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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Cheapjack horror thriller adapted from real events which also inspired PSYCHO. Nothing but shocks and gore, but the beginning of the wave of such deplorable movies which flooded the world's screens towards the end of the decade.

  • Thief

    Thief

    A slick but empty melodrama.

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★

    A film which has much to answer for. It started its star and its studio off on horror careers, and it launched innumerable sequels. In itself, after two eerie reels, it becomes a pedantic and slow transcription of a stage adaptation, and its climax takes place offscreen; but for all kinds of reasons it remains full of interest.

  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    Totally incoherent, showy western which was lambasted by critics and quickly withdrawn. A vital turning point in Hollywood policy, hopefully marking the last time a whiz kid [Michael Cimino] with one success behind him is given a blank cheque to indulge himself in self-abuse.