J.S. Cardone

Bill Ewing
Director:
J.S. Cardone
WRC Score:
3/4

A retreat to a secluded island turns to terror as The Slayer stalks a couple of couples. Who will live? Who will die? Who will write the long form of this review so I don’t have to?

Nah, I’m just playing. It’s already in the can.

For the majority of its run time this flick is, if not a scary film, then a moody one. The characters don’t descend to hatefulness thanks to the actors (maybe), but you probably won’t care if most of them died. Or none of them. Or all of them.

It’s a low budget affair, so if you don’t expect too much, you probably won’t be that disappointed. Just know going in that the lead female is having mental issues and, yeah, she tries desperately to get the others to believe her about the evil going down.

Deeply original this film just isn’t, but for the most part there’s nothing wrong with it, outside it isn’t really scary.

“Majority of its run time.” “For the most part.” Sounds like a major caveat coming, doesn’t it?

Here it is, in as mild a spoiler as I can manage.

In the last third The Slayer commits a major sin that I can’t look past. I knew it was coming from around the credits, I was braced for its appearance. Still didn’t matter. It should never have happened.

Thus I’m taking a half point off, pushing a meh flick down to bad (0.5 points). I also can’t say that I like it that much, though a part of me really seems to want to. I don’t dislike it, though, so that’s an official meh (1.0 point).

Your mileage might vary, but I really don’t think so.

Il gatto nero

Opening Thoughts

Also Known As:

The Black Cat

Demons 6: De Profundis

Date:
1989
Stars:
Florence Guérin

Urbano Barberini

Caroline Munro
Writer:
Luigi Cozzi
Director:
Luigi Cozzi
WRC Score:
0.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 19, 2011

Two minutes, I knew Il gatto nero was a mess.  Not ten minutes into this movie and I wanted to watch something else. And worse?  The movie itself was giving suggestions as to what to seek out.  Such wonderful, wonderful suggestions.

But, as you’re reading this you know that I did indeed watch all of Il gatto nero. Watched it all and wrote a review for it.

I’d like to tell you this was due to some sense of duty.  Some need to warn the world.  Some inner strength that all great reviewers have.

This, though, would be a lie.  The only reason I finished this review is because I couldn’t find the movies I really wanted to watch.  Despite searching.

For hours.

And hours.

God damn it.

Amusingly, now that I’m rebooting my site, I can find the movies I wanted to watch quite easily.

Il gatto nero?  Not so much.

Big tears streaming down my face.

In any case, I hope that my extreme anguish is your great pleasure.  You sadists.  The review begins on the next page.

Paura nella città dei morti viventi

Opening Thoughts

Also Called:

City of the Living Dead

Gates of Hell

Date:
1980
Stars:
Christopher George

Catriona MacColl

Carlo De Mejo

Writer:
Lucio Fulci
Director:
Lucio Fulci
WRC Score:
3.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on March 19, 2011

Here we go, back into the world of Italian Horror.  Last time I had the pleasure (if I might sully the word pleasure) of witnessing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Tomb, a film that makes you wish someone would gather up every last copy of it, set it on fire so that you might foul the ashes.  This time, it’s a work by the Gore-Hound’s best friend, Lucio Fulci, the guy who brought us zombies fighting sharks and women who scuba dive in the nude.

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Paura nella città dei morti viventi was my first Fulci movie, and, frankly, my expectations were quite low.  That might explain the high marks I gave it.

2016-City of the Living Dead-Side Note-001Then again, there are quite a few stylish touches in the film and, after watching too many screaming dead teen movies beforehand it was nice to see someone who seemed to know what they were doing, horrorwise.

In any case, let’s go see what’s to see in a city of the living dead.

Il gatto nero

Also Known As:

The Black Cat

Demons 6: De Profundis

Date:
1989
Stars:
Florence Guérin

Urbano Barberini

Caroline Munro
Writer:
Luigi Cozzi
Director:
Luigi Cozzi
WRC Score:
0.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 19, 2011

My usual course of action here is to give a small spoiler free summary of the subject here in the opening paragraphs before moving on to the main review.  With Il gatto nero (which goes by so many more names that just The Black Cat) any summary I give you will give you the impression of a coherency this flick simply does.  Not.  Have.  The best I can do is call it a Horror “sequel” to Suspiria that’s about an attempt to make a “sequel” to Suspiria.  And not the actual sequel; that never gets mentioned.

Even without comparison to better works (which, for some reason, this flick repeatedly brings up) Il gatto nero would be a chore through. Bizarre cuts, bizarre plot, and bad acting, all the low points you expect from the very worst of Italian Horror. Il gatto nero is one awful movie (0 points), one  that I really didn’t like (.5 point).

Oh, and black cats have nothing to do with the plot. For the record.  Making us two for two in that regard.

You’ve been warned.

Overall Score: 0.5 total point out of a possible 4

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Paura nella città dei morti viventi

Also Called:

City of the Living Dead

Gates of Hell

Date:
1980
Stars:
Christopher George

Catriona MacColl

Carlo De Mejo

Writer:
Lucio Fulci
Director:
Lucio Fulci
WRC Score:
3.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on March 19, 2011

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Paura nella città dei morti viventi (also known as City of the Living Dead and Gates of Hell) begins with a psychic viewing the suicide of a priest.  But this isn’t an ordinary suicide.  In fact, unless something is done quick the world will die.

Loads of laffs around, eh?

City of the Living Dead wasn’t what I was expecting.

Oh, I knew about the gore, and with it being an Italian Horror flick there’d almost have to be several plot conveniences, characters who aren’t much more than cardboard, and moments that made no damn sense at all.  It comes with the subgenre, and this is no exception.

Nevertheless, City of the Living Dead brings the goods in terms of unease and horror.  It is a shining example of the best of Italian Horror.

I almost want to give it a great score, but there’s really too much wrong with the script for that.  We’ll settle on good (1.5 points).  I had a blast watching City of the Living Dead and probably would again some day (2 points).  I don’t quite dare recommend it, in part because all of this might be Cullen Likes and not actual good taste.  But if you can stomach Eighties style gore, you should find a worthy flick here.

Oh, one other thing.  If you’re queasy about maggots, avoid.

Maybe even run away.

You might wanna start now, in fact.

Overall Score: 3.5 total points out of a possible 4

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