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As you may guess from many of the selections I favor late 70's/80's slasher films and have a soft spot for some b & z-grade horrors aswell.
Some of these will be obvious and universally recognised as amazing films, and some will be simply the best films ever in my eyes!
Il gatto a nove code (1971)
A sound early effort for Argento
I enjoyed this film however I am bias because I am a big fan of Dario Argento's work.
Although some reviews of this film may not put it in the same league as his later works, and despite the fact there is no chance I would state it was anywhere near my favorite work of his, it was still an enjoyable piece of film and a good murder mystery. Sure it does not have the same level of artistic camera work of later works, nor does it have any trademark black gloves or loads of gore, however it still stands up well for a film that is 44 years old.
The story is good and revolves around a Medical Research team who's office is broken into and a blind man as well as a reporter who are trying to track down a killer and in the process becoming targets themselves. The characters are good and in the usual fashion of Argento he will keep you guessing right up to the end, and when you think you know who the killer is, you'll be wrong.
If you like Argento's work, you should check it out.
Dear God No! (2011)
Don't be fooled by the great cover
Well what can I say about this one. Being a huge fan of 70's and 80's slasher, exploitation and grind-house cinema I was quite excited when I saw the cover of this DVD at my local DVD store and had to buy it.
I went home that night with high hopes expecting something along the lines of Fathers day or Hobo with a shotgun - was I disappointed or what! While this film had a few slightly funny moments, especially a scene at the end where I had to laugh out loud, I cant say that there was too much else that I enjoyed about this film.
While I appreciate the shoestring budget that they probably had when making this film and I know that I could not do any better, I still found the acting far too cheesy. I know they were trying to get the feel of old exploitation films, however the acting just came across as a high school film studies class project.
This film could have had a lot of potential, however the cheesy acting, the effects and the over use of nude scenes for no reason let it down.
If you take out the nude scenes from this movie ( that added nothing to the plot or film) the film would only be 75% as long. Having a topless stripper dance on screen is great, however to have one dancing in a movie for 5 minutes straight was 4 minutes too long and seemed to me as a way to make the movie more appealing to someone who thinks that boobs in a film make a great film.
I know the things that I did not like about this film are exactly what fans of this type of cinema including myself normally like and are after in a film, however it just did not work for me.
I'll at least give it one thing, I watched it to the end, which is more than I can say for a few troma films that I have bought in the past.