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  • The Annihilators

    The Annihilators

    ★½

    An extra half-star for mild bad movie entertainment value and a rare starring role on the big screen for Christopher Stone, but this Namsploitation/vigilante take on SEVEN SAMURAI (whittled down to four) is largely awful, with one of the most ridiculous-looking urban "neighborhoods" this side of DEATH WISH 3 which, by the way, is an exponentially more entertaining film.

    Full review to come.

  • Tuff Turf

    Tuff Turf

    ★★

    Probably the weirdest entry in the whole "violent high school gang" craze of the mid '80s (CLASS OF 1984, YOUNG WARRIORS, SAVAGE STREETS, 3:15, DANGEROUSLY CLOSE, etc), and one that can't really decide what it is. Just out on Blu-ray (because physical media is dead), TUFF TURF seems like it was the result of two writers--one with a violent gang thriller and the other with a goofy teen comedy--crashing into each other on the studio lot like they're in an…

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  • What?

    What?

    Shot mostly in a villa owned by producer Carlo Ponti, WHAT? must rank as the second-worst thing Roman Polanski has ever done in the home of a celebrity friend.

    Full review: goodefficientbutchery.blogspot.com/2016/05/retro-review-what-1972.html

  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    ★★★★½

    Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…