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PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Post-production tampering mitigates against this Western by Sam Peckinpah finding its deserved reception from better-class audiences. Shortened release version is vague, confusing, and is…

STRAW DOGS

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Dustin Hoffman defends his home against murderous thugs in strong, violent melodrama with appeal to both discriminating trades and the blood- and-guts fans. Rating:…

DUCK! YOU SUCKER

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Rambling, disjointed Mexican revolutionary comedy by Sergio Leone is something of a disappointment. Coburn, Steiger names will help early going, but that terrible title…

THE CAREY TREATMENT

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Thinly plotted, weakly-motivated hospital whodunit should perform fairishly in general situations where Coburn name and snappy pace will get it by. Lacks motivation to…

The Wild Bunch

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   A Western classic that reveals, with staggering impact, the real meaning of violence. Surefire attraction for action fans, while controversy over film’s purpose and…

Tale of the Dean’s WIfe

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Soft‑core sexploiter for less permissive situations. Inept. Self‑imposed X. Strange the things that pass for movies nowadays. TALE OF THE DEAN’S WIFE has nothing…

PARANOIA

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Much suggested debauchery will attract the prurient-minded to this woolly Italian‑made sexploiter. Carroll Baker for mild marquee value. X rating applied by distributor. Lethargic…

CELEBRATION AT BIG SUR

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Dully filmed rock concert ranks as a non‑event com‑ to better entries in the genre. OK dueller for rock‑minded youth market, but needs strong…

Bloody Mama

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Roger Corman’s offbeat portrait of Ma Barker and her killer brood is exciting, strong melodrama. A really big grosser for action‑exploitation markets, with extra…

BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Orgiastic porno flick has much‑publicized star Marilyn Chambers to lure customers in remaining big‑city hard‑core markets before the unavoidable crunch comes. Self‑imposed X. The days…

THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   The fangy Count returns to give evil its finest hour in a stylishly chilling horror spoof that should prove a big winner for drive‑in,…

WITCHCRAFT ’70

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Weird, if faked, shockumentary doesn’t live up to its promotional promises, but the ballyhoo angles are ample to garner good grosses for fast play‑offs…

WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Ballyhoo values and the title will make this Italian science‑fiction import an OK dual bill entry for the kiddie trade and drive‑ins. Drab and…

Equinox

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Teenagers battle giant monsters in tame, inept fantasy thriller that will get by on drive‑in duallers, kiddie matinees. Rating: GP. EQUINOX harks back to those…

Count Yorga, Vampire

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Familiar grade‑B horror tale delivers the grue in time-honored fashion. Minor item will serve as exploitable dualler for action, neighborhood and drive‑in situations. Rating:…

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Grand fun with Vincent Pries eliminating victims via Old Testament curses. Bizarre, well‑made and often clever horror spoof with good prospects for intended market…

VANISHING POINT

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Exciting car chase action bolsters wildly confused, pretentious allegory. Exploitation of stunt driving aspects should give b.o. prospects a lift in action markets, particularly…

KATMANDU

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Corny melodrama has tame sex and drug angles for passable ballyhoo value in drive‑in and sex markets. Rating: R. Ads for this exotic potboiler,…

Deep Thrust AKA Lady Whirlwind

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Kung‑fu import features the usual nonstop brawling and a female karate expert. Shoddy, but popularity of the fad lends enough ballyhoo value for this to…

THE CAT 0′ NINE TAILS

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Disappointing suspenser from Italy about murders at a research institute. Contrived and plodding, but has sporadic gore and violence for the action markets. Rating:…

The Laughing Woman

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Imprisoned girl inspires sadist to go straight in Italian sex bondage import. Offers enough titillation and melodrama to satisfy the less demanding sexploitation audiences….

Satan’s Sadists

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Poor cycle‑psycho moiler exploits vague similarities to Sharon Tate murders. Passable exploitation value for ballyhoo markets. No Rating. This ineptly produced but exploitable motorcycle‑maniacs‑on‑the‑rampage…

The Legend of Hell House

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Well done haunted house chiller offers plenty for the shiver‑and‑shock fans. A fitting swan song for [AIP co-founder] Jim Nicholson, this could roll up good…

The Beast Must Die

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Which one is the werewolf? Finding the answer makes a neat gimmick, smart promotion of which should make this otherwise tame British import a…

The House that Dripped Blood

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!   Four horror tales centering on haunted house. Well made and acted, an exploitable entry for general dualler markets, but rather mild for more bloodthirsty…

Tales That Witness Madness

by Joe Dante

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Fairish collection of mini‑chillers has Kim Novak and class cast for marquee plus routine horror angles. Title may prove a hindrance, otherwise a passable ballyhoo…