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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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  • 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    Totally incoherent, showy western which was lambasted by critics and quickly withdrawn.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.

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Spectacularly ludicrous mishmash with uncomfortable attention to physical detail and no talent for narrative or verisimilitude. Its sensational aspects, together with a sudden worldwide need for the supernatural, assured its enormous commercial success.