Black Sunday (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A gothic-horror based on a Russian folk-tale by Nikolai Gogol from the debutant director Mario Bava.
2) A prototype for numerous future horror movies based on the same theme.
3) Great production value and make-up.
4) Barbara Steele as the femme fatale

 

CONS –
1) A run-of-the-mill horror story.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Kruvajan: You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Parasitical creatures of a dying planet luring species from other planets to possess their bodies and spaceships.
2) This Mario Bava’s classic clearly influenced Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012).
3) One can find a resemblance to this movie with Twilight Zone‘s episode Third From the Sun.

 

CONS –
1) Boring screenplay with hardly any action.

 
QUOTE –
Sanya: How will they accept us?
Mark: I hope, well. For them.

Double Face (1969)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An erotic murder-mystery with some strange cinematography.
2) Klaus Kinski is known for his sociopathic roles. This time he plays a subdued husband trying to solve the case.

 
CONS –
1) It’s an average movie with terrible acting and incoherent screenplay but still got some weird elements which keep the audiences hooked.

 
QUOTE –
John: I’m looking for a blonde named Christine.
Concierge: Second floor, number five. You can’t go up. There’s already a man up there.
John: It will be more interesting.

Black Sabbath (1963)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”

Navajo Joe (1966)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ennio Morricone’s exceptional soundtrack. A special thanks to Quentin Tarantino for introducing this generation to gems like “A Silhouette Of Doom”, “Main Title (Navajo Joe)”, “The Confrontation/The Return of Joe”
2) Final axe throw scene by Joe killing Duncan.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre cast. Even Burt Reynolds as Navajo Joe is not impressive.
2) Cliched western plot but without the essence of strong revenge.

 
QUOTE –
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Only ones elected in this country are Americans.
Joe: My father was born here, in the mountains. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Where was your father born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Ulp, what’s that to do with it?
Joe: I said, where was he born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Uuh, in Scotland.
Joe: My father was born here, in America. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Now which of us is American?

Perfect Strangers (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A stage-play adapted as a movie.
2) The revelation of the secret lives of people, trapped inside their phones.

 
CONS –
1) Very similar to Carnage (2011).

 

QUOTE –
Because we’re breakable… all of us, some more than others. You’re right, this has become our black box, it’s got everything inside. Perhaps too much.

They Call Me Trinity (1970)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A story of 2 lazy gunfighters.Trinity, “The Right Hand of the Devil” and Bambino, “The Left Hand of the Devil”. Possibly one of funniest western comedy.
2) Bud Spencer as Bambino was clearly the winner with his straight face comedy and hammer punches.
3) The opening credits with Trinity being dragged on a travois.
4) Annibale E I Cantori Moderni – Trinity (Titoli) by Franco Micalizzi
5) The unmissable iconic poster by Renato Casaro.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Tobias: Have you seen what faith will do?
Bambino: It’ll work if you put it in a rifle barrel.