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Old 12-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Favorite First-Time Viewings Of 2014 (Older Movies)

With talk about the best new release movies of 2014 starting to pop-up, I thought it might be fun to talk about our favorite first-time viewings of 2014 (doesn't matter what year the movie comes from, just as long as you'd never seen it before this year). Whether it's something you'd previously avoided, something you'd never even heard of, or something you've been meaning to see but simply never got around to it, here's the place to discuss.

This year should be especially interesting for this, since there was a lot of great titles released onto blu-ray and DVD for the first time.


My favorite first-time viewings from this year were:




3.) The Centerfold Girls (1974) - I had bought this a while ago due to Dark Sky's consistent track record, but had put off watching it because I was worried it might be a little too sleazy for my tastes. I ended up loving it, and really didn't find it that sleazy at all. I really liked the anthology structure used here, three different stories all involving the same killer (played by the wonderful Andrew Prine). The first story is the best, but they're all good fun. Great little exploitation gem. Thank you, Jackie.




2.) Shock Waves (1977) - I'm kicking myself for not watching this sooner, because it looked like it might be a little dull. But Shock Waves is anything but, thick with atmosphere and heavy on creepiness. Definitely gave me a Just Before Dawn vibe, with a little bit of Anthropophaugs thrown in for good measure. Most impressive, it manages to scare without any gore at all.




1.) Jennifer (1978) - Move over Carrie, there's a new prom queen in town. I had a blast with Jennifer, utterly won over by her hokey southern drawl and charmed by her theme song. Sandra may very well be the most diabolical high-school bitch in cinematic history. Jennifer's revenge is well earner, and the build-up to it using the Bach score is fantastic. "It's not my fault daddy, it's that damned hillbilly bitch!"
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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I just watched Raw Force and loved the hell out of it!!
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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The Legend of Hell House. How did this fine film evade me all these years?
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:12 PM   #4
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My Top Ten Favorites seen for the first time in 2014:

01 World War Z (2013)
02 Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
03 Byzantium (2012)
04 You're Next (2011)
05 John Dies at the End (2012)
06 What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
07 Amer (2009)
08 Afflicted (2013)
09 Resolution (2012)
10 13 Sins (2014)

Honorable Mention:

The Borderlands aka Final Prayer (2013) ~ Found footage that made my hands sweat.
Here Comes the Devil (2012) ~ Sick and twisted. Me liked.
Kiss of the Damned (2012) ~ Fun throwback

also:

Twirl (1981) ~ Sympathetic, sexy and above average made-for-TV drama that isn't really all that dramatic. Most likely the inspiration for Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Hot T-Shirts (1980) ~ Crap from Cannon. Worth seeking out for Corinne Alphen.
Macho Man (1985) ~ Rare German bad movie cult flick about a boxing champion and a kung fu master beating up drug dealing thugs. Strictly local / regional production lacking International flair / appeal.
The Appointment (1981) ~ Unusual British Psychological Horror-Drama.
Higher and Higher (1970) ~ Swiss exploitation about needy groupies, including hilarious cheese.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:12 AM   #5
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Blood Massacre and The Alien Factor (both Don Dohler). Huge Dohler fan now, especially after reading about him.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:25 AM   #6
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I had to look at my Netflix queue to see what I rated 4 stars or higher. I already mentioned two of them in my Halloween top ten list: Werewolf Woman and House of Whipcord.

For the non-horror variety, I really dug For Y'ur Height Only, Lilya 4-Ever, My Young Auntie, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Policewomen.

A couple others that technically qualify since they were 2013 releases, but I don't really think that's the idea of this thread were We Are What We Are, Prisoners, and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:46 AM   #7
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Not all of these are movies, but going through my netflix history apparently I enjoyed (at least four stars, though I wouldn't say they're all favorites):

Californication (season 1)
The Fall (2013, with Gillian Anderson)
The Devil's Knot
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer
Aftershock
Frozen Ground
Lust, Caution
Flypaper (2011)
Chasing Beauty
The Summit (2012)
Unrest
Dead Man Down
Bounty Killer
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:03 AM   #8
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Double Indemnity (1944)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Re-Animator (1985)
The Machinist (2003)

I don't know what took so long for me to get to the first three I listed. They are excellent. The Machinist actually took another watch to really grow on me. I love the acting, music and overall ambiance.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:59 AM   #9
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Don't Go to Sleep
Society
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
Day of the Animals
Critters 2
Curtains
Demons
To Sleep With a Vampire
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:40 AM   #10
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Rabid Dogs (1974)
Red Scorpion (1988)
Hitch-Hike (1977)
Billy Jack (1971)
My Tutor (1983)
Society (1989)
Three 'O Clock High (1987)
White Dog (1982)
Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977)
Moving Violations (1985)

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Old 12-22-2014, 05:10 AM   #11
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:09 PM   #12
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Although there's still good week and a bit of the year left to squeeze some more first-time views in (although who knows if they'd make the list or not), this would be my Top Favourite 10 First-Time Older Viewings of 2014:

My number 1 would be the entire 25-film Zatoichi series as I just worked my way through Criterion's set in the last two months so that gets the "Special Jury Award", but I'll stick with individual titles for the list, so...

