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The Abomination (1986)
Cheap, repulsive trash...(with some unintentional humor)
Although this is a terrible movie, generally speaking, it's not a complete failure. Maybe the director could have done a better job with a higher budget, who knows, but the quite straightforward story line and the gore scenes make this movie watchable. The editing is horrendous and amateurish, as well as the acting, though the actress playing the mother, and also the reverend, are slightly better than the rest of the cast. Some parts of this movie look more like a comedy (i.e. the infamous toilet scene), though I suppose this was not the director's intention. Also, there were a few shots of nature that were nicely done, giving the movie an extremely weird feel, when juxtaposed with the gore. One of the few movies, along with Cannibal Holocaust and Evil Dead, that gave me nausea. (2.5/10)
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
Intense and engaging....(but too short!) -SPOILER
This was Jean Renoir's last film in Hollywood, and it's easy to understand why; the studio executives wouldn't allow him to have the final cut of the movie. It lasts for only 70 minutes, and I wish it could have been 20 or 30 minutes longer. It's a fine film, nonetheless, although the ending seems a bit abrupt and incoherent (maybe some scenes were cut here).
The camera work is excellent (especially in the beach scenes) and the performances are okay, although Robert Ryan seems a bit "wooden" for this role. Joan Bennett is as mysterious and pretty as ever, but it's Charles Bickford who steals the show as the bitter blind man (a painter married to Bennett's character).
The whole film has a dreamy, surreal atmosphere, and that's what I liked best of it, in spite of having quite a thin plot-line.