I Spit On Your Grave / Day of the Woman (1978)

“Total submission. That’s what I like in a woman — total submission.” Synopsis: When a female writer from New York (Camille Keaton) is gang-raped by thugs on a remote island, she plots her revenge. Genres: Class Relations Horror Rape Revenge Writers Response to Peary’s Review: Peary is one among many reviewers who have argued that […]

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

“What the hell is a nun doing out here?” Synopsis: A mercenary gunfighter (Clint Eastwood) rescues a feisty nun (Shirley MacLaine) in the desert, and tries to bring her to safety. When he discovers that she’s on her way to help Mexican revolutionaries blow up a French fort, they find that their interests are aligned. […]

Angel (1984)

“You’re young, attractive, and healthy — and swimming in a toilet bowl!” Abandoned by her mother, a 15-year-old (Donna Wilkes) is an honor student by day, and a Hollywood hooker (“Angel”) by night. When Angel witnesses one of her friends being murdered by a necrophilic serial killer (John Diehl), she gains protection from a detective […]

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

“First you find a little thread. A little thread leads you to a string, and the string leads you to a rope… And from the rope — you hang by the neck.” Synopsis: After narrowly escaping death, private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) investigates the mysterious murder of a hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman), hoping he will […]

Carny (1980)

“A carnival ain’t even a real carnival without a sideshow — everyone knows that!” Synopsis: After falling for a carnival worker (Gary Busey), 18-year-old Donna (Jodie Foster) decides to run away from home and join the troupe. Genres: Carnival and Circuses Elisha Cook Jr. Films Gary Busey Films Jodie Foster Films Love Triangle Runaways Review: […]

Manhunter (1986)

“It’s just you and me now, sport — and I’m going to find you, goddamn it!” Synopsis: When semi-retired FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen) is hired to track down a serial killer nicknamed “The Tooth Fairy” (Tom Noonan), he seeks advice from notorious psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox). Genres: Cat-and-Mouse Detectives and Private […]

Foul Play (1978)

“Beware of the dwarf!” Synopsis: A divorced librarian (Goldie Hawn) finds herself unwittingly caught up in a plot to assassinate the Pope. Genres: Burgess Meredith Films Dudley Moore Films Goldie Hawn Films Murder Mystery “No One Believes Me!” Romantic Comedy Satires and Spoofs Review: Foul Play — a comedic Hitchcockian thriller — starts out strong, […]

Adolescente, L’ (1979)

“Love is a neverending battle — the young, the old, in the same boat.” Synopsis: On the brink of WWII, 13-year-old Marie (Laetitia Chauveau) and her mother (Edith Clever) go to stay with Marie’s grandmother (Simone Signoret) in the French countryside. Marie develops a crush on a young doctor (Francis Huster), and is devastated when […]

Blue Lagoon, The (1980)

“I have a funny feeling in my stomach.” Synopsis: Two shipwrecked children (Elva Josephson and Glenn Kohan) grow into teens (Brooke Shields and Christopher Atikins), and soon find themselves sexually attracted to one another. Genres: Coming-of-Age Deserted Island First Love Sexuality Survival Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “terribly made” remake of the […]

Blue Lagoon, The (1949)

“I don’t care if we never see a boat again. I don’t care if we never get away from here!” Synopsis: Two young children (Susan Stranks and Peter Rudolph Jones) are shipwrecked on a deserted island, and must survive on their own. As they grow older, Emma (Jean Simmons) and Michael (Donald Houston) find themselves […]