10. Breaking the Waves (1996)
9. The Italian Connection (1972)
8. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
7. Häxan (1922)
6. La nuit des horloges (2007)
5. The Sister-in-Law (1974)
4. Survival Earth (1985)
3. Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
2. Girl Slaves of Morgana La Fey (1971)
1. The Slave (1969)

Honorable Mentions: Countess Perverse (1973), The Babysitter (1969), Microwave Massacre (1982), Killer Party (1986), Caliber 9 (1972), Devil's Island Lovers (1974), The Sadistic Baron von Klaus (1962), Black Moon (1975), Dracula's Fiancée (2000), Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977), X:312: Flight to Hell (1971), Deadtime Stories (1985). Daughter of Dracula (1972), and Blood of the Beast (1949).

Worst First-Time Older Viewings of 2014:

10. Cindy and Donna (1970)
9. Grampire (1993)
8. Criminally Insane 2 (1987)
7. Emmanuelle 6 (1988)
6. The Underachievers (1987)
5. The Rites of Uranus (1975)
4. Vamp (1986)
3. Nukie (1988)
2. The Creeping Terror (1964)
1. Stained (2010) <---- I even worked on this movie, as assistant editor, and it took me 4 years to watch it because I heard nothing but bad things. And it was horrendously bad.

Turns out I watched a lot of terrible movies this year, as here's the rest that I rated 1.5 out of 5 or less: Revenge of the Dead (1983), No More Excuses (1968), The Last Step Down (1970), Blue Voodoo (1984), Night of the Warlock (1971), Dracula Sucks (1978), Cuba Crossing (1980), A Clockwork Blue (1972), Pick-up (1975), The Topless Story (1966), Funeral Home (1980), The Sex Thief (1974), Killer Barbys vs. Dracula (2002), Babo 73 (1964), Chaffed Elbows (1966), Suburban Satanist (1974), Sacrilege! (1971), Sexual Witchcraft (1973), Dark Dreams (1971), Sorceress (1974), Suckula (1973), Madam Satan (1970), In 80 Betten um de Welt (1976), Uncle Sam (1996), The Bloodstained Shadow (1978), Vampire Junction (2001), Spasms (1982), The Soultangler (1987), They Saved Hitlers Brain (aka Madmen of Mandoras) (1968), Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:10 PM   #13
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Horror or Giallo-wise, older; No order:

1) Masacre en Rio Grande (1984) - Sequel to the Mexican giallo-ish slasher La muerte del chacal also from 1984 takes a more slasher stance with bloodier trashy murders and a very 80s musical performance in a nightclub. Lovely!

2) Stone Cold Dead (1979) - Canadian slasher(?) movie with a silent sniper gun. Michael Ironside, Lesleh Donaldson, and Linnea Quigley all have VERY brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it roles. The ending explanation is straight out of the sub genre. This needs to be on DVD at least! Some beautiful shots.

3) Masterblaster (1987) - Paintball game gone wrong into slasher territory. Very impressed and unfairly down in the bumps of the genre's supporter's awareness. The ending is something we've seen before, and it may be a tad homophobic, but I can't dislike a campfire 80s pop dance scene.

4) The Mysterious Magician (1964) - Krimi magic! One of the best in the genre, originally titled Der Hexer.

5) The Centerfold Girls (1974) - I had seen the first half of this a while back, but the DVD was messed up. So I waited a few years, finally sat through all of this, and I think it may be one of the 10 best slasher-like films of the 1970s. Glad 2014 was a good year for someone else with this flick too!

6) The Possessed (1965) - Early b&w giallo that is eerie, filled with paranoia, class and style. Really great in my opinion.

7) Andhera (1975) - Indian slasher movie, about 2 hours long, with a man who pisses some gangsters off enough for them to tease and cut off his arms with a log saw. He seeks revenge and stalks/slashes them one by one. Very nice obscure surprise!

8) Grave Robbers (1990) - Undead slasher from Mexico. Quite good! Still has the wiff of the 80s. The filming looks 1985 at times.

9) Early Frost (1982) - Australian killer thriller that can be classified as a slasher. A terrible mother, neglectful of her youngest and overbearing of her older, is being targeted by a serial killer. Women from a photo she's in are dying one by one. Some wasted moments of death, though body count is low, its rarity is unfair.

10) Bloodstream (1985) - Micro budget UK slasher. Never released. Fascinating watch. Lots of fake movies within the movie. About a director gipped out of money by his distributor, who still releases his films. Was a backlash apparently to the censors, I believe. May be wrong.

11) Are You In the House Alone? (1978) - TV movie about rape. Not horror at all, but sold as so from Scream Factory. Proof that fullscreen can be beautiful.

12) Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964) - I watched the first 7 Godzilla films after the remake was utterly disappointing, and this fifth entry was the best of the bunch! Parts 1-4 and 6 were good fun too, but this one stood out most of all.

13) The Power (1984) - Sleeper supernatural film. Finally on DVD. Nice to own. Does not mesh, but does not do anything outstandingly wrong either.

14) And Then There Were None (1945) - I read the book years ago, and the ending here is rewritten in a not so good way. Still, this Christie adaptation holds up excellently! I want to watch the 70s version next.

15) Ms. 45 (1981) - This was released to select theaters for the BD, and it was damn near perfect. Abel Ferrara is one of the most overlooked directing auteurs.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:27 PM   #14
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Curtains (1983)
The Driver (1978)
Drum (1976)
Fargo (TV series) (2014)
Jennifer (1978)
Millennium (TV series) (1996 - 1999)
Neon Maniacs (1986)
Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)
Sabata (1969)
Sorceress (1982)
Southern Comfort (1981)
Thief (1981)
The White Buffalo (1977)

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The Final Terror (1983)
In Search of Bigfoot (Vinegar Syndrome) (1976)
The Sacrament (2013)
White of the Eye (1987)
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:59 AM   #15
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