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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    ★★

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

  • Il successo

    ★★★

  • Message to Love - The Isle of Wight Festival

    ★★★

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    ★★

    D: Martin Kitrosser. Jane Higginson, William Thone, Tracy Fraim, Mickey Rooney, Brian Bremer, Neith Hunter, Clint Howard. Toys are out to kill a little boy at Christmastime, but who’s respon- sible? Drunken toymaker Petto (Rooney) or his odd son Pino? (The names are clumsy clues.) Overplotted but OK horror thriller with a lot of sex. No plot connection to earlier films in series. [R]

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    D: Lee Harry. Eric Free- man, James L. Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan. Embarrassing (and unnecessary) follow-up to the Santa Claus-killer film has hero’s younger brother continuing the psychotic carnage. About half the footage here is lifted from the original film (including a memorable scene featuring Linnea Quigley); new scenes are perfunctory. [R]

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  • Isn't It Romantic?

    Isn't It Romantic?

    ★★

    D: Norman Z. McLeod. Veronica Lake, Mary Hatcher, Mona Freeman, Billy DeWolfe, Patric Knowles, Roland Culver, Pearl Bailey. No.

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    D: David Cronenberg. Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Cindy Hinds, Nuala Fitzgerald, Susan Hogan. Eggar eats her own afterbirth while midget clones beat grandparents and lovely young schoolteachers to death with mallets. It’s a big, wide, wonderful world we live in! [R]